Goodfellas (Blu-ray)

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good movie

on 9/10/2008

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When Martin Scorsese, one of the world's most skillful and respected directors, reunited with the two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro in Goodfellas, the result was one of the most powerful films of the year. Based on the true-life best seller Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi and backed by a dynamic pop/rock oldies soundtrack, critics and filmgoers alike declared Goodfellas great. It was named 1990's best film by the New York, Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics. And it earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. You have to see it to believe it--then watch again. Goodfellas explores the criminal life like no other movie.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 203881824
UPC 085391108085
UPC 14 00085391108085
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Betrayal
Classic
Crime
Essential Cinema
Friends
Murder
Organized Crime
Recommended
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note Based on Nicholas Pileggi's book WISEGUY, Martin Scorsese's GOODFELLAS is a wry, violent, and exhilarating film about the life of Henry Hill, an aspiring criminal who ends up in the FBI's witness protection program after testifying against his former partners. As a poor Irish-Italian growing up in 1950s New York City, Hill (Ray Liotta) rises through the ranks of his Brooklyn neighborhood's organized crime branch, and with money from the mob he begins living the good life, complete with a beautiful bride, Karen (Lorraine Bracco), a fancy house, and the best seats at the most exclusive restaurants. A botched robbery lands Henry in prison for a brief period of time, and when he gets released, his reckless infidelities and drug abuse damage his association with his adopted family.^Scorsese's film is a visual and sonic onslaught, featuring a brilliant pop-music soundtrack and stunning camera work--including the infamous Steadicam one-take that introduces the audience to the Copacabana's patrons. He uses the songs to infuse a breathtaking, invigorating rhythm into every scene. As the psychopathic Tommy DeVito, Joe Pesci delivers an unforgettable performance that is alarming in its cold-blooded callousness, helping to cement GOODFELLAS' place as a classic portrait of life in the mob.
Plot Summary
Summary Martin Scorsese's classic crime drama follows Henry Hill from his beginnings as a petty criminal to his inclusion into one of the world's most ruthless mobs. Featuring a nostalgic soundtrack and inventive camera work, GOODFELLAS throbs with an obscene amount of electricity. Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro bring Scorsese and Pileggi's script to life with great fervor, but it is Joe Pesci who steals the show with his portrayal of Tommy DeVito, a psychopathic gangster who is terrifyingly short-tempered. Simply put, GOODFELLAS is one of the most striking crime films ever made.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "All my life, I've always wanted to be a gangster."--Henry Hill (Ray Liotta)
Quote "I gotta admit the truth--it turned me on."--Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco)
Quote "Whaddaya mean I'm funny?...Funny how? I mean, funny like a clown? I amuse you?"--Tommy (Joe Pesci) to Henry Hill
Reviews
Total Film "...Packed with solid-gold dialogue, tight performances and way too many classic scenes to list here..." -- 5 out of 5 Stars 06/01/2000 p.106
Rolling Stone "...GOODFELLAS makes poetic drama of warped ambitions. It's a prodigious achievement..." 10/04/1990 p.47
USA Today "...Awesome GOODFELLAS is a punk movie, both in subject matter and attitude..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 09/19/1990 p.1D
New York Times "...Breathless and brilliant....GOODFELLAS is memorable for the ensemble nature of the performances..." 09/19/1990 p.C11
Film Comment "...Filmed like a rainbow-hued thunderbolt and celebrating Mob lore in the fastest 2 1/2 hours in film history..." 11/01/1990 p.2-7
Los Angeles Times "...GOODFELLAS is RAGING BULL squared....[The film] flows with the exuberance of a filmmaker who has every detail nailed and a few new lovely moves he wants to show us..." 09/20/1990 p.F1
Premiere "Martin Scorsese regained the explosive force of his '70s heyday with this true-life mafia memoir." 07/01/2004 p.113
Widescreen Review "GOODFELLAS is Martin Scorsese's violent and intense view...of organized criminal life, with powerful performances by De Niro, Oscar-winner Pesci, Bracco, and Sorvino.." 07/01/2006 p.66
Directors
Martin Scorsese
Actors
Paul Sorvino
Lorraine Bracco
Joe Pesci
Robert De Niro
Cast & Crew
Barbara De Fina - Executive Producer
Illeana Douglas - Actor
Irwin Winkler - Producer
James Y. Kwei - Editor
Joe Pesci - Actor
Lorraine Bracco - Actor
Maher Ahmad - Art Director
Martin Scorsese - Screenplay
Martin Scorsese - Director
Michael Ballhaus - Cinematographer
Michael Imperioli - Actor
Nicholas Pileggi - Based On Novel By
Nicholas Pileggi - Screenplay
Paul Sorvino - Actor
Ray Liotta - Actor
Robert De Niro - Actor
Samuel L. Jackson - Actor
Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1990
Catalog ID 110808
UPC 00085391108085
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 145 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Winner (1991) British Academy Awards, Irwin Winkler, Martin Scorsese, Best Film,Oscar, Joe Pesci, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominee (1991) Oscar, Irwin Winkler, Best Picture,Oscar, Lorraine Bracco, Best Supporting Actress,Oscar, Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Oscar, Martin Scorsese, Best Director,Oscar, Thelma Schoonmaker, Best Film Editing
Winner (1990) Venice Film Festival, Martin Scorsese, Silver Lion Award - Best Director
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review Simultaneously fascinating and repellent, "Goodfellas" is Martin Scorsese's colorful but dramatically unsatisfying inside look at Mafia life in 1955 - 80 New York City. Commercial prospects for the overlong release appear relatively modest, and noisy bloodletting is likely to take place between warring critical camps...Scorsese's intent here, to show how a life of brutal crime could look compelling to an Irish-Italian kid whose sordid upbringing hasn't prepared him for anything better, is undercut by the offputting, opaque characterization of Ray Liotta. Sympathy is not the issue here, empathy is.
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Reviewer Joseph McBride
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review The movie did well upon its release, but its longevity is what makes it a classic. As actor Joe Pesci points out, not a week goes by that the movie isn't on cable somewhere, and many of its scenes - and even its epic steadicam shots - have become legendary. Simply put, it is one of the most perfect movies ever made, so much so that the American Film Institute honored it as one of the top 100 films of all time...When you first watch GoodFellas, you don't necessarily realize that you're watching a classic, a masterpiece. The film is such good entertainment, so powerful and fast-paced, that it leaves no room for a viewer to sit back and contemplate; the audience is engaged with the movie and the characters from beginning to end.
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Reviewer Sarah Chauncey
ReviewRating 10
Features
Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Desson Howe, Washington Post ...an incredible, relentless experience about the singleminded pursuit of crime.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews The story, which spans a quarter of a century, has an epic feel despite its intimate perspective.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times The best mob movie ever.

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