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Format: DVD
Sku: 40000325
UPC: 085391203926
UPC 14: 00085391203926
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Three decades of life in the Mafia.
An irish/italian brooklyn kid is adopted by gangsters and raised to be a member of the family.

"The best mob movie ever.  Roger Ebert
"The story, which spans a quarter of a century, has an epic feel despite its intimate perspective.   James Berardinelli
"...one of Martin Scorsese's most brutal but stunning movies, an incredible, relentless experience about the singleminded pursuit of crime.  Desson Howe, Washington Post

Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Trailers, Notes, No Longer Produced

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/8/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 146 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1990
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 12039
Video UPC UPC: 00085391203926
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review GoodFellas - DVD Review
By: Mark Athitakis filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/5/2010 9:43 PM
GoodFellas – strange title for a movie, don’t you think? There’s a capital G and a capital F in there, intercapped as one word. One imagines that Martin Scorsese decided to make not just a film but a global conglomerate too, like FedEx or PricewaterhouseCoopers. The corporate comparison seems appropriate, because no movie looks at the mob as a business the way GoodFellas does. Sure, the first two Godfather films give us a sophisticated cross-section of the architecture of mob power, and the best parts of New Jack City track the drug trade up and down the class ladder. But GoodFellas is where we get learn exactly where the money goes, and precisely how it compromises, corrodes, and eventually collapses family and friendship....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Joe Pesci
Video Cast Info Lorraine Bracco
Video Cast Info Paul Sorveno
Video Cast Info Ray Liotta
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro
Video Cast Info Nicholas Pileggi - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Martin Scorsese - Director
Video Cast Info Irwin Winkler - Producer
Video Cast Info Nicholas Pileggi - Screenplay
Plot 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.

Awards


Oscar (1991)
Video Award Name Joe Pesci, Winner, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Irwin Winkler, Nominee, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Lorraine Bracco, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
   Video Award Name Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium

Golden Globe (1991)
   Video Award Name Martin Scorsese, Nominee, Best Director

British Academy Awards (1991)
Video Award Name Martin Scorsese, Winner, Best Direction
Video Award Name Martin Scorsese, Irwin Winkler, Winner, Best Film

Memorable Quotes

"All my life, I've always wanted to be a gangster."----Henry Hill (Ray Liotta)

"I gotta admit the truth----it turned me on."----Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco)

"Whaddaya mean I'm funny?...Funny how? I mean, funny like a clown? I amuse you?"----Tommy (Joe Pesci) to Henry Hill

Professional 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

Washington Post 10 of 10
The performances by everyone are stunning, standout. Liotta persuasively rings the changes from bright-eyed punk to maniacal-eyed pro. De Niro is at his seamless best, his face and body a virtuoso instrument of human gesture. As Tommy, who's just as likely to spin an amusing anecdote as shoot a waiter cold in the chest, Pesci is unforgettably alarming and endearing. - Desson Howe

James Berardinelli's Reel Reviews 10 of 10
Goodfellas is as compelling and absorbing as any crime drama I have ever seen. The script shows all the facets of these characters; they are all fully developed individuals capable of great good and great evil...Goodfellas is a masterpiece of visual composition...his movie contains several unforgettable lead performances plus solid support by those in lesser roles. - James Berardinelli

Leonard Maltin's Movie And Video Guide 9 of 10
Fascinating look at the allure--and the reality--of day-to-day life in a Mafia family, based on experiences of Henry Hill (Liotta), who wound up in the Federal witness protection program...brilliantly realized by Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus...Bracco and Oscar winner Pesci stand out in an exceptional cast... - Leonard Maltin

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