Raging Bull-30th Anniversary (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Martin Scorsese Starring: Joe Pesci Robert De Niro

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Great boxing movie about a tragic life

on 5/10/2012

Raging Bull is a frank account of the boxing career of Jake LaMotta, which is characterized by intensity to win and some of the mishaps LaMotta faced during and after his career. Robert De Niro plays LaMotta with fierce accuracy and he won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Actor. This is one of the best boxing films of all-time.

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Product Overview


Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 218091354
UPC 883904230120
UPC 14 00883904230120
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/24/2012
Rating NR
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Rags To Riches
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note With RAGING BULL, Martin Scorsese's personal approach to filmmaking is taken to a whole new level. Shooting in a crisp black and white, Scorsese tells the story of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, played with incredible intensity by Oscar winner Robert De Niro. As La Motta rises through the ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight crown, he falls in love with Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), a gorgeous girl from his Bronx neighborhood. Jake's inability to express his feelings pours out in the ring and eventually takes over his life in his dealings with his brother, Joey (a brilliant Joe Pesci). Irrational jealousy over Vickie, as well as an insatiable appetite, sends him into a downward spiral that costs him his title, his wife, and his relationship with Joey. As the out-of-control fighter, De Niro delivers one of the screen's most unforgettable performances. Pesci is just as intense as Joey, who finally realizes that he is unable to tame his animalistic brother. Cinematographer Michael Chapman shoots the film with a stylish flair that fills the boxing scenes with boundless energy and adds immediacy to the arguments that erupt whenever Jake is outside the ring. Simply put, RAGING BULL is one of American cinema's masterworks.
Plot Summary
Summary Considered by many critics to be the best film of the 1980s, this gritty docudrama about hardheaded prizefighter Jake La Motta is so astonishingly real it seems like the champ's black-and-white home-movie reels have been spliced together. Robert De Niro's Oscar-winning performance is intense and awe inspiring, and Martin Scorsese uses his regular bag of camera tricks to add to the proceedings. The film features a stellar supporting turn by Joe Pesci as La Motta's brother, Joey.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I'm not an animal."--Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) after being thrown in jail on a morals charge at the end of his career
Rolling Stone "...A fiercely poetic study of violence. Stunningly shot in black-and-white..." 12/14/1989 p.23
New York Times "RAGING BULL is not simply the greatest boxing movie ever made; Martin Scorsese's 1980 masterpiece is arguably the finest American film released in [that] decade..." 08/04/2000 p.E23,"...[Scorsese's] most ambitious film as well as his finest....The performance of [De Niro's] career..."| 11/14/1980 p.C11
Los Angeles Times "...One of the bloodiest and most beautiful reflections on atonement in the Scorsese canon....It is still one of cinema's most breathtaking films..." 01/05/1990 p.F8
Chicago Sun-Times "...Pesci's performance is the counterpoint to De Niro's, and its equal; their verbal sparring has a kind of crazy music to it....RAGING BULL is the most painful and heartrending portrait of jealousy in the cinema..." 05/10/1998 p.5
Total Film "De Niro has gone above and beyond. Yet nothing can match his mesmerising performance as middleweight boxing champ Jake LaMotta..." 03/01/2004 p.5
Premiere "[A] monumental biopic..." 02/01/2005 p.107
Sight and Sound "[A] troubling, exhilarating, masterfully made study of self-destructive masculinity." 11/01/2005 p.90
Uncut Ranked #2 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "'Ultimate' is, for once, an accurate description." 01/01/2006 p.84-85
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t is without a doubt De Niro's ultimate immersion into 'The Method', up there with Brando in ON THE WATERFRONT and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE." 09/01/2007 p.59
Entertainment Weekly "De Niro is both charismatic and creepy, finding the humanity inside a monster." -- Grade: A 01/21/2011
Martin Scorsese
Joe Pesci
Robert De Niro
Cast & Crew
Nicholas Colasanto - Star
Frank Adonis - Star
Frank Vincent - Star
Joe Pesci - Star
Cathy Moriarty - Star
Robert De Niro - Star
Theresa Saldana - Star
Michael Chapman - Director of Photography
Robert Chartoff - Producer
Mardik Martin - Screenwriter
Irwin Winkler - Producer
Richard Bruno - Costume Designer
Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor
Joseph Carter - Story
Jake La Motta - Story
Gene Rudolf - Production Designer
Peter Savage - Story
Paul Schrader - Screenwriter
Martin Scorsese - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1980
UPC 00883904230120
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 129 minutes
Color B&W
Name Robert De Niro
Award Category Best Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1980
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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