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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 219844641
UPC: 043396342101
UPC 14: 00043396342101
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On Every Street in Every City, There's a Nobody Who Dreams of Being a Somebody.
4 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture! (1976) Special Collector's Edition is digitally remastered and includes a never-before-seen making-of documentary featuring interviews with the creators and stars of the film. Robert De Niro stars with Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, and Albert Brooks in the all-too-real story of a psychotic dvd York cabby who is driven to violence in an attempt to rescue a teenage prostitute.

"...the quintessential 1970s American film...  Andrew O'Hehi, Salon
"Since the mid-1970s, the movie has become presciently emblematic of our emotionally diseased, violence-prone culture.  Desson How, Washington Post
"De Niro is dazzling in one of his signature roles.  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...one of the best and most powerful of all films...  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
Martin Scorsese's intense film, a hallmark of 1970s filmmaking, graphically depicts the tragic consequences of urban alienation when a New York City taxi driver goes on a murderous rampage against the pitiable denizens inhabiting the city's underbelly. For psychotic, pistol-packing Vietnam vet Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), New York City seems like a circle of hell. Driving his cab each night through the bleak Manhattan streets, Bickle observes with fanatical loathing the sleazy lowlifes who comprise most of his fares. By day he haunts the porno theaters of 42nd Street, taking his cues from the violent vision of life portrayed in these movies. As badly as Travis wants to connect with the people around him--including Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), a lovely blonde campaign worker, and Iris (Jodie Foster), a prepubescent prostitute he tries to save--his attempts are thwarted and his pent-up rage grows, turning him into a Mohawk-wearing walking time bomb. Scorcese fills Paul Schrader's screenplay with a tragic realism, brilliantly capturing the muck and grime of New York City. De Niro, playing the fragile hero, steps so deep inside his role that the results are deeply frightening. Bernard Herrmann's haunting score--which turned out to be his last--completes the urban nightmare.

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Video Features Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, French

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/5/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 114 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1976
Video UPC UPC: 00043396342101
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charles Scorsese
Video Cast Info Albert Brooks
Video Cast Info Harvey Keitel
Video Cast Info Ralph S. Singleton
Video Cast Info Cybill Shepherd
Video Cast Info Jodie Foster
Video Cast Info Victor Argo
Video Cast Info Peter Savage
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro
Video Cast Info Diahnne Abbott
Video Cast Info Peter Boyle
Video Cast Info Charles Rosen - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Ruth Morley - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Bernard Herrmann - Composer
Video Cast Info Melvin Shapiro - Editor
Video Cast Info Dick Smith - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Tom Rolf - Editor
Video Cast Info Michael Chapman - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Julia Phillips - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Phillips - Producer
Video Cast Info Paul Schrader - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Bernard Herrmann - Music Director
Video Cast Info Martin Scorsese - Director
Plot Summary
This brutal vision of urban decay and malaise has justifiably become one of Martin Scorsese's most celebrated films. Robert De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a cabdriver and Vietnam vet whose mind slips even further into insanity after being rejected by an attractive campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd). As he plots the assassination of her party's candidate, he finds himself trying to rescue a 13-year-old prostitute (Jodie Foster) from her vicious pimp (Harvey Keitel). Scorsese and De Niro once again team up to bring Paul Schrader's powerful script to life with this classic psychological thriller.

Awards


Grammy (1977)
   Video Award Name Bernard Herrmann, Nominee, Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special

Oscar (1977)
   Video Award Name Jodie Foster, Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Michael Phillips, Nominee, Best Picture

Golden Globe (1977)
   Video Award Name Paul Schrader, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Robert De Niro, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama

Oscar (1977)
   Video Award Name Robert De Niro, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role

Memorable Quotes

"You talkin' to me?"----Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), talking to himself in the mirror.

"No one's safe from the filth; we need to clean the city."----Bickle

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"...De Niro's work retains so much strength and integrity you soon forget who the man is and who he became..." 02/11/1996 p.5

Premiere
"[W]itness a gifted director assume command of the medium." 12/01/2003 p.12

Entertainment Weekly
"TAXI DRIVER may be very much of its time, but if you're listening, it's still talking to you." -- Grade: A 08/17/2007 p.57

Uncut
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] timeless, noir-inspired study of the pathology of loneliness." 10/01/2007 p.132

Sight and Sound
"[T]his is absolutely bravura-filmmaking....[Made with] intensity and craftsmanship..." 10/01/2007 p.87

Empire
5 stars out of 5 -- "On top of Scorsese's virtuoso filmmaking, Schrader's tight-as-a-drum screenplay and De Niro's compelling commitment and shades, TAXI DRIVER thrives on its refusal to iron out its contradictions." 09/01/2007 p.157

Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts continued longevity is rooted in the capturing of a very particular male loneliness and urban alienation, which frighteningly still touches a raw nerve today." 10/01/2007 p.122

Total Film
5 stars out of 5 -- "Scorsese's masterpiece of urban isolation....It's screenwriter Paul Schrader's palpable disgust that resonated (and still does) with disaffected viewers... 07/01/2011

ReelViews 10 of 10
Like Raging Bull, Taxi Driver features Robert De Niro in top form. As good as the actor has been elsewhere, these two pictures mark the apex of his superlative career...There's no doubt that Taxi Driver paints an extremely disturbing portrait -- we find ourselves understanding Travis' mindset. This is expert film making from Scorsese, cinematographer Michael Chapman, and the actors. Schrader's script, which was inspired by such diverse works as Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground and Harry Chapin's song, "Taxi Driver", is a masterful psychological study, the depth of which can only fully be appreciated on repeat viewings...Taxi Driver's message still rings as true as ever, and the characters are as shockingly believable as in the mid-seventies. This re-release offers movie-goers another opportunity to see one of Scorsese's most influential and disturbing films on the big screen. - James Berardinelli

Reel.com 10 of 10
Violent enough to make our current arbiter of all things moral, Henry Hyde, blanch, Taxi Driver nevertheless confronts the issue of American moral decay directly, though not in a way likely to lend comfort to Congressman Hyde and his merry band of bluenoses...Twenty-three years after its initial release, Scorsese's and screenwriter Paul Schrader's portrait of urban alienation, rage, and decay has lost none of its sting, feeling as contemporary as if it was made yesterday. Michael Chapman's cinematography of rain-swept, neon-spattered dvd York streets lend the proceeding a hallucinatory, almost surreal air. Scorsese abandoned his practice of using contemporary popular music to pepper his soundtrack, in favor of a gorgeous jazzy score from composer great Bernard Herrmann (his last) that underlines Bickle's sense of urban dislocation. At the center of the maelstrom is De Niro's intense and moving performance as Bickle in a multi-layered tour de force that never loses Bickle's humanity even as he reveals the monster within. - Pam Grady

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