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Gangs of New York (Blu-ray)

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Miramax Gangs Of New York (Blu-ray) An epic tale of vengeance and survival, "Gangs Of New York" now hitsharder than ever on Blu-ray Disc(TM). Directed byAcademy Award(R) winner Martin Scorsese (2006, Best Director, "The Departed"), this motion picture event stars two-time Oscar(R) winner Daniel Day-Lewis (1989, Best Actor, "My Left Foot"; 2007, Best Actor, "There Will Be Blood"), Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cameron Diaz. After years of incarceration, Irish immigrant Amsterdam Vallon (DiCaprio) returns to lower Manhattan's lawless, corrupt Five Points section seeking revenge against the rival gang leader (Day-Lewis) who killed his father. But before long, Amsterdam's personal vendetta becomes part of an erupting wave of full-blown gang warfare. Feel your heart pound while weapons and cultures clash in a chaotic symphony of life and death. Surrender to the tumultuous atmosphere of 1860s New York as phenomenal sound and stunning visual clarity transport you back in time. Prepare to experience Scorsese's masterpiece as never before on Blu-ray High Definition.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 207906367
UPC 786936761139
UPC 14 00786936761139
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/1/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Dicaprio,Leonardo
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Alessandro Alberti, et. al. - Art Director
Bob Weinstein - Executive Producer
Brendan Gleeson - Actor
Cameron Diaz - Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis - Actor
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer
Harvey Weinstein - Producer
Henry Thomas - Actor
Howard Shore - Original Music By
Jay Cocks - Based On Story By
Jim Broadbent - Actor
John C. Reilly - Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio - Actor
Liam Neeson - Actor
Martin Scorsese - Director
Michael Ballhaus - Cinematographer
Steven Zaillian, et. al. - Screenplay
Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor
Awards
Winner (2003) British Academy Awards, Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,Golden Globe, Martin Scorsese, Best Director - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, U2 ("The Hands That Built America"), Best Original Song - Motion Picture,Screen Actors Guild, Daniel Day-Lewis, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominee (2003) Oscar, Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Michael Ballhaus, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Martin Scorsese, Best Director,Oscar, Thelma Schoonmaker, Best Editing,Oscar, Bono, et. al. ("The Hands That Built America"), Best Music, Original Song,Oscar, Alberto Grimaldi, Harvey Weinstein, Best Picture,Oscar, Jay Cocks, et. al., Best Writing, Original Screenplay,Oscar, Sandy Powell, Best Costume Design
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Gangs of New York is a bold, epic spectacle brought to the screen using more of the old-fashioned Hollywood techniques (elaborate sets, large groups of extras) than the new ones (CGI). Visually, it is stunning, and the storyline encompasses a grand scope, using a fascinating and turbulent period of American history as the canvas upon which master cinematic painter Martin Scorsese crafts his images. Yet, despite all of this, Gangs of New York doesn't come close to masterpiece status. There are some great individual scenes and a tremendous performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, but the connecting material is mediocre, leading to the occasional twinge of dissatisfaction...This is inarguably the most ambitious motion picture of his long career, the first time he has attempted a pure epic...We see here the birth pangs of the greatest American city in all of its ugliness. Yet, in presenting such a large tapestry, Scorsese occasionally seems to lose control of the flow. There are times when the movie meanders and the psychological depth of two of the three principal characters falls far below what we have come to expect from the director of the masterworks Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas. Gangs of New York is an example of a production in which the whole is less than the sum of its elements.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" rips up the postcards of American history and reassembles them into a violent, blood-soaked story of our bare-knuckled past. The New York it portrays in the years between the 1840s and the Civil War is, as a character observes, "the forge of hell," in which groups clear space by killing their rivals...All of this is a triumph for Scorsese, and yet I do not think this film is in the first rank of his masterpieces. It is very good but not great. I wrote recently of "GoodFellas" that "the film has the headlong momentum of a storyteller who knows he has a good one to share." I didn't feel that here. Scorsese's films usually leap joyfully onto the screen, the work of a master in command of his craft. Here there seems more struggle, more weight to overcome, more darkness. It is a story that Scorsese has filmed without entirely internalizing. The gangsters in his earlier films are motivated by greed, ego and power; they like nice cars, shoes, suits, dinners, women. They murder as a cost of doing business. The characters in "Gangs of New York" kill because they like to and want to. They are bloodthirsty, and motivated by hate. I think Scorsese liked the heroes of "GoodFellas," "Casino" and "Mean Streets," but I'm not sure he likes this crowd.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Dicaprio,Leonardo
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Everything is vast and hugely ambitious in Martin Scorsese's magisterial, scrambled historical epic.
Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post Scorsese creates a film so resonant that it is both a work of great art and an anthropological document.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune A magnificent throwback to an almost vanished era of epic filmmaking by great filmmakers in thrall to their own passions...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone A triumph of pure craft and passionate heart.
Rich Cline, Film Threat ...a spacious, robust movie that grabs hold of us and doesn't let go for nearly three hours.
Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club A grand achievement in history and anthropology, supporting its ambition and scope with a sumptuous re-creation of the period...
Susan Stark, Detroit News A historical epic with the courage of its convictions about both scope and detail.

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