Gangs of New York [DVD] [2002]

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  • Release Date: 04/15/2011
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (141 out of 148)

    Synopsis


    Gangs of New York
    The violent rise of gangland power in New York City at a time of massive political corruption and the city's evolution into a cultural melting pot set the stage for this lavish historical epic, which director Martin Scorsese finally brought to the screen almost 30 years after he first began to plan the project. In 1846, as waves of Irish immigrants poured into the New York neighborhood of Five Points, a number of citizens of British and Dutch heritage who were born in the United States began making an open display of their resentment toward the new arrivals. William Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), better known as "Bill the Butcher" for his deadly skill with a knife, bands his fellow "Native Americans" into a gang to take on the Irish immigrants; the immigrants in turn form a gang of their own, "The Dead Rabbits," organized by Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson). After an especially bloody clash between the Natives and the Rabbits leaves Vallon dead, his son goes missing; the boy ends up in a brutal reform school before returning to the Five Points in 1862 as Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio). Now a strapping adult who has learned how to fight, Amsterdam has come to seek vengeance against Bill the Butcher, whose underworld control of the Five Points through violence and intimidation dovetails with the open corruption of New York politician "Boss" Tweed (Jim Broadbent). Amsterdam gradually penetrates Bill the Butcher's inner circle, and he soon becomes his trusted assistant. Amsterdam also finds himself falling for Jenny Everdeane (Cameron Diaz), a beautiful but street-smart thief who was once involved with Bill. Amsterdam is learning a great deal from Bill, but before he can turn the tables on the man who killed his father, Amsterdam's true identity is exposed, even though he has concealed it from nearly everyone, including Jenny. Gangs Of New York was the first film in two years from actor Leonardo DiCaprio; ironically, it was at one time scheduled to open on the same day as Catch Me If You Can, the Steven Spielberg project that DiCaprio began filming immediately after Gangs wrapped. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Leonardo DiCaprio
      Leonardo DiCaprio - Amsterdam Vallon
    • Daniel Day-Lewis
      Daniel Day-Lewis - William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher
    • Cameron Diaz
      Cameron Diaz - Jenny Everdeane
    • Jim Broadbent
      Jim Broadbent - William "Boss" Tweed
    • John C. Reilly
      John C. Reilly - Happy Jack



    Customer rating

    4.5
    96%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      History Story

      Posted
      ArDub

      It's a great story; it's just that it never happened that way. Martin Scorsese's usual terrific cinematography and attention to detail combine with generally excellent acting (Daniel Day Lewis, duh) and characterization to produce an interesting, compelling period action epic. The problem lies in the fact that it grossly misrepresents New York and US history; it just didn't happen that way. Oh, the politics were corrupt, the gangs owned neighborhoods, and law depended on who ran the zoo, but many key elements are altered or eliminated for the sake of someone's idea of a coherent storyline. The gravest offense is the inaccuracy surrounding one of the worst racist incidents in 19th century America, the New York anti-African American riots. That's the hardest part to overlook; without that, it would be easy to dismiss the altered history and enjoy it as a film, much as Evita is a great musical, so long as one dismisses any connection to historical fact. And Scorcese has made a good film that's absorbing to watch, visually fascinating, and well-acted.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Visually - A Masterpiece

      Posted
      gturner
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      Visually, the film is a masterpiece, offering some of the best cinematography, art direction and costume design of any film released in 2002. With the help of some master-craftsmen, Scorcese has created a complete world unto itself, one that doesn't look quite like anything we have ever seen on film before. The setting provides a stunning mixture of the real - and the surreal, with everything from the clapboard buildings to the foot-tall hats deriving their style from extrapolated exaggeration. It is truly an astonishing, eye-popping achievement. The verdict: A fabulous film, which is going to be recognized for such in some years

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      history on film

      Posted
      joe1979

      The acting is superb, the story is superb, everything about this movie is good. I am truly surprised that it doesn't have a higher rating...I never knew that the problems of gangs in New York went back that far and i am sure that some things are exaggerated but hey that makes good cinema. So good i did a bunch of research on how things were with some of the first gangs. This movies is pretty accurate as far as the brutallity of things around the Fives Points of New York way back in the day. Absolutely worth watching!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie made better by HD

      Posted
      JonnyBoy0311

      This is an epic movie about a revenge and honor with the backdrop being one of the most interesting time periods in America's history. the movie is gritty, the hero's are not always heroic and the villian is the prefect kind, the kind you sort of love and respect. I would so that to date this is Daniel Day Lewis' best roll. Having this movie in HD just made the experience more grand and the dirty streets of old New York pop out. This is just a great all around film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Should have been better

      Posted
      Leon
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      The results of the 2003 Academy Awards speak volumes about this film. It is clearly ambitious. It had all of the ingredients to make an incredible movie with Scorsese and Day-Lewis. However, not all of the cylinders were firing in perfect harmony. The movie is way to long for the story it is trying to tell, and the best parts of the movie are it's beginning and ending. With 10 Oscar nominations in 2003 and not one win among them....well, enough said.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      True history of the Gangs of New York

      Posted
      Jayne1954

      A great true story of the history of New York gangs. It does not matter if you know the history or not, this is a must see. I do not like movies that kill people off just to sell the movie. Any killing in this movie is done because it is part of the true history of the gangs in New York. The gangs in New York go way back and you will be surprised just how far they go back. Each time you watch this movie you will understand it a little better each time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing In Multiple Aspects

      Posted
      Steven
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      History Buff Or Not, This Is A Great Story To Watch Unfold. The Ending Is A Bit Anti-Climactic, But It's Still Worth Watching. Obviously, Leonardo DiCaprio Does A Great Job, But Daniel Day-Lewis Steals The Whole Movie, The Acting Chops That Guy Has Are Phenomenal!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great movie, great transfer

      Posted
      rebelYUN
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      a very fun semi-fictional story on the history of gangs in new york. It's as if you stepped back in time. there was a great effort put in for the blu ray transfer and it looks better than releases today. It makes for a very fun and new experience.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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