Once in a while, a film comes along that combines all the qualities that make a blockbuster classic.. " GoodFellas " is definitely one of these films, with a cast to die for, a storyline that combines just about everything. Drama, Horror, Romance, Action & Crime all rolled up into some of the most beautiful cinematography Hollywood has to offer. Martin Scorsese's abilities shine in this masterpiece of film engineering and this Blu-ray only highlights the sheer genius of this fine director.
synopsis - Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi’s best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the “wise guys” in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), who takes him in as a surrogate son. As he reaches his teens, Hill (Ray Liotta) is inducted into the world of petty crime, where he distinguishes himself as a “stand-up guy” by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his psychotic partner Tommy (Joe Pesci), he rises through the ranks to become Paulie’s lieutenant; however, he quickly learns that, like his mentor Jimmy (Robert DeNiro), his ethnicity prevents him from ever becoming a “made guy,” an actual member of the crime family. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and the mobsters, who feel that he has become a threat to their security with his reckless dealings. Goodfellas was rewarded with six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture; Pesci would walk away with Best Supporting Actor for his work.
Video - Superb 1.85:1 aspect ratio 1080p/VC-1 encode on a BD-50 dual-layer disc. Colors are gorgeous, with lifelike clarity that looks amazingly true! This PQ is about as good as it gets and all will be pleased with this excellent picture.
Audio - When GoodFellas was released on HD-DVD its audio was encoded using the Dolby Digital-Plus Lossy encode. Now on Blu-ray, we get a Digital Dolby 5.1 encode that is very good, but a DTS-HD Master audio track, would have been more proper. GoodFellas sound is encoded at 640kpbs bitrate with dialog sounding adequate, with the fronts & center being heavily used, since this is mainly a dialog driven soundtrack.
Extras - 2 commentaries by Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino and Frank Vincent, screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, producers Irwin Winkler and Barbara De Fina, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker. - second commentary, dubbed "The Crook and The Cop." Henry Hill and FBI agent Edward McDonald - 29-minute "Getting Made" cast commentary, featuring new interviews with Liotta and Bracco - 8-minute "Workaday Gangster," which features a new interview with Hill on life as a mobster - "Paper is Cheaper Than Film" storyboard-to-film comparison, which features Scorsese's pencil-drawings of many of the key scenes in the film.
GoodFellas is a masterpiece of Movie Making and hands down one of the all time best Mob films ever put to celluloid.. Martin Scorsese's fine direction and the combined talents of Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta & Paul Sorvino have created a film for the ages!