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.~Jeremy Beday
Cast and crew with Martin Scorsese, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent, co-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, producers Irvin Winkler and Barbara De Fina, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker
Cop and crook with Henry Hill and former FBI agent Edward McDonald
3 documentaries with the cast and crew:
Made men: the Goodfellas legacy
The workaday gangster
Paper is cheaper than film: storyboard-to-screen comparisons
Is not full screen or widescreen. Looks almost like a square in the middle. You have to flip the dvd over mid movie to finish. The dvd arrived scratched and the holder broken. Case itself is chipped in corners. I have purchased DVD's in the past for a low price and received them in excellent condition so this is not a matter of 'you get what you pay for'.
This is a great film with fantastic cinematography. That said, I feel that I get a better picture with the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray. There is a slight, I mean slight upgrade with this picture. I’d say the flaw lies in the grain and the blacks. It’s still a good picture but at times the sharpness falls here and there. It doesn’t remain constant. All in all it’s a pretty good picture but in my own opinion I prefer the picture quality of the Blu-ray. I must say though the audio in this 4K is pristine. With a proper set up you get definite Dolby experiences. Whatever your preference, it’s your choice. Both versions are pretty good. Bottom line I’m happy with my 25th Anniversary version.
Cited by film critic Roger Ebert as "the best mob movie ever," GoodFellas explores the criminal life like no other movie. Following the rise and fall of a trio of gangsters over 30 years, it's an electrifying, fact-inspired tale of living – and dying. Based on the true-life best seller "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi, the film earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director and was named 1990's 'Best Film' by the New York, Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics. In 2000, GoodFellas was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the US Library of Congress.
Scorsese was awarded the Silver Lion Award for Best Director in Venice. Robert De Niro received wide recognition for his performance as veteran criminal Jimmy "The Gent" Conway, and Joe Pesci, as the volatile Tommy DeVito, walked off with the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Academy Award nominees Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino also turned in electrifying performances.
I didn't experience the darkness other reviews mentioned. The audio quality was incredible. The 4k aspect was better than I was expecting considering other reviews. Maybe next time I'll watch the 25th anniversary edition included with the 4k disc. Not disappointed at all.
Goodfellas is often held up next to Godfather in competition for the “best mob movie ever”, but I still give it to Goodfellas. I think the characters and dynamic nature of the film is still as captivating as it was when it first came out. Goodfellas is a very entertaining, faster paced film where Godfather really romanticizes the mob life where Goodfellas just feels realer.
This is an amazing set for a great price: the 4K disc, the special edition blu ray copy, and a third special features disc. You also get a free digital redemption code. If you like Goodfellas, then seeing it on 4K is incredibly worth it.