GoodFellas [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1990]

Martin Scorsese's gangster epic Goodfellas originally appeared on DVD in the early days of the format. This two-disc special edition replaces that first release as the definitive DVD of the film. The movie itself is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. This is a difficult film to transfer because of the deep reds, but this disc looks as good as one could possibly hope. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. The extensive supplemental materials include one of the finest commentary tracks ever recorded. Featuring just about every major figure involved in the film (both in front of and behind the camera) , the track offers comments from Scorsese that reveal how every aspect of production figures into every shot. Listening to him explain why the famous "What's so funny about me" scene would not work in a film with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 is a master class in film directing. A second commentary track features Henry Hill, the real life gangster played in the film by Ray Liotta, and an FBI agent who spent his career tracking down gangsters. A second disc contains an information packed documentary on the making of the film, and a short featurette in which directors Richard Linklater, Jon Favrau, and Allen and Albert Hughes discuss the film's influence. Simply stated, this is one of the best DVD releases of 2004.
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4.8
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (459 out of 480)

Special Features

  • Disc One:
  • Cast and Crew with director Martin Scorsese, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent, co-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, producers Irwin Winkler and Barbara De Fina, cinematographer Michael Balhaus, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker
  • "Cop and Crook" with Henry Hill and former FBI agent Edward McDonald
  • Disc Two:
  • "Getting Made": How a movie classic hits the streets
  • "Made Men: The Goodfellas Legacy": Filmmakers Joe Carnaham, Jon Favreau, Antoine Fuqua, the Hughes Brothers, and Richard Linklater comment on the movie's influence
  • "The Workaday Gangster" looks at the less glamorous side of mob life
  • "Paper Is Cheaper Than Film": Storyboard-to-screen comparisons
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Languages: English & Español
  • Subtitles: English, Français and Español

Synopsis

GoodFellas
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - James Conway
  • Ray Liotta
    Ray Liotta - Henry Hill
  • Joe Pesci
    Joe Pesci - Tommy DeVito
  • Lorraine Bracco
    Lorraine Bracco - Karen Hill
  • Paul Sorvino
    Paul Sorvino - Paul Cicero

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