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Once Upon a Time in America [DVD] [1984]

  • SKU: 28815259
  • Release Date: 08/11/2015
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (200 out of 211)

    Special Features


    • Disc 1:
    • Extended director's cut - part one
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Excerpt from the documentary profile Once Upon A Time: Sergio Leone
    • Disc 2:
    • Extended director's cut - part two
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Once Upon a Time in America
    Though some viewers might be put off by its length, graphic violence, and absence of likable characters, Sergio Leone's final film is also a cinematic masterpiece. Spanning four decades, the film tells the story of David "Noodles" Aaronson (Robert De Niro) and his Jewish pals, chronicling their childhoods on New York's Lower East Side in the 1920s, through their gangster careers in the 1930s, and culminating in Noodles' 1968 return to New York from self-imposed exile, at which time he learns the truth about the fate of his friends and again confronts the nightmare of his past. The acting, the re-creation of the time period, the cinematography, and the music are all superb. However, even more important is Leone's ability to make the film work on so many different levels: it's both a criticism of gangster-film mythology and a continuation of the director's exploration of the issues of time and history. Strange as it may seem, the violence and gore in the first half of the film turn into a sad elegy about wasted lives and lost love. The film's strengths emerge only in its full 229-minute version -- the 139-minute and other edited versions don't make nearly the same impact. ~ Yuri German, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Robert De Niro
      Robert De Niro - David "Noodles" Aaronson
    • James Woods
      James Woods - Max
    • Elizabeth McGovern
      Elizabeth McGovern - Deborah
    • Treat Williams
      Treat Williams - Jimmy O'Donnell
    • Tuesday Weld
      Tuesday Weld - Carol



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 211 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Such an incredible story!

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      FastestManAlive
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      Wasn't sure about this film prior to purchase, as I had never seen it (or barely even heard of it), but due to how much I enjoy Sergio Leone's other "Spaghetti Westerns", combined with my love of DeNiro films and other great gangster films (like Scorcese and Coppola), I went for it. And despite its exceptionally long 4+ hour running time, it is really something great. Just look at it like you're watching The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II back-to-back. Especially when you consider The Godfather, Part II as almost two movies in one (with all the flashback scenes intercut with the main timeline), it's easily comparable to this film. Not to be missed for any true gangster epic fan!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another Leone Masterpiece

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      Ethanplus1
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      Budget release that contains the theatrical AND the director's virtually unseen cut. I like releases that give us the option to choose which version to watch. With that said, OUATIA is Leone's epic entry into the gangster genre chronicalling over 50 years in the lives Jewish hoods in NYC. GOODFELLAS? Get outta here! OUATIA was made 6 years before it. Check it out. This movie could make you a fan of the Maestro.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fan of DeNiro, Leone & crime drama? Get this!

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      bqaggie
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      I simply purchased this because I saw it in the $5.99 bargain bin. I had owned it on normal DVD for the longest time & simply wanted to upgrade the quality for cheap. It's nothing special, as far as extras are concerned, but there's a digital code. It serves its purpose in good, cheap entertainment!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An essential buy

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      BWooster
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      A truly epic classic film - this Extended Director's Cut is utterly superior to the mangled theatrical release (from 140 to 250 minutes!). Superb writing and superb acting by major *and* minor cast characters. Blu- ray transfer is excellent, but the 10% or so of the footage added for the extended cut is from noticeably flawed material - very faded color and exaggerated contrast.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic

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      Krle
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      Drama about the rise and fall of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York at the beginning of the century through the 1960s. Classic is the best way to describe this movie. It is a 2 Blu-ray disc. One is the original theatrical cut and the second disc is the extended director's cut. The Director's Extended Cut has an additional 22 minutes never before seen in the theaters. AWESOME.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very underrated

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      TSDSR
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      This movie is probably one of Robert De Niro best gangster roles and the fact that he's Italian playing a Jewish man and made it very convincing the back and forth and the time jumps were great you got to see a young Joe Pesci and a young Jennifer Conley before they became household names and the great spaghetti western Director Sergio Leon' s ride off into the sunset

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Classic!

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      Headphones
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      This is an excellent movie by the directory who made Clint Eastwood a star. The movie is a gritty, and thrilling portrayal of loyalty and betrayal among the gangster mobs of early America and should be of historical value to fans of Sergio Leone. It includes the same type of character as the Man With No Name, and has you both rooting for and disapproving of him.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Another De Niro Classic

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      f16guy
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      This movie was released in 1984 so Robert De Niro was only 41 years old. James Woods also plays a key role in this movie. Very well rounded tale of youths turned to violence and criminal behavior and how it effected their lives. Directed by Sergio Leone, the movie seems a bit long but I think that was Leone's style as he wanted the viewer to have the full story.

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