Goodfellas
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Goodfellas

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Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

     
 

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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 asSee more details below

Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
For those who felt that the Godfather movies presented too idealized a view of the Mafia, Martin Scorsese's maniacally fast-paced, violent, and funny epic is a bracing antidote; Goodfellas reveals, in unstinting detail, the mob's amoral savagery. Based on Nicholas Pileggi's bestselling book Wiseguy, the film chronicles the doomed career of mobster-turned-FBI-informant Henry Hill. Growing up, he idolized the high-living Mafia goons he saw in his Brooklyn neighborhood and eventually became a member of their "family," though he was only half Sicilian. Largely eschewing conventional narrative, Scorsese adopts an episodic structure that allows him to concentrate on specifics of character and milieu. All of the acting -- from Ray Liotta's dazzling star turn as the cocaine-addled Hill to Joe Pesci's terrifying, Oscar-winning portrayal of a psychotic gangster -- is spectacular. And, as in Mean Streets, Scorsese uses pop music like no other director, brilliantly establishing the mood and period, which spans from the 1950s to the early 1980s. Nominated for six Academy Awards, Goodfellas stands as one of the great modern gangster films.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Seventeen years after revising the book on gangster movies in his breakthrough Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese returned to the netherworld of Italian-American organized crime with this stunningly ambitious, ferociously entertaining look at one man's rise and fall in a Mafia family. Shot and edited with a propulsive sense of rhythm that Gene Krupa would envy (this may be the fastest 150 minutes in film history), Goodfellas explores the 30-year career of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as a "mechanic" working for mob boss Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino). While most films about gangsters attribute their characters' criminal lives to greed or sociopathic behavior, Scorsese makes it clear Henry and his friends Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) are gangsters because they enjoy it: they like to steal, they enjoy violence, and their "work" allows them to profit from these qualities, which would be a hindrance in nearly any other career. However, while the film offers a point-blank look at New York's criminal underworld from the '50s to the '80s, Scorsese also uses this story as a unusual but clear moral fable. In the first few reels, Henry and his partners follow a strict code of honor and make sure to obey Cicero's wishes: you pay tribute to the boss, you stay away from dealing drugs, and you don't kill anyone unless it's absolutely necessary. By the mid-'70s, these guidelines have been forgotten, and as Henry, Jimmy, and Tommy slip away from Paulie's corrupt but strictly ordered ethical universe, it leads only to death and betrayal. Scorsese has long been fascinated with the actions of men searching for a moral compass in a faithless land, but he's rarely told the story with such kinetic force and audacious skill.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
UPC:
0085391912224
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:25:00
Sales rank:
17,519

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

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro James Conway
Ray Liotta Henry Hill
Joe Pesci Tommy DeVito
Lorraine Bracco Karen Hill
Paul Sorvino Paul Cicero
Frank Sivero Frankie Carbone
Tony Darrow Sonny Bunz
Mike Starr Frenchy
Frank Vincent Billy Batts
Frank DiLeo Tuddy Cicero
Christopher Serrone Young Henry
Henny Youngman Himself
Jerry Vale Himself
Frank Adonis Anthony Stabile
Manny Alfaro Gambling Doorman
Bob Altman Karen's Dad
Vito Antuofermo Prizefighter
Norman Barbera Bouncer
Tobin Bell Parole Officer
Mikey Black Freddy No Nose
Joel Blake Judge, 1971
Joseph Bono Mikey Franzese
Spencer Bradley Bruce's Brother
Michael Calandrino Godfather at Table
Joel Calendrillo Young Henry's Older Brother
Clem Caserta Joe Buddha
Nancy Ellen Cassaro Joe Buddha's Wife
Johnny "Cha-Cha" Ciarcia Batt's Crew No. 1
Peter Cicale Pete the Killer
Michael Citriniti Liquor Cop
Victor Colicchio Henry's 60s Crew
Tony Conforti Tony
Daniel P. Conte Dr. Dan
Kevin Corrigan Michael Hill
Janis Corsair Vito's Girl Friend
Joseph D'Onofrio Young Tommy
Lisa DaPolito Lisa
Ed Deacy Detective Deacy
Dominque de Vito Henry's Baby, Ruth
John di Benedetto Bleeding Man
Richard "Bo" Dietl Arresting Narc
Richard Dioguardi City Detective
Illeana Douglas Rosie
Lou Eppolito Fat Andy
Steve Forleo City Detective #1
Paula Gallo Janice's Girlfriend #1
Vincent Gallo Henry's 70's Crew
Julie Garfield Mickey Conway
Ruby Gaynor Ruth Hill, Age 11
Bob Golub Truck Driver at Diner
Margaux Guerard Judy Hill, Age 10
Edward Hayes Defense Attorney
Paul Herman Dealer
Thomas Hewson Drug Buyer
Peter Hock Mailman
Michael Imperioli Spider
Samuel L. Jackson Stacks Edwards
Mark Jacobs Bruce
Alyson Jones Judy Hill, Age 13
Elaine Kagan Henry's Mother
Nadine Kay Janice's Girl Friend
Stella Kietel Henry's Older Child, Judy
Marianne Leone Tuddy's Wife
Tony Lip Frankie the Wop
Gaetano Lisi Paul No. 3
Gaetano LoGiudice Actor
Charles Low Morris Kessler
Ronald Maccone Ronnie
John Manca Nickey Eyes
Gina Mastrogiacomo Janice Rossi
Gina Mattia Young Henry's Sister
Debi Mazar Sandy
Edward McDonald Himself
Anthony Valentin Young Michael
Susan Varon Susan
John Williams Johnny Roastbeef
Margo Winkler Belle Kessler
Philip Suriano Cicero's 60s Crew
Isiah Whitlock Doctor
Irving Welzer Copa Announcer
Welker White Lois Byrd
Robbie Vinton Bobby Vinton
Adam Wandt Kid
Katherine Wallach Diane
Vito Picone Vito
Max Raven Actor
Catherine Scorsese Tommy's Mother
Charles Scorsese Vinnie
Angela Pietropinto Cicero's Wife
Melissa Prophet Angie
Anthony Powers Jimmy Two Times
Beau Starr Henry's Father
Marie Michaels Mrs. Carbone
Fran McGee Johnny Roastbeef's Wife
Frank Pellegrino Johnny Dio
Suzanne Shepherd Karen's Mother
Tony Sirico Tony Stacks
Larry Silvestri Detective Silvestri
Daniela Barbosa Young Henry's Sister #1

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director,Screenwriter
Maher Ahmad Art Director
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Les Bloom Set Decoration/Design
Connie Brink Special Effects
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara de Fina Producer
Sylvia Fay Casting
Carl Fullerton Makeup
Thomas Lee Keller Costumes/Costume Designer
Ellen Lewis Casting
John Manca Consultant/advisor
Susan O'Donnell Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicholas Pileggi Screenwriter
Bruce S. Pustin Associate Producer,Production Designer
Michael Russo Stunts
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Allen Weisinger Makeup
Irwin Winkler Producer
Kristi Zea Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Goodfellas
1. Prologue and Credits [2:41]
2. The Cab Stand [3:06]
3. No More Letters [1:47]
4. Paulie's Business [1:31]
5. Like a Gangster [1:40]
6. Jimmy the Gent [2:39]
7. Henry's First Pinch [1:33]
8. The Idlewild Connection [1:36]
9. Cast of Characters [3:04]
10. Funny Guy [4:03]
11. The Bamboo lounge [4:53]
12. First Date, First Fight [2:52]
13. The Copacabana [3:03]
14. Airport Heist [1:07]
15. Animal Attraction [1:37]
16. Morrie and Bruce... [4:06]
17. The Wedding [2:58]
18. The Wives [4:29]
19. Togetherness [3:08]
20. Billy Bats [5:02]
21. Mrs. DeVito's House [4:02]
22. Fridays [2:35]
23. Digging Expedition [2:36]
24. Janice [1:20]
25. Spider [4:48]
26. At Gunpoint [2:26]
27. Trip to Tampa [:44]
28. Trip to Jail [:36]
29. Life in Stir [2:19]
30. On Our Own [1:23]
31. Homecoming; Paulie's [3:02]
32. New Business, New Home [2:32]
33. The Lufthansa Heist [2:36]
34. Payoffs [2:15]
35. Covering Stacks' Tracks [2:51]
36. Tommy's Good Fortune [4:06]
37. Morrie's Bad Fortune [:24]
38. Bodies All Over [2:09]
39. The Day Tommy is Made [2:49]
40. Sunday, May 11th 1980 [3:42]
41. Aftermath: The Bad Time [2:40]
42. Henry and Paulie [4:07]
43. Karen and Jimmy [10:33]
44. Smiling Murderers [3:22]
45. Leaving the Life [2:10]
46. A Schnook; Coda [2:31]
47. End Credits [3:01]

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