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    Unique ID Code: 0000029546
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    Added on: 23/1/2002 07:13
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    Goodfellas (UK)

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    "As far back as I can remember, I`ve always wanted to be a gangster." -- Henry Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 139 mins
    Retail Price: £12.99
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    When Martin Scorsese, one of the world`s most skilful and respected directors, reunited with two-time Oscar Winner Robert De Niro in `GoodFellas`, the result was one of the most powerful films of the year.
    Based on the true life best seller `Wiseguy` by Nicolas Pileggi and backed by a dynamic pop/rock oldies soundtrack, critics and filmgoers alike declared `GoodFellas` great.

    It was named the best film of the `90s by the New York, Los Angeles and National Society of film critics, and it earned 6 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

    Robert De Niro received wide recognition for his performance as veteran criminal Jimmy `The Gent` Conway. And as the volatile Tommy DeVito, Joe Pesci walked off with the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

    Academy Award nominee Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino also turned in electrifying performances. You have to see it to believe it - then watch again. `GoodFellas` explores the criminal life like no other movie.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Production Notes

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Letterbox 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 Italian
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Martin Scorsese

    Written By:

    Paul Sorvino
    Lorraine Bracco
    Joe Pesci
    Ray Liotta
    Robert De Niro

    Casting By:
    Ellen Lewis

    Soundtrack By:
    Charlie Watts
    Muddy Waters
    Pete Townshend
    Keith Richards
    Mick Jagger
    Eric Clapton

    Director of Photography:
    Michael Ballhaus

    Thelma Schoonmaker
    James Y. Kwei

    Costume Designer:
    Richard Bruno

    Production Designer:
    Kristi Zea

    Irwin Winkler
    Bruce S. Pustin

    Executive Producer:
    Barbara De Fina

    Warner Bros

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10

    A very good film with a superb story line and great acting


    Grainy in places and certainly not the best quality Warner Brothers have ever produced


    An improvement over the video with some explosions and gunfire. But mostly involving the front speakers


    Production notes and 2 trailers. Nothing special


    An exteremly good film let down in places by video quality and the fact that it`s a flipper disc. But it is still a good buy just for the film it`s self
    posted by mr_m704 on 24/1/2002 19:14
    8 / 10
    Goodfellas is as compelling and absorbing as any crime drama I have ever seen. The script shows all the facets of these characters; they are all fully developed individuals capable of great good and great evil. The moral ambiguity of their lifestyle is treated with a shrug. Goodfellas is not about Mafia dons, but about those who exist on a lower level. It`s about the bonds that are formed between compatriots in crime, and how betrayal is the most heinous offense imaginable. The mob is a fraternity - an all-boys club where everyone looks after each other.

    Goodfellas begins calmly, but, by the time the final credits roll, there has been a great deal of blood shed. Some of the violence is sudden, shocking, and visceral. One death in particular comes as a total surprise, and leaves the viewer momentarily stunned and disoriented. Even after I have seen the film numerous times, this scene remains unsettling. There are many other moments that have a similar, albeit less amplified, impact. Goodfellas does not rely on plot twists to hold the viewer`s attention - the strength and breadth of the story and characters do that - but one of the film`s strongest traits is the sense of uncertainty that hangs over every frame. Scorsese`s tactic of using two narrators (sometimes Henry`s voiceovers are replaced by Karen`s) even leaves open the possibility that Henry might not survive the film.

    Michael Ballhaus` cinematography is a marvel in itself. Ballhaus does almost everything imaginable with light in this film. He bounces it, bends it, shifts it and Scorsese plunges his camera right into the violent abyss and never makes it seem mindless but yet an important part of the story.

    The only downside to this particular DVD is that it`s a flipper!

    I`m sure that a better version is being planned as you read this, so hang on in there and wait.
    posted by Aslan on 22/8/2002 19:30