Raging Bull [Special Edition] [2 Discs] (WSE/B&W)

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Martin Scorsese's brutal character study incisively portrays the true rise and fall and redemption of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, a violent man in and out of the ring who thrives on his ability (and desire) to take a beating. Opening with the spectacle of the over-the-hill La Motta (Robert De Niro) practicing his 1960s night-club act, the film flashes back to 1940s New York, when Jake's career is on the rise. Despite pressure from the local mobsters, Jake trusts his brother Joey (Joe Pesci) to help him make it to a title bout against Sugar Ray Robinson the honest way; the Mob, however, will not cave in. Jake gets the title bout, and blonde teenage second wife Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), but success does nothing to exorcise his demons, even as he channels his rage into boxing. Alienating Vickie and Joey, and disastrously gaining weight, Jake has destroyed his personal and professional lives by the 1950s. After he hits bottom, however, Jake emerges with a gleam of self-awareness, as he sits rehearsing Marlon Brando's On the Waterfront speech in his dressing room mirror: "I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody." Working with a script adapted by Mardik Martin and Paul Schrader from La Motta's memoirs, Scorsese and De Niro sought to make an uncompromising portrait of an unlikable man and his ruthless profession. Eschewing uplifting Rocky-like boxing movie conventions, their Jake is relentlessly cruel and self-destructive; the only peace he can make is with himself. Michael Chapman's stark black-and-white photography creates a documentary/tabloid realism; the production famously shut down so that De Niro could gain 50-plus pounds. Raging Bull opened in late 1980 to raves for its artistry and revulsion for its protagonist; despite eight Oscar nominations, it underperformed at the box office, as audiences increasingly turned away from "difficult" films in the late '70s and early '80s. The Academy concurred, passing over Scorsese's work for Best Director and Picture in favor of Robert Redford and Ordinary People, although De Niro won a much-deserved Oscar, as did the film's editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. Oscar or no Oscar, Raging Bull has often been cited as the best American film of the 1980s. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi.

cc 3 audio commentaries featuring director Martin Scorsese, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, producer Irwin Winkler, Jake La Motta and more, 4 behind-the-scenes featurettes, "The Bronx Bull" making-of documentary, De Niro vs. La Motta shot-by-shot comparison, "La Motta Defends Title" newsreel footage.

cc 3 audio commentaries featuring director Martin Scorsese, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, producer Irwin Winkler, Jake La Motta and more 4 behind-the-scenes featurettes "The Bronx Bull" making-of documentary De Niro vs. La Motta shot-by-shot comparison "La Motta Defends Title" newsreel footage.

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Starring: James V. Christy, Robert Uricola, Charles Scorsese, Ted Husing, Ed Gregory, Joseph Bono, John Turturro, Theresa Saldana, Bill Hanrahan, Peter Petrella, Wally K. Berns, Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci, Paul Forrest, Peter Savage, Johnny Barnes, Vic Magnotta, Harvey Parry, Lori Anne Flax, Count Billy Varga, Michael Badalucco, Mario Gallo, Cathy Moriarty, Peter Fain, Lou Tiano, John Arceri, Cis Corman, Candy Moore, Don Dunphy, Jimmy Lennon, Sr., Bernie Allen, Kevin Breslin, Richard McMurray, Shay Duffin
Director: Martin Scorsese
Studio Name: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: 02/05/2007
Rating: R
Format: DVD
Screen Format: WSE/B&W
Run Time (in minutes): 129 minutes
Language: Spanish
Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital Surrond
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.7 x 5.5 x 7.8
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Outstanding, loved every minute of this film.
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5.0 stars by bunni9

This film was a perfect story of a real life person Jake L. I love Robert D. and he realy made the character come alive as if it were he himself. Loved everything about it, very believable.

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