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Two Disc Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 88 (Sep 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco & Paul Sorvino

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Martin Scorses's classic mob story returns to DVD in a new two-disc special edition featuring a collection of great new bonus material and a new transfer, which makes obsolete the previously-released non-anamorphic "flipper." Bonus features on Disc One include a text-based list of awards the film has garnered as well as two audio commentary tracks. Track One features a collection of anecdotes, recollections and comments from a variety of cast and crew members including director Martin Scorsese, executive producer Barbara De Fina, producer Irwin Winkler, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, actors Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, "Wideguy" author Nicholas Pileggi, and others. The second track features the cop and the crook on which the film was based upon: Henry Hill, the film's protagonist, and Ed McDonald, Hill's sponsor in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Disc Two features the trailer and four newly-produced featurettes: Getting Made: The Making Of GoodFellas (30 minutes), The Workaday Gangster (8 minutes), Made Men: The GoodFellas Legacy (14 minutes), and Paper Is Cheaper Than Film (4 minutes).

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 19122
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 145
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1990
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/17/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Martin Scorsese
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on a true story and Nicholas Pileggi

DVD Picture:
Compared to the previously released non-anamorphic DVD (Issue 25), this new anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits richly saturated colors and satisfying sharpness. Fleshtones are often well balanced, if a little ruddy at times, and blacks are incredibly deep. While images are sharp and can be nicely detailed and textured, there is a bit of softness noticed as well. The picture has a bit of a dark nature, but shadow delineation is nicely balanced. Viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended. The source element is revealing of some dirt on occasion, but is otherwise quite clean. Pixelization is minimal, as is edge enhancement for a picture that looks really great. (Suzanne Hodges)

Everything sounds very good in this remastered Dolby