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The Departed (Limited Edition SteelBook) [Blu-ray]

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Martin Scorsese makes a welcome return to the mean streets (of Boston, in this case) with The Departed, hailed by many as Scorsese's best film since Casino. Since this crackling crime thriller is essentially a Scorsese-stamped remake of the acclaimed 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, the film was intensely scrutinized by devoted critics and cinephiles, and while Scorsese's intense filmmaking and all-star cast deserve ample acclaim, The Departed is also worthy of serious re-assessment, especially with regard to what some attentive viewers described as sloppy craftsmanship (!), notably in terms of mismatched shots and jagged continuity. But no matter where you fall on the Scorsese appreciation scale, there's no denying that The Departed is a signature piece of work from one of America's finest directors, designed for maximum impact with a breathtaking series of twists, turns, and violent surprises. It's an intricate cat-and-mouse game, but this time the cat and mouse are both moles: Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is an ambitious cop on the rise, planted in the Boston police force by criminal kingpin Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a hot-tempered police cadet who's been artificially disgraced and then planted into Costello's crime operation as a seemingly trustworthy soldier. As the multilayered plot unfolds (courtesy of a scorching adaptation by Kingdom of Heaven screenwriter William Monahan), Costigan and Sullivan conduct a volatile search for each other (they're essentially looking for "themselves") while simultaneously wooing the psychiatrist (Vera Farmiga) assigned to treat their crime-driven anxieties.

Such convenient coincidences might sink a lesser film, but The Departed is so electrifying that you barely notice the plot-holes. And while Nicholson's profane swagger is too much "Jack" and not enough "Costello," he's still a joy to watch, especially in a film that's additionally energized by memorable (and frequently hilarious) supporting roles for Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, and a host of other big-name performers. The Departed also makes clever and plot-dependent use of cell-phones, to the extent that it couldn't exist without them. Powered by Scorsese's trademark use of well-chosen soundtrack songs (from vintage rock to Puccini's operas), The Departed may not be perfect, but it's one helluva ride for moviegoers, proving popular enough to become the biggest box-office hit of Scorsese's commercially rocky career. --Jeff Shannon

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Introduced by director Martin Scorsese, the nine deleted scenes from The Departed are all interesting to watch, though not a significant loss from the picture. The other bonus features are very good as well. "Stranger Than Fiction: The True Story of Whitey Bulger, Southie, and The Departed" is a 21-minute history of the real-life Boston gangster Jack Nicholson's character was based on. Scorsese, screenwriter William Monahan, and a number of journalists are among those interviewed. In "Crossing Criminal Cultures" (24 minutes), Scorsese and the cast discuss gangster pictures and specifically Scorsese's. Consider that a warm-up for Scorsese on Scorsese, an 86-minute documentary from 2004. (It's the only bonus feature not available on the HD DVD or Blu-ray versions.) There's no narrator or interviewer: it's just Scorsese talking about his upbringing and influences. There's a generous use of clips through The Aviator and even his American Express commercial. --David Horiuchi



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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Scorsese films Feb. 29 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, 151 minutes
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson

I have heard a lot of criticism for The Departed because it's based on the Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs (2002). While I'm usually against remakes of any kind, there are a few that were worth the effort. Another criticism is that Scorsese won the Oscar for Best Director for this instead of several superior films. I understand that argument, but it shouldn't be a reason to downgrade the film. I must admit I haven't seen Infernal Affairs, and there are still a few Scorsese films that I haven't got around to, but I am certain that The Departed is my favorite from the many I have seen.

The Departed works for me because of Scorsese and the incredible cast. DiCaprio and Damon are both superb in their roles and both are among my favorite modern actors. Jack Nicholson dominates the screen as Frank Costello and Ray Winstone is perfect as his main sidekick. This is also the first film in which I noticed Vera Farmiga. The supporting cast includes Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen. What's not to like?

The movie has a complicated plot and it's a pleasure to see it unfold. There isn't much action, but the few scenes that do contain action are violent and shocking. The movie is enhanced by the dialogue which partly explains why it is 50 minutes longer than Infernal Affairs. The characters have considerable depth and I always come away from the movie feeling that I know them.

The Departed won Oscars for Best Director, Film Editing, Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Although it didn't win any acting awards, there wasn't a bad performance from any of the cast. Writing this now, I realize that I need to see the movie again soon. It's definitely one of my favorites and easily in my Top 20.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cops and Robbers at its Best!, June 23 2007
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
It's no secret that "The Departed" is a remake of the successful Hong Kong movie. I've watched it several months ago and was very impressed. After watching "The Departed", I realized that I wanted watch it again. It is a completely new movie, spiritually. The affiliation in the screenplay to the original one is unavoidable, but Martin Scorsese did a great job in substantiating the cop and criminal story with his own interpretation.

This is probably different from other Martin Scorsese's movies but it's truly enjoyable. It takes a Scorsese to gather such a crowd of stars and herd them into a consistent and coherent film like this. Although movies like "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas" are classics, and very very well made films, "The Departed" is incredible from the amazing cast, interesting soundtrack, to the remarkable editing.

The real standouts of the film are DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, and Jack Nicholson. Leonardo really does give one of the best performances of the year. He plays his character with an anxious fidgetiness and a bunch of controlled fear and anger. Matt Damon gives a criminally underrated performance. His character isn't entirely bad, but I feel that he does the deceptive things he does out of honor and devotion to his 'Dad'. Jack Nicholson is a constant threat in this film. His tenacity and unpredictability strikes fear in the hearts of everyone he comes in contact with. He demands respect and he gets it. His chemistry with Leo and Matt is top-notch. Mark Wahlberg plays an A-Hole in every form of the word. If he doesn't know you, he doesn't like you and doesn't get to know you and Wahlberg plays it with perfect arrogance. Vera Farmiga holds her own on the screen with DiCaprio and Damon, but she is easily forgotten.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie April 7 2014
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Leonardo Decaprio was very good in this movie kept you on the edge of the seat, will be watching it again
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Departed April 5 2014
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This was a fast-paced action movie with the mob and police with a mole inside the police department. This movie kept you guessing right up to the end. Great actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, No regrets Jan. 2 2014
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I love this movie and it's awesome to get the DVD and Blu Ray combo. I think it's worth it. Especially at his reasonable price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cop movie Dec 28 2013
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Very good movie, I recommend it to anyone who likes cop and action movies. Leonardo Dicaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson are great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the departed! Nov. 20 2013
By Rhonda
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This is a great movie. A great cast of actors. Everyone I know who's seen it, says it's a must see. If you haven't seen it, do so today!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great crime thriller
This product comes with just a single Blu-ray copy of the movie. No DVD, no digital copy, no Ultraviolet. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Toni
5.0 out of 5 stars uh
actually Matt Damon is bigger then DiCaprio in all ways... hes an Academy Award winner, Leo is not, Leo is amazing dont get me wrong, but to not include damon in your list of big... Read more
Published 11 months ago by iRyan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good T.V. Drama
After all of the masterpieces from Martin Scorcese it is interesting to see his turn at a police drama that would be as fitting as a two - hour television production as a motion... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Burton Sundquist
4.0 out of 5 stars American crime thriller film -film noir
American crime thriller fiction film (film noir) -a law-abiding citizen lured into a life of crime or simply a victim of circumstance
Published 15 months ago by T
4.0 out of 5 stars The music!
Scorsese knows how to pic amazing music for the film! Every song perfectly compliments whatever is going on on screen at the moment. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jesse
1.0 out of 5 stars You call that an ending?
Well, I finally got around to watching this movie; had it sitting on the shelf for years.

OK, the plot had some holes and the movie really leaned on cell-phones as an... Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Mundie
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film of the year and maybe the decade.
The storyline is perfect. The actors are perfectly cast. Leo gives his finest performance ever. Jack, Matt and Mark are superb.
Published 17 months ago by Rand Wakeford
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