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Gangs of New York (SteelBook Edition) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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Gangs of New York may achieve greatness with the passage of time. Mixed reviews were inevitable for a production this grand (and this troubled behind the scenes), but it's as distinguished as any of director Martin Scorsese's more celebrated New York stories. From its astonishing 1846 prologue to the city's infernal draft riots of 1863, the film aspires to erase the decorum of textbooks and chronicle 19th-century New York as a cauldron of street warfare. The hostility is embodied in a tale of primal vengeance between Irish American son Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his father's ruthless killer and "Nativist" gang leader Bill "the Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis, brutally inspired), so named for his lethal talent with knives. Vallon's vengeance is only marginally compelling; DiCaprio is arguably miscast, and Cameron Diaz (as Vallon's pickpocket lover) is adrift in a film with little use for women. Despite these weaknesses, Scorsese's mastery blossoms in his expert melding of personal and political trajectories; this is American history written in blood, unflinching, authentic, and utterly spectacular. --Jeff Shannon


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4.0 out of 5 stars long,but doesn't feel like it Feb. 1 2008
By falcon
Format:DVD
this is a Martin Scorsese epic,and it certainly has that epic feel.i'm
not sure how accurate it is historically,or if things really looked the
way they do in the movie.i still liked the look of it.to me,it seems a
lot of work went into the whole production and it shows.Daniel Day
Lewis is astonishing(nothing new for him).Leonardo DiCaprio was also
good.Cameron Diaz was not bad,but she didn't really impress me all that
much.her character wasn't as substantial as it could have been.like in
many movie,there's a good supporting cast.the movie is brutally
violent,which is probably an accurate depiction of that time.it is over
two and a half hours long,but it doesn't feel like it.i found myself
becoming very quickly and easily involved in the story,a sign of a good
movie.i wouldn't call it a masterpiece,but it is a very good movie.for
me,Gangs of New York is a 4/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honorable Mention: Bill "The Butcher" Cutting June 24 2003
Format:DVD
Bill "The Butcher" Cutting: how subtle is that for a name? The only reason I didn't include this Oscar-nominated performance on my list of "The Baddest of the Bad" is because I hadn't thought of it at the time that list was created. Perhaps it was too recent. Or perhaps it is because I have only seen Gangs of New York once and am waiting for it to come out on DVD on July 1 so I can view it a second and third time, the latter of which I will be listening to Martin Scorsese's commentary track during. As far as I know, this is only Scorsese's second commentary, the first being the one for The Last Temptation of Christ. But during that one he shared talk time with screenwriting legend and longtime collaborator-of-his Paul Scrader as well as Willem Dafoe, who played Jesus, and Jay Cocks, who as far as I can tell had nothing to do with the whole sacrilegious shebang, unless of course he co-wrote or at least had a hand in writing the script, which is a distinct possiblity (I can't remember the commentary well enough to say.) Anyway, as much as I liked Chris Cooper's gap-toothed Orchid Thief in Adaptation, which, after all, can be found on my "Ten by the Coppola Clan" list, Daniel Day-Lewis should have won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2002. He chewed up every scene he was in and spit it right back out in the audience's collective face. He stole the show. I wish he would act more often. All he needs is a nice, juicy role that he can sink his teeth into. Speaking of teeth, another good baddie is Francis Dollarhyde, a.k.a. "The Tooth Fairy," as played by Ralph Fiennes in Red Dragon. And who could forget Hannibal the Cannibal, the number one baddie of all time according to the American Film Institute? But this is neither the time nor the place for serial killers. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars May be Scorsese's greatest work. June 5 2003
Format:DVD
Perhaps it was inevitable that Gangs Of New York would recieve such a cold shoulder from critics, the Academy, and the viewing public. Every time Martin Scorsese has presented us with one of his greatest, most personal films, he has been shot down, his vision dismissed as hogwash, only to be accepted as a great film years later.
Case in point: Raging Bull was widely panned by many upon its first release, and Scorsese was passed over for Robert Redford's Ordinary People, a good but far inferior film. Raging Bull is now recognized as one of the greatest of all American films. When Scorsese released his most personal film, The Last Temptation Of Christ, it was met with controversy and disdain. Again he was passed over come award time, and now his Jesus bio is seen as one of the greatest films to tackle the subject of Jesus Christ.
I felt that Gnags Of New York was a fantastic film, and upon seeing it, I walked out of the theatre feeling that I had seen a film that would immediately be accepted as one of Scorsese's greatest films. How wrong I was.
Yet I don't understand the cold shoulder in this case, because there is so much to like about Gangs Of New York. We've all said great things about the performance of Daniel Day-Lewis, but his great performance overshadowed Leonardo DiCaprio's, which wasn't all that bad. I personally think we all need to get over Titanic; this kid can act. Cameron Diaz is fine in her role; note the scene in which she and DiCaprio discuss her abortion. She shows that she is just as good a dramatic as she is a comic actress.
The costume design and art direction is impeccable. Scorsese and his crew perfectly captured the New York of the Civil War era. Reviewers have argued that New York couldn't look that bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where is the director's cut?!?! May 27 2003
By Ryan
Format:DVD
One of the big controversies surrounding this film was that Martin Scorcese was forced to cut nearly an hour of footage from his final vision in order to get the studio to release it. That's understandable, as not many people will be willing to sit through a 4 hour movie in theatres. So with the release of it on DVD, we should get the complete version, right? Well... it doesn't seem so.
The details on this DVD mention nothing about extra footage. Isn't one of the benefits of the DVD format that we get to see what the director intended before politics and marketing step in? I for one would like to see the COMPLETE movie, the movie that Scorcese wanted to make, rather than the movie which was released, even though that movie was quite good.
I have a feeling that the studio is just doing the usual DVD [trick] of releasing the theatrical version as soon as possible to catch people while they are still hyped on this movie from the theatrical release and post-Oscar boost. After a few months, hopefully they will release a director's cut, causing many people to go back and buy the DVD a second time. I, for one, will wait as long as it takes until the full version comes out. I'm sick of getting [tricked] by these studios into buying one version, and then seeing a "special edition" with all sorts of extras come out a few months later. Not gonna happen this time, buddy-boy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie and watching it on this blu-ray was ...
I love this movie and watching it on this blu-ray was a great experience: the yreally did a great job on this remastered version, all the flaws from the original version were... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jerome
5.0 out of 5 stars pas pire pantoute
tien une evaluation différente pour changer du copier coller, des oublis ça arive stu veux en tou cas tseé desfois
Published 7 months ago by simon roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel-Day Lewis is amazing.
The man who wanted to quit filmmaking around the time Martin Scorsese came about with this role really created a superb character since he changed his mind... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Simon Bergeron
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
This film is one of those movies that gets credit with those who have seen it, and is unknown for those who haven't. Seriously. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars super blu ray
super film
Excellent, Scorsese rend un scénario simple très profond avec beaucoup de réflexion. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2010 by canoper
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique
Un splendide steelbook, un excellent blu-ray remasteurisé. 200 % satisfait. Bravo à amazon, livré en 48 H
Published on Nov. 4 2010 by L. MICHEL
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating history, gorgeous blu-ray
Behind Gangs of New York is a fascinating yet neglected history. There is much artistry to be admired in this film, from its well-researched expansive set design and photography,... Read more
Published on July 4 2010 by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE IRISH WILL APPRECIATE
Only those with Irish blood will really appreciate this movie. Not bad for and Italian director. The music is as good as the movie. Read more
Published on July 24 2006 by O'Malley
2.0 out of 5 stars The star of this film is the violence of an era!
This historical film provides an glimpse into the violence and criminality of the late 1800's. The plot is the revenge of the killing of Amsterdam's (di Caprio) father by The... Read more
Published on June 28 2006 by Snowbrocade
1.0 out of 5 stars Moral: "White Guys Can Be Gangstas, Too." Give Me a Break!!
The entire purpose of this big-budget three-hour movie was to reassure white boys that they can be gangsters, too, and in fact the entire gang culture in New York originated with... Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by leia
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