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

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  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: May 22 2012
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,933 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By falcon on Feb. 1 2008
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 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 in
many movie,there's a good supporting cast.the movie is brutally
violent,which is probably an accurate depiction of that 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nimrod on May 3 2003
Format: DVD
When I left the theater after seeing this movie, I didn't like it at all. I still think it's not a good movie, because it's very violent. However, it made me think, what Scorsese tried to say, and here's my conclusion: Scorsese took the most heroic and tragic time in America's history, the Civil War, and shifted the attention from the war itself, to an almost forgotten, or unmentioned event: the draft riots in New York. He shiftted the attention from "America" or "American soldiers" to the immigrants, that were draffted with no choice.
He is basically showing the other side of the civil war: how could the north be united if even New York wasn't united? There wasn't a general agreement about going to war, and the soldiers didn't volunteer to draft, they didn't have a choice. Yet, it doesn't make the war less tragic or less heroic.
I think he's also trying to show us the other side of America: America represents Democracy, Freedom, Equality, Justice, and yet, in this movie, it represents it as the exact opposite. It shows Violent, unequality, forced draffting and no justice. Americaof this movie is corrupted, ignorant, selfish and opressing, and yet, it's ok. A country can't be perfect, all the countries have skeletons in their closet, it just seems that America or the Americans had forgotten the dark sides of their past, and without admitting the truth, one shall never be free.
It's irellevant how historical this movie really is, because it is not telling us about history, it's telling us about America today, and how it remembers. In the end of the movie the hero said "As If We Were Never Here", and that is the essence of the movie- America rathers to forget the darker sides of it's past, and this movie is a remindment.
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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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By A Customer on May 17 2003
Format: DVD
This was hands down the best picture of 2002, and so far 2003. Chicago was okay, but compared to this masterpiece in cinema it doesn't even come close. I happen to think Martin Scorcese released this movie at the wrong time. If he had waited,perhaps people would have been a little more accepting of what he was trying to explain, and not just think of it as a blood and guts movie. Though it had a lot of violence I believe it was his way of convincing you that this was a terrible time in American history, the time they don't teach you about in High School history classes. Scorcese completely got robbed by all of the members of the academy, simply because they are obviously shallow minded and not willing to realize that these things actually did happen and we should never forget them. Instead of chosing an actual best picture worthy movie they must have gotten blinded by the bright lights of Chicago. All of the actors that participated in this wonderful movie were incredible, especially Daniel Day-Lewis. How amazing was he? Though Adrian Brody did do a really good job, Daniel just blew me away. Hopefully someday people will understand what Scorsece was trying to tell use, unfortunately by that time, it might be to late.
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