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Robert De Niro , Ray Liotta , Martin Scorsese    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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Martin Scorsese's 1990 masterpiece GoodFellas immortalises the hilarious, horrifying life of actual gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), from his teen years on the streets of New York to his anonymous exile under the Witness Protection Program. The director's kinetic style is perfect for recounting Hill's ruthless rise to power in the 1950s as well as his drugged-out fall in the late 1970s; in fact, no one has ever rendered the mental dislocation of cocaine better than Scorsese. Scorsese uses period music perfectly, not just to summon a particular time but to set a precise mood. GoodFellas is at least as good as The Godfather without being in the least derivative of it. Joe Pesci's psycho improvisation of Mobster Tommy DeVito ignited Pesci as a star, Lorraine Bracco scores the performance of her life as the love of Hill's life, and every supporting role, from Paul Sorvino to Robert De Niro, is a miracle.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie... One Of my favorite mobster movies Oct. 24 2006
This is one of my most favorite Scorsese films. His camera work is magnificent and so is the soundtrack. The actors are briliant. What I loved most about this film was that you learn more about mafia life than you do in anyother mob film. Even "The Godfather" Many great modern directors have used this film as a guide line because of how perfect it is. I highly recomend this movie to anyone.

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By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Scorcese & Pileggi's masterpiece on the life of Henry Hill as a Brooklyn NY mob wise-guy is great film. While not my favorite Martin Scorsese movie it is a stunning achievement, and one of his very best movies.

As much as the true events of Henry's life have more than likely been dramatized and glamorized to a certain extent, the essence of this film in my observation is that it is still a brilliantly damning portrayal of the characters and lifestyle of mobsters.

The sham of the Mafiosi is exposed - preaching loyalty, respect & principles - but when it comes down to it they are just two-bit criminals that'll stab each other in the back for money or power over others. Each of them has an inflated sense of self-worth and stature that comes with being a "wise guy", breeding with it paranoia that others are not giving them the respect they deserve. The story follows Liotta's character from boy to man as he climbs his way up through the ranks of organized crime. We see all the highs and lows of his life and meet a host of very believable and very undesirable characters along the way. It's a film full of memorable scenes whilst remaining much more than the sum of its individual parts at the same time. The film starts as it means to go on - violent, full of profanity, fast paced and very stylish.

The consistently fine acting by the large ensemble cast (both known and unknown), the cinematography, editing, dialogue, is fantastic. Scorsese and co-writer Mitch Pileggi never loses sight of their main goal - to tell a story. And in that it's really hard to beat this movie. As to the actors De Niro is on his usual top form, Ray Liotta is the best he's ever been, and this is Joe Pesci's definitive performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hope that it's not a "flipper" AHHHHHHH! July 15 2004
This movie is a true classic, but I'm not going to talk about it. There are 413 other reviews that drool about how great Goodfellas is. If you don't know, you are either totally inexperienced with cinema or are living under a rock.
Instead, let's talk about 'features.' The last Goodfellas DVD was a 'flipper,' or a DVD that was so cheap, you had to get up and turn it over half-way through the film. I can accept that I need to turn Lawrence of Arabia over during the intermission, but Goodfellas is comparatively short. It is 2.5 hours long, to be more precise. A 2.5 hour film fits easily onto a single-side DVD with only a mildly-noticable transfer skip. That is the only special feature I want from this new version of the DVD. I'll buy it, just don't make me flip it, God in heaven!
Furthermore, Martin Scorsese has gotten the absolute worst treatment of any director this side of Roger Corman on DVD. Even his last film, Gangs of NY, was subjected to a ridiculous film-ruining stop right in the middle of a love scene that is so abrupt, you have to laugh. Didn't the jack-a$$es who ruined the Goodfellas DVD years before learn their lesson? OK, so Gangs was done by Miramax (the worst company on Earth for DVD quality and price,) but why does this trend have to blight poor Scorsese so terribly. He is one of the greatest living directors, for God's sake! His movies aren't exactly low-profile. The only Scorsese film that has been given a proper treatment is The Last Temptation of Christ, but that was a Criterion, and not a Warner DVD.
That brings me to my final thought. Considering the fact that Warner actually does a great job at releasing quality DVDs with a decent amount of interesting features most of the time, it seems doubly stupid releasing some of their greatest back-catalog titles like a lobotomized afterthought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "WE ALWAYS CALLED EACH OTHER GOODFELLAS. . . " July 10 2004
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GOODFELLAS is one of the greatest mob movies ever, perhaps the greatest movie. Everybody has to check this out. It is well-structured and includes some of the most solid performances from some of the greatest actors, like Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco, and others. It is one of the many classics that director Martin Scorsece has to claim, but I think this tops them all. It follows Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) from his childhood days ditching school to work at Pauly Cicero's cabstand, to his rise and fall as a gangster. During which time, it follows the beginning of his loving relationship with his wife, and the trouble that followed after he being drawn deeper into the life of a gangster. You are able to see how much he loves his wife and his children. Hill is the perfect person to follow, because despite the brutal mafia life he has been drawn into, he remains to show signs of compassion, separating him from his colleagues. This film is based on a true story, and is adapted from the novel "WISEGUY" written by Nicolas Pileggi, who also wrote CASINO (another Scorsece film that would follow this, another good movie, but doesn't top GOODFELLAS.) You stay deep in tune with Hill's perspective on everything, because Liotta (as Hill) narrates along with Bracco (as Karen Hill) who describes her thoughts on what she went through. This film was nominated for many awards and earned Joe Pesci an oscar. Finally, a 2-disc special edition that includes more special features like documentaries and commentaries from Scorsece and even from Henry Hill himself, along with ex-FBI agent Edward McDonald. I have yet to see MEAN STREETS (an earlier Scorsece film, which also comes out with a special edition on the same day that this 2-disc edition is released. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 days ago by June L Sanders
Bought the DVD to replace a VHS.

A spectacular depiction of the underworld life and mores, with quite many references to real life characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Paquette
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Love this movie and the product came quick and it was as if I had bought it from a local movie store. Would recommend to buy it!
Published 3 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, Greatest mob film !
Scorsese at his very best. This is the ultimate mob film to watch! Scorsese is one of the best director ever (Casino, Raging Bull, The Departed, etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luc Rouette
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodfellas
Interesting to see some of the characters from the Sopranos drama series in this movie although the movie lacks depth relacing to OC activities compared to the Sopranos or the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mary vaughn
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a phenomenal Movie, didn't notice much difference on blu-ray...
Great movie, but it didn't have that great 1080p crisp look that some blu-rays give to older movies, but nothing wrong with it.
Published 6 months ago by AntonyPacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Everybody needs to see Goodfellas, a classic & excellent movie. Getting it on bluray for 10$ was a good deal.
Published 10 months ago by Philippe Saint-Louis
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodfellas
The plot and cast of were great!!
Never a dull moment
NOT for children:
there are scenes of graphic violence
Published 11 months ago by Theresa Gonsalves
5.0 out of 5 stars WISEGUYS
I read the Nicholas Pileggi ("Henry Hill") book "Wiseguy" when it first came out.

This is the film adaptation. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jet Lagged
5.0 out of 5 stars Pesci's Tour de Force
Goodfellas is the quintessential gangster movie. Joe Pesci's role fits him like the killer suits he wears (pun intended). Read more
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