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Raging Bull (Bilingual) [Import]

Robert De Niro , Cathy Moriarty , Martin Scorsese    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Martin Scorsese's brutal black-and-white biography of self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta was chosen as the best film of the 1980s in a major critics' poll at the end of the decade, and it's a knockout piece of filmmaking. Robert De Niro plays LaMotta (famously putting on 50 pounds for the later scenes), a man tormented by demons he doesn't understand and prone to uncontrollably violent temper tantrums and fits of irrational jealousy. He marries a striking young blond (Cathy Moriarty), his sexual ideal, and then terrorizes her with never-ending accusations of infidelity. Jake is as frightening as he is pathetic, unable to control or comprehend the baser instincts that periodically, and without warning, turn him into the rampaging beast of the title. But as Roman Catholic Scorsese sees it, he works off his sins in the boxing ring, where his greatest athletic talent is his ability to withstand punishment. The fight scenes are astounding; they're like barbaric ritual dance numbers. Images smash into one another--a flashbulb, a spray of sweat, a fist, a geyser of blood--until you feel dazed from the pummeling. Nominated for a handful of Academy Awards (including best picture and director), Raging Bull won only two, for De Niro and for editor Thelma Schoonmacher. --Jim Emerson

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By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Raging Bull" has been called the greatest film of the 80s. After seeing this film last night I would say it is one of the most powerful films of all time. De Niro, was also at the top of his game here, as Jake LaMotta, the infamous boxer known for his abusive life style and somewhat paranoid delusions during his reign as world middleweight boxing champion, 1949 - 1951. Throughout the film, he beats his wife (played expertly and convincingly by the 19-year-old Cathy Moriarty), convinced that she is cheating on him, and that is more or less what the film is truly about. The boxing is just what he does for a living, and could be considered as a way to release some of his deeper, harbored anger.

The film is most often compared to "Rocky," more than any other, apparently because they both concern a certain level of boxing. As much as I absolutely adore "Rocky," "Raging Bull" is a deeper, more realistic film. But whereas "Raging Bull" is raw, "Rocky" is inspiring. The only connecting thread is the apparently central theme of boxing, which is used as a theme in "Rocky," and a backdrop in "Raging Bull." They're entirely different motion pictures -- one uplifting, the other somewhat depressing -- and the people who try to decide which is better need to seriously re-evaluate their reasons for doing so. They both succeed splendidly well at what they are trying to do, and that's all I have to say about their so-called connection.

The boxing scenes easily rank with the most brutal and violent moments ever put on film, shot in stark, unadorned black and white and utilizing unlikely sounds including shattering windows and animal cries to great effect. Thelma Schoonmaker's jarring, discordant editing in these scenes also deserves special mention.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated and a little odd Jan. 2 2012
Format:DVD
I think De Niro is excellent and this story is very human. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. However, if I am looking for a movie to pass the time or to enjoy with my wife, this isn't an option. It's a powerful drama but it has limited appeal for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic movies Dec 13 2011
Format:DVD
There is one word for this movie, EXCELLENT!!!! This is a must see movie. This is movie does not rely on special effects to be a good. It has a good story line with excellent acting. I like the fact it was in black and white, it gives the movie a classic feel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All The Rage June 12 2004
Format:DVD
Director Martin Scorsese has a filmography filled with movies that are, unflinchingly realistic, sometimes not for the timid, and always an excercise in craftsmanship. These qualities are no more apparent, than in 1980's Raging Bull. As the film celebrates a milestone and beyond...it deserves to be reissued on DVD as a special edition.
The film tells the true story of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, played with incredible intensity by Oscar winner Robert De Niro. As La Motta rises through the ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight title, he falls in love with Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), a true "gal" from his Bronx neighborhood. Jake's inability to express his feelings pours out in the ring and eventually takes over his life and in his dealings with his brother, Joey (Joe Pesci). Irrational, consuming jealousy over Vickie, as well as an insatiable appetite, sends him into a downward spiral that costs him his title, his wife, and his relationship with Joey.
De Niro delivers one of the screen's most unforgettable performances. La Motta's smolder and and anger are played to perfection. De Niro plays it very unsympathetically, yet its graphic depiction is impossible not to see through to the end Pesci and Moriarty are just as intense as go toe toe with De Niro Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Chapman shot the film with a style that makes the boxing scenes overflow with a boundless energy and adds immediacy to the endless arguments that boil over whenever Jake is outside the ring. The use of black and white ends up, only enhancing the movie, was a masterstroke.
The current (and hard to find) DVD has very little bonus material on it. The theatrical trailer and MGM's hallmark, known as the "8 page booklet", with production notes and trivia, is all there is.
At the risk of repeating myself, Raging Bull--a masterpiece of the cinema--deserves the special edition treatment. Meanwhile, the current disc gets **** and a 1/2 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE June 12 2004
By adriana
Format:DVD
Robert De Niro is SPECTACULAR in this amazing 80's classic about boxer Jake La Motta. I really don't think I should discuss this film any further, all I can say is that if you haven't seen it yet, then you absolutely must see it now, and if you've seen it already, well, see it again and relish in the brilliance of the entire thing. From the perfectly profane and in your face script to the excellent supporting performances from Cathy Moriarty and ESPECIALLY Joe Pesci, this film is a masterpiece of a character study.
The ending scenes are some of the best you will ever see, and Robert De Niro gives us all some of the truest,most wrenching, and unbelievably powerful acting-EVER. This is a masterful drama that can be watched over and over again and still punch you in the gut.And this is the film which solidifies(at least for me) that Bobby D here is one of the greatest actors of all time.A wrenching,intense, powerful picture-and one of my favorite films of all time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robert De Niro Is The Boss May 12 2004
By adriana
Format:DVD
Robert De Niro is an actor of absolutely unquestionable and indescribable strength and power.There is no acting in this film.Robert De Niro is purely and simply Jake La Motta; famous 1940's boxer with uncontrollable rage and bouts of jealousy that eventually cost him the care and respect of his loved ones.Robert De Niro put on about 50 pounds towards the end of the film; you probably already know that.What you will not know, and simply MUST expeirience is the sheer power of De Niro's intense, yet realistic, ultimately stomach churningly wrenching performance.My title is a little inaccurate.De Niro, isn't the boss, he's the God, at least in this film.
Pesci is stunningly effective as De Niro's brother, and 18 year old Cathy Moriarty marks a very impressive debut as the sultry Vickie.The script is perfect and every bit as profane and vulgar and in your face as it needs to be.
True, this film tends to lose it's compellingness as a drama during the film's tiny dry spots.But it's a wondrous character study, one of the best of all time; and the mastery of De Niro's performance is earth-shattering.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable and Ultimately Boring
I really tried to like this film, but unfortunately failed miserably. While it may be a brilliant portrayal of a deeply flawed man, there is usually something you can find... Read more
Published on June 23 2009 by Neil Olsen
1.0 out of 5 stars raging bull? raging bore
wow, what a letdown.i had heard friends and critics say that raging
bull was a great movie,even a masterpiece.well,i finally decided to
watch it.all i can say is... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2007 by falcon
1.0 out of 5 stars American pigs and their bad movies
Me being from france, I thought a film titled "raging bull" would be about a bull that was very angry, but instead it's about a stupid boxer named jake somethings. Read more
Published on July 7 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm the boss"
If you've seen this film, then you know what I'm referring to in the line above!
Raging Bull is a driven and unforgettable character study of famous 1940's boxer, Jake La... Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by adriana
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
A stirring, gripping tale of a fighter's tumultuous life and times in and out of the ring. Robert De Niro gives an astounding performance as Jake Lamotta, the rampaging wild man... Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by Joe Clay
4.0 out of 5 stars what a show
We all know Robert DeNiro was magnificent in the role of Jake LaMotta but he's not the only remarkable aspect of this movie. Read more
Published on March 25 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is our Special Edition?
While this movie is a true classic and is one of Scorsese's best, that can't be said for the far unacceptable DVD that is now out of print. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by Matthew R. Davidson
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