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Taxi Driver (Collector's Edition)

Robert De Niro , Jodie Foster , Martin Scorsese    DVD
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Taxi Driver is the definitive cinematic portrait of loneliness and alienation manifested as violence. It is as if director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader had tapped into precisely the same source of psychological inspiration ("I just knew I had to make this film," Scorsese would later say), combined with a perfectly timed post-Watergate expression of personal, political, and societal anxiety. Robert De Niro, as the tortured, ex-Marine cab driver Travis Bickle, made movie history with his chilling performance as one of the most memorably intense and vividly realized characters ever committed to film. Bickle is a self-appointed vigilante who views his urban beat as an intolerable cesspool of blighted humanity. He plays guardian angel for a young prostitute (Jodie Foster), but not without violently devastating consequences. This masterpiece, which is not for all tastes, is sure to horrify some viewers, but few could deny the film's lasting power and importance. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taxi Driver July 19 2004
Format:DVD
To start this off, I'll just say this: Do yourself a favor and buy this fantastic film. If for nothing else, buy it for DeNiro's INCREDIBLE performance! I'm a movie buff myself, and I have never seen such amazing acting. It's a crime he didn't win the oscar. Secondly, it's directed by Martin Scorsese, one of the more brilliant filmmakers of our time, and written by Paul Schrader. This is the team that brought you Raging Bull. When these two geniuses get together, they make pure movie magic. And finally, Jodie Foster. She's only fourteen years old, and beautifully brings to life the child prostitute who is secretly hating the horrible city she lives in. One of the most brilliant touches of filmmaking was made here when Scorsese portrays NYC as hell, such as focusing on the smoke spewing out of the sewers, and making Betsy, Travis Bickle's love, seem like an angel among all the demons.
The story goes something like this: Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) Is a taxi driver who can't seem to sleep. He works at night, and the city around him fills him with paranoia, for the gangsters and the slime on the streets at night every day seem to be everywhere. Among all of these demons and devils, Travis sees an angel, a gorgeous woman named Betsy. He immediately falls in love with her, but his anti-social tendencies scare her off when he brings her to a pornographic movie on their second date, thinking it was just like all of the other movies. When she leaves him and won't return any of his phone calls, his depression rises until he meets a child prostitue named Iris (Jodie Foster) and her pimp named Sport (Harvey Keitel). Feeling the deepest sympathy for her, he tries to help her leave that terrible lifestyle, not believing her pleas that she loves her being a prostitute and loves her pimp.
To sum this whole review up, do yourself a favor and watch this great piece of work. See Scorsese's nightmarish vision of NYC, and Travis Bickle's slow descent into insanity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taxi Driver - A disturbing experience July 13 2004
Format:DVD
After watching the classic 1976 film "Taxi Driver," viewers may be interested in their reaction. It can be depressing. Martin Scorsese directed this open-sore of a film and of his many classic works, this is the one most obsessively analyzed. "Taxi Driver" is such a raw, visceral experience that after viewing its nightmarish terrain one must decompress.
Seedy does not begin to describe the horror of "Taxi Driver," which details a world of pimps, prostitutes, drug addicts and a loner psycho brilliantly portrayed by Robert De Niro. This film established some of the great talents in motion picture history including De Niro, Scorsese, Albert Brooks and Jodie Foster. I wonder about disturbing epics like "Taxi Driver," "A Clockwork Orange," "Straw Dogs" and "Natural Born Killers." Whenever I visit the video store, I notice these films are usually checked out, empty boxes leaning against the shelf. Who's watching these films, and why so often? The films share a common thread in that they have likable actors (De Niro, Malcolm McDowell, Dustin Hoffman, Woody Harrelson) playing despicable men prone to violent rages. Alienated one and all, these characters have become anti-heroes for a world severely lacking in heroes. There are so many ways to view this film, with multiple levels serving as proof to its complicated brilliance. Urban alienation, cultural emptiness, veiled racism, Watergate analogy and Oswald repression are just a few of the metaphorical doors one can open in this nightmare.
De Niro's Bickle is a Vietnam veteran suffering from insomnia. He takes a job as a cab driver to work nights, driving through the most dangerous New York neighborhoods for fares. He becomes infatuated with a beautiful woman (Cybill Shepherd) who works at the campaign office of Palantine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SCORSES'S GENIUS IS OBVIOUS June 6 2004
Format:DVD
In 1976, Martin Scorsese directed "Taxi Driver", starring Robert DeNiro. Calling this a "conservative" movie is a stretch, but it is a prescient look at New York attitudes that preceded the age of Giuliani. Paul Schrader wrote it. His story is a hoot in and of itself. He and his brother were raised in a strict Calvinist Pennsylvania family, emphasizing the strictest tenets of Scripture and absolutism. The Calvinists are big on pre-ordained destiny. Released from this environment, he came to Hollywood and tried everything. Naturally, he was a mess; a drug addict, an alcoholic and a heterosexual so confused he tried homosexuality just...to try it. Given the assignment to write a screenplay, he was holed up in a downtown L.A. hotel for weeks, then months. He had little social contact except occasional taxi rides to restaurants in and around L.A.'s skid row. He began to see the world from inside the taxi, and came up with a character and a plot revolving around the concept.
DeNiro's Travis Bickle is a Vietnam Marine vet, off kilter but moral, who is sickened by the crime, drugs and immorality of 1970s New York City, seen from the taxi he drives night and day. He has an ill-fated fling with a pretty campaign worker (Cybil Shephard), goes off the deep end and portrays himself as a possible assassination threat to a Presidential candidate, although this is never fleshed out. In the end, he commits an act of vigilantism to save the life of a teenage prostitute with potential (Jodie Foster), and like in "Death Wish" (Charles Bronson), is made a hero.
The message of "Taxi Driver" is that peace comes from strength. It was a popular theme in a number of flicks. Hollywood seemed to fail to grasp some important realities about its marketplace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product, delivered quickly and as promised.
Published 11 days ago by jo
1.0 out of 5 stars Region 2
This is the second time I have accidentally ordered a DVD I can not use in this country. Why is amazon selling dvd's in Canada that are for region 2. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Janice
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST
BLU-RAY version of taxi driver is impecable. the picture is so clean its like it was shot last month. A trully masterpiece of one of the cinemas best american director
Published 16 months ago by Sylvain Desjardins
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of all time is now also one of the best Blu-rays...
Robert De Niro not only gives the performance of his career but quite simply one of the all time great performances in the history of film in Martin Scorsese’s thriller about a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jamie MacDougall
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my favorite De Niro performance
Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) is a former Marine and a veteran of the Vietnam war. He frequently has trouble sleeping and is plagued by headaches. Read more
Published on March 26 2012 by Steven Aldersley
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, classic Scorcese film...
Much has been said about this film and I cannot but concur with the positive reviews. It is not my favorite of Scorcese's films (Raging Bull and Goodfellas are better in my... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2011 by nobody
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture cropped (aspect ratio 1.78:1 instead of 1.85:1 orig.)
BLU-RAY review / COLLECTOR'S EDITION

NB: Despite information given on BD-cover or by e.g. amazon or [... Read more
Published on July 30 2011 by mickey_one
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind
Taxi Driver establishes atmosphere unlike any movie I've ever seen. I've tried to find other movies that have the same feel and depth from a first person perspective, but none come... Read more
Published on Dec 14 2010 by Jimbo Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars one of these days i'm gonna get organiz-ized
i can't believe i waited this long to finally watch this classic.this is one brilliant film.De Niro is excellent as the title character AKA Travis Bickel. Read more
Published on April 12 2010 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Solitude et aliénation
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Ce petit coffret offre beaucoup de suppléments très intéressants et bien documentés. Read more
Published on March 9 2009 by Carbonara Bill
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