- Language: English, French, Italian
- Number of discs: 2
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000C2IS9
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,018 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
'Once Upon a Time in America' is a film about a group of four friends who have grown up together in New York City since the turn of the century. They grew up around crime and took part in it themselves. 'America' doesn't focus on the truly criminal aspects of the tale, though; nor does it glorify violence in any way. In a genius move, director Sergio Leone portrays how crime influences this tough, beautiful, but delicate friendship.
This brings me to the famously long flashback. Anyone who tells you it is boring, unimportant and relentless was obviously not paying attention. They must also have a short attention span, for the portrayel of the four main characters' childhood is at times beautiful, elegiac and hilarious. It tells a timeless tale of the central character in the film, Noodles (later played by Robert DeNiro), and his obsession with the local beauty (a young Jennifer Conally, later played by Elizabeth McGovern) who refuses to love him because he'll "always be a two-bit punk." It reminisces on the constant loss of virginities to the town prostitute who makes love for the price of one pastry (what accompanies this story line is a legendary scene where a young teenager succumbs to the temptation of his pastry gift). And it ends in one of the film's most emotional moments that proves you must have a strong stomach to really pay attention and/or appreciate the film to full extent.Read more ›
My issue is the DVD itself.
1) The cut from disc 1 to disc 2 is lousy. I would have done it where the "intermission" scene happens, but then I'm not in charge of these type of things, leave that to the smart guys.
2) The sound and picture were DVD? I thought I may have accidentally splipped in my VHS copy instead. Where did they remaster this thing, Radio Shack?
3) The bonus features are lousy. 229 minute movie and you couldn't come up with anything good?
a) an 18 minute documentary that looks like it was filmed by me
b) a "photographic journey" that you can't fast forward thru
c) Cast & crew section that just lists the names- no info on each name, except Leone, who really never did much except eat.
d) Deleted scenes: NONE
e) Alternate ending: NONE
f) Spanish & French: NONE
g) Booklet: NONE
4) And finally this informative commentary, that was worth including. Have you ever gone to a movie with someone who turned out to be "below your level" and just won't shut up??? He's here, on this DVD!!! And he won't shut up!!!
This is the Special Edition DVD, right? Tell you what, I found a greek version. Now it doesn't have subtitles (unless your greek), but the audio & picture is much better and IT'S ONE DISC! You don't have to turn it over or anything!!! ONE DISC!!
Save yourself a lot of heartbreak and don't buy this version, they must know that a lot of people are quite unhappy with it. Read the other reviews!!!
Now go get your @#$! shine box, and buy Goodfellas instead.