Gangs of New York [Blu-ray]
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 it.to 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 been.like in
many movie,there's a good supporting cast.the movie is brutally
violent,which is probably an accurate depiction of that time.it 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
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.
Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" is a movie I'm sure many will argue about concerning whether or not it's one of his best. Well, lets for the moment say it's not one of his best. Then I feel, it is his most impressive and visually stunning movie. It's probably his most ambitious. "Gangs of New York" does have a grandioso feel to it. It's one of the rare times when a Hollywood movie wants to tell a story and actually be about something. That though is not unusual for Martin Scorsese. To many he is the greatest living filmmaker.
"Gangs of New York" starts off with a "war" sequence that is as harrowing as the opening moments in "Saving Private Ryan". It's not for those with a weak stomach. Make no mistake about it. This is a violent picture. Many might say it has too much gore. But, to these people, what exactly were you expecting? Here's a movie dealing with 19th Century New York. A time when people were at a civil war. Hate filled the air, and were you expect a nice good hearted fairy-tale? I'm sorry but you'll be disappointed.
In the opening scene Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson) leads his troops of Irish Americans against "Bill the Butcher"'s (Daniel Day-Lewis) troop of "real" Americans. As the Butcher likes to say. Vallon has a son, Amsterdan (Leonardo DiCaprio) who witness this war. At the end of it, Priest Vallon dies. What's to become of Amsterdan a small boy, without a father? He is sent away, but, naturally can never forget the sight of seeing his father killed. He plans revenge and will wait as long as he has to. This is the set-up.Read more ›
As a fan of scorsese's movies, i have always liked his ideas and perception about NewYork city , he seems not considering NYC only as a location of many of his movies , but as a living entity , entity that has dreams,fears and hopes , an entity with past,present and a future , and as we have seen NYC during the seventies and eighties as filmed in hismovies , why not take a look at the past of the city?
The movie's opening battle between the irish leaded by Priest Falon( Liam Nesson) and the American natives leaded by Bill the Butcher(Daniel Day Lewis) , the battle scene was one of the most breathtaking moments of the film , it introduced us to NYC in this dark age , with every blood that is shed and every limp that is chopped we become more and more prepared for the incoming viloence throughout the movie , and as the little Di caprio watches his Dad gets killed by the hands of the Butcher he tries to run away but he is captured by the gang's members and sent to a prison like assylum , where he spends 16 years till he is being released , and get back the city to seek revenge agains Bill the Butcher. may leads you
To consider this movie a revenge movie is sort of missjudgement , the revenge story is running alongside the real story , the story of NYC itself , how it was evolved , how it was built on lakes and lakes of fire and blood , and as the movie goes on you you become more and more engaged into what Scorsese is intending to do , the analysing of the present based on the past .Read more ›
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Arrived on time and undamaged... Great movie I can watch over and over againPublished 4 months ago by Rob Curtis
This movie would not play in my Blu-ray player right from the get go! It skipped and stalled through the advertising and stopped dead at the play menu. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful movie. Action, drama it has it all. I loved it Glad I bought it to watch over and over again .Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Saw this movie when it first came out; wanted to see it again. Daniel Day-Lewis is extraordinary as is Leonardo DiCaprio. Read morePublished 8 months ago by bettiefraser
Best movie for a movie night with friends has a little bit of something for everyone!Published 9 months ago by Ashley
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