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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Writers: Jay Cocks, Kenneth Lonergan, Steven Zaillian
  • Producers: Alberto Grimaldi, Barbara Phillips Marco, Bob Weinstein, Colin Vaines
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: May 22 2015
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0017APQ1K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,324 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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 the DVD edition.

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Format: DVD
this is a Martin Scorsese epic,and it certainly has that epic feel.i'm
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
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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. We put in another movie and it played with no problems, so it's not my player! I don't know what the return policy is for Dvd's??
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When I left the theater after seeing this movie, I didn't like it at all. I still think it's not a good movie, because it's very violent. However, it made me think, what Scorsese tried to say, and here's my conclusion: Scorsese took the most heroic and tragic time in America's history, the Civil War, and shifted the attention from the war itself, to an almost forgotten, or unmentioned event: the draft riots in New York. He shiftted the attention from "America" or "American soldiers" to the immigrants, that were draffted with no choice.
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.
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The man who wanted to quit filmmaking around the time Martin Scorsese came about with this role really created a superb character since he changed his mind... not only that, but most of his roles onward were just about as wonderful, twisted, complex, but never dull.

As for the story, acting and everything else in the film, it's a superb undertaking and achievement to see such an old New York at it's beginning, with Scorsese's usual directing. Cameron Diaz also is very much out of her element here, playing dramatic character with a nice consistency and believability. DiCaprio's character is mostly under-played, with an ever-present rage and desire for vengeance, but nothing is that easy in the world, and Scorsese makes sure most of my expectations were met and then some.

This is the remastered version, which holds a much better transfer than the former edition, so if you have money to put on this title, this is the version to get, since it still holds every single special feature from the former edition.

One of my favorite Martin Scorsese pictures, Gangs of New York never outstays its welcome even if it lasts 167 minutes... my advice? Get it :)
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Format: Blu-ray
Behind Gangs of New York is a fascinating yet neglected history. There is much artistry to be admired in this film, from its well-researched expansive set design and photography, to detailed minor props and costumes, but mainly it's the accurately vicious and corrupt portrayal of a forgotten era that is the main standout. The blu-ray is gorgeous and well-worth viewing, despite the epic film's possible flaws (i.e. questionable casting, or nonexistent physical changes despite the passage of 16 brutal years). As bonus material, there are a number of featurettes including the discovery channel special, "Uncovering The Real Gangs of New York", which verifies the film's depiction, and references its real life characters. Additionally, there is a commentary by director Martin Scorsese who is himself, a walking film historian and reference guide.
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Format: DVD
Bill "The Butcher" Cutting: how subtle is that for a name? The only reason I didn't include this Oscar-nominated performance on my list of "The Baddest of the Bad" is because I hadn't thought of it at the time that list was created. Perhaps it was too recent. Or perhaps it is because I have only seen Gangs of New York once and am waiting for it to come out on DVD on July 1 so I can view it a second and third time, the latter of which I will be listening to Martin Scorsese's commentary track during. As far as I know, this is only Scorsese's second commentary, the first being the one for The Last Temptation of Christ. But during that one he shared talk time with screenwriting legend and longtime collaborator-of-his Paul Scrader as well as Willem Dafoe, who played Jesus, and Jay Cocks, who as far as I can tell had nothing to do with the whole sacrilegious shebang, unless of course he co-wrote or at least had a hand in writing the script, which is a distinct possiblity (I can't remember the commentary well enough to say.) Anyway, as much as I liked Chris Cooper's gap-toothed Orchid Thief in Adaptation, which, after all, can be found on my "Ten by the Coppola Clan" list, Daniel Day-Lewis should have won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2002. He chewed up every scene he was in and spit it right back out in the audience's collective face. He stole the show. I wish he would act more often. All he needs is a nice, juicy role that he can sink his teeth into. Speaking of teeth, another good baddie is Francis Dollarhyde, a.k.a. "The Tooth Fairy," as played by Ralph Fiennes in Red Dragon. And who could forget Hannibal the Cannibal, the number one baddie of all time according to the American Film Institute? But this is neither the time nor the place for serial killers.Read more ›
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