Raging Bull [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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Studio: Tcfhe/mgm Release Date: 01/11/2011 Rating: R
Martin Scorsese's 1980 Raging Bull has been identified in recent years as one of America's greatest films, and understandably so. Robert De Niro won a richly deserved Academy Award for portraying fighter Jake La Motta, an extremely difficult New York boxer who has to contend with his own temper and jealousy, as well as the Mob and the boxing establishment. Joe Pesci is very good as La Motta's long-suffering brother, and Cathy Moriarty made a strong screen debut as the brawler's glamorous wife. The highly contrasted black-and- white film has a richness, texture, and even sensuality about it that, together with Scorsese's amazing editing (with his Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker) and De Niro's focused, tragic performance, is unforgettable. The DVD release has optional full-screen and widescreen presentations, plus closed captioning, Dolby sound, theatrical trailer, and optional French and Spanish soundtracks and English, French, and Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh
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Every decade has brought a masterpiece for Scorsese. In the 1970's it was Raging Bull. In the 1980's it was The Last Temptation, and in the 1990's, it was Goodfellas.
This film will forever remain as one of the greatest American films ever. Drawing inspiration from Shakespeare's work and "On the Waterfront," this is a movie to cherish for a lifetime.
However this film does have some extremely negative values that batter the quality of this film about the place. The plot outside of the ring is mostly about LaMotta's emotional problems that end up turning violent. After awhile it seems that LaMotta is just a brutal man who Mike Tyson has taken some lessons from. It might be true to life, it might be realistic, but it is just plainly disinteresting and you want to see LaMotta beat up his wife and friends as much as you want to see some domestic violence in your own home. It doesn't make for very pleasurable viewing and certainly you can say - "But this is drama" and in many ways it is, but that is all Scorsese really explores here and after awhile you do get bored of it all and you don't really take anything much of value away with you after seeing it.
Surprisingly this is one of Scorsese's turkeys on the drama front.Read more ›
De Niro is the film. His initial transformation into the brutal and street wise middle weight Jake LaMatta is something to see. De Niro just has the ability to "become" a different person, as he did to amazing effect as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. Like Bickle, you watch De Niro's character degenerate into madness and violence, and the metamorphesis is striking. Even after LaMatta falls from grace, De Niro pulls off another artistic and physical transformation that boggles the mind. It's harsh and tragic to see, as the viewer has formed such a connection to LaMatta by that time in the movie.
Backing up De Niro is Pesci who brings another great performance to the table. Along with the acting, Scorsese sets the attitude of darkness with the engenious move of shooting the film in black and white. The atmosphere, the movement is sharp and with purpose.
Raging Bull is one of Scorsese's best and arguably De Niro's best performance.
Just a few ways to describe this incredibly over-hyped movie. I sat down with some friends expecting to see a good film, hoping I'd get the Scorcese who directed Goodfellas and not the Scorcese who directed The Colour of Money. Well after sitting through hours of this sleep-inducing cypher of a film, I realised I had got something much worse. I still don't understand what all the fuss is about. The plot is pretty simple - supposedly about a great but flawed boxer, it's really about a selfish bum who cheats on his wife, knocks his girlfriend around, beats up his brother, then fades from whatever "glory" he once had into a life of pot-bellied obscurity. Whopee, just what the world needs - another film about a selfish, greedy, stupid *loser*.
Why do I hate this film so much? I hate the characters, none of whom have any redeeming features whatsoever. I hate the artificial and pretentious black & white. I hate the ludicrous boxing scenes. I hate the moronic and self-indulgent religious imagery. So Scorcese is a devout catholic? Well the Pope is too but does that make this a good film? I think not.
I really can't believe everyone has given this film 5 stars. Looks like another case of "oh, all the critics like it, so it must be a great movie". "I coulda been a contender," laments the lead character at the end of the film. Sure buddy, and Porky Pig coulda learned to fly. Exploiting this line from a *genuine* classic is just the last straw.
The final verdict? Watching this film the cinematic equivalent of wading through a cesspit. That said, if you're suffering from insomnia, I think I might just have found a cure...
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2012 by David Sabine
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. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2011 by movie buff
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 morePublished on June 23 2009 by Neil Olsen
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
"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. Read morePublished on July 5 2007 by Jenny
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 morePublished on July 7 2004
Director Martin Scorsese has a filmography filled with movies that are, unflinchingly realistic, sometimes not for the timid, and always an excercise in craftsmanship. Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by T.
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... Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by adriana