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Raging Bull (Two-Disc Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
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Raging Bull (Special Edition)
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The film is most often compared to "Rocky," more than any other, apparently because they both concern a certain level of boxing. As much as I absolutely adore "Rocky," "Raging Bull" is a deeper, more realistic film. But whereas "Raging Bull" is raw, "Rocky" is inspiring. The only connecting thread is the apparently central theme of boxing, which is used as a theme in "Rocky," and a backdrop in "Raging Bull." They're entirely different motion pictures -- one uplifting, the other somewhat depressing -- and the people who try to decide which is better need to seriously re-evaluate their reasons for doing so. They both succeed splendidly well at what they are trying to do, and that's all I have to say about their so-called connection.
The boxing scenes easily rank with the most brutal and violent moments ever put on film, shot in stark, unadorned black and white and utilizing unlikely sounds including shattering windows and animal cries to great effect. Thelma Schoonmaker's jarring, discordant editing in these scenes also deserves special mention.Read more ›
The film tells the true story of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, played with incredible intensity by Oscar winner Robert De Niro. As La Motta rises through the ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight title, he falls in love with Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), a true "gal" from his Bronx neighborhood. Jake's inability to express his feelings pours out in the ring and eventually takes over his life and in his dealings with his brother, Joey (Joe Pesci). Irrational, consuming jealousy over Vickie, as well as an insatiable appetite, sends him into a downward spiral that costs him his title, his wife, and his relationship with Joey.
De Niro delivers one of the screen's most unforgettable performances. La Motta's smolder and and anger are played to perfection. De Niro plays it very unsympathetically, yet its graphic depiction is impossible not to see through to the end Pesci and Moriarty are just as intense as go toe toe with De Niro Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Chapman shot the film with a style that makes the boxing scenes overflow with a boundless energy and adds immediacy to the endless arguments that boil over whenever Jake is outside the ring. The use of black and white ends up, only enhancing the movie, was a masterstroke.
The current (and hard to find) DVD has very little bonus material on it. The theatrical trailer and MGM's hallmark, known as the "8 page booklet", with production notes and trivia, is all there is.
At the risk of repeating myself, Raging Bull--a masterpiece of the cinema--deserves the special edition treatment. Meanwhile, the current disc gets **** and a 1/2 stars
Pesci is stunningly effective as De Niro's brother, and 18 year old Cathy Moriarty marks a very impressive debut as the sultry Vickie.The script is perfect and every bit as profane and vulgar and in your face as it needs to be.
True, this film tends to lose it's compellingness as a drama during the film's tiny dry spots.But it's a wondrous character study, one of the best of all time; and the mastery of De Niro's performance is earth-shattering.
Raging Bull is a driven and unforgettable character study of famous 1940's boxer, Jake La Motta. Jake La Motta was a rather pathetic figure.He had raging tempers and outbursts of jealousy and rage that he himself could not control.I'm not even sure he knew where he was coming from.He was violent and ridiculously controlling of everyone and eveything around him.He rode high when boxing was good to him, but when he gave up his career, his angry ways caught up with him and he was left with no one to care about him. And yet, despite Jake acting like an egotistical son of a b*tch,I sympathized with him, deeply.I sympathized with him because in the end, he liced his life the only way that he knew how.He loved the ones around him the only way that he knew how.He wasn't a bad man by choice; he was simply a weak man who wasn't capable of controlling his inner demons.The boxing scenes create the perfect atmosphere of blood and lust and sweat and rage.
Joe Pesci, who plays Joey, Jake's brother, and manager is excellent and could've easily been granted his academy award.He deftly moves through the film capturing all his character's many dimensions.In many ways, Joey is not much different from his brother-he was just able to control himself more.Every scene Pesci is in, is an unforgettable one, because he brings something new to each one.Cathy Moriarty is perfect as Jake's wife of eleven years.You witness her descent from a young beauty full of life and vitality into a world-weary housewife with barely any freedom or life of her own.
But this film belongs to a man called Bobby D. Robert De Niro is absolutely brilliant.Read more ›
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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
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
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
A stirring, gripping tale of a fighter's tumultuous life and times in and out of the ring. Robert De Niro gives an astounding performance as Jake Lamotta, the rampaging wild man... Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by Joe Clay