Blu Monday: GOODFELLAS 25th Anniversary

Goodfellas cover It’s hard to believe, but there are probably a few people out there who haven’t seen GoodFellas. For those people, let me say: GO WATCH THIS MOVIE. It should be required that everyone see GoodFellas as a study in excellent cinematography, acting, writing, and directing.

GoodFellas came out in 1990, and it may be one of the best mob movies ever made. With Martin Scorsese directing and co-writing the screenplay, and legends like Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, and Joe Pesci bringing the characters to life, there isn’t any room for error. If you pay close attention, you will see many familiar faces from The Godfather, The Sopranos, and Casino. One of the best features of the film is that it’s based on real people and events. Scorsese creates the romantic criminal bubble that all mob movies have, but masterfully bursts that bubble several times, leaving us with the harsh reality of life in the mafia.I could pour and gush over how amazing this movie is, but I’ll save you the time and tell you to watch it for yourself if you’ve never seen it. If you like crime dramas, Scorsese, comedy, and a liberal dash of violence in your movies, GoodFellas has your number.

For long-time fans and future fans, this is the edition of GoodFellas to invest in. I know, I know, GoodFellas has already been released on blu-ray twice, and you’ve probably already bought it for yourself or someone else. Let me tell you why it’s worth it:Goodfellas: 25th Anniversary

  • Picture:
    • GoodFellas: 25th Anniversary “has been remastered from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, supervised by Martin Scorsese.” Really, the 1.85:1 transfer is HUGE. The black levels are superb, and while it’s not quite as sharp as brand new movies, the crispness is impressive for a 25 year old movie, and far superior to the previous blu-ray releases.
  • Audio:
    • From gunshots to stabbings, monologs to helicopters, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is crystal clear. It really shows off the excellent score that includes Tony Bennett, The Crystals, Bobby Vinton, The Rolling Stones, Derek and The Dominos, and Sid Vicious.
  • Extras:
    • The extras from the other two releases were added to this one – that’s a lot of content. So much that they gave them their own disk. However, Warner Bros. has also included a new documentary, “Scorsese’s Goodfellas.” The 30-minute featurette has Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, writer Nicholas Pileggi, and many others talking about behind-the-scenes moments, working for Scorsese, and more. Scorsese contributors Leonardo DiCaprio and Harvey Keitel pop up to add their thoughts on the film as well.
    • There is also a 36-page photo book exploring the film’s far-reaching influence. This little book is incredible, especially for the die-hard fans out there. The book also comes with a letter written by Martin Scorsese. Fantastic!
    • Bonus: you also get an Ultraviolet digital copy of the film.

All of these elements add up to an impressive anniversary release for one of the most beloved and excellent mobster movies ever made. I definitely recommend purchasing this if you are a fan, if you think you might be a fan, or for that special someone who loves this movie (psst…Father’s Day is around the corner). GoodFellas: 25th Anniversary edition hits stores on May 5th, 2015 for $34.99.

  • Product Details:
    • Actors: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
    • Director: Martin Scorsese
    • Audio/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 (Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish)
    • Subtitles: English SDH, Cantonese, Czech, Dutch, French, German SDH, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian SDH, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Spanish SDH, Thai, Turkish
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of Discs: 2
    • Rating: R
    • Studio: Warner Bros.
    • Blu-ray Disc Release Date: May 5, 2015
    • Run Time: 145 minutes
    • List Price: $34.99
    • Main Disc:
      • Commentary by Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Nicholas Pileggi, Michael Balhaus and Thelma Schoonmaker
      • Commentary by Henry Hill and Ed McDonald
    • Special Features Blu-ray:
      • Scorsese’s Goodfellas
      • Getting Made
      • Made Men
      • The Workaday Gangster
      • Paper is Cheaper Than Film
      • Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film
      • I Like Mountain Music
      • She Was an Acrobat’s Daughter
      • Racketeer Rabbit
      • Bugs and Thugs
      • Trailer
    • UltraViolet Digital Copy
    • 36-page Photo Book
    • Letter from Director

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