Goodfellas

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Tad Bitt§ï£, Aug 15, 2004.

  1. I picked up a copy of the new Goodfellas Two-Disc Special Edition. The name
    of this package is unrequired considering, yes this film is special, an
    absolute classic of its time, and given the genre, for all time and there
    are in fact two dvd's.

    First off, I'm not going to ramble on about the film's plot or charactors,
    this is not a review of the film but for the dvd itself. Anyone that doesnt
    know this film well or not at all will see it for the first time in its
    pristine glory. The transfer is great with more depth and colour
    detail/information than the old WB flipper. I don't know too many people
    that had a big problem with the original as Warner Brothers did an excellent
    job considering the time it was released. The very first dvd released on the
    market was Batman; a WB title. This transfer was also great or at least good
    enough. With the new Good Fellas the other most obvious difference is the
    sound. 5.1 or 2.0 Dolby surround stereo with incredible detail and the audio
    level set correctly with dynamic range to boot. One great example would be
    the scene where we see th Mory's Wig's commercial and the wig blows off his
    head. You hear the sound very clearly despite the fact that it is probably
    insignificant to the big picture of the production.

    The extras are great but not long enough. There is 3 all new documentarys.
    We all heard a while back that Henry Hill was in L.A. to record commentary
    and interviews for this release. Well he is included a great deal here.
    Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta, Henry Hill, Martin Scorcese, Frank Vincent
    (Billy Batts), and Paul Scorvino all do interviews specifically recorded
    for this dvd. However, Robert Deniro and Joe Pesci appear from interview
    segments recorded to promote the films release in 1990. Getting Made: How a
    classic hit the street, Made Men: The Goodfellas Legacy; filmakers Joe
    Carnahan, Jon Favreau, Antoine Fuqua, The Hughes Brothers and Richard
    Linklater talk about this films influence on them. One of the directors
    commented that he watches Goodfellas all the time while filming his own
    movies just for influence of greatness and ideas. The last extra is The
    Workaday Gangster which looks at the downside of mob life plus Paper is
    Cheaper than film which includes storyboard-to-screen comparisons by showing
    us the scene and the story board sketch at the same time. Scorcese draws his
    own storyboards. They are not artistic or technicall well drawn, but they
    show the passion and intensity as well as the intention and purpose of each
    scene. His charactors are drawn to show how or where they would stand, sit
    or move in a scene. So, he blocks and sets up he scene on paper before any
    actual production filming begins. What's great about this is that he can
    then instruct his Director Of Photography, Michael Ballhaus how he wants the
    shot to look. The DP will say whether or not it's possible given the size of
    the set location or whatever and then they will discuss it out.

    The best thing I can say about this dvd is, you will learn more about
    Goodfellas than you knew before. Everything from the mostly improvised Pesci
    "How am I funny? What the **** is so funny about me?" scene to the steady
    cam single take shot through the back of an actual restaurant right through
    to the seating area in front row for a Bobbie Vinton show. The actually did
    11 takes of this sequence, using one of the few true single take shots by
    picking the most fluid series of frames. This sequence is to show how Karen
    is entering this life in such a cool and glamourous way so that it would
    make her more likely to be impressed by Henry's lifestyle than she might
    otherwise be. She gets a taste of the good life for maybe the first time in
    her life which does explain how a semi-conservative woman, still living with
    her parents at 21 or so would feel like a weight was lifted off in terms of
    the new found freedom. Not to mention the fact that she is attracted to
    Henry.

    Iearned all of this from the dvd. Some of it I read elsewhere, but,
    generally I would have to give this Special Edition a 8.5/10 rating. It
    could have included more out-take scenes or on location interviews or more
    docs and perhaps a few deleted scenes. They should have included a film
    school commentary as this movie has been disected in more schools than
    frogs. Aside from being the best film of the 90's, Goodfellas was in my
    humble opinion, the very last of the great film masters of the golden late
    60's through the 70's into the early 80s'. Some would disagree since Marty
    release Casino a scant 5 years later and that too is a classic in it's own
    way. Still, I rate Goodfellas a better film overall and it fits nicely in
    my top favorite 50 film choices.
     
    Tad Bitt§ï£, Aug 15, 2004
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  2. "Tad Bitt§ï£" <> wrote in message
    news:TqJTc.1725780$...
    > I picked up a copy of the new Goodfellas Two-Disc Special Edition. The

    name
    > of this package is unrequired considering, yes this film is special, an
    > absolute classic of its time, and given the genre, for all time and there
    > are in fact two dvd's.
    >
    > First off, I'm not going to ramble on about the film's plot or charactors,
    > this is not a review of the film but for the dvd itself. Anyone that

    doesnt
    > know this film well or not at all will see it for the first time in its
    > pristine glory. The transfer is great with more depth and colour
    > detail/information than the old WB flipper. I don't know too many people
    > that had a big problem with the original as Warner Brothers did an

    excellent
    > job considering the time it was released. The very first dvd released on

    the
    > market was Batman; a WB title. This transfer was also great or at least

    good
    > enough. With the new Good Fellas the other most obvious difference is the
    > sound. 5.1 or 2.0 Dolby surround stereo with incredible detail and the

    audio
    > level set correctly with dynamic range to boot. One great example would be
    > the scene where we see th Mory's Wig's commercial and the wig blows off

    his
    > head. You hear the sound very clearly despite the fact that it is probably
    > insignificant to the big picture of the production.
    >
    > The extras are great but not long enough. There is 3 all new documentarys.
    > We all heard a while back that Henry Hill was in L.A. to record commentary
    > and interviews for this release. Well he is included a great deal here.
    > Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta, Henry Hill, Martin Scorcese, Frank Vincent
    > (Billy Batts), and Paul Scorvino all do interviews specifically recorded
    > for this dvd. However, Robert Deniro and Joe Pesci appear from interview
    > segments recorded to promote the films release in 1990. Getting Made: How

    a
    > classic hit the street, Made Men: The Goodfellas Legacy; filmakers Joe
    > Carnahan, Jon Favreau, Antoine Fuqua, The Hughes Brothers and Richard
    > Linklater talk about this films influence on them. One of the directors
    > commented that he watches Goodfellas all the time while filming his own
    > movies just for influence of greatness and ideas. The last extra is The
    > Workaday Gangster which looks at the downside of mob life plus Paper is
    > Cheaper than film which includes storyboard-to-screen comparisons by

    showing
    > us the scene and the story board sketch at the same time. Scorcese draws

    his
    > own storyboards. They are not artistic or technicall well drawn, but they
    > show the passion and intensity as well as the intention and purpose of

    each
    > scene. His charactors are drawn to show how or where they would stand,

    sit
    > or move in a scene. So, he blocks and sets up he scene on paper before

    any
    > actual production filming begins. What's great about this is that he can
    > then instruct his Director Of Photography, Michael Ballhaus how he wants

    the
    > shot to look. The DP will say whether or not it's possible given the size

    of
    > the set location or whatever and then they will discuss it out.
    >
    > The best thing I can say about this dvd is, you will learn more about
    > Goodfellas than you knew before. Everything from the mostly improvised

    Pesci
    > "How am I funny? What the **** is so funny about me?" scene to the steady
    > cam single take shot through the back of an actual restaurant right

    through
    > to the seating area in front row for a Bobbie Vinton show. The actually

    did
    > 11 takes of this sequence, using one of the few true single take shots by
    > picking the most fluid series of frames. This sequence is to show how

    Karen
    > is entering this life in such a cool and glamourous way so that it would
    > make her more likely to be impressed by Henry's lifestyle than she might
    > otherwise be. She gets a taste of the good life for maybe the first time

    in
    > her life which does explain how a semi-conservative woman, still living

    with
    > her parents at 21 or so would feel like a weight was lifted off in terms

    of
    > the new found freedom. Not to mention the fact that she is attracted to
    > Henry.
    >
    > Iearned all of this from the dvd. Some of it I read elsewhere, but,
    > generally I would have to give this Special Edition a 8.5/10 rating. It
    > could have included more out-take scenes or on location interviews or more
    > docs and perhaps a few deleted scenes. They should have included a film
    > school commentary as this movie has been disected in more schools than
    > frogs. Aside from being the best film of the 90's, Goodfellas was in my
    > humble opinion, the very last of the great film masters of the golden late
    > 60's through the 70's into the early 80s'. Some would disagree since Marty
    > release Casino a scant 5 years later and that too is a classic in it's own
    > way. Still, I rate Goodfellas a better film overall and it fits nicely in
    > my top favorite 50 film choices.
    >
    >

    I should also add that Martin Scorcese's long time collaborator-editor,
    Thelma Schoonmaker talks about the film. Her interviews are particularly
    interesting as they are intercut with behind the scenes footage of her and
    Marty editing the film.
     
    Tad Bitt§ï£, Aug 15, 2004
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  3. "Tad Bitt§ï£" <> wrote in message
    news:TqJTc.1725780$...
    <<First off, I'm not going to ramble on about the film's plot or
    charactors, this is not a review of the film but for the dvd itself.
    Anyone that doesnt know this film well or not at all will see it for the
    first time in its pristine glory. The transfer is great with more depth
    and colour detail/information than the old WB flipper. I don't know too
    many people that had a big problem with the original as Warner Brothers
    did an excellent job considering the time it was released.>>


    I have a problem with the first _Goodfellas_ DVD, which was released on
    March 25, 1997, and it had nothing to do with the "flipper" aspect of
    the disk. The DVD box says that the disk is enhanced for widescreen
    TVs, but it was not. Same thing happened with the original _JFK_.

    I am really looking forward to getting the new, anamorphic _Goodfellas_
    when it comes out on Tuesday.
     
    One-Shot Scot, Aug 16, 2004
    #3
  4. Tad Bitt§ï£

    Goro Guest

    "Tad Bitt§ï£" <> wrote in message news:<TqJTc.1725780$>...
    > I picked up a copy of the new Goodfellas Two-Disc Special Edition. The name
    > of this package is unrequired considering, yes this film is special, an
    > absolute classic of its time, and given the genre, for all time and there
    > are in fact two dvd's.


    *snip nice review*

    i noticed that GOODFELLAS is released in a 2disc SE and also is part
    of a Best of Scorsese set. Are all the extras in teh 2disc SE in the
    boxset?

    thx
    -goro-
     
    Goro, Aug 16, 2004
    #4
  5. >i noticed that GOODFELLAS is released in a 2disc SE and also is part
    >of a Best of Scorsese set. Are all the extras in teh 2disc SE in the
    >boxset?
    >
    >thx
    >-goro-


    yes, they are. And it's quite a steal at just over $40 on Amazon.
     
    Vlvetmorning98, Aug 16, 2004
    #5
  6. Tad Bitt§ï£

    Goro Guest

    (Vlvetmorning98) wrote in message news:<>...
    > >i noticed that GOODFELLAS is released in a 2disc SE and also is part
    > >of a Best of Scorsese set. Are all the extras in teh 2disc SE in the
    > >boxset?
    > >
    > >thx
    > >-goro-

    >
    > yes, they are. And it's quite a steal at just over $40 on Amazon.


    thx. I'll get it today!

    -goro-
     
    Goro, Aug 17, 2004
    #6
  7. Tad Bitt§ï£

    Goro Guest

    (Vlvetmorning98) wrote in message news:<>...
    > >i noticed that GOODFELLAS is released in a 2disc SE and also is part
    > >of a Best of Scorsese set. Are all the extras in teh 2disc SE in the
    > >boxset?
    > >
    > >thx
    > >-goro-

    >
    > yes, they are. And it's quite a steal at just over $40 on Amazon.


    thx. I'll get it today!

    -goro-
     
    Goro, Aug 17, 2004
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