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TCFHE Press Release: Raging Bull (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 15 Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 11 2008 - 08:59 AM

“I REMEMBER THOSE CHEERS. THEY STILL RING IN MY EARS…”

RAGING BULL



Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-Winning Masterpiece Triumphs Onto Blu-ray Disc With Even Greater Unflinching Realism February 10 >From MGM Home Entertainment

“...brilliantly photographed film of extraordinary power and rare distinction..."
- The Wall Street Journal

CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Experience a boxer’s emotional journey, as the violence and temper that made him a champion inside the ring destroy his life outside of it, when Raging Bull rings onto visually stunning Blu-ray Disc (BD) for the first time on February 10 from MGM Home Entertainment. Raging Bull garnered eight Academy Award nominations, taking home Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role (DeNiro) and Best Film Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker). Nominated for Best Cinematography as well, the Blu-ray disc presents Michael Chapman’s beautiful black and white photography as never before. Claiming the number one ranking spot on AFI’s “Top Ten Sports Films of All Time,” director Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas) recounts the gritty and emotionally unsettling career and personal life of tenacious boxer Jake LaMotta. Robert DeNiro (The Godfather II, Meet the Parents) delivers a knockout performance, portraying the rise and fall of the middleweight boxer, including his prizefighting victories of the 1940s, his dealings with the mob and the destruction of his marriage, his family and himself. Co-starring, are Oscar winner* Joe Pesci (My Cousin Vinny, Once Upon a Time In America,), as LaMotta’s manager and brother and Cathy Moriarty (Casper, Analyze That), as LaMotta’s abused and alienated wife.

The Raging Bull Blu-ray Disc includes director, cast and crew commentary, making-of documentaries, and much more. It will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada, pre-book is January 14.

* 1991 Academy Award – Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Goodfellas

Raging Bull Synopsis:
Robert DeNiro teams with director Martin Scorsese in this "extraordinarily compelling" (Leonard Maltin) film that introduced unflinching realism to stunned audiences in 1980. An "exceedingly violent as well as poetic" fight picture that maps "the landscape of the soul" (The New York Times), Raging Bull garnered eight Oscar® nominations* and won two, including Best Actor for DeNiro. DeNiro gives the performance of his career as Jake LaMotta, a boxer whose psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty are unforgettable as the brother who falls prey to Jake's mounting paranoia and jealousy, and the fifteen-year-old girl who becomes his most prized trophy. A "brilliantly photographed film of extraordinary power and rare distinction" (The Wall Street Journal), Raging Bull is filmmaking at its riveting best.

Special Features:
The Raging Bull Blu-ray Disc is presented in widescreen (1.85:1) with English Dolby Surround 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio. Bonus features include:
· Commentary by Director Martin Scorsese and Editor Thelma Schoonmaker
· Cast & Crew Commentary – Irwin Winkler, Robbie Robertson, Robert Chartoff, Theresa Saldana, John Turturro, Frank Warner, Michael Chapman and Cis Corman
· Storyteller Commentary – with Mardik Martin, Paul Schrader, Jason Lustig and Jake LaMotta
· Raging Bull: Before the Fight – The writing casting and pre-production
· Raging Bull: Inside the Ring – The choreography of the fight scenes
· Raging Bull: Outside the Ring – Behind the scenes stories of making the film
· Raging Bull: After the Fight – The sound design, the music, and the impact of the film
· “The Bronx Bull” – Making-of documentary
· DeNiro vs. LaMotta – Shot – by – shot comparison in the ring
· LaMotta Defends Title – Newsreel footage
· Original theatrical trailer

RAGING BULL BLU-RAY DISC
Street Date: February 10, 2009
Prebook Date: January 14, 2009
Price: $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada
Catalog Number: M113514
U.S. Rating: R
Total Run Time: 125 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes

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#2 of 15 Brandon Conway

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Posted December 11 2008 - 09:00 AM

Mine. Posted Image

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#3 of 15 Dave H

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Posted December 11 2008 - 04:01 PM

Definitely!

#4 of 15 Travis Brashear

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Posted December 12 2008 - 08:15 AM

I strongly prefer the grace of the Collector's Edition SD-DVD to the brute force of the Blu-ray cover, though (a small gripe, I know)...
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#5 of 15 David Wilkins

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Posted December 12 2008 - 09:08 AM

I hope to god they do something about that horrid grain. Posted Image

#6 of 15 Brandon Conway

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Posted December 12 2008 - 09:28 AM

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I hope to god they do something about that horrid grain. Posted Image
NO! The natural grain should stay.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#7 of 15 Craig S

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Posted December 12 2008 - 09:51 AM

A must-buy for sure. Glad to see MGM is giving it a real SE treatment.
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I hope to god they do something about that horrid grain. Posted Image
I hope to God you're joking.

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#8 of 15 David Wilkins

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Posted December 12 2008 - 10:03 AM

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A must-buy for sure. Glad to see MGM is giving it a real SE treatment.

I hope to God you're joking.


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#9 of 15 Brandon Conway

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Posted December 12 2008 - 01:40 PM

Phew.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#10 of 15 Paul Arnette

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Posted December 13 2008 - 07:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Travis Brashear
I strongly prefer the grace of the Collector's Edition SD-DVD to the brute force of the Blu-ray cover, though (a small gripe, I know)...

You should just count your lucky stars that they only feature isn't a PS3 Jake LaMotta's Boxing video game demo! Posted Image

Oh, this will definitely be mine as well. Posted Image
Universal Blu-ray Discs I will not be buying while they're offered only as Blu-ray + DVD 'flipper' discs:

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, Out of Africa, and Traffic.

#11 of 15 Jeff_HR

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Posted December 13 2008 - 07:48 AM

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Special Features:
The Raging Bull Blu-ray Disc is presented in widescreen (1.85:1) with English Dolby Surround 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio. Bonus features include:
· Commentary by Director Martin Scorsese and Editor Thelma Schoonmaker
· Cast & Crew Commentary – Irwin Winkler, Robbie Robertson, Robert Chartoff, Theresa Saldana, John Turturro, Frank Warner, Michael Chapman and Cis Corman
· Storyteller Commentary – with Mardik Martin, Paul Schrader, Jason Lustig and Jake LaMotta
· Raging Bull: Before the Fight – The writing casting and pre-production
· Raging Bull: Inside the Ring – The choreography of the fight scenes
· Raging Bull: Outside the Ring – Behind the scenes stories of making the film
· Raging Bull: After the Fight – The sound design, the music, and the impact of the film
· “The Bronx Bull” – Making-of documentary
· DeNiro vs. LaMotta – Shot – by – shot comparison in the ring
· LaMotta Defends Title – Newsreel footage
· Original theatrical trailer

All these Xtras are making this a MUST purchase for me. Posted Image

Can't wait to see it on my Pioneer Plasma, once I buy the TV. Posted Image
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#12 of 15 Bleddyn Williams

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Posted February 02 2009 - 02:27 AM

Just over a week to go. Can't wait to read a review on this one - haven't found any yet, except this fellow...

http://itsonitsgone.....y-raging-bull/

#13 of 15 Southpaw

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Posted February 03 2009 - 02:04 AM

Raging Bull Blu-ray Robert De Niro Scorsese

Some comparison shots from beaver along with a bit of commentary. Looks like grain is intact and contrast is excellent. Great to see!

#14 of 15 Bleddyn Williams

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Posted February 03 2009 - 05:10 AM

Not seeing any unsightly processing. Ordered!

#15 of 15 Brian Borst

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Posted February 04 2009 - 03:58 AM

That picture looks amazing, and it's region free Posted Image. The film is one of my favorites, but I wanted to wait and see what the picture looked like. The Ultimate Edition looked way too soft, and I'm glad they got it right this time. Must-buy for me.
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