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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 26 2009 - 01:51 AM

Martin Scorsese’s All-Time Classic of Life Inside the Mob…           
GoodFellas
Celebrates 20th Anniversary with New Blu-ray Book Version
Includes Feature-Length Documentary
Just in time for Academy Award® Season
 
From WarnerHome Video February 16
 
Burbank, Calif., October 26, 2009 – On February 16, Warner Home Video (WHV) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of director Martin Scorsese’s gripping film GoodFellas, which film critic Roger Ebert called “the best mob movie ever,” with a new and enhanced Blu-ray book version. Featuring exclusive 34-page Blu-ray book packaging filled with fascinating photos, film facts and insider information, this 20th Anniversary Edition will also include two commentaries, three featurettes plus a feature-length documentary entitled, Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film, whichexplores the invention and development of the crime genre. GoodFellas 20th Anniversary release will also coincide with Martin Scorsese’s upcoming crime thriller ShutterIslandstarring Leonardo DiCaprio.
 
GoodFellas will be available for $34.99 SRP. Order due date is January 12, 2010.  
 
GoodFellas explores the criminal life like no other movie. Following the rise and fall of a trio of gangsters over 30 years, it’s an electrifying, fact-inspired tale of living – and dying. Based on the true-life best seller “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi, the film earned six Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director and was named 1990’s ‘Best Film’ by the New YorkLos Angeles and National Society of Film Critics. In 2000, GoodFellas was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the US Library of Congress.
 
Scorsese was awarded the Silver Lion Award in Venice.  Robert De Niro received wide recognition for his performance as veteran criminal Jimmy “The Gent” Conway, and Joe Pesci, as the volatile Tommy DeVito, walked off with the Best Supporting Actor Oscar®. Academy Award® nominees Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino also turned in electrifying performances. 
 
Extra features include:
  • 16x9 Digital Transfer in Dolby 5.1
  • Commentary with Martin Scorsese plus select cast and crew including Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco
  • Bonus commentary with ex-gangster Henry Hill and Ex-FBI agent Edward McDonald
 
  • Three cast/crew documentaries:
    • Getting Made: A penetrating look at the making of this modern classic
    • Made Men: The GoodFellas Legacy: Filmmakers Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Joe Carnahan (Narc), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption), and others discuss the influence of GoodFellas on their work
    • The Workaday Gangster: Writer Nick Pileggi, actors Frank Vincent, Paul Sorvino and others tell stories of growing up in a world where smalltime hoods were as common as the local butcher or mailman
·         Paper is Cheaper than Film: A glimpse into Martin Scorsese’s creative process including rarely seen sketches and more.
  • Theatrical trailer
 
Bonus Disc 2 contains feature-length documentary:
Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film
 
·   Four Mob-themed WB Cartoons: (I Like Mountain Music, She Was an Acrobat’s Daughter, Racketeer Rabbit and Bugs and Thugs)
 
 
Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film explores the invention and development of the crime genre; the rise of Warner stars like Cagney, Bogart and Robinson; as well as directors like Walsh, Wellman and Curtiz. It covers the films themselves, the influence they had on filmmakers all over the world; and the artistic merit that these defining classic films still warrant. Finally, the documentary celebrates the impact that Warner Bros. Studios had in establishing the iconic Hollywood Gangster, often imitated but never equaled. 
 
GoodFellas: 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Book
Street Date: February 16, 2010
Feature Running Time: 146 Minutes; Rated: R
Order Due Date: January 12, 2010
Catalog #: 1000114895
Pricing: $34.99 SRP
  

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#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Brian Borst

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Posted October 26 2009 - 06:56 AM

There's talk about some video errors of the previous version that have been fixed. I don't own that one (will buy this version, probably) but does anybody know what video errors those were?

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#3 of 18 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted October 26 2009 - 10:54 AM

It's not a video error. It's a vertical black line in the film element during one shot.

And from the specs listed I'm 99% sure Warner will just put the existing disc in the digibook packaging and call it a day. This is their standard procedure (see: A Christmas Story, The Matrix, etc.).

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#4 of 18 OFFLINE   Brian Borst

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Posted October 26 2009 - 08:44 PM

Well, '300' was released in a digibook with new features as well, and the re-release of Superman Returns also had a Dolby TrueHD track. So it can be done, press releases have been known to have mistakes in them. I just hope that's the case with this one.

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#5 of 18 OFFLINE   Vincent_P

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Posted October 27 2009 - 02:45 AM

Dolby 5.1 is a "special feature" on Blu-ray? 

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#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 27 2009 - 09:22 AM

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#7 of 18 OFFLINE   Dave H

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Posted October 27 2009 - 10:51 AM

Looks like it's just the existing disc being used.


#8 of 18 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted October 27 2009 - 10:52 AM

Nothing new here is there?  that Gangser documentary is in the "Warners Gangster Colelction Vol 4".


#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Brian Borst

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Posted October 27 2009 - 10:57 AM

And the things I heard were apparently just rumors, sorry for the confusion. I might still buy it, if the price is low enough. Or I'll order the previous version which will be a lot cheaper then.

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#10 of 18 OFFLINE   JediFonger

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Posted October 27 2009 - 03:04 PM

i'm hoping that they add a lossless track. i already ahve this BD w/lossy 5.1...


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Posted October 28 2009 - 01:32 AM

The lack of a mention of a new transfer or lossless audio does not bode well. But who can't wait for that exclusive 34 page book!

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Posted October 28 2009 - 01:33 AM

IF WB's just rehashes the old BD release disc WOW what a way to stick it to the consumer. I would really be ashamed.

Very tacky move esp. for a film like this so acclaimed and still no lossless audio track.

I like the use of the complete poster style artwork.. it could have been expanded a bit more on the case but I am sure the book part is nice... but really the same old BD inside. TACKY WB's TACKY.

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Posted October 28 2009 - 04:10 PM

I wasn't bothered by any black lines, but I did find the BD disappointing when played on 50" 200Hz Plasma. I'll have to check it out again, but my memory is the transfer was neither grainy enough to look natural and detailed, nor was movement anywhere near as smooth as most good quality BDs I watch mastered in 2008-2009. Was anyone else underwhelmed by it, or do I need to go back to the source to give more specific details?

#14 of 18 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted October 28 2009 - 05:20 PM

It's a 2006/2007 HD release sourced from the 2004 HD master. Your memory is accurate.


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Thanks for those details Brandon; now that you mention it, that's definitely what it looked like. I really hope they strike it anew. Curious to find out whether they bother, because its definintely one of the dullest blus I own.

I'm looking at my copy of Goodfellas BD, and can confirm as others have mentioned, that there are no new features listed that we don't already have. It still includes my favourite commentary track "The Cop and the Crook," with the real Henry Hill and a significant cop in his life.


#16 of 18 OFFLINE   Doug Schiller

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Posted October 30 2009 - 03:39 AM

You know something that bodes even worse?
The lovely picture of the set shows the exact same disc as the old release.
I think we have a Christmas Vacation cash grab here folks.

I'll happily keep my HD DVD version and wait for a real remaster for my Blu-Ray fix.



#17 of 18 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted November 03 2009 - 06:55 AM

If there's no lossless audio upgrade or a video remaster then no need to pick this one up.

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Posted January 30 2010 - 10:28 AM



Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron Reda 

If there's no lossless audio upgrade or a video remaster then no need to pick this one up.
 
you will not need to go shopping for this title then