Goodfellas (1990)

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Released:  Wednesday, September 19, 1990  
Length:  146 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Drama/Suspense
Rating: Goodfellas is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaUnder 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.


Synopsis

When Martin Scorsese, one of the world's most skillful and respected directors, reunited with two-time Oscar-winner Robert De Niro in GoodFellas, the result was one of the most powerful films of the year. Based on the true-life best seller Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi and backed by a dynamic pop/rock oldies soundtrack, critics and filmgoers alike declared GoodFellas great. It was named 1990's best film by the New York, Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics. And it earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Robert De Niro received wide recognition for his performance as veteran criminal Jimmy "The Gent" Conway. And as the volatile Tommy DeVito, Joe Pesci walked off with the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Academy Award nominee Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino also turned in electrifying performances. You have to see it to believe it - then watch it again. GoodFellas explores the criminal life like no other movie.

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Goodfellas 4K Ultra HD Review


It's hard to believe it's been 25 years since we met Henry Hill on the big screen and instantly fell in love.  I'm not sure why we became so fascinated, but maybe it had something to do with guns, violence and a bunch of wise guys who thought they ruled the streets. Whatever the reason, we were captivated by the portrayal of the mafia and now, 25 years later, the original Academy Award-winning,  Goodfellas is being released on 4K Blu-ray.

Henry (Ray Liotta;  Hannibal) was a two-bit, half Italian, half Irish kid living in New York City who made his way up in the mob.  By the time he was 21, he was in the Lucchese crime family inner circle, though never fully accepted.  He helped with robberies and occasionally shook people down and beat them up.  He was a trusted member of Paulie Cicero's (Paul Sorvino; Romeo + Juliet) crew.

Everything seemed great for Henry, even after serving some time in jail and he was happy with his life married to Karen Friedman (Lorraine Bracco; The Sopranos), while sleeping around on the side.  Things seemed to sort of unravel when he started dealing cocaine and ingesting almost as much as he sold.  When he finally got caught, he and Karen turned state's evidence and testified against Paulie and James Burke (Robert DeNiro; Casino), bringing down a number of members of the mob and entering witness protection.

Goodfellas made Ray Liotta a household name and really launched his acting career.  His portrayal of Hill was a beautiful blend of Italian/Irish Charm mixed with cold and calculating gangster.  Along with Joe Pesci (My Cousin Vinny), DeNiro and Sorvino were perfect as mobsters, waiving their riches around and making other people fear for their lives.  Written and Directed by Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) the film had a winning cast, terrific screenplay, and a director who moved the pace, while keeping audiences engaged.

The 2160p video quality is excellent, though there were times in the beginning of the film that I felt as though the picture was a little wavy, almost like when you can see the steam rising off the blacktop on a hot summer day.  The DTS-HD Master 5.1 audio is clear and makes good use of the limited soundtrack and recording of the 1990's. 

The combo pack also comes with a bonus Blu-ray that includes a 1080p copy of the film as well as a plethora of special features:

  • Scorsese's Goodfellas
  • Getting Made
  • Made Men: the Goodfellas Legacy
  • The Workaday Gangster
  • Paper is Cheaper than Film
  • Theatrical Trailer

For those who love gangster/mob-related films, this one is a winner and a classic.  Based on a true story and adapted from  Nicholas Pileggi's novel Wiseguy, it's the perfect gift for any member of your family that loves a good mob movie.

Grade: A

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