Thirty years and it’s now on Blu-ray from MGM Home Entertainment as of January 11, 2011.. and I’m not sure if I’ve seen this movie, so I’m waiting on a copy to review. Here’s an overview of what it’s all about: As Jake (Robert De Niro) struggles to become the middleweight boxing champion of the world, he is obstructed by his personal demons. Though a technically brilliant fighter, his credibility as a legitimate boxer is challenged when he conspires with the mob to throw a fight in his opponent’s favor. Increasingly violent and self-destructive, Jake sours his already-tumultuous relationship with his brother and boxing manager (played by Joe Pesci) by accusing him of having an affair with his wife, Vickie (Cathy Moriarty). Jake’s final tragic loss in the ring makes him realize that his greatest defeat was losing the ones he loved.
Academy Award®-Winning performance by Robert De Niro (The Godfather, Part II) and celebrated direction by Martin Scorsese, this critically-acclaimed film was described as an “exceedingly violent as well as poetic” fight picture that maps “the landscape of the soul” by The New York Times. The new Anniversary Edition Blu-ray boasts over 50 minutes of brand new features, including exclusive, new interviews with De Niro and Scorsese making it essential to every movie lover’s collection.
Nominated for eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture, RAGING BULL is widely regarded as one of the best films of all time, ranking number 24 in the American Film Institute’s “100 Years … 100 Movies” list. De Niro gives the performance of his career as Jake La Motta, a boxer who’s psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. Academy Award®-winner Joe Pesci (Goodfellas) and Cathy Moriarty (Mambo Kings) 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.
This Raging Bull Blu-ray & DVD contains:
Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
- Feature Film
- New – Marty & Bobby
- New – Raging Bull: Reflections On A Classic
- New – Remembering Jake
- New – Marty on Film
- New – Cathy Moriarty on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, March 27, 1981
- Raging Bull: Fight Night
- The Bronx Bull
- DeNiro vs. LaMotta
- LaMotta Defends Title
Disc 2 (DVD):
- Feature Film
- Commentary by Director Martin Scorsese and Editor Thelma Schoonmaker
- Commentary by Cast and Crew
- Storytellers Commentary