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Gangs of New York [DVD] [] [2003] [1 disc] [Region 1]

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  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Martin Scorsese revisits New York City's notorious past with this dazzling historical drama. A throwback to the epics of yesteryear, GANGS OF NEW YORK is set in the mid-1800s, when the streets of lower Manhattan were teeming with tension and violence. Leonardo DiCaprio is Amsterdam Vallon, the son of a revered gang leader (Liam Neeson). As a youth, Amsterdam witnessed the death of his father at the hands of William "The Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), the maniacally driven ruler of the city's most powerful gang. Sixteen years later, Amsterdam is finally released from the orphanage that raised him. Determined to avenge his father's death, Amsterdam makes his way back to the volatile Five Points to track down Cutting and exact revenge. As he gradually infiltrates Bill the Butcher's camp and earns the crazed gangster's respect, he must also contend with the tumultuous, but beautiful, Jenny Everdean (Cameron Diaz). DiCaprio and Diaz are impressive in their respective roles, but it is Day-Lewis who steals the show. Resurfacing after a five-year retirement, the Irish actor delivers a performance that is at once cartoonish, electrifying, comical, sincere, and deeply moving. By paying tribute to the early days of New York City in such a grand, spectacular manner, Scorsese also pays tribute to cinema itself.
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  • Credits
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo Di Caprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent, James Broadbent, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Liam Carney, William Kiernan, Cara Seymour, David Hemmings
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Unsparing, hallucinatory, spectacular, it's personal moviemaking on an epic scale, a vision that will take your breath away and hold it for the movie's entire running time..."
    Premiere

    "...GANGS OF NEW YORK may be the last of its kind -- a costume picture made entirely in a studio by a superbly creative director in collaboration with mater craftspeople..."
    Film Comment

    "...Day-Lewis does a superb job of making the villain charismatic and complex..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...GANGS OF NEW YORK is an important film as well as an entertaining one. With this project, Mr. Scorsese has made his passionate ethnographic sensibility the vehicle of an especially grand ambition..."
    New York Times

    "...It has as much greatness in it as any movie this year..."
    USA Today

    "Big, brilliant, brutal and beautiful."
    Uncut

    "...GANGS OF NEW YORK is something better than perfect: It's thrillingly alive....A triumph of pure craft and passionate heart..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...The complicated and brilliant Day-Lewis makes all of old New York come alive; he's the furnace that stokes the story, and he gives off real, exciting heat..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...GANGS OF NEW YORK bears all the earmarks of a magnum opus for Martin Scorsese....A richly impressive and densely realized work..."
    Variety

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