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Goodfellas and Mystic River Blu-ray Reviews

21 February 2010 8:09 AM, PST | | See recent news »

At some point you could argue that Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood started making movies to get Oscars. This is reductive and not fair to their body of work, but when you look at much of the 21st century for both artists there’s a sense of making Oscar pictures that perhaps have other merits, but definitely with an eye toward that goal. The rebirth of Scorsese as Oscar contender came in 1990, when Goodfellas lost to Dances with Wolves and engendered years of vitriol. Mystic River lost in the year of Return of the King, but it kicked off Eastwood’s current run of Oscar-bait pictures that have done well in terms of nominations until recently. The Scorsese film stars Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in one of the greatest mob films ever made, while Mystic River is a literary adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of wrongful death and suspicious behavior. »

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,’ ‘Mystic River’

8 February 2010 8:06 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – I know what you’re thinking: What do “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Mystic River” have in common? Nothing at all other than a Blu-ray release date of February 2nd, 2010. Oh, and they’re two films you should probably own if you have a Blu-ray player.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

Johnny Depp and Terry Gilliam telling the story of Hunter S. Thompson’s drug-addled lunacy seemed like a match made in movie heaven when production of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” was first announced. Who better to grasp the stream-of-consciousness insanity of Thompson’s writing than a Monty Python member and who better to embody Thompson’s larger-than-life personality than one of the most fearless actors of his generation?

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was released on Blu-ray on February 2nd, 2010.

Photo credit: Universal Pictures Home Video

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