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Casino SE DVD

Wed Aug 10, 2005 5:54 pm

Anyone got this new SE DVD of the now classic Casino movie, starring Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone?

Knowing that this special anniversary edition is a double disc, there should be plenty of bonus material and commentaries, or..?

Sharon Stone showed that she really could act in this movie, not only be the slut as she played in Basic Instinct.

Joe Pesci, what can I say? The perfect bad man, once again!

Robert de Niro, has this man ever done a bad movie?

Br
Kristian

Wed Aug 10, 2005 6:24 pm

I picked up this DVD when it came out and must say that I have a new appreciation for the film. While Goodfellas is above and beyond a much better movie, Casino does have it's moments. Sharon Stone's performance is first rate and you simply can't go wrong with DeNiro and Pesci on screen together. As far as the special features:

Deleted Scenes
Casino: The Story
Casino: Cast and Characters
Casino: The Look
Casino: After the Filming
Moments with Martin Scorsese, Sharon Stone, Nicholas Pileggi
Vegas and the Mob Featurette
History Alive: True Crime Authors: Casino with Nicholas Pileggi

Tom

Wed Aug 10, 2005 8:07 pm

I got the DVD also. I think it is great! Having it as a two sided disc is a little cheapo, but no real biggie. I loved Sharon in this movie, it is great to see her shine in this movie. The extras on side 2 were very good, I had no idea that this was actually a true story. Very interesting to see the actuall people portrayed. I guess I'm gonna have to get Goodfellas and watch it because I have never seen this movie! I'm not really a fan of these gangster type flicks... I bought the Casino DVD because I liked Sharons perfomance so much, and I do like DeNiro and Pesci.

JEFF d
Elvis fan

Wed Aug 10, 2005 9:31 pm

JEFF d wrote:I got the DVD also. I think it is great! Having it as a two sided disc is a little cheapo, but no real biggie. I loved Sharon in this movie, it is great to see her shine in this movie. The extras on side 2 were very good, I had no idea that this was actually a true story. Very interesting to see the actuall people portrayed. I guess I'm gonna have to get Goodfellas and watch it because I have never seen this movie! I'm not really a fan of these gangster type flicks... I bought the Casino DVD because I liked Sharons perfomance so much, and I do like DeNiro and Pesci.

JEFF d
Elvis fan


I have to agree with Tom, that Goodfellas is an even better movie than Casino, so if you haven't seen Goodfellas yet - DO SO!!! :wink: :lol:

Br
Kristian

Wed Aug 10, 2005 9:38 pm

Loved Casino. How about the job James Woods does as Stone's creepy on again, off again ex-boyfriend.

Wed Aug 10, 2005 9:58 pm

I watched them both almost back to back as far as watching films go, with Goodfellas first. Casino did it for me out of the two, but little in it.

Casino is one of those films where if you laid it out on paper how you wanted to make it with the narration and the cut back and forth etc you'd be told it wouldn't work. Most probably it wouldn't ordinarily, but with Pesci and DeNiro it just does.

The scene in the crops with the baseball bats was done so well as far as what you saw and what you didn't see that for me it was and is the most realistically violent moment I've watched on film that was acted out.

Yeah, James Woods acting job was to put the viewer in DeNiros shoes, you never knew whether he was for real or not as much as Deniros character does and that was the backing on which you watched the relationship crumble between Stone and DeNiro, fantastic film, fantastic setting and great era, I just wanted them to drive in the right direction so you could see the Hiltons hoarding advertising Elvis' summer festival.

Thu Aug 11, 2005 4:50 am

Steve_M wrote:The scene in the crops with the baseball bats was done so well as far as what you saw and what you didn't see...


What didn't you see??? Aside from the actual bones breaking which was hidden under their flesh... you could pretty much see it all... :oops:
Casino is a classic mob flick...
BTW, Godfather was on BRAVO the other night... that is number one in my book followed distantly by Goodfellas (also another classic - much better than Casino)...
Jame Caan is phenominal in The Godfather... probably why Las Vegas is my favorite show on TV... and the fact that the show's intro is preemo!!!

Thu Aug 11, 2005 6:01 am

I liked Casino when I saw it a few years ago on video, but I didn't think it was anywhere near as strong as Good Fellas. Good Fellas is in my opinion the best mob movie after the Godfather saga. For those who like mob films there's a movie with Gabriel Byrne and Albert Finney called Miller's Crossing that's real good.

Sharon Stone really did prove herself as an actress in Casino. It's a bit odd that it didn't really make much difference in her career in the long run.

Nothing beats the Godfather saga. 4 of America's greatest actors: Brando, Pacino, De Niro, Duvall.

Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:38 am

elvis-fan wrote:
Steve_M wrote:The scene in the crops with the baseball bats was done so well as far as what you saw and what you didn't see...


[color=darkred]What didn't you see??? Aside from the actual bones breaking which was hidden under their flesh... you could pretty much see it all... :oops:


Watch it again, just that scene. It is so well made that you genuinely believe you can recall seeing more than what you actually do.

As for the actual "what you don't see", well they did have sound as well being a modern film and you don't see the sound, also the acting was so well done that the fear projected could be felt or sensed as well yet you can't see fear itself only the symptoms of the consequences of fear being acted out. Brilliantly done by all involved.

Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:17 am

"Good Fellas" is one of the best films of the entire 1990s -- a stunning achievement. "Casino" only pales by comparison.

Kristian Hjelmaas wrote:Robert de Niro, has this man ever done a bad movie?

Yes, he has -- but his finest work blows away almost any other actor of the past thirty years, so it's kind of a moot issue.

DJC