Once Upon A Time In America (Special Edition) (DVD)

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Once Upon A Time In America (Special Edition) (DVD)

Two boyhood friends grow up to become the kingpins of a prohibition-era criminal empire until their own greed and ambition cause their downfall. Based...

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Excellent

ProOutstanding production and cast, depth

Consviolent and lurid throughout- may provoke nausea

A forewarning: this is a violent and vulgar review of a violent and vulgar film. Sergio Leone's classic gangster masterpiece "Once Upon a Time in America" takes us on an epic biographical voyage of the life of a Jewish Gangster named Noodles (played by Robert DeNiro). From his impoverished...

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Excellent

ProFar Too Many to mention here!!!

ConsAvoid edited versions, no more Leone RIP

What a great shame for the film industry to see one of the great directors of our time pass away so prematurely -Sergio Leone gave us so much pleasure with his films that only now can we really appreciate his true cinematic style & characterisation skills and realise that not many other directors...

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Excellent

“Hiya, Noodles!”

published 19/12/2011

ProPowerful direction and character acting; Morricone...

ConsVery long

Once Upon A Time In America is Sergio Leone's last film. The man usually known for his Westerns with strong characters, powerful camera work and a great relationship with musical genius Ennio Morricone has created some legendary films, and this one is perhaps the epic of them all. Edited down...

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Excellent

ProEpic in scale; fantastic attention to detail; enga...

ConsNot long enough -- uneven and lacking in places; m...

Sergio Leone was made famous with the Spaghetti Westerns, his gritty, raw, violent trilogy. But unlike any other director, Leone would stop at nothing, and continued to try and outdo himself with bigger, more ambitious films. Indeed, Once Upon A Time In America was a project ten years in the...

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Good

ProA thoughtful epic.

ConsDoesn't compare to Leone's westerns; Overlong and ...

I find it a lot easier to review things that I am passionate about, and this film is one of them. I really dislike it. I can easily see why people would like it, it's a true epic. The film is very long, serene, yet violent, thoughtful, but contains irrational behaviour. It doesn't attempt to...

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Excellent

“Visual poem, sonic massage.”

published 07/10/2003

ProLeone's beautifully poetic swansong; Morricone's h...

Consmercifully the harder versions to find now, thanks...

Director Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone for me cannot be spoken of separately. Leone often had Morricone write music cues before anything else was done on his movies, and he would play the score in between shooting scenes on set. Once Upon a Time in America boasts one of Morricone's finest...

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Satisfactory

“the worst gangster film ever”

published 04/03/2009

Prosome of the acting

Conspace

WHAT IS IT ABOUT: This epic movie tells the tale of a group of New York gangsters through their childhood during prohibition, to a reunion in the 60s. Told in flash-backs and flash-forwards, the movie is nearly four hours long. WAS IT ANY GOOD: I’d have to answer the above with a resounding ‘No’...

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Super

“Underrated Epic.”

published 06/08/2003

ProExtremely Detailed,Strong cast.

ConsPossibly too long, graphic scenes.

I bought this DVD out of sheer curiosity; I didn't know anything about the storyline before buying it, all I knew that Robert De Niro was in it. I bought this recently, the DVD version with no uncut scenes. It is set in New York before the prohibition of alcohol, it tells the story of 'Noodles'...

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Excellent

“A Film of Two Halves ?”

published 08/09/2005

ProEpic tale, great acting and attention to detail. ...

Consmay be too long for some people

If you find yourself with an uninteresting afternoon sometime then maybe you could allow yourself to indulge this masterpiece. Because that is what this is. If you can't spare that much time then you should probably go for something else - or hey, why not watch it in two halves ? Thats the way it...

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Excellent

Procompelling and thought provoking

Consthe duration

......one word.....fantastic..... Who's starring? This compelling film of how a gang started and ended, DeNiro is absolutely brilliant and he has such an impact on the audience as we see life as a childhood gangster, to being a full blown man of the mafia through his eyes. I also have to say a...

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Excellent

ProA film you will want to watch again and again

ConsDon't lend it out you will never get it back !

This is a gripping film that will make you want to watch it again and again. DeNiro is amazing as always as a prohibition Jewish ganster. If you enjoy gangster movies for the pro-hibition era then this is one of the best. The story is told through DeNiro\'s character's eyes from his childhood...

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Excellent

“A masterpiece”

published 26/06/2003

ProThe whole film

ConsNone, now that it's on DVD uncut

What can I say? After years of struggling to be able to watch this film - always missing it when it was on T.V., not being able to find the video - I finally got it on DVD. The first half an hour or so is slightly confusing, but get past that and the whole story unravels itself in a beautiful...

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Two boyhood friends grow up to become the kingpins of a prohibition-era criminal empire until their own greed and ambition cause their downfall. Based on Larry Grey's novel, "The Hoods."

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