I don't know what was included on the original "Casino" DVD, but this new one kicks butt. Filled with interesting and in-depth featurettes, and, of course, including my favorite Scorcese picture of all time, "Casino 10th Anniversary DVD" is a must-have for all fans of the genre.
"Casino," an unofficial sequel to Scorcese's masterpiece "Goodfellas," is about the rise and fall of a group of gangsters who infiltrate Vegas and start raking in the big dollars, until greed gets the better of them. Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci all deliver top notch performances in this stellar mobster film. As any respectable moviegoer has already seen this movie, I don't need to go into detail, but it is one of Scorcese's greatest films. Many may disagree, but I think it is his best to date.
The DVD contains several special features that take a look at various aspects of the film, from its look and feel to the characters to the techniques used after filming finished. Unlike most features of this kind where the actors and filmmakers discuss their film in a very marketable way, the interviews here seem much more realistic and down-to-earth - perhaps because everyone involved know that this film is as good as it is and don't need to prove anything. The character featurette is especially interesting, as several people, both the real-life versions and the actors playing them, are discussed in detail. The DVD goes beyond interviewing the top couple of actors (Scorcese, De Niro and Stone all contribute - no Pesci, unfortunately) and takes a look at the lesser known actors who are just as important.
Those interested in mobsters or who simply love the movie "Casino" should immediately go out and purchase this DVD. Great movie, great DVD.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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