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Raging Bull (1980)

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NOTE: These commentaries are only available on the "Special Edition" DVD release. The Scorsese/Schoonmaker commentary was previously available on the Criterion Collection laserdisc release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Martin Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker Rating:8.3/10 (25 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on August 15th, 2007:Find all reviews by The Cubist
This was taken from the Criterion laser disc. Their comments are often screen-specific as they talk about how certain scenes were put together in this engaging, informative track.
Reviewed by zombking on January 20th, 2008:Find all reviews by zombking
Scorsese is a fantastic director, but this commentary is just so dry for such a great movie. It's hard to sit through because you just wish they would become so engaged. I hope for a better commentary track (one from non-Laserdisc source) someday.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on April 9th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
I love Martin Scorsese, and I think this is one of his best, it not the best movie of his. Itís always wonderful to hear him talk, and while he has interesting things to say, as does Thelma, it brings little new information to the table. And surprisingly he does not say that much. For a Scorsese commentary I thought it was a little slow and dry. Maybe thatís because this is the criterion commentary and those are usually a little too serious, and so there are long pauses between anything he has to say. A lot of the stuff is also covered in the supplements on disc two. Good, but a little disappointing considering the average vote on this site. 7/10
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on May 19th, 2009:Find all reviews by Bickle, T.
It sounds as if this track is compiled from interviews, which is a real shame. Itís informative sure, but never quite as engaging as youíd expect Scorsese to be.
Reviewed by reidca on July 20th, 2010:Find all reviews by reidca
I listened to this commentary on the Blu-ray which I assume is the same as the DVD. Typically solid Scorsese track drowning in technical know-how but lacking a bigger picture overview of the overriding themes of the piece (sounds like Scorsese is not interested in talking about it?) I was interested to learn that Schoonmaker had to wait years to work regularly for Scorsese because she wasn't in the union until this film.
Reviewed by sedna on September 21st, 2012:Find all reviews by sedna
I don't think this is compiled from interviews. Scorsese is clearly watching the film as at one point he points out a shot. Regardless, this is an informative piece. A bit sparse, but a good balance. You get some analysis of scenes, technical information, little trivia how they achieved certain effects. Scorsese mentions how he used Psycho shower sequence as the basis for the final fight. Actually, Scorsese mentions Hitchcock a lot, it seems clear that he is a big inspiration in general for him, but then who isn't inspired by him, right? Overall, definitely check this one out.
Reviewed by Station51 on August 31st, 2015:Find all reviews by Station51
One of the best commentaries from Scorsese I've heard. Scorsese is usually fairly inconsistent, sounding like he may have had too much coffee and has a habit of going off on tangents, becoming esoteric and inscrutable. Here, he stays on point and offers a lot of info about the story, casting, camera lenses, music and more. Excellent and well worth a listen.
Reviewed by grimjack on January 9th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
Not that great, which is really odd considering this is Scorsese (and his editor, and the actress a few times). It is not bad, but I have really high expectations from Scorsese, and this does have long silent pauses, and most of the comments and stories do seem lifted from the interview also on the blu-ray. It is definitely worth listening to, but I was expecting it to blow me away like the Taxi Driver commentary. Or really any other thing Scorsese has done.
Commentary 2: Producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, music producer Robbie Robertson, actors Theresa Saldana and John Turturro, supervising sound effects editor Frank Warner, director of photography Michael Chapman, and casting director Cis Corman Rating:7.3/10 (9 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by zombking on January 21st, 2008:Find all reviews by zombking
Some of the comments on here are quite useless, such as John Turturro who just played an extra at one point. Others, such as the man in charge of music, offer only a few good bits but love to hear themselves talk.

Really, this is a combination of "lesser" players in the film, who all had an effect on it and contributed in their own way. Each person talks in turn about their own aspect of the film, but two people in particular have much more to say than the rest, and I'd love to hear a commentary from just these two men.

The sound editor provides some really deep insight into the film, and has a lot to say about how many effects he added into the film. Raging Bull uses so many sound effects, and he helps to explain how he managed these, even going so far as to showing how he manipulated 1/4 inch tape, which is fascinating stuff. He talks about how he destroyed the sound effects after he was done and how each punch combined about 11-14 sounds, an amazing feat. His main segment comes during the last fight.

Secondly, the cameraman, who from the very beginning explains how certain effects were accomplished, especially during the fight sequences, has almost as much interesting information to give out. Really this is good stuff from him.

Otherwise, the producers talk about how much things cost, as usual, and the actors' parts here are only minor and can only offer so much information.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on April 9th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Well, after listening to the three tracks, this is the most forgettable. Itís not that bad, but compared to the other two it is a little redundant. Here again, a lot of the stories and comments are covered in the supplements on disc two. Descent. 6/10
Commentary 3: Screenwriters Mardik Martin and Paul Schrader, boxer/author Jake LaMotta, and LaMotta's nephew Jason Lustig Rating:6.9/10 (11 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on August 15th, 2007:Find all reviews by The Cubist
The aging boxer recounts childhood memories and how he learned to fight, providing fascinating insight into the mentality of a boxer.
Reviewed by zombking on January 21st, 2008:Find all reviews by zombking
I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this particular track. It is quite unconventional, so many people may not enjoy it as much as I did. The people talking (mainly LaMotta himself) are candid and honest, but they only talk about what is going on on-screen later in the film. The writers talk about their experience, but most importantly it's LaMotta and his nephew interviewing him with the interesting stuff. Most interesting was the commentary during the scene where LaMotta beats Joey up, and the real LaMotta goes into rant mode. The only thing that could make this track better would be Vikki LaMotta on the same track, giving an alternate viewpoint.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on April 9th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
This was actually the best one of the three tracks. The most interesting part is the interview with the real Jake La Motta. His nephew is the interviewer, and he asks all you could want and gets him talking. He does mention things without help too, but itís a good thing his nephew was there to make him talk. Itís very interesting, and a little sad to hear him. 8/10