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Goodfellas (1990)

NOTE: These commentaries are only available on the 2-disc "Special Edition" of Goodfellas.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Martin Scorsese, actors Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, and Frank Vincent, co-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, producers Irwin Winkler and Barbara De Fina, director of photography Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker Rating:7.5/10 (17 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by MartinTeller on September 20th, 2004:Find all reviews by MartinTeller
Could be more scene-specific, but the number of participants and variety of info really makes this commentary listenable. Pesci and DeNiro make appearances, but I think their comments are edited from older interviews.
Reviewed by newageynofriends on February 21st, 2007:Find all reviews by newageynofriends
This commentary is such a disappointment. Poorly edited and obviously cobbled together from interviews. I doubt they were even being recorded in sync to picture. One of my favorite films and probably the worst commentary treatment I've ever heard.
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on July 21st, 2007:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
After reading some of the reviews for this chat track i was a bit wary of it. But i listened to it and it was good enough. There are a lot of participants but they are announced on the commentary (e.g Director Martin Scosese) It seems that a lot of the comments are taken from interviews so some are not specific to the scene. But Scorseses definately are taken while he watches the film (i think) as he does relate to the on screen goings on.

All in all its not as good as the Henry Hill commentary or indeed the book Wiseguy or its follow up. But it is a decent track to get more insight into the movie
Reviewed by Station51 on December 31st, 2016:Find all reviews by Station51
I don't often like these pasted together, disparate interviews or commentaries but this is an exception. The stand out pieces are in order, writer Nick Pillegi, Scorsese and actress Lorraine Bracco. De Niro, Liotta and Pesci have some good dialogue as well.
It's not bad and gives you a lot of different angles for a full, well rounded view into the films origins and production.

Watch out for minute 6:10 where the films soundtrack comes back for a few seconds, LOUD and unexpectedly. If you're wearing headphones and have the volume up, WHOA! Bad sound engineer. BAD. Whoever it was decided to leave some of the films more violent scenes devoid of commentary. Usually gaps are no longer than 10 seconds here and there.

If I learned nothing else from this commentary I learned that the word WOP comes from the acronym for 'With Out Passport'. Now I can see the derogatory part of the term if you're Italian. Well in earlier times anyway. Today, not so much. I've heard "Im a Wop" I don't know how many times.
Reviewed by grimjack on October 10th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
It is really obvious when a commentary is composed from interviews, and placed into the film with the goal of filling up the whole soundtrack rather than trying to match up to the scenes. This is extra disappointing considering who is on this, and how special the film was to all these people (and the fans), so we would expect them to all want to record a real commentary track.
Commentary 2: Henry Hill & ex-FBI Agent Edward McDonald Rating:7.1/10 (14 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by MartinTeller on September 20th, 2004:Find all reviews by MartinTeller
I had low expectations, and was pleasantly surprised. You'll learn how accurate GoodFellas really is.
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on April 29th, 2005:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
I chose this commentary rather than the Scorsese one as its unique.
To listen to Henry Hill recalling "oh i remember the night we chopped him up" sends a chill down your spine at times and does make you watch the film in a slightly different light.
Henry and the FBI agent really do seem to get on well and they talk like friends rather than captor/crook.
I hope that these true life character type chat tracks take off more. Highly Recommended.
Reviewed by The Cubist on July 23rd, 2007:Find all reviews by The Cubist
I would agree with the last review... Hill talks about what a good job actor Ray Liotta did portraying him. He speaks at length about his personal experiences and how close the film captured the real people and events. This is a factual based track that makes one appreciate the authenticity of Scorsese’s film.
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on December 2nd, 2009:Find all reviews by Bickle, T.
It’s actually kind of startling to hear that not only is most of the movie true, but that the real Hill has no regrets about any of it. McDonald does a great job as interviewer and real-life FBI agent to Hill’s gangster. The two have a clear rapport that is a pleasure to listen to. Just like Jake La Motta’s track on “Raging Bull”, Hill’s track is the best of the bunch on this Scorsese DVD.