Martin Scorsese

Raging Bull

Raging Bull

With this stunningly visceral portrait of self-destructive machismo, Martin Scorsese created one of the truly great and visionary works of modern cinema. Robert De Niro pours his blood, sweat, and brute physicality into the Oscar-winning role of Jake La Motta, the rising middleweight boxer from the Bronx whose furious ambition propels him to success within the ring but whose unbridled paranoia and jealousy tatter his relationships with everyone in his orbit, including his brother and manager (Joe Pesci) and his gorgeous, streetwise wife (Cathy Moriarty). Thelma Schoonmaker’s Oscar-winning editing, Michael Chapman’s extraordinarily tactile black-and-white cinematography, and Frank Warner’s ingenious sound design combine to make Raging Bull a uniquely powerful exploration of violence on multiple levels—physical, emotional, psychic, and spiritual.

Film Info

  • United States
  • 1980
  • 129 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #1134

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Three audio commentaries, featuring Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker; director of photography Michael Chapman, producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler, casting director Cis Corman, music consultant Robbie Robertson, and others; and boxer Jake La Motta and screenwriters Mardik Martin and Paul Schrader
  • New video essays by film critics Geoffrey O’Brien and Sheila O’Malley
  • Fight Night, a making-of program featuring Scorsese and key members of the cast and crew
  • Three short programs highlighting the longtime collaboration between Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro
  • Television interview from 1981 with actor Cathy Moriarty and the real Vikki La Motta
  • Interview with Jake La Motta from 1990
  • Program from 2004 featuring veteran boxers reminiscing about La Motta
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Essays by poet Robin Robertson and film critic Glenn Kenny

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Three audio commentaries, featuring Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker; director of photography Michael Chapman, producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler, casting director Cis Corman, music consultant Robbie Robertson, and others; and boxer Jake La Motta and screenwriters Mardik Martin and Paul Schrader
  • New video essays by film critics Geoffrey O’Brien and Sheila O’Malley
  • Fight Night, a making-of program featuring Scorsese and key members of the cast and crew
  • Three short programs highlighting the longtime collaboration between Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro
  • Television interview from 1981 with actor Cathy Moriarty and the real Vikki La Motta
  • Interview with Jake La Motta from 1990
  • Program from 2004 featuring veteran boxers reminiscing about La Motta
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Essays by poet Robin Robertson and film critic Glenn Kenny

    New cover by Eric Skillman
Raging Bull
Cast
Robert De Niro
Jake La Motta
Joe Pesci
Joey La Motta
Cathy Moriarty
Vickie
Frank Vincent
Salvy
Nicholas Colasanto
Tommy Como
Theresa Saldana
Lenore, Joey’s wife
Mario Gallo
Mario
Frank Adonis
Patsy
Joseph Bono
Guido
Frank Topham
Toppy
Lori Anne Flax
Irma
Charles Scorsese
Charlie (man with Como)
Don Dunphy
Himself
Bill Hanrahan
Eddie Eagan
Bernie Allen
Comedian
Floyd Anderson
Jimmy Reeves
Johnny Barnes
Sugar Ray Robinson
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad
Billy Fox
Kevin Mahon
Tony Janiro
Louis Raftis
Marcel Cerdan
Johnny Turner
Laurent Dauthuille
Credits
Director
Martin Scorsese
Producer
Irwin Winkler
Producer
Robert Chartoff
Screenplay by
Paul Schrader
Screenplay by
Mardik Martin
Based on the book Raging Bull by
Jake La Motta
Joseph Carter
Peter Savage
Produced in association with
Peter Savage
Director of photography
Michael Chapman
Editor
Thelma Schoonmaker
Casting
Cis Corman
Consultant
Jake La Motta
Associate producer
Hal W. Polaire
Music
Pietro Mascagni
Sound-effects supervising editor
Frank Warner
Production manager
James D. Brubaker
Stunt coordinator
Jim Nickerson
Production designer
Gene Rudolf
Art director
Kirk Axtell
Art director
Sheldon Haber
Art director
Alan Manser
Makeup
Michael Westmore
Hairstylist
Jean Burt Reilly
Hairstylist
Verne Caruso
Hairstylist
Mary Keats
Hairstylist
Mona Orr
Costume designer
Richard Bruno
Camera operator
Joe Marquette
Camera operator
Eddie Gold
Script supervisor
Hannah Scheel
Still photographer
Christine Loss
Still photographer
Brian Hamill
Boxing technical adviser
Al Silvani

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