But it's not all doom and gloom. Once this initial grain has gone, the image is full of clarity, sumptuous colours and has a superb 'snap' to it. The Casino shots especially look fantastic with the deep greens and reds of the roulette and card tables. Skin tones too look natural and vibrant. Black levels are good but not up to more recent standards. There are some scenes which have a noticeably unusual 'temperature' to their colour. This IS intentional and is used to convey the 'heat' felt by the characters during these scenes. There were no noticeable artefacts or artificial looking edge enhancement although if you want to be critical, there was the odd case of some print damage with the appearance of a spec or two but all in all a pleasing, if not breathtaking image.
Deleted Scenes offer not only deleted scenes, but also outtakes which on a purely entertainment basis, are the most rewarding. Moments with Martin Scorsese, Sharon Stone, Nicholas Pileggi contains some superb anecdotes with the Director, the Actress and the writer of Casino. Stone especially gives some fascinating accounts of how it was to work with DeNiro and how terrifying Pesci can be when he gets into character. Vegas and the Mob Featurette covers in further detail the reasons behind the Mafia's involvement and interest in Las Vegas, how they carried out their plans and how they ultimately failed in monopolising the gambling state. Production Notes are text based and there are about 27 pages to read!! Finally, History Alive: True Crime Authors: Casino with Nicholas Pileggi has interviews with the writer of Casino, Nicholas Pileggi who discusses his reasons for writing this story and his fascination with the history of the real events which form its basis. Plenty to refer to here but what I'd give for a Scorsese / De Niro / Pesci audio commentary!
A classic movie which gets a well deserved special edition. Overall the package is good but with 10 years to plan it, it could have been a little more 'special'. Audio Commentary, DeNiro & Pesci interviews, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal (Real life basis for DeNiro's character) documentary which aired during the original theatrical release of Casino and so on could all have been sort for this Anniversary Edition but at the moment, this is the best version you can get of Casino and as such, comes recommended as an essential buy if you're a fan of the movie or the genre.
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