ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION
Once Upon a Time in America Two-Disc Special Edition
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Actors: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Tuesday Weld, Treat Williams Rating: Features: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC Running Time: 229 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Release Date: June 10, 2003 Theatrical Release Date: June 1, 1984 Studio: Warner Home Video
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Ten years in planning, Sergio Leone's epic Once upon a Time in America portrays 50 years of riveting underworld history and offers rich roles to a remarkable cast. Robert De Niro and James Woods play lifelong Lower East Side pals whose wary partnership unravels in death and mystery. Strong support comes from Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, Jennifer Connelly, Elizabeth McGovern and the young actors playing the central characters as ghetto kids. To see this film offered for the first time in the full version 1984 Cannes Film Festival audiences cheered is "to be swept away by the assurance and vitality of a great director making his final statement in a medium he adored" Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.
Once Upon a Time in America has a checkered history, having been chopped from its original 227-minute director's cut to 139 minutes for its U.S. release. This longer edition benefits from having the complete story the short version has huge gaps about turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants in America finding their way into lives of crime, as told in flashback by an aging Jewish gangster named Noodles Robert De Niro. On the other hand, it's almost four hours long, and this sometimes-indulgent Sergio Leone film is no Godfather. Still, it is notable for the contrast between Leone's elegiac take on the gangster film and his occasional explosive action, as well as for the mix of the stoic, inexpressive De Niro and the hyperactive James Woods as his lifelong friend and rival. --Marshall Fine