The Departed: Scorsese’s Oscar®-Nominated Film Gets A Two-Disc Special Edition DVD Release!

The Departed Box ArtFor some reason, Martin Scorsese's movies deal with the seamier subjects of life – psychotic cab drivers, the world of boxing, crime and gangsters… The Departed may well be Scorsese's best film since Goodfellas….CLICK THIS LINK TO SUBSCRIBE TO EMTV, OUR iTUNES VIDEO PODCAST!!

 

The Departed Box Art

 

The Departed is an unusual film for Martin Scorsese – it's a remake of a classic Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs. Although not a scene-for-scene remake, the basic plot structure remains the same: both the police and the mob have highly placed informants in the other's camp. Although the setting has shifted from Hong Kong to Boston, it's remarkable how easily the Asian situations translate into North American ones.

Working from a script by William Monahan, Scorsese takes this twisted tale of two snitches and imbues it with a gritty verisimilitude that is partly inspired by a real Bostonian gangster who shares one important characteristic with the film's Frank Costello [Jack Nicholson]. He also showcases the unique manner in which both informants – Massachusetts State cop Billy Costigan [Leonardo DiCaprio] and Colin Sullivan [Matt Damon] – experience the same kinds of stresses and pressures.

The one device that is changed in The Departed – both informants seeing the same shrink [and becoming enamored of her] – is the film's one weak spot. It requires too much of a leap of faith in the audience. Otherwise, the film is as good as Scorsese gets. The dialogue crackles; the action sequences are well staged – without glorifying violence, or coming off as gratuitous; Scorsese balances the arcs of both informants extremely well, and the entire cast provides top-notch performances.

Features include: 9 Additional Scenes, with introductions by Martin Scorsese; the TCM feature-length documentary Scorsese on Scorsese: The Story of the Boston Mob: The Real-life Gangster Behind Jack Nicholson's Character; Crossing Criminal Cultures: How Little Italy's Crime and Violence Influence Scorsese's Work, and the Theatrical Trailer. Sadly, there is no audio commentary [a shame because Scorsese does wonderful commentaries].

The Departed – Grade: A

Features – Grade: B-

Final Grade: A-

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