Hyperbole aside, Goodfellas is pretty much the best movie ever. Every single shot and sequence is filled with virtuoso style - a perfect marriage of filmmaker and material. Despite the existence of (at that time) two Godfather films, Once Upon a Time in America and his own previous efforts to chronicle the criminal underworld, Martin Scorsese's 1990 adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's novel Wiseguy manages not only to be distinctive but the definitive film about life in the mob.
It's also a film that has endured a long and sordid history on home video, and a title that many, many, many people want to own, but aren't sure whether they want to buy again, and again, and again. All of which is why Goodfellas is the subject of this installment of Making The (Up) Grade.
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