SRP $24.96 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SONY
 

"TAXI DRIVER" has been available on dvd previously, more than once. However, the new "2 disc" collector's edition, is far superior to the earlier ones. And, in fact, it's one of the best restored dvd releases of recent memory. Robert De Niro stars as Travis Bickle, a man with a storm building inside of him. As good as De Niro has been over the years, it's hard to find a performance of his more riveting than what he accomplishes here. Director Martin Scorsese has created several masterpieces, but it's equally hard to find any that match what he's accomplished with "TAXI DRIVER." Every scene, every frame, is just perfect. One of the many things that makes the film so compelling is the manner in which all of the film's elements come together so perfectly. The acting, cinematography, script, editing and direction are flawless. Hell, even Cybil Shepherd is terrific here! While she hasn't aged well, she looks beautiful and it's impossible to imagine anyone else in her role. Albert Brooks is sensational too, and his character and performance hit just the right notes, walking that fine line between being mesmerizing and staying on too long. Jodie Foster, even as young as she is here, has never been better. NEVER!  The ending to the film is just right, and it has the same impact all these years later, as it did in its initial theatrical presentation almost 30 years ago!

SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.  In comparison to previous releases, the image is consistently brighter. Colors are rendered more realistic and the detail is outstanding! While Scorsese gave the film an intentionally gritty atmosphere, the persistent grain actually enhances the transfer, instead of diminishing it. There are no artifacts and contrast is flawless!

SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.  Surrounds are rarely utilized, other than to enhance the stirring score and to provide some ambient effects. Some mild separation is noticeable in the front soundstage and fidelity is outstanding. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

Fans of the film and film-making in general will love the extras. An audio commentary with writer Paul Schrader offers thoroughly captivating insight into the script as well as the more technical accomplishments of the film's production.  Another commentary with University of Maryland film instructor Robert Kolker, offers a great opportunity for students and aspiring filmmakers to appreciate some provocative analysis of the film's various themes. While Kolker is a little too authoritative in his "opinions," he's still intriguing to listen to.

There are several featurettes, all of them outstanding.