Gangs of New York from EIV later this month


have sent across the details on their Region 2 UK DVD release of Gangs of New York that is due to arrive June 30th with a retail price of £24.99. This two-disc set will spread the film over both discs in Anamorphic Widescreen with DD6.1 EX audio alongside the following bonus features...

Disc One

  • Audio commentary with director Martin Scorsese
  • Set design
  • Multi-angle feature - exploring the sets
  • Costume design
  • History of the Five Points area in New York
  • Five Points study guide
Disc Two
  • Audio Commentary (continued)
  • Discovery Channel show: "Uncovering The Real Gangs Of New York"
  • U2 "The Hands That Built America" music video
  • Theatrical Trailer

Here is what the press release has to say about the film...

Following its spectacular theatrical success, taking in excess of £11 million at the UK box office, Entertainment In Video has announced that Martin Scorsese's eagerly-awaited, epic tale of the dark, violent under-world of New York in the 1860s, ‘Gangs of New York’ will be released to buy and rent on video and DVD on 30 June 2003.

Leonardo DiCaprio [Catch Me If You Can], Daniel Day-Lewis [Oscar winner for My Left Foot], Cameron Diaz [Charlie’s Angels], Liam Neeson (Schindler's List), Henry Thomas (E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial) and Jim Broadbent (Oscar-winner for Iris) star in the acclaimed smash hit by legendary 5-time Academy Award-nominee director Martin Scorsese [Goodfella’s, Taxi Driver, Casino].

Celebrated for his visual style and storytelling skills, Scorcese’s latest movie ‘Gangs of New York’ has been a long standing passion. He originally intended to make the film in 1978 and cast the punk band ‘The Clash’ in roles with De Niro in the role eventually taken by Leonardo di Caprio. When the film was eventually released this year it was nominated for [amongst many others] 10 Academy Awards, received the ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role’ BAFTA for Daniel-Day Lewis’ performance and Golden Globe’s for Best Director and Best Original Song.

New York City, 1863. Before there was the city we know today, a city of wealth, power and infinite dreams, New York was a very different place, a fledgling young city where the desire for a better life raged in crime-ridden streets. Here, as the nation’s own survival was being tested by the ongoing Civil War, a vast and dangerous underworld was born in the streets.

These were the ‘Gangs of New York’, whose racketeering, bootlegging, swindling, gambling and murdering would become legendary – and whose culture of corruption threatened the very survival of America’s working people.

In the young, unfinished city, it was a time of ruthlessness, intolerance and fear. But it was also a time of extraordinary bravery, as those pushed to the edge fought for the freedom of future generations.

‘Gangs of New York’ introduces today’s world to the Five Points, a dark, teeming corner of the city known to New Yorkers of long ago as the center of vice and chaos. Into this frontier of extreme lawlessness, arrives the young Irish American Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio). Amsterdam is the orphaned son of the slain Priest Vallon – once chief warrior of the Dead Rabbits gang that rallied the Irish immigrants of the Five Points – and a man intent on a reckoning.

After 16 long years in a “House of Refuge”, Amsterdam has returned to the Five Points to hunt down his father’s killer. His target is William Cutting AKA “Bill the Butcher” (Daniel Day-Lewis), who has since become the merciless new leader of the neighbourhood, a Native who detests the newly arrived immigrants and is determined to fend off all so-called “foreign invaders.” Each year, on the anniversary of Priest Vallon’s death, the victory is commemorated with a celebration – with invitations handed out only by way of the Butcher. Amsterdam’s plan is clear: to lie in wait and slay his father’s killer on this, the annual night when the Butcher celebrates his great victory with a roll of the drum and a sip from a glass of fire. As Amsterdam articulates, “when you kill a king, you don’t stab him in the dark. You kill him where the whole court can watch him die.”

While waiting for that night, Amsterdam works his way deep into the Butcher’s inner circle, a world of alternating honor and cruelty from which he can only hope to escape. The closer he gets to Bill, the more he becomes the man’s surrogate son, feigning loyalty while keeping the true secret of their past in the shadows. But when Amsterdam realizes that an organised Irish populace could take on Bill’s Nativist Army, his destiny changes, and he becomes a leader of his people.

At the same time, Amsterdam meets Jenny Everdeane (Cameron Diaz), an enigmatic pickpocket whose quicker-than-the-eye hands and fierce independence fascinate him. When details of her closely linked past with Bill the Butcher emerge, the relationship between the three only intensifies.

Amsterdam’s fight for family honour, freedom and to protect the woman he now loves ultimately collides with a pivotal moment in American history: the 1863 Civil War Draft Riots. This urban uprising, fuelled by new Americans like Amsterdam, will have repercussions that will spread through the Five Points to the halls of Government and beyond, and reveal a tenacious spirit in the city that endures.

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