Martin Scorsese’s truly unforgettable knockout classic Mean Streets comes to UK Blu-ray for the first ever time 18th May 2015 with new exclusive artwork and never before released extra features!
One of the best films of the 1970s, Mean streets is the granddaddy of the modern crime cinema and it heralded the arrival of screen legends Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.
New special features include audio commentary with Martin Scorsese, actress Amy Robinson and co-writer Mardik Martin, the vintage featurette “Back on the Block” and the original theatrical trailer.
It’s arguably a pacier and more cohesive film than Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, and on a par with the sheer panache of Goodfellas, but has tended to be overlooked in the director’s oeuvre. The film shows off Scorsese’s burgeoning bold and thrilling style that would influence generations of filmmakers in its wake.
One of the director’s most personal and powerful films, Mean Streets stars De Niro and Keitel as Johnny Boy and Charlie, Italian-American cousins, small time criminals hustling, fighting and carousing, doing whatever it takes to survive in the rough and ready New York neighbourhoods.
Johnny Boy seems to spend his life getting into trouble, leaving the slightly older, and wiser Charlie to get him out of it. Charlie wants to make enough money to buy a restaurant, and he wants to drum some sense into Johnny Boy. But when Johnny Boy reneges on a debt to a loan shark, things get nasty, and the cousins find themselves having to flee a hired killer.