Hole in the Desert
The final moments of CasinoFight results ufc 256. show old Vegas being torn down. Implosions send once grand buildings to rubble. Sam Rothenstein (Robert De Niro) opines about the history within them. Even after his life shatters because of crime and corruption, the murders and the divorce, Vegas is where he belonged. Not the new Vegas, the corporately owned Disneyland for adults – rather, classic, iconic, dream-like Vegas, no matter the self-destruction it brought.
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Rothstein’s mistake, his one singular mistake, is trusting the wrong person. In noir fashion, Sharon Stone takes the femme fatale role, amplifying Casino’s inherent greed parable. After marrying Rothstein, he gives her the only key to a safety deposit box, holding diamonds and cash that continually gnaw at their relationship. Greed is never satisfied.
Casino deals with the mob… but it’s one of the least mob-centric films of Scorsese’s lot
A “morality car wash” is how Rothstein describes vintage Vegas in the opening narration. It fits. Casino deals with the mob (hardly a scene passes without them), but it’s one of the least mob-centric films of Scorsese’s lot. Rather, Casino treats mafia as an effect of corruption rather than a cause. Money trades hands briskly, well out of state lines and into the heartland; it’s never clear if even those closest to the cash flow know where each dollar goes. Most spend their time looking another direction.
There’s not a singular honest character in this story. Either they see themselves as honest – like Rothstein – blame others for their crimes – Stone – or embrace their identity – Joe Pesci’s Nicky Santoro. That triangle collapses, of course, because no one can agree on what’s needed to maintain a veil of innocence; excess is defined differently by each.
Eventually, this breeds arrogance. For Santoro who spends his life ruthlessly beating people, he doesn’t see his own end coming. Riotously entertaining as Pesci is in this part, he’s cautious to not make Santoro empathetic. He deserves his cruel, grisly end. It’s relief to know his type no longer runs Vegas.
When Casino ends, it’s not clear what happened to Rothstein’s daughter. Last seen, she’s stashed with neighbors while her parents fight. Stone’s character moved in with junkies and blew her fortune in ‘80s cocaine, and Rothstein seemingly leaves his kin behind in Vegas after an attempted car bombing, returning to the only trade he knows. Although Rothstein defends and protects his daughter, keeping her means keeping more money; that’s what matters to him. Same goes for the rest of these characters, and that’s pure Vegas.
Universal’s 4K scan gives Casino a gorgeous new visual coat. Cinematography aims for vintage flair, meaning blooming and haze. With the added horsepower afforded to UHD, that’s held in check sans artifacts or noise. Source grain appears organic, flawlessly clear in maintaining the source’s integrity.
Now Casino comes with HDR too, enlivening the already vibrant Vegas strip. Strands of light blossom from the tech, and even interiors glow. Sparkling dresses shimmer under light. On the flipside, shots of the mob boss meetings against pure black reach outstanding depth, losing no shadow details in the process. It’s a significant boost, also drawing out color via increased saturation. Enlivened primaries push the blue of De Niro’s suit as he meets a local rep, while the casino’s interior reaches for every hue.
Plus, the jump in resolution draws detail, accentuating wide shots with hundreds of tables. Desert scenes give Vegas full natural glory, and the city’s design takes on new life. Zoomed in, facial definition picks up, resolved perfectly thanks to the added resolution. Picking up on suit detail matters too, giving each character an upscale class.
The primary boost from this DTS:X track comes from the soundtrack. It’s vibrant and filling. Plus, a touch of low-end expresses possible range.
Casino deals in dialog though, center focused, while narration spreads across the fronts. Small slivers of ambiance when on the casino floor lacks distinction, if still notably filling surrounds. Shoot-outs listlessly use stereos, and a few explosions rush toward positionals. Otherwise, mundane.
Via UHD, the moment-to-moment commentary/chat brings in a number of speakers to discuss the film, offering an array of perspectives over the three hour runtime. The rest remains on the included Blu-ray. Nothing is new. Deleted scenes also offer some raw footage from the set over their three minutes. A report from NBC looks into the real world events for 14-minutes, and a History Channel documentary does the same for 44-minutes. U-Control options produce some pop-up material during the film.
Less a direct mob story than a real world parable about greed, Casino unravels at a brilliantly deliberate pace.
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|Review by: Matt Brighton and Matt Malouf|
|Posted on: October 29th, 2019|
Plot: What’s it about?
After the success of Goodfellas in the early part of the decade, director Martin Scorsese and writer Nicholas Pileggi chose to team up once again in another tale of organized crime. With Scorsese’s filmmaking vision brought to a wider scale thanks to his efforts on Cape Fear and The Age of Innocence, the sites were set for Las Vegas and two of the main principles (Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci) from Goodfellas costarring again in a tale of the luck of the draw, the rise and fall and the glitz and glamour that is Casino.
Meet Ace Rothstein (Robert DeNiro), he’s one of the best handicappers when it comes to sports betting, a fact that draws the attention to some people in the world of organized crime. Out in Vegas, the bunch from Chicago has gotten a hold of the Teamsters pension fund and with a great amount of money look to venture their business into the casino world of Las Vegas, running The Tangiers. How Ace fits is that they need someone to run the place legitimately. At the same time, one of the boys back home named Nicky Santuro (Joe Pesci) is keeping a sharp eye for the boys into this venture. Along the way Ace meets a hustling pretty gal named Ginger (Sharon Stone) that will be there for him during the good times and the bad but literally could also be the death of him.
Upon first viewing, this viewer didn’t know what to make of it in 1996 (when the film came out on video), and the result was a little less satisfying than most of Scorsese’s work. However, in the years since then it took a friend’s wild request of Joe Pesci movies to view the film amongst friends. It was through this film that one element about Martin Scorsese’s films was imminent. His films are so much better the second time around and more and upon second viewing, this viewer noticed one of the most visually striking films of any decade along with a great capture of the period as well as a solid three hours of film (started with a great title sequence by Elaine and Saul Bass (A LEGEND!!)) that go by as each element is presented during the ongoing operations of the casino.
The film has gangster elements in the film but if one were to nail a genre for this piece, one would consider a docudrama with elements in between of interaction. The narration from both views (Nicky’s and Ace’s) carry the film very well in its backgrounded moments.
Scorsese and Pileggi develop a tale that leads to little holes in the operation to an unexpected triangle between his wife and his guardian. One of the things I love about the film is the way Scorsese plays with the structure as well as playing with location and time titles in different points of speed and movement.
It also leads to some great trademarks of Scorsese, the crazy camera close up, the great selection of period music as well as a number of long takes one being almost 6 minutes into the picture showing “the holiest of holies” in Vegas. I also like the term “boys back home” to refer to the shady characters that were skimming off the casino.
As for the cast, the film is well cast all around. As Ace Rothstein, Robert DeNiro gives a great performance of a man who gives into luck when he doesn’t believe in it and pays the price in the long run as well as having a high level of trust with things he cares for the most, even the slightest of things (like chips or blueberries in a muffin).
Joe Pesci brings a fierce menace to Nicky Santuro as a man different from Tommy in Goodfellas in that their dangerous element is similar, but the difference being that Nicky is already a made guy and one that crosses the line too far when the time comes (as Tommy never got to that point). It also is worth noting of Pesci’s other co-star in both Goodfellas and Raging Bull, Frank Vincent as he plays Nicky’s associate that gives a moment that saves the best for last for Frank in the run of those 2 movies.
In the film’s sole nomination (there should’ve been more), Sharon Stone plays Ginger, a gal with the line on all the side people at the casino but with a line on the man in charge and a line of coke at the same time. She plays a gal that no matter how much love Ace gives to her, she sees herself still attached to her slimeball ex-boyfriend (played brilliantly by James Woods).
Another interesting element of the film is the many comics that fill serious roles amongst the films. All of them (Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak, Dick Smothers and a cameo by Steve Allen) this viewer is sure has played Vegas at one point or another and to bring their presence non-comedically into the flow of Scorsese’s film is most welcomed and they do extremely well in their supporting parts.
Through all the good moments, Casino never feels overlong and follows in the long tradition of films made in Vegas as a thing of beauty visually (thanks to cinematographer Robert Richardson) and in all aspects is a film like many of Scorsese’s worth going back to if you haven’t and worth appreciating if it’s been your umpteenth time. Casino is a winner all around, bet, place and show.
Video: How’s it look?
Casino has been a favorite of mine since I first saw it many moons ago. I’ve owned several copies of it across various formats, but felt that the visuals were never quite up to par. Even the Blu-Ray left a lot to be desired. It was passable, but the flaws were just too evident for me to not notice. When I heard that this film was going to receive the 4K treatment, I was more than a little optimistic. Well the short of this is that the film looks absolutely amazing. This disc offers a clear improvement over previous versions. The HDR10 presentation leaves nothing to be desired as the details are heightened and evident from the opening moments. The film has plenty to offer in terms of visuals, and there wasn’t a moment that I felt the transfer was lacking. The ratio is a wide 2.35:1 ensuring that we can take it all in. The film has never looked this good and will probably never be better than this. This is an easy recommendation for fans of the film.
Audio: How’s it sound?
The DTS:X track is also impressive. There’s so much to this film that the vocals are front and center, but there’s plenty of action and background noise. The excellent soundtrack also shines through nicely in the background throughout several scenes, enhancing its presence just as needed. The dialogue never gets lost in the mix. In short, this is a strong track from start to finish.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The 4K disc only includes the Moments commentary with cast and crew. The rest of the supplements are carried over onto the Blu-ray disc.
- Moments with Martin Scorsese, Sharon Stone, Nicholas Pileggi and More – This is essentially an audio commentary even though it’s just segments of conversations about the film. It’s very worthwhile, but a standard commentary across the film would’ve been most welcome.
- Deleted Scenes – Some little throwaway moments that were wisely cut, but still fun to see.
- Vegas and the Mob – A lengthy Television special which gives a nice overview of the true story that inspired the film
- History Alive: True Crime Authors: Casino with Nicholas Pileggi – This gives us a nice behind the scenes look at the man who wrote the books that inspired Casino and Goodfellas.
- U-Control – A bit dated now, this is essentially picture-in-picture segments that let us access behind the scenes footage as we watch the film.
The Bottom Line
Not only is Casino one of my favorite Martin Scorsese films, it’s also one of my all-time favorite films. It’s easily one of the breeziest 3 hour films ever made. The 4K release improves on all old releases big time in terms of visuals and audio. In short, it’s a must own. The features, while carried over are still good. I do wish some new supplements were produced, but that wasn’t meant to be. This set comes highly recommended.
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- Video Codec: HEVC (H.265)
- Audio: DTS: X
- 2 Disc Set DISC FEATURES
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scene(s)
- Digital Copy