Martin Scorcese s Taxi Driver is such a nihilistic film it is almost impossible to watch if you have the blues or in my case the end of winter blues. The haunting soundtrack really does not help. This is a classic and Blu-ray more than does it justice with a restored print and special features from the Criterion collection release. Taxi Driver Blu-ray is in book form and also includes postcard size reproductions of the poster and lobby stills. If you are a fan of the movie, the price is certainly right and worth it.
Taxi Driver is the story of Travis Bickle, God's lonely man, a Vietnam war vet who can't sleep and works as long hours as he can as a NY cabbie. He gets a thing for Betsy (Cybill Shepherd) who works for presidential candidate Charles Palantine but things do not work out. He also encounters a twelve year old prostitute named Iris (Jodie Foster).
It is hard to figure out quite why Travis does what he does.
There are a few things that did not make sense to me in this movie such as why people start calling Travis "killer" much before anything happens.
Taxi Driver is a classic but not for me.
Special features on Taxi Driver Blu-ray Interactive "Script to Screen" feature, exclusive to Blu-ray. Explore the Taxi Driver script like never before in this interactive experience. The script will automatically scroll as the film plays so you can read along and discover the stage direction notes along with differences from the original script to the finished film.
Original 1986 Commentary with Director Martin Scorsese and Writer Paul Schrader recorded by The Criterion Collection
"Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver" featurette
"Producing Taxi Driver," a behind-the-scenes featurette
"Influence and Appreciation" - Robert De Niro, Oliver Stone, Roger Corman and others pay tribute to Scorsese and the film in this video homage
"God's Lonely Man" - a documentary featuring screenwriter Paul Schrader and Professor Robert Kolker discussing the loneliness themes as seen in the film. Schrader also talks about what circumstances lead to writing the screenplay
"Travis' New York Locations" - a contemporary, video visit to the film's famous locations in New York City, comparing them to the same locations used in 1975
Video bonus: "Storyboard to Film Comparisons," with a Martin Scorsese Introduction
Commentaries by writer Paul Schrader and professor Robert Kolker, discussing the film scene-by-scene
"Taxi Driver Stories" featurette-taxi tales as told by real life New York city cab drivers
"Making Of Taxi Driver" Documentary
Animated Photo Galleries that include photo montages featuring the film's music score, location shots taken during filming and Martin Scorsese at work
The Taxi Driver 35th anniversary edition also features movieIQ+sync,