The Blu-ray 20th Anniversary Edition of the Martin Scorsese classic Goodfellas is not sensibly different than the first Blu-ray version of this gangster social drama. The only difference is it come in a digibook with pictures and a couple of paragraphs about the actors and a DVD titled Public Enemies, The Golden Age of Gangster Films a documentary Warner Brothers sometimes includes as a bonus with movies like this one.
Goodfellas is based on a true story and events. The movie follows Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as he climbs through the ranks of New York organized crime. He is not a pureblooded Italian so he knows he will never be a made man but this does not mean he is not very successful. His crew includes Jimmy (Robert De Niro) and a sociopath named Tommy (a superb performance by Joe Pesci). Through Henry Hill, you are shown how organized crime works and how people rise through the ranks and fall.
Though it is violent, Goodfellas is not a shoot-em-up gangster movie. Through Henry Hill director Martin Scorsese looks at the social dynamics of the gangster world. At one point, Hill says everything you see was normal for him, his friends, and family because that was the way things were for everybody. It is in part Scorcese's portrayal of everything as being part of a perfectly normal world that makes this crime movie so great.
Another reason Goodfellas is a classic is everybody here is absolutely perfect and so are the characters. Pesci really shines in this movie and you know that when he is in a scene, something is going to happen.
Special features on Goodfellas Blu-ray The 20th Anniversary Edition include a commentary track with Scorsese, Ray Liotta, and Lorraine Bracco, a commentary track with Henry Hill and former FBI agent Edward MacDonald, a making of, and a couple of featurettes: The Goodfellas Legacy and The Workaday Gangster which is stories about growing up in the neighborhood featured in the movie.