The Departed becomes available on DVD Tuesday, February 13, 2007. The much lauded film netted Martin Scorsese a Golden Globe for best director, and received five nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director for Scorsese, Best Supporting Actor for Wahlberg, Best Adapted Screenplay for Monahan, and Best Film Editing). It was, of course, no box-office slouch, opening at $27 million in October '06, and with a current cumulative gross over $130 million.
Film.com's MaryAnn Johanson named it her No. 5 movie of the year, saying:
Why is this one of the best films of the year?: A cast and crew at the absolute top of their games -- including some you never thought could play in this league -- create a tough, gritty, funny, thrilling, pure-popcorn adrenaline rush. Movies that are Important and Meaningful and have Something To Say are all fine and good, but this is why we go to the movies: for sheer escapism that lifts you out of your world and plops you down in another more exciting, more dangerous one.
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Film.com's Ethan Morris says it "may very well be the best crime drama since The Usual Suspects." He continues:
Leonardo DiCaprio is good, but everyone thinks he's bad.
Matt Damon is bad, but everyone thinks he's good.
Jack Nicholson is definitely bad. And he's really good at it.
And Mark Wahlberg is bad, but in the good way, as in, "He's baaaad!"
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In his review, Rolling Stone's Peter Travers calls The Departed "a new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams."
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