The best part about this flick was seeing younger versions of Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel and Jody Foster. Itís been awhile since Iíve seen Cybill Shepherd too, apparently sheís been around guest spotting on several TV shows but I havenít seen her. It was also great to see Peter Boyle (may he rest in peace) but Iím beginning to wonder if the man ever had a full head of hair. I love Scorseseís work and own nearly all his films on Blu-ray. Thereís no question that what he and DeNiro accomplished here was pure genius at the time and again, had I watched this film way back when I wouldíve understood this much more clearly but by todayís standards a lot of this film just doesnít work.
A couple things that really stood out were the relationship between Travis and Betsy and the conversation that took place between Travis and the secret service dude in Time Square. With Travis and Betsy, well, most people would call Travis a clear-cut example of a stalker and some of his more colourful ideologies certainly wouldnít help his case. The dudeís creepy and sheís an upstanding chick with options so I just donít see that combo ever working out. And who in their right mind takes a high society chick (or any chick for that matter) to a porno on their first date? And as for the secret service guy, why did he wait so long to try and apprehend Travis? Red flags galore were going off during their sketchy conversation, more than enough to get a dude shot in the face these days and considering he gave the guy his real name and what I think was his real address I doní t understand why they werenít beating down his door with handcuffs.
TAXI DRIVER has an interesting enough story but although our main protagonist is clearly supposed to be a sympathetic character I had a hard time feeling sorry for him, let alone understanding how things managed to work out in his favour at the end of the film (that was one ending I didnít see coming). I think they captured the loneliness of working nights right on the money but as far as Travis being a war veteran, well I wasnít altogether sold on that concept. JACOBíS LADDER was the best journey into the unstable mind of Vietnam Vets for me and I just didnít think Travis felt like this sort of person. I will say this though; that all out balls to the walls shout out at the end was totally badass.
Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver: Scorsese just gives his two cents on the film and how the gang got started on it. It was a cool tidbit to hear that Brian De Palma is the one who originally gave him the script.
Producing Taxi Driver: Producer Michael Phillips now shares his side of things as he talks about many of the old school films and how they got green lit in a time when not many people were interested in reading the scripts.
Godís Lonely Man: Here we get into the mindset of the characters and how Travis in particular deals with his loneliness and isolation. Again, Iím amazed at how this film ended.
Influence and Appreciation: A Martin Scorsese Tribute: Exactly like it sounds, a great many people gather here to shower director Martin Scorsese with praise. I think the manís a genius too.
Taxi Driver Stories: This focuses upon a few real life cabbies as they recount some of their wilder experiences. You couldnít pay me enough to drive cab.
Making Taxi Driver: Here the boys explain why upon reading the script, it became a passion project for them that they just needed to do.
Travisí New York: Here Taxi Driver is described as a documentary of what New York City was at the time. There is also a list of Travisí New York stops during the film.
Storyboards to Film Comparison (with optional intro by Martin Scorsese): Here weíre shown many of the scene by scene sketches which are then compared to the scene itself. There is also a still gallery to browse through as well as an interactive script to read.
Previews: There is a theatrical trailer for the film and some BD-LIVE content if youíre hooked up to the web.