'Getting Gotti' [DVD + Digital]
(Lorraine Bracco, Tony Denison, Kathleen Laskey, August Schellenberg, Kenneth Welsh, et al / DVD + Digital / R / (1994) 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Though she grew up in the same neighborhood with him, a new Assistant District Attorney is determined to prosecute Mafia boss John Gotti and the Gambino crime family. Uncooperative FBI agents and bureaucrats will not deter the driven young prosecutor as her quest culminates in the memorable and controversial trial of the Dapper Don.
DVD Verdict: Lorraine Bracco is brilliant in her performance as Diane Giacalone, the New York Assistant Attorney who gets on the case of the Mafia boss, John Gotti.
She rails against the romanticization of the Mafia's image in movies and fiction, furious at the portrayal of godfathers and that Italy, who gave the world Michaelangelo, Verdi, Puccini and da Vinci now has to bear the responsibility of these useless criminal half-wits who can't earn a living without hitting people.
Anthony John Denison is also good as the thug Gotti, and Ellen Burstyn is great as her ill mother. The entire cast is outstanding in this fact based drama which outlines the battle between Giacalone and Gotti.
The only weakness is the portrayal of an out of control court with the noticeable lack of objections to the noise and contempt shown by a passive judge. It's not factual or anything close, but it is interesting to get a view in the mafia and legal worlds. Oh, and the fact that Mill Creek have just re-released it here on remastered DVD plus a digital copy makes my week just about perfect! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.