Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a cabbie at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For Travis, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palatine. Travis becomes obsessed with Betsy. After an incident with Betsy, Travis believes he has to do whatever he needs to to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve year old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew.
In a follow-up to his 2003 documentary The Five Obstructions, which saw controversial director Lars von Trier teaming up with Jørgen Leth to revisit Leth's short film The Perfect Human, von Trier will now team-up with Martin Scorsese to revisit that director's seminal classic Taxi Driver.
The purpose of The Five Obstructions is to force a director to look at one of his earliest films, and remake it five times, while Lars von Trier throws certain 'obstructions' in the way. Obstacles that will greatly change the film, and the way the director thinks about plot, story structure, characterization, location, and other elements that go into making a masterpiece of cinema.Read More
The 1976 classic Taxi Driver will be released on Blu-ray on April 5. The new Blu-ray edition will be priced at $24.95 and you can take a look at the cover art and the special features below.
Paul Schrader's gritty screenplay depicts the ever-deepening alienation of Vietnam Veteran Travis Bickle, a psychotic cab driver who obsessively cruises the mean streets of Manhattan. Robert De Niro stars with Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, and Albert Brooks in the all-too-real story of a psychotic New York cabby who is driven to violence in an attempt to rescue a teenage prostitute.Read More