Extended cut: Bought the blu-ray and was advised to trash the theatrical cut and just watch the extended. Man, what a ride this film is. I'm always curious to see films that are almost universally panned and this one surprised me. Not to say I wouldn't understand why somebody would not like this, but this has "cult film" written all over it. It's not perfect, but it's extremely dark, masterfully written like a jigsaw puzzle and does not sell out. Javier Barden steals the show.
The film that put Scorsese on the map is flawed yet innovative and raw. Tremendous use of music, including one drunken night with Harvey Keitel in a club. DeNiro is a force to be reckoned with here and would go on the following year to The Godfather Part II...what a run this guy was on for more than 20 years.