The Departed: Oscar Winner Arrives on 4K Ultra HD

Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed. Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning 2006 masterpiece, The Departed, is finally making its arrival at home on 4K Ultra HD.

The 4K remaster of The Departed was completed at Warner Bros. Discovery’s Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) with the participation of the film’s Academy Award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

What follows is my original review from 2020:

The Departed continues filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s trend of making at least one motion picture masterpiece per decade–this time, winning an Oscar.

Even though the film adapts a story from another country, the filmmakers still find a way to tie it to Boston. This is one of the best ideas to go into the film. For all intents and purposes, mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) is Whitey Bulger.  Basically, the film deals with crime and moles. Costello has his mole in the form of SIU officer Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon). The Boston Police Department has their mole by having rookie cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) going undercover with Costello’s people. Costigan may have grown up in crime but he also has the harder job here in winning over Frank’s trust. All to the benefit of handlers Capt. Oliver Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Sgt. Sean Dignam (Mark Wahlberg). This is really all you need to know.

What makes this film all the more thrilling is that nobody suspects Sullivan of being a mole. This is how much trust is placed upon his shoulders! Whereas the only people who place their trust in Costigan from the beginning are his handlers. After all, they’re the only people who know what he’s assigned to do.

William Monahan’s Oscar-winning screenplay adapts a Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs. The film ultimately scored four Oscar wins (Picture, Director, Editing, Adapted Screenplay). Mark Wahlberg was the sole nominee to lose in his category. What’s perhaps the most surprising is that The Departed marked Scorsese’s first-ever win for Directing. It also isn’t a stretch to say that this is his career Oscar. A long overdue win if you ask me. Or anyone else for that matter.

DiCaprio reteams with Scorsese for the third time. He manages to deliver one of the best performances of his career. All in all, the film’s casting is superb.

Martin Scorsese is one of America’s greatest filmmakers. Through this year, the filmmaker has nine Oscar nominations to his name for directing. This is certainly an amazing feat in its own right.  Only William Wyler would earn more nominations during his career. Not many filmmakers are able to say that they’ve made one masterpiece per decade but Scorsese is able to say this. The fact that Scorsese didn’t win for Goodfellas will certainly go down in history as one of the Academy’s worst decisions ever.

Scorsese’s third collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio also manages to result in one of the greatest gangster films of all time. At least among the ones I’ve watched in my lifetime.

Bonus Features

  • Guilt and Betrayal: Looking into The Departed (new)
  • Stranger than Fiction: The True Story of Whitey Bulger, Southie, and The Departed
  • Crossing Criminal Cultures
  • 9 Deleted Scenes with introductions by Martin Scorsese

DIRECTOR:  Martin Scorsese
SCREENWRITER:  William Monahan
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, and Alec Baldwin

Warner Bros. released The Departed on October 6, 2006.

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.