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Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
Overall, this 3-hour video is actually three separate Las Vegas documentaries, shot as different productions and just pasted together. The final two docs, about Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel don't add anything new to what can otherwise be found on Amazon or YouTube, but the first doc is a little interesting. It would be important for anyone watching the first documentary to be already familiar with the Martin Scorsese film Casino. This documentary basically tells the real-life story that the movie is based on. In Casino, Robert DeNiro portrays Sam Rothstein, who in real life was Frank Rosenthal. Rothstein runs the mythical Tangiers, Rosenthal ran the Stardust. Rothstein's enforcer was Nicky Santoro, played by Joe Pesci -- in real life, the enforcer was Anthony Spilotro. While the Casino movie focused mostly on the personal travails of the principals, the documentary focuses on the legal ramifications of the illicit activities involved with the Chicago mob in Las Vegas. The documentary itself wanders quite a bit and is very dated, being centered mostly in the 1970s and early 1980s, so it certainly doesn't deserve five stars, but it's the kind of thing that you might expect in the DVD extras with the movie Casino. It answers a whole lot of questions.
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2019
It's an interesting story - the influence of the Mob on the development of Las Vegas Casinos - and made it so boring it was like watching paint dry. Good archival footage in parts of it. But really really awful to watch, would not recommend. Watch or read anything else about the subject if you are interested.
Looonng!! The Narrator is overwhelming - to much pitch and you think something will explode on the screen after his every word! Its ok, and way to many movements from one scene to another....it could have been much better, if it were segmented properly and with another softer slower narrator..