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City Of God
Genre: Foreign - Drama

Reviewed In Issue 82 (Mar 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino Da Hora, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen, Matheus Machteraele & Seu Jorge

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes the 57-minute documentary News From A Personal War, which uncovers the drug trafficking problem in Rio de Janeiro; and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 31545
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong brutal violence, sexuality, drug content and language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 130
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/08/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Fernando Meirelles
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on actual events and the novel by Paulo Lins, "City Of God" ("Citade De Deus") takes place in crime-ridden Rio de Janeiro and depicts how a group of troublemaking kids known as the Tender Trio become crimelords over the course of a decade. Nominated for four Academy Awards. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits images that are harshly stylized and perfectly complementary to the storytelling of the realities of living in poverty. Images are often highly contrasted, and the darker scenes offer limited visual information. Colors can be vibrant and nicely balanced, or awash in filtered hues. There is inherent grain and noise noticed in the picture at times, and the handheld camerawork can be dizzying. There is little in the way of edge enhancement or pixelization, but occasional smearing is noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

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