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City Of Men

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: R (For Violent Content, Language and Some Sexuality)

Running Time: 106 Minutes

Starring: Darlan Cunhan, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen, Rodrigo Dos Santos, Camila Monteiro, Naima Silva, Eduardo Br, Luciano Vidgial, Pedro Henrique Vitor and Vinicius Oliveira

Script by: Elena Soarez

Story by: Paulo Morelli and Elena Soarez

Directed by: Paulo Morelli

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: Building A City Of Men

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (14 Chapters)

Released: July 1st, 2008

 

 

"City Of Men" is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it is a really sharp transfer. Other than the slightest hints of noise and edge halos, plus some grain and a a few blemishes on the print, everything else is seemingly perfect. Most jarring is the eye-popping color saturation. The film's heavy use of filters and stylized cinematography certainly makes an impression, as the colors are very vibrant and well-saturated. Detail is superb, and fleshtones are accurate. Shadow detail and black levels are strong, too. This is a very sharp, realized transfer that brings to life the movie's meaty visual language. 

 

The Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 mix makes for a robust experience. Dialogue is very crisp and easy to hear, and the music sounds quite rich through the channels. Surrounds are discrete as well, be it the pattering of footsteps through the streets of Rio De Janero or the blaze of gunshots fired and clips loading. On the whole though, dynamic range is very strong, and bass is deep - the subwoofer certainly gets in a decent amount of rumbles. All the sound elements are balanced too, so one sound element doesn't overpower the others.

Subtitles in English, French and Spanish are included, plus English closed captions through your television.

 




The only extra is the 15 minute Building A City Of Men. Plenty of clips from the movie are shown, but we also hear from the principal filmmakers: producer (and director of "City Of God") Fernando Meirelles, director Paulo Morelli and writer Eelena Soarez (some of the main cast also chimes in). The filmmaking trio alternate in talking about the development of the story, casting unknowns and the themes of the film. It's a good watch, that puts the movie in a host of perspectives: how it relates to "City Of God," what the filmmakers wanted to accomplish and the favela culture in Brazil.
 
 

"City Of Men" is not as stirring as "City Of God," but this follow-up has its moments. As a DVD, the sole extra is pretty good, while the film's presentation is top-notch. Fans of "City Of God" might want to check this out as a rental.