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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
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.
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.