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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "City of God" or "God's Town")

directed by Fernando Meirelles & KŠtia Lund
Brazil 2002

A violent, thoroughly electrifying vision of Rio during the volatile 1970s, and possibly the first great crime film of the 21st century. There's nothing particularly heavenly about the "City of God," a housing development thrown up on Rio's outskirts during the 1960s to help alleviate the homeless overflow from the city's teeming slums. Over the next two decades, it'll become a breeding gang for some of Rio's most vicious gangs.

Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 18 May 2002 - Cannes Film Festival

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Comparison:

Buena Vista - Region 2 - PAL vs. Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC vs. Lionsgate / Miramax - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Peter Ax for all the screen captures!

1) Buena Vista - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Lionsgate / Miramax - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Buena Vista

Region 2 - PAL

Panorama Entertainment
Region 3 - NTSC
Lionsgate / Miramax
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 2:04:24 (4% PAL Speedup) 2:04:00 2:09:42.483
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.56 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.10 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,572,984,471 bytes

Feature: 29,692,508,160 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes

Bitrate:

Buena Vista

 

Bitrate:

 

Panorama Entertainment

 

Bitrate: Blu-ray

 

Audio Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1

Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1 & DTS 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio Portuguese 3930 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3930 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, English hard hearing & none English, Chinese & none English (SDH), English, Spanish
Features Release Information:
Studio: Buena Vista

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• News from a Personal War (56:41)

DVD Release Date: Sept. 9, 2003
Keepcase

Chapters 26

Release Information:
Studio: Panorama Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
None

 

DVD Release Date: Sept. 22, 2003
Keepcase with slipcover

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Lionsgate / Miramax

 

1.78:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,572,984,471 bytes

Feature: 29,692,508,160 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• News from a Personal War (56:42 in 480i)

Blu-ray Release Date: December 13th, 2011
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 16

 

Comments

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Lionsgate / Miramax - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (December 11'): Not too much to say - the Blu-ray is in the theatrical running time - so doesn't have the PAL speedup or ghosting phenomenon of the Panorama. It doesn't advance too dramatically in many scenes as the camera is so fluid it rarely focuses intensely on one object. However - it is obvious that the image quality is improved in the 1.78 (slightly opened-up) aspect ratio 1080P transfer. It is dual-layered and doesn't appear to have had digital manipulation. I imagine this is as good as City of God is going to look for Home Theater presentations. The contrast is the prime consideration for improvement.

 

We are supplied with a very healthy audio track. This DTS-HD Master 5.1 in original Portuguese at 3930 kbps makes gunshots sound like canons. Depth is power-packed and separation seems reasonably crisp. The original music by Ed CortÍs and Antonio Pinto is lively - keeping brisk pace with the kinetic camerawork. The score and any effects are totally dynamic. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras consist of the hour-long News from a Personal War - a documentary about urban violence in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro. Policemen, drug dealers, and shantytown dwellers get trapped into a daily war that knows no winners. This is also found in SD on the UK PAL DVD.

Intense film showing another side to a less-exposed culture. The Lionsgate / Miramax presents the film as competently in HD as we are likely to find and it amounts to a must-see experience that benefits from a cinema-like viewing. At this price - certainly recommended!

***

ON THE DVDs: The UK region 2 disc have superior image. The Panorama is taken from a non-HD source tape. The Buena Vista presents nice details, colors and sharpness. The image on the r3 is not bad, although it is taken from an non-native source (PAL), has prevalent 'ghosting' and it can't compare with the R2.

The Hong Kong disc gives more options for the sound (3) and its DTS has an edge in details and presence over the DD 5.1 track on the UK release.

As for extras Panorama offers us nothing, really nothing. The Buena Vista disc at least have one, a documentary on police and dealers in the favella, clocking in just under an hour.

 - Peter Ax


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1) Buena Vista - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Lionsgate / Miramax - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Buena Vista - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Lionsgate / Miramax - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Buena Vista - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Lionsgate / Miramax - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Buena Vista - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Lionsgate / Miramax - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Buena Vista - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Lionsgate / Miramax - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Buena Vista - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Lionsgate / Miramax - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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Distribution

Buena Vista

Region 2 - PAL

Panorama Entertainment
Region 3 - NTSC
Lionsgate / Miramax
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray

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