(aka 'City of Men')
A companion piece to Fernando Meirelles’s souped-up (and lapped-up) 2002 urban crime drama, City of God, Paulo Morelli’s City of Men replaces that film’s hypnotic sadokineticism with something equally, if more quietly, audacious. By accentuating the humor and humanity of people stuck in desperate circumstances instead of fetishizing the violence that surrounds them, City of Men serves as a belated corrective to its predecessor.
Theatrical Release: August 31sr, 2007
DVD Review: Miramax - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Miramax Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate:? mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Subtitles||English (Hearing impaired), English, French, Spanish, None|
Building a City of Men (15:12)
This is absolutely wonderful cinema and shouldn't be confused with the 2002-2003 Brazilian television series reviewed on DVD HERE by Henrik Sylow.
The intentional heavy stylistic appearance of the film with an occasional grainy, intense look with prominent saturation seems to be supported adequately by this transfer. Although the presentation is not exactly akin to theatrical - it is not a bad representation at all. Detail is quite strong at times and colors suffer a bit as per Morelli's visual intent. I imagine this is as good as it can look on dual-layered, anamorphic SD. Hopefully the, specifically chosen, screen captures will give you a fair idea of the appearance.
The 5.1 track is good with reverbs (gun shots etc.) exploding out of the rears. There are optional yellow subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
The only supplement is a 15 minute extra featurette - Building a City of Men. It has the usual input from a few cast and crew and some 'behind the scenes' clips. Worth seeing I think but a director commentary or more would have been much appreciated.
Powerful, thought-provoking film - superb ending - I really enjoyed my viewing and have some friends I'd like to show it to. The DVD has a very competent SD transfer and we recommend seeing this film - very much.