A foreign masterpiece in 1080p

City of God

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When it comes to Brazilian cinema, it doesn’t get any bigger than City of God. After its release in 2002, the outstanding film based on true events quickly stormed the international film community, grabbing four academy award nominations in the process thanks to its raw depiction of life in the slums of the notorious Rio de Janeiro suburb, Cidade de Deus. Its biggest contribution to the movie industry, however, came from its ability to wow even picky “english only” types who detested subtitles and saw foreign film as the minor leagues of movie-making. Now, after years as a top indie favorite, the break-through from directing duo Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund has finally come to Blu-ray. Featuring a brilliant AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.78:1 and a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track — it’s everything a modern home theater snob expects. The documentary special feature News from a Personal War (which accompanied the DVD), unfortunately, is still stuck in SD, but it’s dark coverage of life in the favelas is still worth a watch if you haven’t seen it before.

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