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City Of God (Cidade De Deus) [DVD] [2003]

Alexandre Rodrigues , Matheus Nachtergaele , Fernando Meirelles , KŠtia Lund    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva
  • Directors: Fernando Meirelles, KŠtia Lund
  • Writers: BrŠulio Mantovani, Paulo Lins
  • Producers: Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Bel Berlinck, Daniel Filho, Donald Ranvaud
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008W64Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,400 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Like cinematic dynamite, City of God lights a fuse under its squalid Brazilian ghetto, and we're a captive audience to its violent explosion. The titular favela is home to a seething army of impoverished children who grow, over the film's ambitious 20-year time frame, into cut-throat killers, drug lords and feral survivors. In the vortex of this maelstrom is L'il Z (Leandro Firmino da Hora--like most of the cast, a non-professional actor), self-appointed king of the dealers, determined to eliminate all competition at the expense of his corrupted soul. With enough visual vitality and provocative substance to spark heated debate (and box-office gold) in Brazil, codirectors Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund tackle their subject head on, creating a portrait of youthful anarchy so appalling--and so authentically immediate--that City of God prompted reforms in socioeconomic policy. It's a bracing feat of stylistic audacity, borrowing from a dozen other films to form its own unique identity. You'll flinch, but you can't look away. --Jeff Shannon

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Using street kids straight from the Cidade de Deus slum outside Rio de Janeiro, Fernando Meirelles' film is based on actual events that happened in the slum. The story, revealed by Buscape - a street kid who decides to become a photojournalist when he discovers he is not cut out to become a villain - revolves around the shadowy world of drugs and the violence which increases with each generation. Li'l Ze has grown up to become a natural-born-killer and attempt to take over the drugs trade of the city. However, this sparks a turf war which is photographed by Buscape, making the war famous.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars City of God - A masterpiece 31 July 2005
By Jan
Format:DVD
I had wanted to see this movie for long time, and had heard about how good it was, and when I got the chance to watch it, I was blown away.
Set in the brutal City of God in the slums of Brazil, this is the story of how residents fight for their lives in this violent ghetto. It starts with the story of the Tender Trio who become legends in this slum, because of their stealing, but when "Lil Ze2 comes to town, people realize that they are just amateurs and brutal gang wars follow.
This is a very hard-hitting and violent film, and it contains a roller-coaster ride of emotions. You really care for some of the characters involved and truly hate others.
I strongly recommend this amazing film if you enjoy world cinema.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Anni
Format:DVD
Recently, my venture to learn more about film and the history of Cinema has lead to world cinema and various other films that have glistening reviews. I decided to buy this DVD for many different reasons, mainly for personal satisfaction and to discuss it with other avid fans. My word was I impressed, not only is this one of the best movies I've ever seen, but has set a terrifying new scale for other films to beat, the acting is emotional and stunningly real despite the only actor being Carrot. The cinematography is perfect, there is absolutely nothing better than this in terms of realism. To finalise, a stunning movie that can be watched again and again which sums up modern World Cinema.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece of cinema 20 April 2012
Format:DVD
the greatest film of all time ,brilliantly shot ,fantastic story ,action ,drama ,heart wrenching ,gut busting gangster flick set in the slums of rio ,the acting by the street kids was truly wonderful ,the fact that most of the actors really were street kids and residents of the favelas before being chosen for the film is incredible given how good the acting is ,cannot recommend it highly enough
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing 28 Dec 2006
By Kit
Format:DVD
I was disappointed that this film is being labelled the new Goodfellas. This film is in a different league to Goodfellas or any other 'gangster' film. I understand that many of the Amercian or English mob movies usually end with the death of the gangsters but I have always regarded them as sensationalising organised crime and making the life of the gangster look fairly attractive to persons with certain dispositions.

City of God is I think more representative of real street crime between kids and men in the slums of Brazil, Nigeria, Somalia, or even some streets in the more developed world.

City of God explains that criminality and murder is not a choice, it is a way of life; the only means of survival. In films like Scarface or Goodfellas the life of a gangster provided the option for the greedy and evil.

City of God is far superior because it shows that for some war is life, and no matter how good a person may be circumstances make people bad. I was astonished by the direction in the film and the way the story developed. The scenes were extraordinary and frighetening. City of God is faultless and the ultimate cinema exposition of criminality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Masterpiece 1 April 2008
By J. Ure
Format:DVD
After just watching this I can honestly say this is one of the greatest films i've ever seen. Beautifully shot, a wonderful script and stunning performances.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars potentially terrifying 2 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
City of God is kind of Boyz in the Hood moved from South Central LA to the favelas of Rio. The film was based on a Brasilian book of the same name (Cidade de Deus) which I believe was semi-autobiographical. What may potentially be an eyeopener to someone who doesn't know Rio de Janeiro is that the plot is entirely plausible and realistic. Good reason to buy the DVD rather than the video is the long documentary accompanying the film which interviews the major protagonists in the war the Brasilian police are fighting against the organised drug traffickers. That was obviously shot back in 95/96 - worth bearing in mind that violence has recently increased and got much worse in Rio (according to the cab drivers I speak to) and the power of the traffickers is such they can cause entire districts of the city to become ghost towns (Ipanema, 30/9/2002 - a very bizarre day).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film 11 Nov 2012
Format:DVD
Really good film. As long as you can deal with subtitles its a gripping and emotional tale of a boy growing up in the slums of Rio.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply astounding 30 Dec 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
From the opening chicken chase to the closing, bloody gunfights, City of God is a wonder to behold. It will entertain and it will shock in equal measure throughout it's tragic 2 hour running time.
It tells the story of Rocket, who just wants to get by in life. He wants to earn money, lose his virginity and become a photographer. He doesn't want to become a hoodlum, which in the city of God is a hard thing to try and avoid. As we watch events unfold, the lives of a group of hoodlums interact and intertwine with each other.
The performances are brilliant, and as I understand it, all were unknowns. Each character is so detailed and humanised, they feel real. When someone is insulted, you feel insulted with them, when someone is put in a questionable situation, you feel the pressure and influences with them.
What is even more memorable is the tragic consequences the events in this film have on its characters. Some scenes are hard to watch - like when one character has to choose between two different children, and kill one of them to become a part of a gang. Others, like the misunderstanding of main hood Lil Ze and his right hand man which has fatal consequences. It's all vital, and hard to pull your eyes off the screen.
It's a Brazilian film, spoken in a foreign tongue, so you will have to read subtitles, but for a serious film watcher that shouldn't be a problem, as this is an essential film to watch.
It all leads to an expected gang land war - how else do these sort of films end, crime doesn't pay! - that is violent, brutal and soul destroying. It's hard to write the words to explain the vast emotions you feel while watching this film, and is thus indispensible.
The DVD comes with a vague, slightly interesting featurette. But most haunting of all is the words that crop up during the credits: Based on real events.
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Published 19 days ago by gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best Brazilian move I've ever seen
This movie is worth your time and money. It's one of the best movies I've ever seen and it looks beautiful on Blu-Ray. Great story, great script, great acting and great camerawork. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Knķtur H. ”lafsson
5.0 out of 5 stars City Of God Blu'ray
This isn't IMDB or "Blu-ray.com" so I won't be talking about the film rating or the picture quality... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sam Underhill
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever made!
Just adding my personal thoughts. I first watched this film when I found it on film 4 when I was only about 16. Read more
Published 3 months ago by H.E.Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
This is powerful, gripping and ultimately a raw, viewing entertainment. Some of the scenes are pretty shocking, but it all adds to the realism and making you care or hate the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jack D
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
Perfect condition..came the following day...not a single scratch on it...great movie would recommend it to anyone who likes these movies
Published 7 months ago by Kiani 86
5.0 out of 5 stars i Just love this film.
didn't watch it yet on my latest Blu-Ray purchase, but i know this film from before.
have some violance in it, but it sure is a masterpiece,
Published 10 months ago by manor
1.0 out of 5 stars Another awful movie
This was another over-rated movie from my opinion. the storyline is okay, the action was weak, not worth buying but watching at least once then get rid.
Published 10 months ago by Mr. S. Riaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie and great service.
This is a movie you have to see. It is brutal, gritty and yet really funny in parts.

The DVD is value for money including P&P, and it arrived exactly when it was stated... Read more
Published 11 months ago by hazzybear
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This is one of the best films i have ever seen, such an engrossing and dramatic story that is loosely based on real events.
Published 11 months ago by W. J. Over
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