My best memory of Age of Innocence is because I saw it in Hong Kong in 1994, complete with Cantonese subtitles! What the Chinese made of 19th Century American society I don't know, but this drama of manners displays the gentler, subtler side of Scorsese's virtuoso film-making talent - none too evident in his more explosive and passionate films, but none the worse for that.
He uses a full palette to create light and shade without the sin of being clumsy or heavy-handed in any way. In fact, the director keeps a light touch throughout, greatly to his credit.
The underlying tensions within this moral tale are heavily contained and masked by the mores and culture of respectable society. not difficult to see why actors of a certain ilk love period drama, when they can use a full breadth of emotional techniques, with and without dialogue. Day Lewis, Pfeiffer and Ryder enjoy themselves to good effect, and the story is told competently throughout.
Not the most exciting film you'll ever see, but worthy of appreciation, particularly as a competitively-priced DVD.