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City By The Sea
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 69 (Feb 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Robert De Niro, Frances McDormand, James Franco, Eliza Dushku, William Forsythe & George Dzundza

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary by screenwriter Ken Hixon and producer Matthew Baer, the insightful six-minute interview segment "Six Words About Filmmaking With Michael Caton-Jones," and cast and crew highlights.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22082
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language, drug use and some violence
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/18/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Caton-Jones
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Special Notes:
Also available in a separate pan-and-scan edition.

Story Synopsis:
Vincent LaMarca (DeNiro) is a New York City cop who lives alone in a dingy apartment in the city. Having distanced himself from his past, which includes an ex-wife and son, Vincent works hard at his job trying to rid the state of scumbags. When he and his partner Reg Duffy (Dzundza) begin investigating a murder of a drug dealer from Long Beach, the "City By The Sea" and Vincent

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a pleasing picture, with images that are sharp and nicely detailed. Colors can have a stylized, cool appearance, with lots of grays, but can also be nicely balanced and natural. Fleshtones are accurately rendered and blacks are deep and solid. Contrast and shadow delineation are excellent, with the night scenes revealing an appropriate amount of visual information. The biggest distraction with this title is the presence of edge enhancement, as pixelization is rarely noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

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