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Gangs Of New York
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 74 (July 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas & Brendan Gleeson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
An audio commentary track by Martin Scorsese is available with the movie, which is spread over two discs due to a lengthy 166-minute running time. Features on Disc One of this two-disc set include a nine-minute set design featurette, a 22-minute Exploring The Sets Of Gangs Of New York documentary with optional 360 degree views of the current set, an eight-minute costume design featurette, a 14-minute History Of The Five Points, an on-screen Five Points study guide with an introduction by Luc Sante and a glossary of terms, and two trailers. Disc Two adds The Discovery Channel

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 24017
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Intense strong violence, sexuality/nudity and language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two-disc set: DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 166
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/01/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Martin Scorsese
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In "Gangs Of New York," director Martin Scorsese brings to life the graphic story of the deluge of Irish immigrants into turn-of-the-century New York City and their clash with American born immigrant descendants. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Amsterdam Vallon, an immigrant who seeks revenge for the death of his father at the hands of Bill The Butcher (Day-Lewis). Cameron Diaz stars as the vivacious woman who comes between them. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a very nicely rendered color scheme that puts the viewer into the late 1800s setting of the movie. Colors are rich and well-balanced, with natural fleshtones and lots of browns and deep blacks. Images are generally sharp and detailed, with fine background definition and clarity, though some scenes are a bit soft. Contrast and shadow delineation are accurately rendered. Unfortunately, an unacceptable amount of edge enhancement is often present, and pixelization can cause the breakup of finer details and create an unpleasant

The 5.1 sound mix has been generally well-produced with often aggressive, immersive soundstage engagement. Fidelity is also commendable, though not quite amongst the most distinguished productions, and also the sonic character tends to exhibit some stridence. This is especially noticeable in Leonardo DiCaprio

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