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Donnie Brasco

Extended Cut
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 122 (Jul/Aug 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo & Anne Heche

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include the 24-minute Donnie Brasco: Out From The Shadows featurette, the seven-minute original featurette, a three-minute photo montage, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 18693
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
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(Retail Price): $19.94
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 147
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1997
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/08/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mike Newell
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book by Joseph D. Pistone with Richard Woodley, Donnie Brasco features Johnny Depp as an FBI agent who takes on the persona of gangster Donnie Brasco and maneuvers his way deep into the mafia chain of command, with the help of Lefty Ruggiero (Pacino). As he tries desperately to keep the balance with his real-life family, Donnie realizes he is not only crossing the line between federal agent and criminal, but is also leading Lefty to a death sentence.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.38:1 DVD looks to be from the same source as the previously released DVD reviewed in Issue 45. The image is sharp and detailed, and shadow delineation is impressive. Medium and long shots can look smeared at times, subtle edge enhancement is noticeable, the image can be overly contrasted in day scenes, and source element artifacts can be slightly distracting. (Danny Richelieu)

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