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.
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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