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Gomorrah (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Chuck Stephens
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Scampia is a district in contemporary Naples.
At first glance, the council estate in Scampia on which the majority of Matteo Garrone's "Gomorrah" takes place appears to be your usual raffish, rough-around-the-edges melting pot of low income families, wannabes, try-hards and dreamers: there's Toto, who works as a delivery boy for his mother's grocery store; Pasquale, who works as the lead tailor in a factory which creates high-end fashion designs; Roberto who, after years of unemployment has just managed to land a prestigious job with a councilor, Franco, and is in the process of learning the ropes; Ciro, who, at first glance, appears to be a kindly, middle-aged building manager who looks after the welfare of families on the estate; then there are Marco and Ciro, two bored teenagers who spend their days imitating Al Pacino in "Scarface" and getting into trouble. However, before the final percussive strains of the film's minimalist soundtrack play out over some devastatingly well-placed captions which detail the current reach of contemporary organised crime, the comparisons between the corrupt old testament city-state and the contemporary housing estate will have been made explicit in the most visceral way possible and the viewer will observe just how corruption and criminality insinuates its way into virtually every level of Neapolitan society (as well as every one of the previously mentioned characters' lives).
The lexicon of modern cinema has inculcated contemporary audiences with a fascination of all things Mafiosi (or "Camorra" as the Neapolitan organisation is known).Read more ›
Masterfully shot, splendidly written and well acted, "Gomorra" is not a film to watch when you're trying to pull out of a tough week at work.
Like I said the major accomplisment of the movie is taking the facts of the book and portraying them onto film. The movie as it is isn't for those weened on Scarface or The Wire. Its more an uncompromising, realistic, depiction of crime and the effect it has on people. The actors are naturalistic and good with the standout being Toni Servilo as Franco. Mostly though the filmmakers and writers are the reason the movie works making an unromanticized crime film.Read more ›
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Great film, I give it a 4-5..well, 5 stars really. It's what's said by others here.
But I give it a 4, just for one thing, and it's with the subtitles, only had English... Read more
I am a mafia movie buff. I've seen just about every mafia movie out there be they in color or black and white. I'm also a film buff in general. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Isantis
This is a brutal and chilling look at the everyday lives of lower middle class Neapolitans who become entwined with organized crime. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert J. Crawford
This moving is well made, but I found the writing to be lacking. At times it just didn't make sense, and it failed to engage one with the characters very well. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MBenson
Gomorrah is a moving crime film about betrayal and the price of membership in organized crime. It's well-acted, and filled with intense and in many cases, disturbing images about... Read morePublished 8 months ago by B. Adducchio
Gomorrah' is a starkly realistic film that lives and breathes its subject and it shows in every frame. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Potluck Queen
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New Yorker Video, the U.S. DVD distributor for this film, went out of business a few weeks ago. Most of the New Yorker Video DVDs on the Amazon site now bear the "discontinued by the manufacturer" phrase. This may account for some of the "discontinued by the manufacturer"... Read More
Mar 16, 2009 by already in use | See all 13 posts
No, only english subs are available.
Apr 28, 2010 by turnstile67 | See all 2 posts
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Region 1 = NTSC
Note that Criterion is coming out with Gomorrah in Region 1 (NTSC) and Region A (Blu-ray) releases Nov. 24, 2009 in widescreen format, while the Region 1 DVD out now (from Paragon) is full frame.
Aug 17, 2009 by already in use | See all 2 posts
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yea they overprice foreign films b.c they arent as popular, so they need to make extra money off of the ones who enjoy them. wait a while but dont forget about gomorrah, it's really good.
Oct 20, 2010 by funnygames87 | See all 4 posts
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