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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:OUATIA-DVD review on: June 22, 2003, 09:41:00 AM
As intimated in several reviews the length of the movie means the DVD features are limited.

The leone documentary is interesting, particularly the recollections of the screenwriters and the amazing meticulous leone work ethic. The contribution of producer milchin was less warranted due to his part in the movies chequered past. At least he has the decency to admit he was out of his depth.

Woods is as passionate as usual which brings me to the commentary which is frankly sub standard and a big big disappointment. Surely the powers that be could have provided better. When I compare it to the superb commentary on The wicker man for instance when the main actors, director and a critic were brought in. Why couldn't Woods have added his voice. Why couldn't Tarrantino or Scorcese or Millius been brought in. In addition I am disappointed Di Niro couldn't have given time to at least appeared on the documentary.  

Naturally the film itself makes up for the DVD's lack of polish. It looks and sounds wonderful.
2  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:OUATIA DVD features released... on: May 13, 2003, 05:55:56 AM
UK REGION 2 RELEASE

Audio commentary from critic Richard Schickel. 'Once Upon A Time: Sergio Leone' (20 mins). Photo gallery - rare behind the scenes stills. Theatrical trailer.


Dolby Digital 5.1: Italian, English


Certification: 18
Duration: 220 mins
Format: DVD
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 Wide Screen
3  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / OUATIA DVD features released... on: May 13, 2003, 05:25:50 AM
DVD Features:
Commentary by Feature-length commentary by Film Critic/Historian Richard Schickel

Theatrical trailer(s)

Newly Remastered Director's Cut Print

Documentary (Revealing Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone documentary.)

Photo gallery

Widescreen letterbox format

Number of discs: 2

Well there you go, it sounds great but where are the de niro/woods interviews. I had hoped for a little more, but I guess beggars can't be choosers. I got the info from amazon.com. Not sure if any of you had seen it. I assume the features in the region 2 DVD will be the same.
4  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Why do we love OUATIA so much? on: May 08, 2003, 02:57:23 PM
In essence I count OUATIA as more than a movie. It is an intimate personal critique of a man's life and that has a pretty universal appeal. The pathos is all consuming but noodles does not ask for pity and that imbides him with a certain dignity as his life flashes before his eyes, our eyes. This is one of those handful of cinematic experiences that is faultless and is the culmination of a lifetimes dreaming and endeavour. Leone, Morricone, the actors and technicians gave this everything they had and more.  Method man de niro even tried to meet his characters (Woods?) inspiration Meyer Lansky but was refused.  This is a no trick movie. There is no forced exploitation of the viewers emotions. Just an awareness that there are some things best left unseen in all our lives and past lives. The past is indeed another country.
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