Disc Spotlight: Gomorrah Criterion Collection



Gomorrah Criterion Collection Blu-ray (R)

Movie: 3 1/2 stars out of 4 Disc: 4 stars out of 4

If your knowledge of the mafia is limited to "The Godfather" trilogy, Martin Scorsese films and "The Sopranos," you're only halfway informed. Fans of traditional mob movies might be turned off by the lack of stylized drama they're used to, but need to see this film if only for the jolt of realistic counterbalance. Those who are generally turned off by the glorified violence contained in traditional crime movies will probably appreciate "Gomorrah" the most. There is violence, but it's infrequent and fleeting and every second of it serves this brilliant, unsexy, dead-end, skid-mark tragedy of a story.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (2.35:1, 1080p), audio: Italian (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), subtitles: English.

Special features include:

• Deleted scenes

• Timeline search feature

• 17-page companion booklet

• Documentaries

• Cast, filmmaker and author interviews

(Criterion Collection, $39.95.)