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Bronx Tale
     

A Bronx Tale

4.8 19

Cast: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato Jr., Francis Capra

 

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The DVD of A Bronx Tale, the directorial debut of Robert De Niro, has its moments, but in some ways it's also a disappointment. The image on the disc is quite good, with generally sharp detail and little grain. The colors are strong and the blacks are deep and solid. While this is a plus, the packaging claims that the 1.85:1 widescreen image uses an anamorphic

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The DVD of A Bronx Tale, the directorial debut of Robert De Niro, has its moments, but in some ways it's also a disappointment. The image on the disc is quite good, with generally sharp detail and little grain. The colors are strong and the blacks are deep and solid. While this is a plus, the packaging claims that the 1.85:1 widescreen image uses an anamorphic transfer, which is not the case. The sound, with a 5.1 Dolby Digital track in English, is centered up front and rarely uses the surrounds at any time. Still, the dialogue is clear, which is the primary goal for a film like this. In addition, there are soundtracks in French and Spanish, plus subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. What is a pleasant surprise are the supplemental features. Once again the packaging does not give the correct details, as there are more than what is stated. While the theatrical trailer and cast biographies are included, there are also six television spots and a nice, but very short featurette with interviews. Granted, the extras aren't extensive, but anything is better than nothing, making this a decent, though flawed disc.

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A handsomely mounted coming-of-age story, Robert De Niro's directorial debut, an adaptation of co-star Chazz Palminteri's play, finds the veteran actor treading old ground, exploring a 1960s' New York ankle-deep in Mafia culture. But while the material might superficially seem familiar, what's remarkable about the film comes from De Niro and Palminteri's decision to cast the familiar in a new light, emphasizing borough folkways and the details of day-to-day life rather than criminal intrigues. A morality tale, but not a simple one, De Niro and Palminteri's struggle for the heart of the young protagonist avoids a simple battle between good and evil, showing instead how two decidedly different men both help shape his character. While one might ultimately be more right than the other, De Niro's direction lets the audience sort things out along with his protagonist. While De Niro seems not to have been able to coach particularly memorable performances out of some his younger actors, both he and Palminteri turn in beautifully understated performances, with De Niro proving again, as he has since Once Upon a Time in America, that however dependent his early reputation was on flashy roles, he does just as well with more interior-oriented characters. Though sluggish at times, a great feel for the period and the intricacies of neighborhood and racial relations makes this film, if not quite a knockout, deeply memorable.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/1998
UPC:
0026359095429
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural]
Time:
2:02:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Cast bios; Multiple-language tracks; Scene selections; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Lorenzo Anello
Chazz Palminteri Sonny
Lillo Brancato Calogero Anello (Age 17)
Francis Capra Calogero Anello (Age 9)
Taral Hicks Jane
Kathrine Narducci Rosina Anello
Clem Caserta Jimmy Whispers
Alfred Sauchelli Bobby Bars
Joe Pesci Carmine
Ellen Chenoweth Actor
Joseph D'Onofrio Slick age 17
Joe Black Murdered Man
Patrick Borriello Slick (Age 9)
Paul Perri Crazy Mario (Age 9)
Tommy A. Ford Phil the Peddler
Mitch Kolpan Detective Belsik
Nicky Blair Jerry
Steve Pendleton Satan's Messenger
Garry Blackwood Chez Bippy Customer
Elizabeth Abassi Lady in Window
Ida Bemardini Fish Store Customer
Chad Dowdell Joey's Friend (uncredited)
Domenick Lombardozzi Nicky Zero
Dave Salerno Frankie Coffecake

Technical Credits
Robert De Niro Director,Producer
Joseph R. Burns Asst. Director
Joseph Burns Asst. Director
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Stephen Endelman Score Composer
Peter Gatien Executive Producer
Ilona Herman Makeup
Jon Kilik Producer
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Robert Q. Lovett Editor
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Chazz Palminteri Screenwriter
David Ray Editor
Joseph P. Reidy Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Shriver Art Director
Judith Stevens Production Designer
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer

Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 23 chapter(s) covering 02:01:14
1. Opening Credits. [8:18]
2. "Where the guys hung out." [4:10]
3. Murder on the street. [3:54]
4. The Lineup. [6:49]
5. On the bus. [7:04]
6. Sonny & 'C' at the bar. [2:35]
7. Working at the bar. [6:54]
8. 'C' gets respect. [6:15]
9. Aqueduct Racetrack 1968. [2:17]
10. The Fordham Social Club. [3:17]
11. "She was tall, beautiful...." [2:59]
12. ."..for Twenty Dollars." [4:49]
13. "Now you's can't leave." [4:33]
14. Advice from Sonny. [5:01]
15. 'C' meets Jane. [8:15]
16. Encounter in the street. [5:23]
17. The first date. [5:49]
18. A lecture from Lorenzo. [3:32]
19. Sonny saves 'C''s life. [3:32]
20. Firebombed. [10:29]
21. Sonny is murdered. [1:25]
22. Carmine and Lorenzo. [3:47]
23. Closing Credits. [9:56]

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A Bronx Tale 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
GREAT LINES IN THIS FILM! DENIRO CAN ACT, DIRECT, HECK I THINK HE JUST MIGHT MAKE A GOOD PRESIDENT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im gonna make this short and simple. this is a great movie even though i dont really like any drama movies or crime drama im mostly a action, horror, comedy fan. I kinda thought the movie will suck at first because robert deniro was going to direct it. but when i got the movie it turned out to be really good. i enjoyed listening to some of the oldie songs on the movie as well and all thought all the actors did a great job in the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, though outdated, is a must see for all teenegers experiencing identity crisis. It deals with all the issues that can lure the youth into a life of crime, drugs and gambling. It is an exceptional movie that really, just like wine, matures with age. I strongly recommend it to anyone who appreciates good movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so suspenseful. Anyone who loves mobster movies as much as I do should definetly watch this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked it because de niro is giving an extra ordinary performance in a ''non very deniro role''. palmintery is not but either. in addition the story is perfect. the conflict between blacks and italians in a bronx some decades ago. and the power of love. also this is de niro's directorial debute. come on
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is now my all time favourite. This movie has something about it that makes you want to watch it again and again. Amazing film but would go beyond that if Sonny didn't die
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie has greatly influenced my life as a teenager. coming from an italian family it has taught me alot and is easily the best movie of all times and a must see for all teens
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that this film 'a bronx tale' is so incredible.Also in some parts of the movie were prety funny.And the boy in the movie also known as 'c' was very very good looking.so i recommend this film to everyone out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the bronx tale is the best movie..you have two great actors such as robert de niro and lillo brancato..they make the movie great..you should buy it or rent it..its the best
Guest More than 1 year ago
its the best movie you can see i see it six times in one day the history is related every time all the words are a clue im from mexico and i like it every time y see it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a classic one of my top three favorites. The first time I saw it I told all my friends about it. As soon as move in with my girlfriend, this will be the first movie I want us to watch in our new apartment. I'm sure she'll love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sencillamente una obra maestra, yo soy un fanatico de esta pelicula soy chileno y vivo en santiago de chile aca no esta la pelicula en ninguno de sus formatos si algun latino me la puede conseguir se lo agradecere toda la vida ( en formato DVD ) mi mail es lccabello@chilesat.net
Guest More than 1 year ago
Calogeros description of a life in the Bronx is truly moving. hey! look at me! truly moving! You jive as* mother (beepppp)
Guest More than 1 year ago
good story-line and actors, defiently one of deniro's best movies
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was incredible. Great story. Lilo Brancato is sensational!! 5 stars isnt even the beginning
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though Sunny passes in the end his soul and heart will never die in ''C's'' eye. Sunny was like a father to him this movie was the greatest movies of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Bronx Tale is a wonderful love story and should be required viewing in most schools. The title caught me off guard at first, but once I had an opportunity to watch the entire movie, I understood. It is truly ''A Bronx Tale'' and mostly likely the best urban tale ever captured on screen. It's real, refreshing and oscar driven. Thank you Lillo and Robert. The teen girl (also) did excellent work. I wish you all well.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie couldnt have been put together more perfectly. The balance of power between Lorenzo and Sonny in Calogero's life was perfect as well. It handled the vices of this era in the Bronx realistically. De Niro's directorial deubut should've given him an oscar nod.