To infiltrate the New York mafia, FBI agent Joe Pistone takes on the identity of jewel thief Donnie Brasco. Thanks to his friendship with hitman Lefty, he quickly manages to get connected and even rise up in the mafia organisation. As time goes by, Joe gets more and more influenced by mixed feelings over his duties as an FBI agent and his friendship with Lefty.
Sound and Vision:
Although the movie dates from 1997 the image is really good with no dust or scratches, no compression errors or any other things that could spoil the fun. Here and there some detail is missing but this isn’t too bad and overall we get a very good transfer.
The sound nicely supports the movie with decent use of the surround speakers although mostly for music and environment sounds.
- Donnie Brasco: Out from the shadows
- Original featurette
- Picture gallery
Not many extras but next to the original featurette (making of) we get a pretty decent documentary that even has the real Joe Pistone talk about how things went in reality and what was changed in the movie. Certainly worth checking out, eventhough some more elaborate interviews with Joe Pistone wouldn’t have hurt.
This is the extended cut of Donnie Brasco meaning we get 21 minutes additional footage. This brings the movie up to 146 minutes but you won’t get bored with it for one second! Donnie Brasco is without a doubt on the level of such classics as Goodfellas and The Godfather, mainly thanks to excellent work from Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.