Gangs of New York
The movie starts off in 1846 in the Five Point district which is the hardest part of New York to live in at that time because of the violence between the “native” Anglo-Saxens and the Irish immigrants, and ends in 1863 with the riots following the drafts note. Through this time we follow Amsterdam Vallon (DiCaprio) who returns back to this district where his father was murdered to seek revenge on the man who did this gruesome deed.
Sound and Vision:
The image has gotten the hi-def treatment and the sharpness is really nice. Actually, there’s two small comments we can make and that’s that the cleaning up wasn’t done perfectly as still you get to see dust and speckles here and there, and secondly that the telecine wobble from the DVD is still present. For the rest there’s nothing to worry about but we believe that if you go for a low-budget Blu-ray release, the least you can do is make sure there’s nothing bad to be said about the image quality.
The sound does a nice job with good use of the surround speakers and subwoofer for music and effects while the front center perfectly brings forth the dialogue
We’ve reviewed the 2-Disc special edition DVD of Gangs of New York already before and compared to that we must say that this Blu-ray disappoints a bit. The image quality is cleaned up a bit but still not perfect and in exchange we lose the extras. So it’s a matter of taste I guess. Either you go for improved images or for extras.
The movie itself is still very impressive and certainly worth checking out.