If ever there were an excuse for your average film-loving citizen to learn to speak fluent portugeuse, this is it. Being set in the 'City Of God' - a slum for the politically declaimed effluent of Brazil's Postcard Perfect Rio De Janeiro - the necessity for subtitles means this film admittedly isn't going to appeal to everybody. Least of whom are those who stuggle to condure up enough patience to sit through trailers in the movie theatre (trailers which, incidentally, provide 20 minutes of litter on this DVD before you can even access the Interactive Menu - although, fittingly, not a trailer for City Of God itself is included). If, like myself, you don't belong to this latter category of movie-goer, I'd urge you to spend some of your pennies on this, most fabulous of foreign films, and settle with the subtitles. The film traces the youth, and is told through the eyes of, Rocket. A kid who enjoys photography and spends much of his childhood speculating dangerously close to a bullet-ladden life of drug crime, power-struggles and cocain-induced hysteria. Through Rocket's eyes, we are taken on an awe-inspiring and visually appeasing journey through life in The City Of God. Cutting-edge cinematography and one hell of a soundtrack to boot entice you painfully close to conceiding that the film's content is utterly cool. The movie effortlessly permits understanding the appeal of this life-of-crime to the city's youth by placing you in the thick-end of cinematic spectacle, forcing you to aspire on some level to the glamourisation of what's on screen. Whilst at the same time you're snapped backwards by scenes of black comedy so eerily realistic you feel guilty for watching them. The DVD itself isn't superbly presented, and has packaging which is distinctly ordinary. But the quality of print is extremely pleasing. Whilst it's difficult to distinguish at times what aspects of the picture are intentional and which arise through imperfections with the picture transfer, picture quality remains near-reference level, and acts as the perfect showcase for the film's all-important cinematography and colour pallette. The soundtrack is equally impressive. Whilst it's never going to blow you away with big Hollywood SFX, the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack remains convincing and coherent at all times. To summarise, this is a film any self-respecting film-buff has to buy. Whilst the press remain insistent on baring City Of God with comparisons with Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas and the like. I remain insistent that this is as equally important a film event as Reservoir Dogs and The Matrix, and in my view provides the most important cinematic event thus far of the new millennium.