Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5  
City by the Sea DVD (2002)

Robert De Niro makes a welcome return to dramatic roles with this police thriller, which as revealed on the DVD, was based on a true story.


Picture The blue grey hues of the Long Beach locations look razor sharp here.

Sound The 5.1 mix is detailed with ambient effects that do a lot to enhance the mood of the movie.

Special Features

Audio Commentary Scriptwriter Ken Hixon and producer Matthew Baer make up this fairly informative commentary track. What is most interesting to learn are those elements of the film based on fact and those on fiction. Hixon used the story to explore how men can abandon their children.

In the absence of Michael Caton-Jones from this track, there is a fair amount of discussion on his work as a director and how Ken Loach's "My Name is Joe" influenced this film.

Six Words About Filmmaking The only sign of Michael Caton-Jones on this DVD is in this eight-minute featurette where he discusses, in general terms, the job of being a director. There is some behind-the-scenes footage from "City by the Sea" and Michael talks candidly about just how terrified he was of working with Robert De Niro.

Additional Extra Features Also on the DVD is a trailer.

Chapters: 30
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio Tracks: English
Subtitles: English
Captions: English
Menus: Animated, with music
Special Features Subtitles Six Words About Filmmaking is the only special feature with subtitles.

"City by the Sea" DVD is out to buy in the UK from Monday 14th July 2003.

This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-N5 DVD player.

End Credits

Director: Michael Caton-Jones

Writer: Ken Hixon

Stars: Robert De Niro, James Franco, Eliza Dushku, Frances McDormand, William Forsythe, George Dzundza

Genre: Thriller

Length: 108 minutes

Cinema: 2002

DVD: 14 July 2003

Country: USA