Brazilian Western is an adaptation of the eponymous song by Renato Russo a famous Brazilian singer and composer who in the style of Bob Dylan knew how to delight crowds by telling stories and singing with his lyrics The adaptation precipitated a both social and romantic drama with a tragic ending. Focusing on the love story of outlaw Joao do Santo Cristo with Architecture major student Maria Lucia, the movie takes place in Brasilia in the early 80s. In a clash of interest, drug dealers and the police conflict with one another,while the end of the military dictatorship in the Capital of Brazil, Brasilia takes place. The wanderings and tedium of a young rocker, who lived in a city still being built, are the backdrop for this story.


“Brazilian Western” is about a man that gets pinned down in the life of a drug dealer. He breaks out of the system, but the love of his life has attracted the attention of another dealer. Can a man ever escape the thug life or does he have to kill a ton of people? There’s a ton of philosophical talk about living in a developing ghetto, but there is a real push for social justice. The film’s a period piece, so you get an idea of what Brazil was like during the 1980s.

It’s neat to see a foreign film that adapts this 70s era songwriting film beat that would’ve felt at home next to Monte Hellman and Sam Peckinpah. That being said, it’s a little slow moving for those that expect “City of God”. You’re not going to get that movie, so get that out of your head right now. “Brazilian Western” is a strong movie, but it’s one that takes its time. There used to be a time when people could appreciate that.

The Blu-Ray comes with a making-of featurette as the sole special feature. The A/V Quality is quite strong. The 1080p transfer started off a little murky, but I guess that it was just an aesthetic choice. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is clean. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 11/18/2014

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