I’ve already reviewed most of Nicolas Cage’s films but there are still a few I need to get through. Next on my list is the 1998 film City of Angels co-starring Meg Ryan. This one’s an interesting romantic drama. Let’s delve a little deeper into the story and blu-ray release. So without further ado here’s my City of Angels blu-ray review.
- City of Angels (1998) – Import
- Genre: Romantic Drama
- Directed by Brad Silberling
- UK Rating N/A
- Discs: 1
- Released By Warner Bros
- Blu-ray Released: N/A
Seth (Nicolas Cage) is an angel that watches over people and appears to them when they are close to death. However whilst carrying out such an action in a hospital operating theatre he falls in love with Dr Maggie Rice (Meg Ryan). His problem is what to do. As an angel he cannot feel anothers touch. He can however make himself visible to Maggie.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Brad Silberling whilst the cinematography is handled by John Seale. It’s a well made film using several sweeping ariel shots which plays into the movies narrative.
Music / Audio Effects
The music comes from Gabriel Yared.
Acting / Characters
Nicolas Cage puts in an excellent and somewhat understated performance in City of Angels. His eyes say a lot even when his character Seth doesn’t.
Co-star Meg Ryan is also very believable as a women seemingly longing for someone to truly understand her. Fortunately the chemistry between Cage and Ryan is very good.
Adding a touch of humour and reality is Dennis Franz as Nathaniel Messinger. He’s one of Dr. Maggie Rice’s patients and is also somebody Seth becomes friendly with.
- Nicolas Cage as Seth
- Meg Ryan as Dr. Maggie Rice
- Andre Braugher as Cassiel
- Dennis Franz as Nathaniel Messinger
- Colm Feore as Jordan Ferris
- Robin Bartlett as Anne
Conclusion: City of Angels (1998) Film Review
Overall I found the film to be heart-warming, entertaining with a touch of humour thrown in. This is a romantic drama so there’s also a little heartbreak but I’ll let you discover that for yourself.
If you enjoyed my City of Angels blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
- Wild at Heart (1990)
- It Could Happen to You (1994)
- Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
- The Lake House (2006)
Conclusion: City of Angels Blu-ray Review
The film for the most part has excellent picture quality with only a couple of outdoor scenes displaying a little more noise than the rest of the film. That said I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this version released by Warner Bros.
There is however a slight issue, City Of Angels hasn’t been released in the UK but like pretty much all of Warner Bros titles is region free.
There’s a very good set of extras included with the 30 minute behind the scenes documentary “Making Angels” a must see feature.
- Audio Commentary
- Behind the Scenes: Making Angels (30 mins)
- The Making of the Visual Effects for “City of Angels” (10 mins)
- Additional Scenes / Deleted Scenes
- Music Videos by Goo Goo Dolls & U2
- Theatrical Trailer
On to my movie rating for City of Angels (1998)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH A LOOK
- Blu-ray Picture: VERY GOOD
- Extras: EXCELLENT
Amazon UK Links
City of Angels (1998) is available now on Blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my City of Angels blu-ray review. I’m aiming to review more classic films over the coming weeks. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: City of Angels (1998) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: City of Angels (1998)
Duration: 114 mins
Director(s): Brad Silberling
Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz
Genre: Romantic, Drama
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A heartwarming romantic and emotional story.
- Top Acting
- Heartwarming romantic story
- No Official UK Blu-ray Release