|Studio:||Warner Home Video|
|Rated:||Suitable for 18 years and over|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure|
|Picture Format:||Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||DTS HD 5.1|
|Languages:||English, Hungarian, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish|
"Once Upon a Time in America" has a chequered history, having been chopped from its original 229-minute director's cut to 139 minutes for its theatrical release. The longer edition presented here benefits from having the complete story (the short version has huge gaps) about turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants in America finding their way into lives of crime, as told in flashback by an ageing Jewish gangster named Noodles (Robert De Niro). On the other hand, it's almost four hours long, and this sometimes-indulgent Sergio Leone film is no "Godfather". Still, it is notable for the contrast between Leone's elegiac take on the gangster film and his occasional explosive action, as well as for the mix of the stoic, inexpressive De Niro and the hyperactive James Woods as his lifelong friend and rival. --"Marshall Fine"