Vendetta is reminiscent of many other films about
injustice, corruption and mob rule, yet it is often
compelling. In 1890's New Orleans, many Italian workers
have been imported to supplement the cheap labor
disrupted by the abolition of slavery. As the local
Italians begin to take a financial foothold in the city,
local powers deal with the threat by any means
necessary. That includes framing a group of innocent
immigrants to inflame the public against the threat of
the foreigners. Innocent romance is added to the mix
successfully, though the light touch is left in the
background as the mob comes to the fore.
The local period color is effective, accomplished no
doubt on a limited budget. Production Designer David
Chapman deserves credit, but director Meyer seems to
make the most of everything in this production.
Meyer's rhythms are effective and the film build
good tension without cheap camera tricks or false
script leads. John Altman's music feels right,
capturing a hint of Italy combined with the new
production design on a modest budget. İHBO
Veteran director Nicholas Meyer makes the most
of his resources. Pacing and movement between
various aspects of the production is skillfully
manipulated. Meyer works well with his entire
production team, getting the best from his
The actors are very effective. New face Allesandro
Colla as young immigrant Gaspare Marchesi
brings innocence and enthusiasm to his role. Joaquim
De Almeida, playing Italian entrepreneur Joseph
Macheca, is becoming an expert at bringing
dignity to his parts. Christopher Walken is
effectively cold and ruthless as power broker James
Houston and Bruce Davison is quietly powerful in
playing the pivotal role of defense attorney Thomas
Semmes, while Clancy Brown is a strong presence as Police
A hint of cross-color suggests that the DVD may have
been made from a composite source, which makes no
sense, but it was there. The image is sharp
throughout with strong and accurate colors. Framing
looks comfortable at 1.33, but the sweep of the
local market could have been captured with more
excitement in widescreen. Shadow detail is excellent
and the DVD is displayed with plenty of pop. The
2-channel sound is clear and dialogue easy to
understand. A sprinkling of white subtitles are
provided to translate some of the Italian.
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