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directed by Woody Allen
USA 1989

Ophthalmologist Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau) has had an long-standing affair with Dolores (Anjelica Huston), and now her patience has waned and she threatens to expose it and some of his financial indiscretions if he doesn't get a divorce. His brother suggests resolving the problem by having Dolores murdered. Judah morally digests before agreeing and following through with a paid assassin. With Judah, Woody Allen probes the depths of human existence and how the greatest punishments can be self-inflicted (guilt).  In an eventually convergent story, documentary filmmaker Clifford Stern (Allen) is trying to make a film on a philosophy professor who he strongly believes in. However, to pay the bills he gets commissioned to make a portrait of successful TV producer, and pompous brother-in-law, Lester (Alan Alda). Lester represents everything that Clifford despises in the world - false bravado of perceived talent and success through self-marketing savvy as opposed to genuine skill.

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Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) is a rare combination of film noir and black comedy, about an esteemed New York ophthalmologist (Martin Landau) whose affair with a flight attendant (Anjelica Huston) puts the careful construct of his life in jeopardy. As he contemplates a permanent solution to his problems, we are also treated to an interwoven story about another kind of moral crisis: a struggling documentary filmmaker (Allen) considers selling out by making a doc about a Hollywood jackass (Alan Alda), with the situation further complicated by the appearance of an entrancing TV producer (Mia Farrow). Highlighted by cinematography from the incomparable Sven Nykvist, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards. 

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Theatrical Release: October 13, 1989

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Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. MGM - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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2) MGM - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

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Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 1  - NTSC

MGM
Region 1 - NTSC
Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:43:56 1:43:42 1:44:16.291
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.53 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.30
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,640,908,212 bytes

Feature: 30,697,463,808 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Image

 

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MGM

 

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Blu-ray

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), DUBs: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1069 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1069 kbps /
24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1053 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1053 kbps /
24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French and none Spanish, French and none English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: July 21, 1998
Snap Case

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: MGM/UA Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
• Theatrical trailer
• Two page liner notes

DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
Keep Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,640,908,212 bytes

Feature: 30,697,463,808 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Isolated Score Track

Original Theatrical trailer (2:06)

• MGM trailer (1:39)

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

Blu-ray Release Date:
February, 2014
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE Blu-ray - January 2013: The Twilight Time 1080P is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate and the image and sound quality blow away the old DVDs. Flesh tones looks more authentic and lose their orange hue. There is depth although we lose a sliver of information in the frame on the edges. There may be some teal leaning and I did see an unusual patch where alignment may have been off for a second or two. But actually I am still impressed with the image quality - it's a significant jump over the SD. It is transferred in the original 1.85:1. I see no noise or artifacts.

Audio is lossless with a DTS-HD Master in the original mono. Woody's usual selection of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin some Bach and Franz Schubert (and yes, that was a snippet from the soundtrack of 'This Gun for Hire') sound great via the uncompressed. There are optional subtitles (sample below) and the only real supplement (besides trailers) is the isolated score.

I adore this brilliant film - easily in my top of Woody's films - and probably in my top 50 of all time. Cheers to Twilight Time - a great, very worthy, title to release on Blu-ray. Thank you!

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ON THE DVD: The image quality difference is not extraordinary. The MGM is sharper and anamorphic, it also shows the Image Entertainment disc has had some very minor cropping. This was a very early DVD for Image and I think, for the time, the quality is excellent. The MGM is brighter with more red in the image, but its pluses slightly outweigh its minuses. I really hate this misleading comment about the MGM " Collectible Booklet". This is a two page liner notes leaflet, hardly a booklet and hardly a collector's item. Liars. Still, especially for projection users the MGM is the way to go, but to simply see the film, if it is cheaper and available there is nothing wrong with Image DVD. 

 - Gary W. Tooze


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