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(aka 'Gigolo in New York")


Directed by John Turturro

USA 2013


In a scheme to make a quick couple of bucks, a New York bookstore owner (Woody Allen) convinces his flower-arranger friend (John Turturro) that a fortune could be made by becoming a professional gigolo, showing a good time to a number of beautiful and wealthy yet lonely local middle-aged women.

Featuring an all-star cast, including Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Vanessa Paradis and Liev Schreiber.


Writer/director John Turturro's Fading Gigolo centers on an elderly New York bookstore owner (Woody Allen) who becomes a pimp when he turns his middle-aged friend (Turturro) into a gigolo hoping to raise enough money when it looks like their store is going to close. Eventually, they begin to make more money than they ever expected.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE


Theatrical Release: September 7th, 2013 (Toronto International Film Festival)

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Review: Sony - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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'A' Blu-ray




Disc Size: 35,835,404,755 bytes

Feature Size: 28,370,847,744 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.11 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video



Sony Blu-ray



Dolby TrueHD Audio English 3837 kbps 5.1 / 96 kHz / 3837 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby TrueHD Audio Japanese 665 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 665 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

Subtitles Japanese, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony


Disc Size: 35,835,404,755 bytes

Feature Size: 28,370,847,744 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.11 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by directed by John Turturro

• Deleted Scenes (11:05)
• Interview (7:02)
• Trailers (2:26 + 1:42)
• Cast and Crew text screens
• Production Notes text screens

Blu-ray  Release Date: April 2nd, 2016
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters: 16




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

Firstly, this is the Japanese Blu-ray of Turturro's Allen-esque NY-centric adult comedy but seems to be the similar to other transfers and extras worldwide - aside from the menus and audio/subtitle options here which start in Japanese but show English once hovered over. This Blu-ray 1080p image is on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The higher resolution easily advances over SD and the visuals are reasonably tight with excellent contrast and occasionally showing depth. No issues.

The film is presented in a 5.1 surround Dolby TrueHD audio transfer in the original English with an optional Japanese 2.0 channel DUB. There isn't an abundance of separation in the film and the tracks handles the, essentially dialogue-heavy- film easily. There is quite a pleasant mix of jazz and other music in Fading Gigolo. The disc is supported with optional Japanese subtitles on this Region 'A'

Extras include an audio commentary by director/writer John Turturro and he has a lot to offer from character motivations to behind the some details of the production. Laid back - easy listening. There are also 11-minutes worth of inconsequential deleted scenes, interviews with Sharon Stone and Vanessa Paradis in English with Japanese subtitles plus two trailers (English and Japanese) and, lastly, text screens for cast/crew and production notes.

It's rare to find Woody Allen acting in other people's films but he has done so (Herbert Ross' Play It Again, Sam, Martin Ritt's The Front) and Turturro has done some directing (Romance & Cigarettes).  I thought they shared some nice chemistry and comedic timing and Fading Gigolo is a very likeable film. It's a subtly poignant film with themes of sex, shallowness and fear of loneliness with plenty of humor. The
Blu-ray presentation is fine and the commentary adds value. Yes, I would recommended this - especially to Allen and Turturro fans.

 - Gary Tooze































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'A' Blu-ray

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