(Woody Allen, 1978)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Rollins-Joffe Productions
Video: Arrow Video / Twilight Time
Region: 'B'/ Region FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 1:31:50.838/ 1:31:51.255
Disc Size: 29,118,969,165 bytes/ 21,814,083,132 bytes
Feature Size: 28,315,011,264 bytes / 21,153,988,608 bytes
Video Bitrate: 36.92 Mbps / 26.99 Mbps
Chapters: 9/ 24
Case: Standard Blu-ray case/ Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: November 14th, 2016 / February, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2062 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2062 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Liner notes leaflet with essay by Julie Kirgo
Limited to 3,000 units
Description: With Interiors Woody Allen showed the
world that he was more than a comedic filmmaker with the
Evening Standard's noted critic Alexander Walker remarking
Woody Allen gives us the enormous excitement of seeing gifts
in use that we never suspected he possessed.
When dominating interior designer Eve (Geraldine Page) and her husband, Arthur (E.G. Marshall), split after decades of marriage, it comes as a shock to their adult daughters -- tightly wound author Renata (Diane Keaton), struggling actress Joey (Mary Beth Hurt) and flighty Flyn (Kristin Griffith) -- as does Arthur's new romance with a vibrant artist (Maureen Stapleton). This was writer-director Woody Allen's first dramatic feature, and the first of his films in which he did not act.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Interiors must rank as one of the most spectacular changes of direction for an American artist since Clint Eastwood made Breezy. Working as director and writer only, Allen put together a beautifully acted, lyrically written exploration of an intelligent middle class American family whose three grown-up daughters are thunderstruck when their father trades in his elegant depressive wife for a lively, but jarringly vulgar, divorcee. The film has moments of humour, but they are integrated into a totally serious structure which isolates the family's countervailing tensions with a scalpel-like penetration. Only in a single character, the failed husband of one of the daughters, does the tone falter towards soap. Otherwise the approach is rock steady and, if the film's surface invites superficial comparisons with Bergman, its real roots lie in the very finest American art.Excerpt from MTimeOut located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Interiors looks the thickest and softest of Arrow's Woody Allen film transfers to Blu-ray so far. It can be quite dark and it has been suggestion that cinematographer Gordon Willis’ lighting and use of cool colors is in itself another character. Colors (ex. Maureen Stapleton's red dress stands out) are mostly muted but the art direction maintains the detached, cold, minimalist atmosphere. The 1080P looks extremely heavy. The transfer is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. It's neither particularly dynamic, crisp nor glossy but this would suit the tone and form of the film. I feel the theatrical presentation was most-likely equally as less-detailed. This Blu-ray is technically flawless and the film's overwhelming textures are consistent throughout. Perhaps we will compare to the SD one day.
The Twilight Time is virtually identical - perhaps a smidgeon less smooth in-motion with the lower bitrate. I doubt many systems could differentiate. It supports the authenticity of the Arrow's Blu-ray appearance.
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The Interiors Blu-ray uses a robust linear PCM 2.0 channel track at 24-bits. The soundtrack again leans to Woody's preferences with Fats Waller's Keepin' Out of Mischief Now performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra and Jelly Roll' Morton's Wolverine Blues. The music sounds delightful, in a strangely ominous way, via the uncompressed. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Twilight Time use a DTS-HD master 2.0 channel (24-bits) and the sound is as close as the video (to my crusty ears.) The Fats Waller and Jelly Roll' Morton still sound exceptional via lossless and Twilight Time also add optional English (SDH) subtitles but their Blu-ray disc is region FREE and limited to 3,000 units. No isolated score as usually offered by Twilight Time and their website states "At the request of the studio, the INTERIORS Audio Commentary will not be included. We apologize for the inconvenience and trust you'll still anticipate and enjoy the title.".
Only a trailer - no liner notes but exclusive to the Woody Allen: Six Films - 1971-1978 [Blu-ray] collection are Annie Hall and a 100-page hardback book featuring new and archive writing on all the films by Woody Allen, Michael Brooke, Johnny Mains, Kat Ellinger, John Leman Riley, Hannah Hamad and Brad Stevens.
Also on a trailer, but there is a liner notes leaflet with an essay by Julie Kirgo.
Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Not enough differences to double-dip but for region 'A'-locked it's the only option. Pricey - too bad there isn't a Twilight Time Allen boxset...
September 9th, 2016
February 25th, 2017
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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