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(Woody Allen, 1990)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Orion Pictures / A Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe Production
Video: Arrow Academy
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 33,591,095,563 bytes
Feature Size: 33,249,026,496 bytes
Video Bitrate: 37.47 Mbps
Case: Transparent Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 3rd, 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
English (SDH), none
Description: A delightful return to the romantic-comedy
territory that Woody Allen last explored in such classics as
Annie Hall and Manhattan, Alice was also Oscar-nominated for
Best Original Screenplay, but departs from the earlier films
in its embrace of out-and-out fantasy to the point where it
becomes a contemporary fairytale.
The playfulness kicks in when Farrow meets an eccentric
doctor-cum-hedonist (a comedically graceful turn by the late Keye Luke
-- Charlie Chan's "Number One Son"), who encourages her to follow
her desires. He gives her a potent mixture that allows her temporary
invisibility. When she spies on Hurt, she finds out some shocking
truths. It also makes for some amusing situations when her invisibility
wears off without warning.
It is also his apotheosis of Miss Farrow, who has never looked more
beautiful (she has bones to rival Katharine Hepburn's) and has never
been more surprisingly funny and affecting. In this, their 11th
collaboration, Miss Farrow gives a performance that sums up and then
tops all of the performances that have preceded it.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Arrow's Alice gets another impressive, max'ed out bitrate, dual-layered transfer to Blu-ray. The 1080P exports the colors more vibrantly than we have seen in some of the other releases in this Seven Films boxset. Lush grain is again apparent in the original 1.85:1 frame. No noise, speckles or damage of any sort. This Blu-ray looks very film-like in-motion and we have no complaints with the video quality.
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Arrow utilize a linear PCM mono track at 2304 kbps (24-bit). No effects of note, but Alice has Woody selections of note including Limehouse Blues, Breezin' Along with the Breeze, and Moonlight Becomes You performed by Jackie Gleason, Moonglow by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, Duke Ellington's Caravan, The Way You Look Tonight - it breathes New York rhythms and sounds exemplary in the lossless definitely augmenting the film experience. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Again, like the other individual releases, only a trailer - although I presume the Seven Films package will, again, include a booklet.
January 27th, 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.
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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