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Another Woman [Blu-ray]

 

(Woody Allen, 1988)

 

Arrow Academy's Woody Allen: Seven Films - 1986-1991 Blu-rays

 

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Orion Pictures / A Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe Production

Video: Arrow Academy

 

Disc:

Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:21:09.322   

Disc Size: 26,093,032,424 bytes

Feature Size: 25,508,863,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.69 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Transparent Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: March 20th, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), none

 

Extras:

Trailer (1:31)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: Woody Allen's 17th film. Gena Rowland plays Marion, an academic who rents a flat in which to write a book on philosophy and becomes intrigued by conversations she overhears from a psychologist's office next door. One patient, Hope (Mia Farrow), has a particular effect on Marion forcing her to re-think many of her assumptions about her own life: her unhappy marriage; her feelings for another man (Gene Hackman); and her relationships with her best friend (Sandy Dennis) and brother (Harris Yulin).

 

 

The Film:

In Another Woman, Gena Rowlands plays Marion Post, a middle aged woman who appears to have it all. She is a successful professor at a women's college, is married to a cardiologist, and has many friends. Marion comes to realize, however, that her life and relationships aren't as perfect as she thought. This realization begins when Marion rents an apartment to use as an office while she writes her new book. Due to some kind of acoustic anomaly, she is able to hear conversations in the apartment next door where an analyst has his office. Marion becomes intrigued by the sessions of a young pregnant woman considering suicide (Mia Farrow). The woman is never named in the film until the end credits where she is identified as "Hope." Through HopeÕs story and a series of encounters with her family and friends, Marion begins to see that she has lead a cold and detached life. Marion's childhood and first marriage are seen in realistic dream sequences and flashbacks. According to Baxter, Allen later described Marion as "the character...who of all those in his work most resembled him intellectually."

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

 

A reflective drama about a college professor in her fifties. On sabbatical to write a book on German philosophy, Marion (Rowlands) rents an apartment for the necessary solitude. There she starts overhearing sessions in the psychologist's office next door, in particular the disclosures of Hope (Farrow), who has cause to question her marriage, the meaning of life and death, etc. Marion gets to thinking, and is appalled to realise that so many assumptions about her own life and marriage are largely unfounded: in her desire for a controlled existence, she has evaded the emotional truth about relationships with her best friend (Dennis), brother (Yulin) and husband (Holm). The film shows a refinement and development of recurrent Allen themes, particularly in the characterisation of what is arguably his most complex female character to date. But in choosing a stylised approach, Allen too often obscures points in overstatement and intellectual posturing. Where the film gains considerable momentum and richness is in the marvellous performances: Rowlands' perfectly pitched approach to a demanding role is particularly stunning.

Excerpt from Timeout located HERE

 

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

Arrow's Another Woman gets another adept transfer to Blu-ray, although in the opening scenes I did see some, unusual, digital artifacts in the background. These were not persistent and shortly after the opening credits they were not an issue.  It has a max'ed-out bitrate for the 1 hour 20-minute feature. Colors are passive and earthy. Like many of the Woody Allen films transferred to Blu-ray by Arrow, the 1080P supports a beautifully thick, grainy, film-like, presentation in the original 1.85:1 frame.  No speckles or damage of any sort. This Blu-ray looks pleasing in-motion but I'd say the rich texture is the most notable attribute.

 

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Audio :

Arrow utilize a linear PCM mono track at 2304 kbps (24-bit). No effects of note, but Another Woman has a lot much beautiful classical music in it - Erik Satie 's Gymnopédie No 1, Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suite in D Major and Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 BWV 1028, Mahler's Symphony No.4 in G Major of course, Woody's usual Cole Porter and Jerome Kern. It sounds wonderfully clean and buoyant via the uncompressed. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

Extras :

Only a trailer - although I presume the Seven Films package will, again, include a booklet.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Another Woman is one of Allen's Bergman-esque period evoking Wild Strawberries. The Arrow Blu-ray does its job with an adept, satisfyingly film-like 1080P image, brilliant music is uncompressed and a film filled with impressive performances including Gena Rowlands, Mia Farrow, Ian Holm, Blythe Danner, Gene Hackman, John Houseman, Sandy Dennis. This is both a powerful and restrained film. I think it's another reason to pick-up the Seven Films boxset! 

Gary Tooze

January 26th, 2017

Arrow Academy's Woody Allen: Seven Films - 1986-1991 Blu-rays

 

 

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