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Alice

review by Zach B.

 

Rated PG-13

Studio: MGM

Running Time: 106 minutes

Starring Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, William Hurt, Keye Luke, Joe Mantegnam, Bernadette Peters, Cybill Shepherd, Gwen Verdon

Written and Directed by Woody Allen

Retail Price: $19.98

Features: Theatrical Trailer, Collectible Booklet

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Mono, French Mono, Spanish Mono, English Closed Captions, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selections (16 Scenes)

Woody Allen's 20th film, "Alice" follows Alice Tate (Mia Farrow), a woman who is feeling empty and not fulfilled by her husband (William Hurt), her children or her lavish lifestyle. However, when Alice plunges into deep territory when she begins to see a herbalist for her back as well as other things and starts to fall in love with a jazz musician (Joe Mantegna), Alice has to start to realize where her life is going, what's going to happen and face exactly what's bothering her. I'd go into it more, but there's so much to this movie and a lot that goes on I'd hate to reveal what happens next.

"Alice" is one of Woody Allen's best films as far as I'm concerned. The great music goes well with the movie, but Allen triumphs greatly as a director and writer here. He has a nice, old time style and feel to the movie, but he also packs an incredible script that's sure to please. Allen's central themes here are great. He goes into a lot about insecurities, about wealth and finally, a key theme of illusion versus reality. Alice escapes from her life by daydreaming, but she has a hard time facing and realizing that her problems are deep inside of her. People can relate to us as they can easily escape, but they have a hard time accepting and coming to terms with things around them. It's an important theme that has been in so many forms of media, and it's a theme worth discussing. People can't give up hope, they need to find and realize things within themselves.

Farrow is incredible as Alice, and she's really the whole heart of the movie. The rest of Allen's cast is great... William Hurt, Joe Mantegna and Cybill Shepherd. There's a lot of characters in this movie that play really key roles, and here the acting is natural and true to the core. It works really well as there is good tension and chemistry between the characters. Overall, this is one of Allen's finest screen efforts. Don't miss it.

"Alice" is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and the result is terrific. There is some grain and fuzziness to the image at times, but fleshtones and colors are really well saturated. Dirt and blemishes pop up here and there, but nothing major. Overall, a fine transfer.

English, French and Spanish mono tracks are included (as you'd expect from Allen). They're really good, actually. Dialogue is clear and crisp, and the background noises come into play greatly. Fidelity is pretty high and all of it sounds really well for a mono track, especiall the music. It brings a nice atmosphere to the movie, actually. French and Spanish subtitles are included, plus English closed captions.

The short Theatrical Trailer is included in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and inside there are some nice and interesting notes in the collectibe booklet.

I think "Alice" is one of Allen's best and unique efforts. Great acting, great script and directing, if you haven't seen it, check it out. Allen fans, this is one for your collection.

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