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review by Zach B.
Running Time: 81 minutes
Starring Philip Bosco, Betty Buckley, Blythe Danner,
Sandy Dennis, Mia Farrow, Gene Hackman, Ian Holm, John
Houseman, Matha Plimpton, Gena Rowlands, David Ogden Stiers,
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
Marion (Gena Rowlands) starts to set out and write a
book, however, she soon starts to realize about her own life
and what she's really feeling when she meets... another
woman (heh) named Hope (Mia Farrow). Marion soon realizes
she has been apathetic and that she needs more in her life
when she learns her husband (Ian Holm) has cheated on her.
From there, Marion starts to fulfill her needs, take many
things in and starts to go in her own direction of what she
wants, what she needs and where she wants to go. She also
realizes the power of emotions, feelings and thoughts.
Though I don't consider it one of Allen's best films,
"Another Woman" has nice parallels and intertwining deals
that make it work. As usual, Allen directs it with a good
sense and has a good script in hand. I liked how Marion has
a narrative that brings a more real sense to things, and the
dialogue is very good. However, I felt things moved a bit
too slow in this one. However, Allen brings us a good
character study that like usual, people can really relate to
and find meaning with.
The cast here is great. Gena Rowlands is *perfect* as
Marion, while Mia Farrow is great as Hope. The supporting
players such as Gene Hackman, Ian Holm and Blythe Danner do
justice to their roles. It's another fine cast from Allen
that brings this movie to full life and gives it a realistic
edge. Still, it was a bit too slow for me and I was bored at
times. However, it does work on good levels.
The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer for "Another
Woman" is not really stable, as the halo effect is
noticeable in some scenes. Grain and artifacting are present
in the image, not to mention shimmering and noise in some
scenes too. Blemishes and dirt are present throughout the
transfer as well. Detail is decent and colors as well as
fleshtones are nicely saturated, but seemed washed out
sometimes. Nothing mindblowing, but it's not terrible.
The English mono track is decent. Fidelity is pretty
good, dialogue sounds a little old but is easy to
understand. Background sounds do get in the way of things
sometimes, but it's never too major. Subtle sounds like
doors closing and drinking sound surprisingly good. Overall,
it's fine. English closed captions via television are
included, plus French and Spanish mono tracks and French and
Spanish subtitle streams.
The anamorphic Theatrical Trailer is on this
release, plus some interesting tidbits in the collectible
A good movie, though certainly not one of Allen's best. A
decent presentation though is here, so fans of the movie
will want to check it out for sure.
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(2.5/5, NOT an average)