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Another Woman

review by Zach B.

 

Rated PG

Studio: MGM

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, Harris Yulin

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)

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 booklet.

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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