Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 8th, 2017
BluRay released: February 20th, 2017 (Woody Allen: Seven Films – 1986-1991), April 3rd, 2017 (Stand Alone Release)
Approximate running time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: LPCM Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Arrow Academy
Region Coding: Region B (UK)
Retail Price: £69.99 (Woody Allen: Seven Films – 1986-1991), £17.99 (Stand Alone Release)
Synopsis provided by the Distributor:
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.
Alice Tate (Mia Farrow) is trapped in a loveless marriage to Doug (William Hurt), to the point where a chance encounter with handsome jazz musician Joe (Joe Mantegna) leaves her hopelessly conflicted. Seeking treatment for backache from a Chinese acupuncturist (Keye Luke), she confesses her feelings under hypnosis and comes away with some ancient herbs that possess mysterious and even supernatural powers. But will they solve Alice’s dilemmas, or merely make them even more complicated? And can she really throw away all Doug’s material wealth purely for love?
Gliding effortlessly from reality to daydream and from memory to magic, while exploring the intricate and unfathomable unity of human bonds, Alice was described by the New York Times as “hilarious and romantic, serious and exuberantly satiric”.
Alice comes on a 50 GB dual layer (33.5 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors are nicely saturated, black levels fare well and the image looks crisp. Grain remains intact and there are issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, LPCM stereo mix in English and removable English SDH subtitles have been included with this release. The audio is in great shape, dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced. The more ambient aspects of these mixes are well represented and range wise both sound robust when they need too.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for the film.
Another solid audio / video presentation from Arrow Academy.