Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 8th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1989
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Bill Bernstein, Martin Landau, Claire Bloom, Stephanie Roth Haberle, Gregg Edelman, Anjelica Huston, Woody Allen, Joanna Gleason, Alan Alda, Sam Waterston
BluRay released: February 20th, 2017 (Woody Allen: Seven Films – 1986-1991), April 3rd, 2017 (Stand Alone Release)
Approximate running time: 104 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:
“If it bends, it’s funny; if it breaks, it’s not” claims Alan Alda’s hilariously pompous TV producer, and one of the miracles of Woody Allen’s dark and Dostoevskian masterpiece is that it knows exactly how far to bend the comedy so that it doesn’t undermine the far more serious moral dilemmas at its core.
Two men wrestle with their consciences: idealistic documentary filmmaker Cliff Stern (Allen) is offered a lucrative fee to shoot a flattering profile of his loathsome but far more successful brother-in-law (Alda), while respected ophthalmologist Judah Rosenthal (an Oscar-nominated Martin Landau) is faced with exposure by his vengeful ex-mistress (Anjelica Huston), and has to choose between the spiritual advice of his rabbi (Sam Waterston) and more practical suggestions from his mobster brother (Jerry Orbach).
Described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the watershed films of his career”, Crimes and Misdemeanors remains one of Woody Allen’s greatest films, not least for its scathingly clear-eyed view of how far people will to go to protect their apparent integrity, even at the price of losing the real thing.
Crimes and Misdemeanors comes on a 50 GB dual layer (35.3 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors and flesh look accurate, black levels fare well and the image looks crisp. Grain remains intact and there are issues with DNR or compression. Arrow Video’s transfer is on par with Twilight Time’s Region A Blu-Ray.
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.