Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 8th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1986
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Maureen O’Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Max von Sydow, Woody Allen, Lewis Black, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
BluRay released: February 20th, 2017 (Woody Allen: Seven Films – 1986-1991), February 20th, 2017 (Stand Alone Release)
Approximate running time: 107 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:
One of Woody Allen’s best-loved films, this won three richly deserved Oscars* (for Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest and the screenplay), and is a joy from start to perfectly judged finish.
Hannah (Mia Farrow) is a devoted wife, loving mother and successful actress. She’s also the emotional backbone of the family, and her sisters Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest) depend on this stability while also resenting it because they can’t help but compare Hannah’s seemingly perfect life with theirs. But with her husband Elliot (Michael Caine) becoming increasingly interested in Lee, it’s clear that Hannah might have problems of her own.
An unusually strong supporting cast includes Allen himself as Hannah’s existentially conflicted ex-husband and Max von Sydow as a perfectionist artist, but it’s Caine who practically steals the film as a middle-aged man behaving like a lovesick teenager. It also has some of Allen’s greatest one-liners, with a philosophical discussion about the nature of good and evil getting shot down with “How should I know why there were Nazis? I don’t even know how the can opener works.”
Hannah and Her Sisters comes on a 50 GB dual layer (33.9 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.
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.