Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 8th, 2017
BluRay released: February 20th, 2017 (Woody Allen: Seven Films – 1986-1991), February 20th, 2017 (Stand Alone Release)
Approximate running time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: PG (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:
Woody Allen grew up during the golden age of American radio, and this tapestry of heartwarming and hilarious vignettes is one of his most richly nostalgic films, its reconstruction of the late 1930s and early 1940s earning an Oscar nomination for its art direction.
Gripped by wild radio stories about bloody wars and beautiful celebrities, ten-year-old Joe Needleman (Seth Green) longs for adventure and dreams of spotting his first enemy spy, German submarine, or even his sexy substitute teacher as he’s always imagined her. Meanwhile, his various family members have their own radio favourites, fantasies fuelled by hard-working actors with lives, careers and concerns of their own, especially about whether the medium has a long-term future.
In his rave review, Roger Ebert described Radio Days as “so ambitious and so audacious that it almost defies description. It’s a kaleidoscope of dozens of characters, settings and scenes, and it’s inexhaustible, spinning out one delight after another.” It’s also crammed with countless actors familiar from earlier Woody Allen films, piling nostalgia upon nostalgia in one of the loveliest films he ever made.
Radio Days comes on a 50 GB dual layer (28.1 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. 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.