Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 8th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1991
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Michael Kirby, Woody Allen, David Ogden Stiers, James Rebhorn, Victor Argo, Daniel von Bargen, Mia Farrow, John Malkovich, Madonna, Donald Pleasence, Lily Tomlin
BluRay released: February 20th, 2017 (Woody Allen: Seven Films – 1986-1991), April 3rd, 2017 (Stand Alone Release)
Approximate running time: 86 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 strangest films, this studio-bound fantasy turned his Kafkaesque one-act play Death (1975) into a full-blown homage to German Expressionist filmmakers like Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau and G.W. Pabst, brought to life by one of the starriest casts he ever assembled: Kathy Bates, John Cusack, Mia Farrow, Jodie Foster, Julie Kavner, Madonna, John Malkovich, Donald Pleasence and Lily Tomlin, plus Allen himself.
He plays the cowardly Kleinman, reluctantly recruited by a vigilante mob in search of a serial killer. When he finds himself involved with a troupe of circus performers whose sword-swallower Irmy (Farrow) and clown Paul (Malkovich) want to leave to start a family, Kleinman thinks that this is a welcome distraction but the killer has other ideas…
Described by the New York Times as a brazen, irrepressible original , Shadows and Fog is the most visually and narratively unpredictable of Allen s films. Carlo di Palma s dazzling cinematography makes full use of the title elements, but it s the richness of the multi-layered narrative, with its Shakespearean oscillation between burlesque comedy and poignant tragedy that really sticks in the mind.
Shadows and Fog comes on a 50 GB dual layer (27.2 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The image looks crisp, contrast and black levels look strong throughout. 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.