Feb 252015
 

Love and Death is one Woody Allen’s more quirky outings but found his footing and voice with follow-ups including Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979), two of my all-time favorite Allen films (along with Match Point). The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time is simple with only a trailer but decent audio and video transfers.

 

 

Love and Death
(1975)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Comedy
Twilight Time | PG – 85 min. – $29.95 | February 10, 2015

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Woody Allen
Writer(s): Woody Allen (written by)
Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

DISC INFO:
Features:
Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: NA
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


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THE MOVIE

Woody Allen takes on the monolith of Russian literature — with a bit of Scandinavian cinema thrown in for good measure — with Love and Death, a deadpan costume epic set against the sweeping backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Boris (WOODY ALLEN) is a philosophical coward who becomes an inadvertent war hero and then a potential assassin thanks to the encouragement of his mad(cap) wife, Sonja (DIANE KEATON).

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5

Not much here except for the Original Theatrical Trailer and the usual 6-pahe essay booklet.


VIDEO – 3.5/5

Love and Death arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Twilight Time and is the latest Woody Allen film to get the high-def treatment. The 1080p HD transfer, presented in the film’s original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio, might not come close to being demo worthy but still doesn’t look horrible in the slightest. Colors tend to be a tad muted at times but detail, especially on the close-ups, are at least half decent but there are more than a few dust marks and heavy noise present throughout.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

The DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track has its limits of course but considering it is a Woody Allen movie, you only need one channel. Dialogue levels tends to be crisp and clear and actually has a fair amount of depth for the war/fight sequences but nothing outstanding, just effective for the genre (and filmmaker).



OVERALL – 3.0/5

Overall, Love and Death is one Woody Allen’s more quirky outings but found his footing and voice with follow-ups including Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979), two of my all-time favorite Allen films (along with Match Point). The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time is simple with only a trailer but decent audio and video transfers.

 

Published: 02/25/2015

 

 

 

 

 

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