Nov 142015
 

Shadows and Fog is one of the more forgotten films in Woody Allen’s repartee and for the most part, it’s not a bad little comedy though it is typical Allen in terms of his performance and writing. Clearly it’s nowhere near the quality of Manhattan or Annie Hall, or more recently Midnight in Paris, but it might be worth a watch.

 

 

Shadows and Fog
(1991)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

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

Genre(s): Comedy
Screen Archives | PG13 – 85 min. – $29.95 | November 10, 2015

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Woody Allen
Writer(s): Woody Allen (written by)
Cast: Woody Allen, Kathy Bates, John Cusack, Mia Farrow, Jodie Foster, Fred Gwynne, Julie Kayner, Madonna, John Malkovich, Donald Pleasence, Lily Tomlin
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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PLOT SYNOPSIS


Woody Allen’s oxymoronic German Expressionist comedy, Shadows and Fog, features an array of stars including Mia Farrow, John Malkovich, Donald Pleasence, Kathy Bates, Jodie Foster, Lily Tomlin, John Cusack, and Allen himself as a classic nebbish fumbling through a Kafkaesque experience involving a serial killer, a circus, a brothel, and a vigilante mob.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5

Not much here except for the Original Theatrical Trailer (2:06; HD).

 


VIDEO – 3.5/5

Twilight Time releases Shadows and Fog shown in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer. It’s actually not bad looking with good detail in certain scenes but those outdoor shots, in the fog go figure, showcase a ton of grain and noise. I also noticed several occasions of dust marks so it’s also not an entirely clean transfer, though that would be expected from a niche catalog title such as this.

 

AUDIO – 3.75/5

The movie comes with a nice if not limited DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 track which provides for clear dialogue levels and the score, by Kurt Weill, comes through well enough with good depth. It’s nothing particularly noteworthy but as with most Woody Allen movies, they’re rarely dynamic.

 



OVERALL – 2.5/5

Overall, Shadows and Fog is one of the more forgotten films in Woody Allen’s repartee and for the most part, it’s not a bad little comedy though it is typical Allen in terms of his performance and writing. Clearly it’s nowhere near the quality of Manhattan or Annie Hall, or more recently Midnight in Paris, but it might be worth a watch. The Blu-ray released by Screen Archives through the Twilight Time line is limited in terms of bonus material but the video and audio transfers are at least adequate.

 

Published: 11/14/2015

 

 

 

 

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