Blu-ray Review: HUSBANDS AND WIVES

HUSBANDS AND WIVES was written and directed by Woody Allen who also stars alongside Blythe Danner, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, Juliette Lewis, Lysette Anthony, Liam Neeson and Sydney Pollack.

Writer-director-actor Woody Allen’s excoriating Husbands and Wives (1992) is a black comedy focusing on two couples, both, in their varying styles, coming apart. Jack (Sydney Pollack) and Sally (Judy Davis) initially appear mature and amenable about their split, “initially” being the key word; Gabe (Allen) and Judy (Mia Farrow) react with horror to their friends’ break-up, but are soon on their own path to dissolution. Shot by Carlo di Palma in a quasi-documentary style, and also featuring Juliette Lewis, Liam Neeson, and Lysette Anthony.

When Jack and Sally tell their close friends Gabe and Judy that they’re splitting up, the other couple doesn’t handle the news so well and things between them start to get rocky. It kind of plays like a negative awakening for Gabe and Judy. Needless to say, it comes as a shocker for them and things start to get a little wacky for the couple and everyone who pretty much comes in contact with them – including Jack and Sally.

What happens is, Gabe and Judy decide to call it quits and venture out on the free market. Both of them get into some uncomfortable situations and while all of this is going on, Jack and Sally realize that the single life isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be so they decide to get back together and work things out. Unfortunately for Gabe and Judy, they learn some valuable lessons in dating but decide that being separated is still the best thing for them. Crazy how things work, ain’t it.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image, a few quotes, and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some portrait shots of each main character. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inside is a booklet from Twilight Time that includes more images from the movie, some nice words about Husbands and Wives by Julie Kirgo and more original artwork on the front and back. You can see the front cover of the booklet down below. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Husbands and Wives was another first time watch for me on my journey to explore, examine and hopefully enjoy some of Woody Allen’s classic movies that Twilight Time has been releasing. The concept for this 1992 offering is something so many couples can relate to and that’s the dreaded split in marriage. The story focuses on how these dysfunctional couples handle their breakups that ultimately ends up turning into comedic disasters. What Woody Allen does is capture the serious subject matter of the situations between these two couples (and their friends) and then he adds his own style of humor to it. The cast did a fantastic job with their characters and I love the way this movie was shot. The dramedy was filmed docu-style and it totally reminded me of docu-style sitcoms like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” which came along years after this movie was first released. What Woody Allen has given us here is a light-hearted look at relationships that never takes itself too seriously.  Husbands and Wives is now available on Blu-ray and has a limited edition run of just 3,000 units from Twilight Time.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 108 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) / Color / Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 (2.0 on some players)

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include Twilight Time’s trademark isolated music and effects track and the original theatrical trailer.

  • Isolated Music & Effects Track
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (02:00)

 

 

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