Blu-ray Review: MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY

MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY was directed by Woody Allan from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman and stars alongside Diane Keaton, Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston, Jerry Adler, Lynn Cohen, Ron Rifkin and Joy Behar.

Writer-actor-director Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) is a delightful comic whodunit, starring Allen and the superb Diane Keaton as a middle-aged married couple suddenly energized as she enthusiastically and he reluctantly find themselves involved in the titular killing. Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston are also drawn into the increasingly perilous proceedings, in which Manhattan – gorgeously captured by cinematographer Carlo Di Palma – is once again another of Allen’s most significant characters.

Manhattan Murder Mystery is a 1993 crime-comedy that follows Carol Lipton (Diane Keaton) who thinks her neighbor Paul House (Jerry Adler) has murdered his wife. The crazy thing is, the two appeared be a happy couple so why would he kill her? Carol has a tough time convincing her skeptical husband Larry (Woody Allen) that their neighbor could possibly be a killer so she confides in their mutual friend Ted (Alan Alda) to help her retrace the steps so that she can prove that Larry killed his wife.

Carol continuously drags the always whining Larry along with her and with each long-winded conversation and step they take, they get closer to what has actually happened and of course Carol’s skeptical husband finally hops on board and believes she’s on to something. It takes the efforts of the snooping couple and a few of their close friend’s assistance but they finally solve the murder mystery and prove that their neighbor Larry did infact kill his wife and why he committed this cold-hearted act in the first place.

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 matching artwork and an image from the movie. 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 Manhattan Murder Mystery 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, Manhattan Murder Mystery is just the third Woody Allen movie I’ve had the opportunity to experience (thanks to Twilight Time) and even though this one isn’t my favorite of the three it’s still a fun watch. Bananas still ranks as my personal favorite so far. Anyway, what I’ve noticed about Woody Allen is that he has his own unique style of storytelling and his movies are always character/relationship/situational based that feature a lot of dialogue. This one includes a great cast that delivers some fine performances as their characters try to figure out this unusual murder mystery. Diane Keaton steals the show! There’s no whodunnit here or anything like that, instead it’s a guessing game of how the killer pulled it off and why he did it in the first place where everything is ultimately revealed as the movie plays out. This is a fun murder mystery that never gets too dark because of its quirky characters and its sense of humor. Manhattan Murder Mystery is now available on Blu-ray and has a limited edition run of 3,000 units.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 107 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) / 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 isolated music and effects track and the original theatrical trailer.

  • Isolated Music & Effects Track
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (01:43)

 

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