April 2017 sees Arrow Academy bring even more Woody Allen to Blu-ray, with three of the auteur’s most bewitching masterpieces arriving as stand-alone editions.
Crimes and Misdemeanours stars Allen as an idealistic filmmaker who’s offered a tempting fee to shoot a flattering portrayal of his completely loathsome brother-in-law (Alan Alda). Meanwhile, Martin Landau’s (nominated for an Oscar for his role here) is about to be exposed by his vengeful mistress (Anjelica Huston) and must choose whether to take the advice of his rabbi (Sam Waterston) or his more practical mobster brother (Jerry Orbach). Allen skillfully balances his characters’ serious moral dilemmas with laugh-out-loud comedy as he explores how far people will go to protect their so-called integrity.
Also out in April is Alice, which was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar upon its original release. A return to Allen’s rom-com roots, Alice takes a more fantastic approach as Mia Farrow’s titular character must choose between a loveless marriage to her wealthy husband (William Hurt) and true love with an impoverished jazz musician (Joe Mantegna). When her acupuncturist gives her ancient herbs with supernatural powers, she finds her dilemmas are made even more complicated.
In Shadows and Fog, Allen pays homage to the German Expressionist filmmakers, making use of Carlo di Palma’s gorgeous cinematography to illustrate the rich narrative. Allen plays Kleinmann, a coward recruited by a vigilante mob in search of a serial killer, who winds up involved with a circus troupe. One of the most star-studded films Allen has ever made, Shadows and Fog features performances by Kathy Bates, John Cusack, Mia Farrow, Jodie Foster, Julie Kavner, Madonna, John Malkovich, Donald Pleasence and Lily Tomlin.
Crimes and Misdemeanours – on Blu-ray on 3 April 2017
Described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the watershed films of his career,” Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanours is a Dostoevskian masterpiece that knows just how far to bend the comedy so that it doesn’t undermine the moral dilemmas at the heart of the film.
Alice – on Blu-ray on 3 April 2017
Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Alice was a return to the romantic comedy for Woody Allen, taking the genre that bit further into the territory of romantic fairytale. Another wonderful collaboration with Mia Farrow, it asks whether her character can give up material wealth for love, while drifting between reality and fantasy.
Shadows and Fog – on Blu-ray on 3 April 2017
An ode to German Expressionist filmmaking, Shadows and Fog is one of Woody Allen’s most unusual films. Featuring a star-studded cast, a rich, multi-layered narrative and a Shakespearean balancing of comedy and tragedy, Shadows and Fog is a truly dazzling film.
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