Blu-ray w/DVD)/Burton &
Taylor (2013 Telefilm/BBC
(1989/Orion/MGM/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/Free
Fall (2013/Wolfe DVD)
B- & C/C/B-/C+ Sound: B- & C/C+/C+/C+ Extras:
C+/C/C+/C- Films: C+/C/B-/C+
Blu-ray is a limited edition release from our friends at Twilight
Time, will only be produced with 3,000 copies, is now only available
from Screen Archives and can be ordered from the link below.
are some dramas that are at least interesting...
Soloway's Afternoon Delight
(2013) has a bored, married housewife (Kathryn Hahn) trying to do
something different with her life when she gets involved with helping
out a young woman (Juno Temple) who just gave her a lapdance at a
party! In most hands, this would have been a stupid comedy, but the
script is intelligent, has some ideas and things to say, resulting in
a watchable tale that does not always work, but is different enough
that I took it seriously. Josh Radnor and Jane Lynch also star.
include Deleted Scenes, some Behind-The-Scenes featurettes, Trailer
and feature length audio commentary by Soloway and lead actor Kathryn
Laxton's Burton &
Taylor is a 2013 telefilm
that has the underrated Dominic West as Richard Burton and Helena
Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor in their later years when they
reunite to perform Noel Coward's play Private
Lives on Broadway.
Running 90 minutes, this may have seemed like a good idea initially,
but the final results are very mixed and do not always work.
this has a few interesting moments and if you are interested, you
might want to catch it, but I was not as impressed and hoped it would
get better somehow as it moved along. Oh well.
Behind-The-Scenes featurettes are the only extras.
Allen's Crimes &
Misdemeanors (1989) is a
film that is a rare serious Allen film that is also comic enough. In
that, it really needed more time to really work, but the story of a
filmmaker who loves films and is making a documentary of a older
Jewish philosophy professor has a great cast, some interesting
twists, a few laughs and holds nothing back in what it has to show
wife (Joanna Gleason) wants him to get a filmmaking job that pays, so
a media friend (Alan Alda) hies him to do a documentary about how
great a media guy he is. An eye doctor friend (Martin Landau) is
having an affair with another woman (Anjelica Huston) behind his
wife's back (Claire Bloom) and when said mistress threatens to expose
him, he starts considering a suggestion to kill her or have her
killed. Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach and most ironically of all, Mia
Farrow also star.
showing up is the hardest thing to watch here knowing that 25 years
later, they are fighting as much as ever and in public, so their
scenes here come across intertextually as odd. However, this remains
one of Allen's more interesting films, though I found often that
people tend to misinterpret the film in odd ways. Some think Allen's
character worships the professor, which misses many points here and
others think he is going after all media that is not artistic, which
is a big overgeneralization. Instead, he juggles his many concerns
in his first major post-Reagan work and succeeds more than not. To
say anything else would spoil one of his most interesting recent
films, but even as a solid limited edition, nice to see it finally
Lacant's Free Fall
(2013) comes from Germany and deals with a married cop named Marc
(Hanno Koffler) who has a pregnant wife at home, but gets the
attention of fellow gay cop Kay (Max Riemelt) who starts hitting on
him thinking he might be interested no matter what. Slowly, Marc
gets interested, but is not certain about what he wants to do.
was impressed by how mature and consistent the film was throughout,
from the performances to the exchanges between characters. I
expected a little more and maybe more exposition would have put over
better, but the 100 minutes here are impressive and one of the best
gay male dramas we have seen in a while for the few we get. I wish
more of them took themselves this seriously.
trailer is the only extra.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on the two
Blu-rays are the best presentations here, but Delight
has some definition limits and darkness issues, while Crimes
has one too many off shots mixed in with some fine ones that look as
good as the film did when Orion issued it back in 1989.
Director of Photography Sven Nykvist shot all of Ingmar Bergman's
major films and Allen (who was a big Bergman fan) worked with him a
few times as a result.
anamorphically enhanced DVD version of Delight and
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Burton are the
softest presentations here, sometimes difficult to watch. That
leaves the anamorphically enhanced, Arri Alexa-shot 1.85 X 1 image on
Fall looking good, the best DVD here despite having it limits
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on Delight
is the sonic winner here, even with a limited soundfield, but the
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on its DVD version is the worst
presentation here with much weaker sound than expected. The DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 1.0 Mono lossless mix on Crimes
is not badly recorded, as Allen is the last major filmmaker sticking
with mono or simple stereo, but it is tied in the middle for playback
quality with the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on Taylor
is surprisingly clean, clear and exceptionally well recorded. Bet
this would sound better in a lossless presentation.
Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray while supplies last at this