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Stanley and Iris (1990/MGM)/Two For The Road (1967/Fox/both Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-rays)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Films: B-/B

PLEASE NOTE: Both Blu-rays are now only available from our friends at Twilight Time, are limited to only 3,000 copies each and can be ordered while supplies last from the links below.

And now for two more key films issued on Blu-ray by the great specialty label Twilight Time...

Stanley and Iris

Robert DeNiro and Jane Fonda star in Stanley and Iris (1990), an interesting drama directed by Martin Ritt (who also made Hombre, also available from Twilight Time and reviewed elsewhere on this site). Featuring a great score by John Williams, which can be enjoyed on the disc's isolated score track, the film feels very real and genuine and is a ''slice of life'' film in its purest form.

Also starring in the film are Swoosie Kurtz, Martha Plimpton, Harley Cross, Jamey Sheridan, Loretta Devine and Feodor Chaliapin.

Stanley and Iris both work at a food factory in a New England town and form an unlikely friendship. Iris is a recent widow and Stanley is an illiterate, yet hard working cook. When it is exposed that he is illiterate at the workplace, Stanley loses his job and has to work a less flattering one as a janitor. Feeling less than his worth, Stanley gets a little help from Iris - who helps him conquer his disability. The film also explores the relationship with father and son as Stanley has to enter his father in a nursing home and ends up losing him and mother and daughter with Iris and her pregnant teenage daughter.

My favorite scene of the film is when Stanley first asks Iris to teach him to read. The rain is pouring down and Iris is on her way to catch a bus. As Stanley attempts to ask her, he can't get the words out as the bus is boarding up with passengers. As he blurs the words out to her, Iris is already on board as the bus pulls away. The scene is beautifully shot and acted and is a fine example of great cinematic storytelling.

The high definition presentation looks fantastic in 1080p with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and sounds great in its lossless English 2.0 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Stereo mix with Pro Logic surrounds from the older Dolby A-type analog soundmaster. Shot on 35mm film with real anamorphic Panavision, the skin tones and textures here are sharp and natural, looking better than previous releases of the film on home video, as originally processed by the DuArt Labs.

Special Features...

Isolated Music Track with score by legendary composer/conductor John Williams

Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman

Original Theatrical Trailer

Insert Booklet with illustrations and another excellent essay by Kirgo

A great feel good film that you can watch with the whole family that is captured beautifully on disc by Twilight Time.

Two For The Road

Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn star in Two For The Road (1967), a charming journey of a relationship which highlights love, loss, and the adventures of marriage. Directed expertly by the famous Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain) and penned by Frederic Raphael (Darling, Eyes Wide Shut, Daisy Miller) with a score by Henry Mancini that is highlighted on the disc's score only track, the talent behind the lens is as evident as it is in front. Known as one of the seminal films of the 1960s and nominated for Oscars, I'm sure it was an influence on director Wes Anderson when you see some of the costume designs.

The ten-year marriage of Mark and Joanna Wallace is on the rocks. In flashback, they recall their first meeting, memorable moments in their courtship and early wedded life, their travels through Europe, their broken vow never to have children, and their increasing tensions that led to both of them having extra-marital affairs.

Two for the Road also stars Eleanor Bron, William Daniels, Claude Dauphin, Nadia Gray, and Jacqueline Bisset. I found the film to be pretty romantic as it shows the highest and lows of their relationship. The story is a bit disjointed with a timeline that jumps from past to present scene to scene that may give some viewers whiplash, though still the film is very interestingly made and definitely worth checking out if you haven't seen it. The cutest scene for me is when they both get sunburn and analyze each other in the mirror struggling to kiss each other. If that isn't true love than I don't know what is!

Presented in 1080p high definition with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossless English 1.0 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Mono track, the film both looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray disc with superb colors and detail on the subjects that brings out the texture of the original 35mm film presentation (also 35mm with real anamorphic Panavision lenses) beyond what was a fine DVD release years ago for its time.

Special Features...

Insert Booklet with illustrations and yet another excellent essay by Kirgo

Isolated Music Track of Henry Mancini's score as noted

Brand New Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman

Vintage Audio Commentary with Director Stanley Donen

Fox Movietone Newsreel

Original Theatrical Trailer

A great release from Twilight Time. For more on the film, try our coverage of the DVD from a long while ago at this link....


And to order either of these limited edition Blu-rays, buy them while supplies last at these links:




- James Lockhart



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