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A few words about…™Manhattan ɹǝpɹnW Mystery — in Blu-ray

Woody Allen has probably made more films than John Ford, D.W. Griffith and Terrence Malick put together.

Twilight Time recently released a meticulously transferred edition of his Husbands and Wives (1992), and has now quickly followed with Manhattan ɹǝpɹnW Mystery, which I believe was his 168th production, and second in 1993.

As it was released theatrically by Columbia / Tri-Star, it’s unnecessary to go into the tech specifics other than to report
it typical of their work, which means perfection.

A film about relationships, therapy, murder(?), and apartment dwelling in Manhattan, it occasionally takes reaches in Rear Window ethics for suspense, but it all work nicely, and it’s a wonderful way to spend 107 minutes.

Strangely, I seemed to recall this film being in black & white.

It isn’t.

It was beautifully shot in color by Carlo De Palma, who previously shot Blow-Up, and would shortly thereafter provide services to Mighty Aphrodite. Since Mr. Allen keeps his troupe together, he also shot Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, September, Alice, Shadows and Fog, as well as the aforementioned Husbands and Wives, Bullets Over Broadway, and Deconstructing Harry.

Terrific film, and another gorgeous Blu-ray from Twilight Time.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 1.0)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely

Highly Recommended

RAH

Kevin Collins

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  • I did go ahead and buy TT's Manhattan Murder Mystery, and I also did as I said I would and watched the brilliant Crimes and Misdemeanors on Blu-ray tonight. No need to discuss the movie or its quality; I reviewed the TT release when it first came out.

  • Matt Hough

    I did go ahead and buy TT's Manhattan Murder Mystery, and I also did as I said I would and watched the brilliant Crimes and Misdemeanors on Blu-ray tonight. No need to discuss the movie or its quality; I reviewed the TT release when it first came out.

    It's hard for me to discern which are the "Crimes" and which are the "Misdemeanors". when it came to missing out on owning this title:

    A) Sold-Out: Long before I had ever expected it.
    (or)
    B) Third-Market Amazon: $74.00 - $148.00 Used and New.

  • PMF

    It's hard for me to discern which are the "Crimes" and which are the "Misdemeanors". when it came to missing out on owning this title:

    A) Sold-Out: Long before I had ever expected it.
    (or)
    B) Third-Market Amazon: $74.00 - $148.00 Used and New.

    Or you can get it from the UK for about $17.

  • Worth

    Or you can get it from the UK for about $17.

    As long as you have a region-free player. The UK release is Region B locked.

  • True. Although for the $148 it costs from third party sellers, you could probably pick up the UK disc and a region-free player to go with it.

  • Worth

    True. Although for the $148 it costs from third party sellers, you could probably pick up the UK disc and a region-free player to go with it.

    I honestly don't know why everyone isn't region free. It costs little money and is so easy to use.

    I know the "New York" skyline/aerial photography/big band opening is a tired movie cliche by now, but the opening of MMM with Bobby Short's recording of Cole Porter's "I Happen to Like New York" against shots of NYC at night feels fresh and new and it never fails to put me "in the mood" for a cozy little upper east side murder mystery.

  • I love the song "I Happen to Like New York." I couldn't help but wish a little bit that Woody had used Judy Garland's rendition (it's a very robust rendition), but I guess Bobby Short was synonymous with New York/Manhattan.

  • I really like Liza’s version from her Carnegie Hall concert. It’s totally wrong for the opening of MMM, but a great rendition in general.

  • Manhattan Murder Mystery is home to one of my favourite Woody Allen quotes:
    "You don't have to see your shrink, there's nothing wrong with you that can't be cured with a little Prozac and a polo mallet."

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