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Crimes and Misdemeanors

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Woody Allen's penetrating mixture of comedy and drama, Crimes and Misdemeanors comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer and a collectible booklet. Since Allen has expressed no interest in revisiting his old film, ...
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Overview

Woody Allen's penetrating mixture of comedy and drama, Crimes and Misdemeanors comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer and a collectible booklet. Since Allen has expressed no interest in revisiting his old film, this disc is likely to be the definitive home video release of the film.
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Special Features

Collectable booklet; Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; Spanish: mono; French & Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

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One of Woody Allen's most serious dramatic comedies, Crimes and Misdemeanors invoked comparisons to Hannah and Her Sisters, which Allen had made three years earlier. Similar to Hannah in its novel-like scope, interweaving stories, and rich ensemble acting, Crimes took the previous film's moral and ethical issues one step further: whereas Hannah was primarily concerned with love and loss, Crimes presented questions about the very meaning of human existence. Unabashedly philosophical, Allen's film was also one of his darkest, powered by a relentless pessimism, evocative of Allen's heroes Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, and Anton Chekhov, coming to rest at the conclusion that true love will go unrewarded and the bad will go unpunished. It is a mark of Allen's strength as a director and storyteller that, despite such pessimism, Crimes managed to be a surprisingly funny film, a masterful demonstration of Allen's ability to weave together high comedy and sober drama. An ambitious project that Allen helmed with remarkable self-assurance, Crimes and Misdemeanors further established him as one of the cinema's most reliably cerebral directors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • UPC: 027616862662
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,474

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Landau Judah Rosenthal
Woody Allen Cliff Stern
Mia Farrow Halley Reed
Alan Alda Lester
Anjelica Huston Dolores Paley
Jerry Orbach Jack Rosenthal
Sam Waterston Ben
Joanna Gleason Wendy Stern
Caroline Aaron Barbara
Claire Bloom Miriam Rosenthal
Stephanie Roth Sharon Rosenthal
Jenny Nichols Jenny
David S. Howard Sol Rosenthal
Anna Berger Aunt May
Victor Argo Detective
Martin Bergmann Prof. Louis Levy
Thomas P. Crow TV Producer
Gregg Edelman Chris
Kenny Vance Murray
Rabbi Joel Zion Rabbi
Derek Smith
Bill Bernstein Testimonial Speaker
George Mason Photographer
Zina Jasper Carol
Dolores Sutton Judah's Secretary
Joel Fogel TV Producer
Donna Castellano TV Producer
Jerry Zaks Man on Campus
Barry Finkel TV Writer
Steve Maidment TV Writer
Nadia Sanford Alva
Chester Malinowski Hit Man
Stanley Reichman Chris' Father
Rebecca Schull Chris' Mother
Garrett Simowitz Young Judah
Frances Conroy House Owner
Sol Frieder Seder Guest
Justin Zaremby Seder Guest
Marvin Terban Seder Guest
Hy Anzell Seder Guest
Sylvia Kauders Seder Guest
Nora Ephron Wedding Guest
Merv Bloch Wedding Guest
Thomas Bolster Wedding Guest
Robin Bartlett Wedding Guest
Grace Zimmerman Bride
Randy Aaron Fink Groom
Warren Vaché Jazz Band
Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director, Screenwriter
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Fern Buchner Makeup
Robert Greenhut Producer
Joseph Hartwick Production Manager
Speed Hopkins Art Director
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Susan E. Morse Editor
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Thomas A. Reilly Associate Producer
Helen Robin Associate Producer
Juliet Taylor Casting
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Title/Committed [1:21]
2. "Idea For Farce" [6:07]
3. To See Or Not To See [1:12]
4. High Anxiety [5:20]
5. "Tragedy Plus Time" [3:49]
6. Blind Date [4:51]
7. Handling The Problem [1:06]
8. Dark Justice [3:39]
9. Singin' In The Brain [2:22]
10. The Dirty Deed [2:41]
11. Crime And Passover [4:23]
12. Cut Short [3:06]
13. Meltdown [3:56]
14. Benito Jealousini [:56]
15. A Great Murder Story [5:03]
16. Epilogue/End Credits [4:17]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Experience this as a just a comic story or as a serious philosophical tale.

    The blend between great story and great message really come together here. Whether you agree with Allen's conclusions, you will be faced with a vital question in this movie: does a moral God run the universe or are we simply on our own to make our own choices and just live with the results? All this is wrapped up in scene after scene of terse drama and/or humorous dialogue. This one is really a masterpiece that deserves to be seen, seen again and discussed, as well as enjoyed.

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