Woody Allen wrote, directed, and starred in The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, a homage to hypnosis in the 1940s. Dreamworks has done a nice job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. A small amount of edge enhancement shows up in a few key scenes, otherwise the colors look vibrant and crisp. The black levels are all spot-on even with the flesh tones evenly rendered. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono (Woody apparently doesn't like complex 5.1 sound mixes) in English, French, and Spanish. Not surprisingly, this mono track shows a lack of fidelity or depth throughout the entire film. While the dialogue, music, and effects are generally clear of distortion, a Dolby 5.1 mix would have been greatly appreciated. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Much like every other Woody Allen film released on DVD, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion only includes a scant few extra features. There are some short production notes, some information on the primary cast and crew, plus a theatrical trailer presented in non-anamorphic widescreen. Hopefully, someday down the road, this prolific director will embrace DVD technology -- but don't hold your breath.
Side #1 -- 0. Scene Index 1. Main Title [:36] 2. Investigator: CW Briggs [1:10] 3. The Efficient: Betty Ann Fitzgerald [2:19] 4. Clearing the Air [2:19] 5. The Office Tryst [:40] 6. Hypnotized by the Jade Scorpion [3:28] 7. The Kensington Heist [2:03] 8. Femme Fatale: Laura Kensington [2:04] 9. "It's an Inside Job" [4:37] 10. CW Gives Laura the Boot [1:52] 11. Bringing in the Private Eyes [1:59] 12. The Prime Suspect [3:15] 13. The Romance Goes Sour [1:40] 14. All Clues Lead Back to CW [2:03] 15. The Jewels Are Found [3:57] 16. Caught in the Scorpion's Spell [2:20] 17. A Fugitive on the Run [:30] 18. Fitzgerald Under the Spell [4:50] 19. Discovering Clues in Unusual Places [3:14] 20. Who Is Voltan Polgar? [4:34] 21. Catching the Real Thief [3:01] 22. Saying Goodbye [7:07] 23. "Marry Me" [:09] 24. End Credits [6:29]
Side #1 -- Play Movie Subtitles English: On English: Off Audio English Mono French Mono Spanish Mono Cast & Filmmakers Woody Allen Dan Aykroyd Helen Hunt Charlize Theron Elizabeth Berkley Brian Markinson David Ogden Stiers Wallace Shawn Stephen Tenenbaum Letty Aronson Helen Robin Alisa Lepselter Zhao Fei Santo Loquasto Suzanne McCabe Production Notes Theatrical Trailer