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Manhattan Blu-ray Review

The Film

Woody Allen loves to focus on his New York. However, he’s never been so personal as he is in Manhattan. It’s not just an ode to his beloved city, but also to love in general.

Allen plays Isaac Davis, a TV writer going through a bit of a mid-life crisis. He hates his job and has problems with relationships. While awaiting the tell-all book from his lesbian ex-wife (Meryl Streep), he’s dating the 17-year-old Tracy (Mariel Hemingway) and starting to fall in love with his friend’s mistress (Diane Keaton).

Shot in black-and-white, Manhattan is much more serious than Annie Hall, which it’s often compared to. That’s not to say it’s not funny. It most certainly is. It’s also complex, entertaining, and one of Allen’s absolute best films — which is really saying something.

The Picture


After the initial shock of the noise in the opening scene, this 2.35:1 transfer settles in quite nicely. There’s a good layer of grain here. Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. For the most part, however, this new release shows off a fresh image, with bold black levels and a nice overall contrast.

The Sound

Like all of Woody Allen’s films, Manhattan is very focused on the dialogue, so MGM didn’t bother with full-blown surround sound. Instead, you get a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track. Given the New York backdrop, there could have been a lot of opportunities for surround sound here, but it’s fine.

The Extras

Same verse, same as the first. Woody Allen releases aren’t known for the extras. MGM keeps the streak alive by just including the film’s theatrical trailer and nothing more.

Final Thoughts

After 30 years, Manhattan is still a wonderful film. It’s smart and serious, but still very funny. It’s certainly not the best example of Blu-ray, but fans will appreciate this upgrade, despite its lack of special features.

Product Details

  • Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Audio/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono (English), Mono (Spanish, French, Italian, German, Catalan)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Catalan, Dutch, Polish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R
  • Studio: MGM
  • Blu-ray Disc Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • List Price: $ 24.99
  • Extras:

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