Melinda and Melinda (2004)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||2004|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Woody Allen|
Twentieth Century Fox
Stephanie Roth Haberle
Michael J. Farina
Jonny Lee Miller
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
††† Woody Allen has had a long and successful directing and writing career including quite a few hit movies and Academy Award wins and nominations. He has won three Academy Awards, two for writing and one for directing. Despite this impressive pedigree, his recent output has been a bit average by his high standards, including films such as Hollywood Ending and Anything Else. This film has been heralded as a return to form and accordingly I was keen to see it, having been a fan of Woody's work for many years.
††† The film has a very interesting construct as it tells two parallel stories somewhat akin to Sliding Doors. The difference here is that both stories are made up over dinner by two playwrights based upon a story told by a third friend at the dinner. One of the playwrights specialises in tragedy and the other in comedy and accordingly one version of the story is a relationship drama tragedy and the other turns into a romantic comedy. Both stories feature a similar beginning, in which a young woman arrives unannounced†while a dinner party is underway in a New York apartment. Her name is Melinda Robicheaux (played in both by Radha Mitchell, the only common cast member between the stories) and she is recently divorced.
††† In the tragic version, she arrives at the home of a friend who she went to school with, Laurel (Chloe Sevigny) and her husband, Lee (Johnny Lee Miller). Their relationship is strained and when Laurel agrees that Melinda can stay as long as she needs to, Lee is not impressed. Laurel is a Park Avenue Princess and Lee is a struggling actor with a drinking problem. Laurel and another of their friends try to find a boyfriend for Melinda.
††† In the comic version, Melinda (who lives in the same building)†stumbles into the dinner party after taking 28 sleeping pills while depressed. The married couple here are Hobie (Will Ferrell) and Susan (Amanda Peet). Hobie is an out-of-work†actor and his wife is a movie director/producer. The purpose of their dinner party is to try to convince someone to invest in her latest movie. A relationship develops and they try to find her a boyfriend. Hobie is†the character†Woody Allen†would have played if he cast himself in the film. Will Ferrell gets the best lines and acts like Woody would have in the role.
††† To my mind the comedy story works better than the tragic one but both are certainly interesting and the movie is one of Woody's best of recent years. Definitely worth a look for fans of Woody Allen and people who enjoy films with a different approach to their subject matter. This disc only seems to be available for rental at this stage.
††††The video quality is†very good.
††† The feature is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is probably the original aspect ratio or close to it.
††† The picture was†clear and sharp throughout without being spectacularly so, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was also very good. Some very light grain was visible throughout.
††† The colour was†wonderful, rich and solid throughout.
††† There were no noticeable artefacts.
††† There are†subtitles in†English for the hearing impaired. The English subtitles were clear and†easy to read although slightly summarised.
††††There is no layer change.
††††The audio quality is†good but mono (as all Woody Allen films are).
††††This DVD contains†an English†Dolby Digital†2.0 mono†soundtrack encoded at†192 Kb/s.
††† Dialogue was†clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.
††††The score of this film consists of jazz and classical pieces.
††† The surround speakers†and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
††† The menu included music, and the ability to select scenes and subtitles.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
††††This film has been released in basically the same format globally except that the Region 1 version also contains a†1.33:1 version of the film.†Call it a draw.
††† The video quality is†very good.
††† The audio quality is†good but mono.
††† The disc has no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|