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Café Society Blu-ray Review

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“Café Society” is another underappreciated Woody Allen film.

Set in the 1930’s, “Café Society” follows the young Bobby who is looking to make a change in his life. He decides to move from New York to Los Angeles to work his wealthy talent agent uncle Phil. While there, Bobby gets to know the scene and begins to fall head over heels in love with Phil’s secretary Veronica. Unfortunately for Bobby, Veronica is secretly seeing someone already- his uncle Phil (who is already married). Thus begins the drama for the rest of the film. Along the way, there are other key storylines involving relationships, a nightclub, and Bobby’s gangster brother Ben.

With very few exceptions (I’m looking at you “Scoop”), I always find myself drawn into the films of Woody Allen. He has his own style, he makes films that others do not, and he has an uncompromising vision. With “Café Society,” Allen creates a sort of retro throwback that is part bittersweet love story, part gangster movie, and part ode to old Hollywood and New York. There’s a lot going on here for the 96 minute runtime of this period piece about lost love, regret, lifestyles and life not panning out as planned.

In typical Woody Allen film form, there’s a whole host of fine performances here. Kristen Stewart continues her winning streak as the conflicted Veronica. Jesse Eisenberg may be one of those actors who can be good or annoy the hell out of you, but thankfully he gives one of his best performances to date here. Steve Carell plays a different sort of role as Phil. It’s always nice to see him do non-goofy roles ala “Foxcatcher.” He excels at these type of parts. Last, but not least Corey Stoll is memorable in the small role of Ben. I could have easily watched an entire film about his character.


Presentation: 2.00:1 1080p. How does it look? This Blu-ray disc contains a pristine transfer that does cinematography Vittorio Storaro’s imagery justice.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound The music and dialogue are crisp and clear.

Given that this is a Woody Allen film on home video, there is not much in the way of extras. Extras include: A DVD copy, a digital copy, a photo gallery, and a brief 2 minute featurette titled “On The Red Carpet” which contains interviews with cast members from a premiere.


October 3, 2016 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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