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Woman Of The Year Blu-ray Review

Woman of the Year

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy can’t save the underwhelming “Woman of the Year.”

From a story perspective, the George Stevens directed “Woman of the Year” contains a very simple plot about 2 strikingly different newspaper reporters (Tess and Sam) who initially clash before eventually falling for one another. Over the course of their romance, however, Sam begins to feel neglected as Tess always seems to be busy with her career. Will their relationship crumble or can it recover?

Had Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy not been in this film, I doubt many would still be talking about it in 2017. Obviously, the on screen chemistry between this dynamic duo is always electric, but unfortunately, their performances are undercut by a truly lackluster script by Michael Kanin and Ring Lardner Jr.

For a romantic drama-comedy, “Woman of the Year” is lacking in all three departments. Despite the aforementioned great acting, it’s hard to buy into the romance of these two characters as it is decidedly rushed and forced (which is odd considering the movie is a ridiculously overlong 114 minutes). In the drama department, the movie is lacking just that- drama. The “conflict” of the film takes forever to emerge due to the movie’s meandering and sluggish first half. Finally, there’s the matter of the comedy or lack thereof. The attempts at comedy are sprinkled in at random moments throughout the film. When they do appear, they seem to go on forever in long comedic set pieces (namely the crowded bedroom and kitchen sequences). I can see these sequences working if they were edited more, but at the length they are at, you just want them to end. As if all of that wasn’t enough, there’s also the movie’s ending. I won’t spoil what happens, but to say it’s anti-climactic and more than a little sexist is an understatement.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? The transfer is positively breathtaking. It’s hard to believe you’re watching a 1942 B&W film as the level of clarity is that astonishing.

Audio Track: Uncompressed Mono. How does it sound? This is a crisp Mono track that perfectly compliments the stunning picture quality.

Extras:
* “Woman of the Year” trailer.
* A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Stephanie Zacharek and notes about the transfer.
* An interview with George Stevens Jr. (the son of George Steven) who talks about his father and his work.
* A 1967 audio excerpt of George Stevens talking about “Woman of the Year.”
* Author Marilyn Ann Moss talks about the history of director George Stevens and his varied film work.
* “Katharine Hepburn: Woman Of The Century”- Author Claudia Roth Pierpont talks about Katharine Hepburn (her life and career), the 30’s and 40’s film era, “Woman of the Year,” etc. Lots of interesting stories here about the legendary actress.
* “George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey”- A moving near 2 hour documentary film about George Stevens by his son George Stevens Jr. The film includes film clips, interviews, discussions about his art and more.
* “The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute By Katharine Hepburn”- Katharine Hepburn narrates this 86 minute documentary about Tracy. A nice tribute to the great actor.

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April 26, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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