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Husbands And Wives [DVD] [2002]

Woody Allen , Mia Farrow , Woody Allen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Sydney Pollack, Judy Davis, Nick Metropolis
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Helen Robin, Jack Rollins, Joseph Hartwick, Robert Greenhut
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 April 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWUO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,733 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In Husbands and Wives, another typical Woody Allen exploration of relationships between screwed-up New Yorkers, the drama centres on two married couples who have been close friends for years. When Jack and Sally (Sydney Pollack and Judy Davis) announce they're breaking up, it exposes the cracks in the relationship between Gabe and Judy (Allen and Mia Farrow). The shenanigans that result are touching, funny and horribly true to life. Jack finds himself a cliché trophy blonde, Sam--an aerobics instructor--and thinks he's got it made until she expounds the eternal truths of astrology to his friends, humiliating him in the process; Gabe, meanwhile, finds himself increasingly drawn to his precocious student, Rain--beautifully portrayed by Juliette Lewis--while Judy and Sally get involved with the same guy (though not simultaneously), the shy but alluring Michael (Liam Neeson). The touch of genius is to have an off-screen narrator, with whom the main characters share their innermost thoughts, thus drawing the viewer right into the emotional heart of the movie. This is vintage Woody, with gentle but witty observations of human failings.

On the DVD: Husbands and Wives is delivered in widescreen with a Dolby Digital soundtrack. The only extra features are trailers for both this and Allen's previous movie, Manhattan Murder Mystery. In addition the audio set-up option is in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and subtitles in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Finnish. --Harriet Smith

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DVD Special Features:

Theatrical Trailer
Languages in Mono: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
1.85: 1 Aspect Ratio

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Woody Allen is simply one of the best directors that has ever graced this great planet of ours. This film is again confirmation not only of his talent, but of his intellectual diversity and creative range.
This film does not eschew depicting the difficulties all relationships eventually must confront. Its portrayal of partnership problems is to say the least, uncomfortable, if not painful. Though, what do you expect? Allen is the master of interpersonal relationship analysis - this being again, another brilliant disection the subject.
The film starts with the breakup of a marriage that has been ended through mutual agreement. This breakup is then followed by each spouse finding younger, sexier partners; although the temporary renewal of physical passions stimulate some initial happiness - what we eventually see is that the couple have really hidden the true desires of their hearts all along.
Its never pretty to watch, but always interesting to divulge and ponder; what do we really crave in relationships? Why are the answers always locked away so far deep beneath the human heart? Why are the solutions so simple, yet so painful to implement?
This film is up there with Woody's best work - its one of his best scripts, although more serious it tells us just what we need, yet fear to hear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smart, sharp edged look at marriage 2 July 2010
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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An intelligent, complex, sometimes very funny look at the ins and outs of adult relationships and marriage.

I admire the way the film works hard to avoid casting too much blame on any of the characters while not letting anyone off the hook for their actions either. Like all of us, these are flawed, very... human characters just trying to find a way to be happy in the thickets of marriage, divorce and love.

All the acting is quite good, although Judy Davis, while always great, and wildly entertaining, seemed a bit over-the-top on the ice queen meter, to the point where it was a bit hard for me to believe Liam Neeson's character falling for her.

Ultimately quite sad in it's recognition about just how difficult keeping relationships alive and healthy can be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SYDNEY POLLACK R.I.P. 12 Jun 2011
I wasn`t a huge fan of Sydney Pollack the director(Out of Africa etc.) but as you`ll see in this, he was a great actor(he also gave a great cameo in The Sopranos). As for Woody Allen i`m a huge admirer of most of his films(there are only a few i`ve not seen) up to and including Small Time Crooks(2000), after that it`s been mainly downhill, the only real exception being Vicky Christina Barcelona , which is worth a look. This is one of my favourites from the 90`s(which also include, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Everyone Says i Love You & Sweet and Lowdown), it works well as both a comedy & drama. The acting overall is excellent but another standout is Judy Davis, whom i believe recieved a much deserved Oscar nomination.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just not talked about enough 17 April 2007
By Mr. D. Woods VINE VOICE
A latter day remnant from Woody's so-called 'serious' period, 'Husbands and Wives' appeared a fair few years after the likes of 'Hannah and Her Sisters' and 'Crimes and Misdemeanors'. And it's brilliant. I've always preferred Woody Allen's human dramas, with their understated wit and uncompromising scrutiny, to his earlier slapstick fare but he's the greatest filmmaker I have ever had the privilege to watch and all his work has something to recommend it.

'Husbands and Wives' is clearly influenced by Bergman's 'Scenes From A Marriage' yet Allen's interpretation is far more concise and empathetic: actually it's simply the better film. Examining the consequences of a relationship split on a tight-knit group of friends, we see how increasingly confused and susceptible they all become in the face of new passions and old attachments. The scenes between Allen and Mia Farrow are particularly intriguing, given that they were mired in the middle of their own relationship breakdown at the time, and their arguments have an uncomfortably personal edge. Judy Davis and Sydney Pollack are terrific, while Liam Neeson and Juliette Lewis offer strong support. Lewis neatly performs the predatory seductress, which makes her flirtation with Allen convincing as he comes across as appropriately self-destructive. As he has done countless times before, Allen proves just what a good writer of female roles he is, as they prove to be the most enticing and fascinating among the characters.

This is a gorgeously subtle and bittersweet film, shot with depth and mood. It provokes many questions about the nature of relationships, such as what do we need and what do we desire, why we love and what we ultimately gain from loving. I hope to see Woody explore this subject in detail again, as he does it so heartbreakingly well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Woody Allen is unique. No one else makes existential comedy like this. Woody is clever, and funny. He looks funny. He delivers wonderful comic lines with a sense of ironic tragedy and deep melancholy. Recall that line about Uncle Ptempkin in Love and Death where the old man carries around the piece of land he owns on the palm of his hand: 'He was an idiot but we loved him!' was Woody's matter-of-fact eulogy.
Husbands and Wives contains several of these gems and as usual the theme is hopelessness, futility and despair but all tossed in the Woody Allen comedic salad bowl.
As ever Woody's character is a writer whose one great love was a woman described as 'fantastic for 2 days a month and impossible to live with the rest of the time - she ended up in a lunatic asylum'.
Unrequited, doomed romance is Allen's favorite theme and he does it so well. In this case he resists temptation but ends up all alone while everyone else just takes their chances with the ups and downs of relationships.
I suspect Woody Allen became a film maker so he could embrace and fondle beautiful women. In this case it's a highly embraceable Juliette Lewis (gorgeous) who is just exceptional as a gifted young student who has caused numerous older men to fall on their swords, if you'll excuse the metaphor. Just as Woody is about to fall in love with her she remarks with some disdain: 'what was I doing wasting my time with all those older guys - the mid life crisis brigade...'. Woody of course sympathizes as his ego and libido are crushed like a grape under foot.

If you like Woody Allen, you'll love this movie.
JP ;o)
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2.0 out of 5 stars A favourite actor
I know this was an older film and I usually love Woody Allen stuff but this was a bit pointless. Not enough laughs and not enough story to get really interested in. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen doesn't come better than this
Husbands and Wives (1992) must be the summit of Woody Allen's achievements as a director. I know conventional opinion says Manhatten (1979) remains his very best and I agree it is... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Film Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars husbands and wives
another great film made by woody allen ,enjoyed it a lot ,well worth watching don,t think I,ve seen a film of his I haven,t loved
Published 8 months ago by carol diett
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great film, but...
...but don't watch this if you're having relationship difficulties or if your marriage is starting to fall apart, and it's especially important not to watch it with your (maybe... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Grandad Bike
4.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from woody allen
Watch it last night its good maybe not as good as his earlier films but has the comedy that never dies with this mans films. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Neil Horn
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Woody
Tired relationships are explored here at a stage when the violent passion of being in love has completely withered down to being a mere couple of people joined together to share... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dooscah
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, But Not Compelling
Woody Allen's 1992 film Husband and Wives is an intriguing, and sometimes funny, tale of fluctuating personal and marital relationships, but one which, for me, is ultimately... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars Typically Allen
Typically Woody Allen concerning the characters relationships. If you like his other films you'll also like this one. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2010 by Odysseus
5.0 out of 5 stars Allen more nervous than ever
One of the best Allen films. The turmoil of the sex life laid out through a number of different relationships. Read more
Published on 3 May 2009 by th
3.0 out of 5 stars an interesting film rather than a humorous or involving one
I think this is an interesting film to watch rather than a very humorous or involving one.It will appeal mainly to people who are forty years or older who can understand and relate... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2008 by dan the fan
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