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A Woman Under the Influence (The John Cassavetes Collection) (DVD & Blu-ray) [1974]

Peter Falk , Gena Rowlands , John Cassavetes    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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Product details

  • Actors: Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands
  • Directors: John Cassavetes
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00802OGWS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,317 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The John Cassavetes Collection

A film by John Cassavetes

Arguably John Cassavetes most successful and influential film, A Woman Under the Influence stars Gena Rowlands (Gloria, Faces) and the legendary Peter Falk (Columbo) as Mabel and Nick Longhetti, a blue-collar worker couple struggling to cope with Mabel's slide into mental illness

Featuring a central performance of awe-inspiring conviction from Gena Rowlands, this critically acclaimed film is as powerful today as it was upon its original release, when it earned Oscar® nominations for Rowlands (Best Actress) and John Cassavates (Best Director).

Special features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Falk on Cassavetes: Husbands and Wives (DVD only, 15 mins)
  • Elaine Kagan interviewed by Tom Charity (DVD only, 19 mins)
  • Original trailer (3 mins)
  • Alternative 16mm trailer (3 mins)
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring interviews and new essays by Tom Charity and Al Ruban

US | 1974 | colour | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 147 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.85:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

Region 2 PAL DVD
Region B Blu-ray

Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars endlessly fascinating 18 July 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
A Woman Under The Influence is one of the great films, not just of the 70s but since the beginning of cinema, it has such grandeur in its intimacy, such emotion, and it fearlessly sustains this over two and a half hours. Gena Rowlands gives a performance that no adjective can adequately describe, it takes you so much into the heart and soul of this woman who seems to be having such difficulty keeping it together - although I remember Cassavetes saying in an interview that she was quite normal and that it would be just as reasonable to see the husband and others as really having the problems, not her. She just didn't fit into society's expectation of how a wife and mother should behave ... however one sees this - and the question is surely at the heart of the film - Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk make one of the most memorable and touching screen couples, getting a tremendous range of feeling and tone into the portrayal of these lives - and humour as well. I'm sure anyone who has seen the film will forever think of the name Mabel in a different way; Gena Rowlands becomes her so completely and the camera just doesn't flinch, so she becomes one of the most complete embodiments of a certain mode of being and feeling that has ever been caught on screen. It's a film that has to be seen by anyone who really cares about what the medium can do - ideally on the big screen, but failing that, on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cassavetes gets up close and personal 10 Mar 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Shot and released back in 1974, Woman is a searingly honest depiction of a wife and mother cruising along the edges of sanity. Cassavetes cast his own partner Gene Rowlands as 'the everyday housewife' and was rewarded with a power-house performance which remains a career best. Close friend and co-hort Peter Falk filled the role of Rowlands' husband, getting a rare chance to demonstrate his skill and sensitivity as an actor with a striking protrayal of a working joe suddenly confronted with the unknown. The story is a simple narrative following the woman's struggle with her inner demons, balanced with the subsequent effect on her small family which is thrown into near turmoil without her at the helm. This is a haunting film, lovingly made and every inch an equal to the following year's Oscar shower, One flew over the Cuckoo's nest (also dealing with mental health). Futhermore, the movie has aged remarkably well; no doubt due to the fact that modern-day living - house, car, pet etc. - remains largely unchanged. A woman under the influence is a testament to Cassavetes' gift and bravery as a filmmaker and there is quality right down the line. Gene Rowlands rightly won herself an Oscar for her journey into darkness and helped ensure that this film ranks along the finest of 70's cinema.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see film 6 Jan 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent film by John Cassavetes, it's a must see for all budding actors and filmmakers out there. Cassavetes was way ahead of his time in his improv working methods and there is so much to learn from viewing this film, which stands out for me from the rest of his work. Peter Falk is a genius, and this film is a testament to his underrated talent. Gina Rowlands and the rest of the cast give outstanding realistic performances in what is an innovative and original piece of filmmaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's rare that cinema gets this intense 8 Oct 2012
Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk both give mesmerising performances. Although the movie is 2.5 hours long, the time flies by because of its hypnotic nature. Cassavetes never bogs down the movie with lingering exposition. It's just raw, pure emotion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and disturbing film 16 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is the kind of movie that forces conversation afterwards. It is difficult to describe the film without giving away the story. The acting is extremely good. Peter Falk plays a man/husband that we have all sadly seen before. His co-star produces one of the best roles that I have seen. This is a don't miss film
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful script 10 May 2012
By Ronel
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A wonderfully-written script,tight directing and award-winning acting keeps this film fresh after many years. It is definitely worth watching repeatedly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CASSAVETES - ROWLANDS - FALK 23 Sep 2009
CASSAVETES ( director only ) - ROWLANDS - FALK, IN GREAT MOMENTS !! Yoy will realize what it means realy caltural cinema. You will also understand why Cassavetes is called the "father" of American Independed cinema. Yoy will enjoy PETER FALK ( such a great actor ) and you will be astonished by the performance of Gena Rowlands. If you watch carefully you'll notice 2 more Columbo actors....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cassavettes... and Falk...
Just greatness...
Published 1 month ago by Dom Vlad Malic
5.0 out of 5 stars A WOMAN OF OUR TIMES
Published 3 months ago by David Oates
4.0 out of 5 stars John Cassavetes
A beautifully crafted film. It is simple and and a moving film. Acting of all the main characters is excellent. Would recommend it to anyone.
Published 12 months ago by Vivek K. Sarawgi
5.0 out of 5 stars classic 70s film
The plot for the less intelligent viewer to understand..... Gena Rowlands character has a breakdown that affects the relationship between her and her husband (Peter Falk -... Read more
Published 19 months ago by BigK90
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
All over the place; no plot, it wasnt even bad because to be bad you have to measure something of a scale. This isn't on a scale and doesn't deserve to even be on DVD
Published 22 months ago by Ava
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, but need to watch it twice
Gena Rowlands gives a powerful performance of a woman who ...well its easy to say she has mental problems as she flits between despair and euphoria, walks along lost in her own... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2008 by Real Films Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars John Cassavetes - a man of great emotion!
The first John Cassavetes film I ever saw was 'A Woman Under the Influence,' and I was gripped by it from the moment it started. Read more
Published on 21 May 2004 by F. V. L. Buliciri
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