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Review by Heather Picker | posted January 4, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Tess Harding (Katharine Hepburn) and Sam Craig (Spencer Tracy) are complete opposites. She is an aristocratic political/social commentator; he is an average Joe sports columnist. Of course they fall in love after verbally sparring in their respective columns, but their union doesn't prove to be smooth sailing; Tess is career-minded, which doesn't go over too smoothly with Sam.

Woman of the Year is noteworthy for being the first film Hepburn and Tracy starred in together. And while it is highly regarded as a classic, an overlong, poorly paced, and surprisingly unpleasant screenplay drags down the film. Directed by George Stevens, who worked with Hepburn in Alice Adams, the only redeeming qualities the film has to offer are the performances of the two leads; put them in a room together and watching them read the paper would be interesting.

Picture: The film is shown in full-frame format, preserving it's original aspect ratio. The transfer is above average, with only occasional, minor flaws, and the contrast between grays is clearly defined. Occasional nics are also present.

Audio: The mono soundtrack is surprisingly clear for a film of its age. All of the dialogue is understandable, though you may have to adjust the volume a few times, and the score, though not free of static, is relatively clean.

Extras: There is little in the way of extra features. Included is the original theatrical trailer; English, French, and Spanish language tracks, closed captioning, and scene selections round out supplementary content.

Conclusion: A documentary about Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, or an audio commentary by a film scholar would have made nice features. As it is, Woman of the Year is a sparse package, but hardcore classic movie buffs will be pleased with the transfer.
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