Broadway Danny Rose Blu-ray Review
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(1984) is one of the most
charming of all of Woody Allen's films. It is a good combination
dramatic sensibilities and comedic roots. The story is one I adored
seeing the film for the first time many years ago, and it's one that
holds up as something remarkable, intelligent, and original. The
character of the story (who is also the title character) is Danny Rose,
person working as a manager for some of the least desired talents in
all of the
business. Yet that doesn't stop him for trying.
Rose helps represent ballooning teams and other oddities that other
take a total pass on. He had successfully helped one talented
success and fame (but then they ditched him for a more successful
just so happens that his favorite represented talent is the formerly
lounge singer Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte), who became washed up and
luck. Rose believes in Lou (even if
everyone else doesn't), befriends him along the way, and gets him some
gigs that, well, actually have an audience attending.
brews when Lou starts seeing a mistress, Tina Vitale (Mia Farrow) with
connections to the mob. Lou constantly talks about getting a divorce
does), and he wraps Danny up inside his relationship problems. Danny
reluctantly agrees to be his 'beard' and take Tina to an event for him,
he his mistaken as the new guy in Tina's life. The bad news for Danny
her ex was a part of the mob family she's connected to and now a couple
mob men decide to 'take Danny out' so that Tina and her ex can fall
love (because knocking off current boyfriends is a good step in that
according to the Mob). Can the pair survive mobster mania?
dramatic events unfold, the story is told with a comedic gusto that
entire storytelling endeavor delightful and charismatic from beginning
Danny Rose is an unapologetically aloof character who means well but
himself involved in an absurd mobster-flick, where he and Tina
find a way out of their gigantic pickle. Everything about the story is
and comedic in this regard but it lends well to everything the story
shares about the character Danny Rose. It's a perfect match of
goodness where the odd character blends well with a odd but effectively
find's it's heart in becoming a romance between the Danny Rose and Tina
characters. In exploring the characters strange yet magnetic
film finds its effective balance between soulfulness and whimsy. The
of the film is both sadly melancholic at first before it crescendos
uplifting and joyous final scene that leaves magnetic shivers you can
from such wonderful filmmaking.
performances in the film are absolutely splendid all around. This film
one of Woody Allen's best performances in any of his films. He does
delve into the role in such a way that the Danny Rose character feels
authentic and surreal at the same time, as if the story is taken from a
legend. (Certainly, the film's opening scene restaurant setting, where
entire group of people discuss stories they have heard of Danny Rose
itself to the idea).
Farrow is also uniformly excellent as the strong-willed and opinionated
This was equally one of her most impressive parts and she manages both
comedic scenes and the dramatic weight with real gravitas. The part is
her most enjoyable, and she makes the character as surreal and
one can find in the movies. Nick Apollo Forte surprises with an
performance in the role of the bumbling lounge singer who seems
drawn to both of these curiously goofy people. Forte does a great job
comedic supporting part.
one of the best written and directed films to be made by Woody Allen. I
consider it to be amongst his best works. The writing has great
moments and there are so many great lines of dialogue (which is of
staple of a brilliant Allen film). From
script to execution, the story and the characters are a huge part of
the film works so well. It goes back to the origination and extends to
masterful direction. This makes the film stand triumphant as a genuine
of cinematic grandeur.
Danny Rose has
one of the most unique
blends of comedy and drama seen in any of the Woody Allen features. I
think of his films as being divided between one or the other.
Certainly, Allen has
made many straight dramas and also comedies that don't exactly attempt
enlightening or moving in the same way most of his dramas do (these are
where he wants the audience to laugh more than anything).
combining these two genres so seamlessly in Broadway Danny Rose,
that is part of the reason this is one of his most endearing movies.
has a zippy and lighthearted sense of humor that sways back and forth
scenes where his dialogue is curiously introspective (especially
Danny Rose philosophy), and moments where the film beckons to French
cinema with its ever-so-slightly off-kilter editing (with the gangster
sub-plotting making one recall elements of Truffaut's Shoot the Piano
lush black and white photography by Gordon Willis, and a romantic
towards the end that feels quite French (with the delicately placed
amidst a backdrop of solemn rain pouring out as a emotional metaphor
scene in question).
use of music in this film is typically superb as each jazz piece (and
lounge-music singing) adds character and charm to the entire
will actually be surprised and amazed by how much the song adds to the
vibe of the story whenever the lounge music is around. It almost feels
character itself by adding a sort of odd anthem vibrancy into the
Danny Rose is a
classic film that works on
so many levels. It is a genuine classic
of cinema. The entire experience is entertaining, heartfelt, and a
is one of my favorite Woody Allen films and it manages to hold up quite
succeeds as comedy, as drama, as something inspired by French New
of course, as a romance. The film is a great triumph of art and craft
well worth discovering or re-discovering again and again.
Danny Rose arrives
on Blu-ray with an
impressive MPEG-4 AVC 1080p encoding that preserves the filmmaking
the cinematography achieved by Gordon Willis. The cinematic
akin to viewing a quality film print. The grain and structure of the
been left intact with no DNR or other pesky modifications. Instead, the
transfer manages to both retain a healthy amount of film grain and have
contrast and clarity. Throughout the film, the lush cinematography
demonstrates amazing camera work, focusing on a given scene with a keen
of the surrounding landscape.
of Broadway Danny Rose will be hard pressed
to be disappointed by this stellar transfer, which presents the film
magnificently with a 35 Mbps bit-rate encode. Broadway
Danny Rose has never looked better on home media before
and this is perhaps the most definitive transfer we'll ever see
only minor drawbacks to the presentation (and it is quite minor) is
are some occasional specks of dust or debris that are on the print and
a bit of light flickering occasionally present on the print but the majority of the film is clean and free
from such print imperfections.
is presented with a lossless 24 Bit DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
Given that the source of the audio is mono (as is the norm for most
films) one shouldn't expect amazingly immersive audio dynamics for the
the dialogue is at the forefront of this presentation.
the dynamics of the recording certainly sound much more fluid and clear
this lossless audio presentation, which presents both the dialogue and
Broadway Danny Rose with much more
'gusto' than any previous home media release of the film.
release contains a booklet featuring an essay about the film as written
Twilight Time's Julie Kirgo.
disc supplements included the original theatrical trailer and an
and sound effects track presented in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio mono.
lossless music included is terrific on the standalone track, which
to hear the great music without dialogue. However, moments with no
audio at all
stay as such as per the norm with such inclusions. This should still
nice bonus for fans to put on in the background.
of Woody Allen's films, Broadway Danny Rose seems to work on a
of all the great elements found within his movies and it pulls these
all together into one amazing experience of cinematic wonder. This film
as one of Allen's great accomplishments and as one of the best film's
Blu-ray PQ is stunning (with a massive bit-rate that helps allows for a
film-like presentation) and the AQ is quite good. Fans
of Broadway Danny Rose will be
delighted having such a high quality copy of the film (the best kind:
the feels reminiscent of owning an actual film print). Twilight Time
does not disappoint
with this stellar Blu-ray release.
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Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.