Twilight Time Blu-ray: Zelig (1983)

Zelig (1983)

Company: Twilight Time

Starring:  Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Garrett Brown, Stephanie Farrow, Will Holt, Mary Louise Wilson, Michael Jeter

My Review and Thoughts:

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Twilight Time picks another classic Woody Allen film for all the fans of this unique and one of a kind film genius. Twilight Time has released many of Allen’s films on wonderful Special Edition Blu-ray’s and Zelig is no different. Another fine example of how to treat a film. 

Another wonderful reality in adding to the Woody Allen collection of films. As always Twilight Time expresses and showcases the brilliant reality of a proper release of how to take care of a film and give it a whole new beautiful outlet to express to a modern generation and the old generation. Another positive example.

Woody Allen is just one of those unique, mastery, gifted and iconic performers, directors and writers that are, few in number. Woody Allen was and is a director that always knows what he wants in a film and how he wants to go about the final touches to finish the film. This like many of Allen’s films has a wonderful cast of actors and actresses. Your main female lead is his once wife and often a stable in many of his early films, actress Mia Farrow. Always a wonderful treat to see. An amazing actress that owns and creates a memorable character that only she can do. Woody Allen has a style that only he can do and get away with in film. He has a natural talent of creating truly original pieces of cinema. His ultimate completion of films is something that stands out as being one of a kind experiences. You either love or hate Woody Allen movies. Most of Allen’s films are simple, down to earth and nothing grand, just great interaction of performing. That performing holds the watcher and creates a satisfied experience, no matter how simplistic it is.

This is the first time that I have seen Zelig so this was an ultimate treat for me. And what better way to experience it, than on a wonderful High Definition Blu-ray. This is another oddball comedy that only Allen can do and succeed in. Allen plays Leonard Zelig. The movie is created in a Documentary style, making it a mockumentary. The plot is set in 1920’s and 30’s. Allen’s character Zelig has the ability to transform his persona and appearance to the people that happen to be around him. Basically he becomes a human chameleon only in the way that Woody Allen could be. The movie is very unique in the sense that it comes together in black and white moments, flashes to the modern color setting with interviews. This also pieces together actual archival footage of the past. Another interesting reality is the movie re-enacts real historical moments in time. The whole movie is an odd mixture of the brain thinking of Woody Allen’s wild imagination that only he could create and get away with. That is what makes Allen a one of kind visionary of cinema and Twilight Time has honored this directing guru with another flawless transfer to Blu-ray.

Now to show you the odd and artistic creation of Allen is the many technics he went about to create this odd ball film. He took himself along with performers and inserted themselves using bluescreen technology of the time period. I have to mention all the characters that Allen places in the real footage that he mixes himself with at times. Just to name a few, Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone, William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin, Josephine Baker, Carole Lombard, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Göring, James Cagney, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth. Now if you flash forward many years later you can see the film Forrest Gump use sort of the same technic of adding Forrest’s characters into real live historical events.

If you know me I'm a diehard lover of Twilight Time Special Edition Blu-ray's because they grace cinema with an outlet that creates beauty and an atmosphere for any movie lover. Their Blu-rays are always capturing perfection and create worthy products to collect. Zelig is another prime example of honoring cinema and the film geek.


My Rating: 5 out of 5

As always the film looks amazing. The audio is vibrant, crisp to the ears and displays everything it is supposed to display. You can hear everything crystal clear. The imagery is vibrant in black and white and colored tones. The film is a lovely example of how to treat an older film, on new outlet.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA / German 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1983 / Color/B&W


My Rating: 1 out of 5

Isolated Score Track. The wonderful Dick Hyman composed the music for this film. What is interesting is Hyman has done many of Allen’s films. Composing, arranging, and conducting and playing the piano. That brings another mastery aspect about this movie is the music score by music master Richard Hyman. His 50-year career has spanned all aspects of the music world. His craft in movies and albums and countless concerts has left a perfectly woven mastery that only his touch has formed. He is a stable in Woody Allen films. Composing over ten of Allen's features. What makes Hyman so unique is his various styles of music from classic too electronic, to jazz and everything in-between.

Original Theatrical Trailer


Another worthy disc to own. Another passionate Twilight Time Blu-ray for fans of cinema and fans of Woody Allen. Twilight Time has brought out some fantastic Woody Allen special edition Blu-ray’s such as Radio Days, Broadway Danny Rose, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and also brought out the movie Allen stared in Martin Ritt’s The Front. Zelig is another fantastic film to add to this wonderful collection and also another beauty from Twilight Time. 


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