Once upon a time, there were mid-budget movies made for adults. In the 1970s, that was the mainstream. By the 1980s, things began to fracture off a bit — there were blockbusters and cheap genre fare on opposite ends of the spectrum, but the middle class movie made for grownups was still a staple of the Hollywood system. It slowly began to dry up in the ‘90s and has all but disappeared in the 2000s, save for the occasional crop of awards bait contenders we get at the end of each yearly cycle. This makes a movie like 1987’s Black Widow something of a cultural artifact.
Black Widow stars Debra Winger as Alex Barnes, an agent with the USDoJ who zeroes in on a series of murders she believes to be committed by Catherine Petersen (Theresa Russell), a woman who marries wealthy men and then mysteriously kills them off before moving on and changing her identity. Alex goes undercover to Hawaii and befriends Catherine to find evidence of her crimes — or, even better, to catch her in the act.
Black Widow comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Twilight Time (licensed from Fox) in a limited run of 3,000 units. They’ve done their usual great work with the technical aspects of the disc, offering a very strong 1080p transfer that carries a huge amount of detail and a wonderful film-like grain structure throughout the movie without ever turning into a lot of swirling digital noise. The lossless stereo audio track mixes the dialogue with Michael Small’s very good score — a score which, like on all of Twilight Time’s releases, is offered isolated on a separate audio track. The other bonus features include a trailer and some TV spots as well as a casual but informative commentary from Twilight Time’s Nick Redman and Julie Virgo, both of whom have very positive things to say about a movie they rightfully feel deserves more attention.
Blu-ray release date: October 13, 2015
DTS HD 2.0 Master Audio (English)
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