The reception to Husbands and Wives was initially hurt by (or at the very least, confused with) the very ugly breakup between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, and the fact that the entire film was shot with an often shaky handheld camera. Now that the tabloid fever has died down, this Columbia TriStar DVD release of Husbands and Wives shows that it's one of Allen's best movies. It also helps that it's now commonplace for feature films and TV shows to use handheld cameras extensively. Carlo Di Palma's warm, naturalistic lighting and camera work is actually one of the joys of the picture and is well represented by the disc's anamorphic widescreen transfer. Allen may have once experimented with the look of his pictures, but never with sound, so this disc simply transfers the mono audio track cleanly and evenly and the DVD also offers closed captioning for the hearing impaired. Like all Woody Allen DVDs released so far, there are no real extras to speak of unless you count two trailers. The silver lining to be found in all of this is that Columbia TriStar has released the DVD at a budget price while not skimping on the disc's technical details.