The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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Woody Allen wrote, directed, and starred in The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, a homage to hypnosis in the 1940s. Dreamworks has done a nice job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. A small amount of edge enhancement shows up in a few key scenes, otherwise the colors look vibrant and crisp. The black levels are all spot-on even with the flesh tones evenly rendered. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono (Woody apparently doesn't like complex 5.1 sound mixes) in English, French, and Spanish. Not surprisingly, this mono track shows a lack of fidelity or depth throughout the entire film. While the dialogue, music, and effects are generally clear of distortion, a Dolby 5.1 mix would have been greatly appreciated. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Much like every other Woody Allen film released on DVD, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion only includes a scant few extra features. There are some short production notes, some information on the primary cast and crew, plus a theatrical trailer presented in non-anamorphic widescreen. Hopefully, someday down the road, this prolific director will embrace DVD technology -- but don't hold your breath.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2002
UPC: 0667068926828
Original Release: 2001
Rating: PG-13
Source: Dreamworks Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:42:00

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen CW Briggs
Dan Aykroyd Chris Magruder
Helen Hunt Betty Ann Fitzgerald
Elizabeth Berkley Jill
John Schuck Mize
Brian Markinson Al
Wallace Shawn George Bond
Kaili Vernoff Rosie
Maurice Sonnenberg Office Worker
John Doumanian Office Worker
Charlize Theron Laura Kensington
Peter Gerety Ned
Kevin Cahoon Lunch Delivery Man
Philip Levy Rocky's Waiter
Vince Giordano Rainbow Room All Star
Howard Alden Rainbow Room All Star
Ted Sommer Rainbow Room All Star
Randy Sandke Rainbow Room All Star
Peter Ecklund Rainbow Room All Star
Joel Helleny Rainbow Room All Star
Chuck Wilson Rainbow Room All Star
Ray Beckenstein Rainbow Room All Star
Lawrence Feldman Rainbow Room All Star
Ken Peplowski Rainbow Room All Star
Dick Hyman Band Leader
Carole Bayeux Voltan's Assistant
Kenneth Edelson Voltan's Participants
Brian McConnachie Voltan's Participants
Judy Gold Voltan's Participants
Herb Lovelle Night Guard
Carmen Rose Kensington
Patrick Horgan Kensington Guest
Howard Erskine Kensington Guest
Ira Wheeler Kensington Guest
Tina Sloan Kensington Guest
Ramsey Faragallah Fingerprint Detective
Bob Dorian Mike
Arthur Nascarella Tom
Trude Klein Kensington Maid
Irwin Corey Charlie
Michael Mulheren Herb Coopersmith
Peter Linari Joe Coopersmith
Ray Garvey Police Station Cop
Bruce Brown Radio Announcer
Dan Moran Street Contact
David Ogden Stiers Voltan
John Tormey Sam

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Letty Aronson Producer
Zhao Fei Cinematographer
Alisa Lepselter Editor
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Suzanne McCabe Costumes/Costume Designer
Helen Robin Co-producer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Juliet Taylor Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Title [:36]
2. Investigator: CW Briggs [1:10]
3. The Efficient: Betty Ann Fitzgerald [2:19]
4. Clearing the Air [2:19]
5. The Office Tryst [:40]
6. Hypnotized by the Jade Scorpion [3:28]
7. The Kensington Heist [2:03]
8. Femme Fatale: Laura Kensington [2:04]
9. "It's an Inside Job" [4:37]
10. CW Gives Laura the Boot [1:52]
11. Bringing in the Private Eyes [1:59]
12. The Prime Suspect [3:15]
13. The Romance Goes Sour [1:40]
14. All Clues Lead Back to CW [2:03]
15. The Jewels Are Found [3:57]
16. Caught in the Scorpion's Spell [2:20]
17. A Fugitive on the Run [:30]
18. Fitzgerald Under the Spell [4:50]
19. Discovering Clues in Unusual Places [3:14]
20. Who Is Voltan Polgar? [4:34]
21. Catching the Real Thief [3:01]
22. Saying Goodbye [7:07]
23. "Marry Me" [:09]
24. End Credits [6:29]

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