Woody Allen' s 1986 stunner Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, MGM, PG-13, $25), new to Blu-Ray, revolves around three sisters with very complicated love lives.
Woody plays the ex-husband of Hannah (Mia Farrow), who is now married to Elliot (Michael Caine), who has the hots for Hannah's sister Lee (Barbara Hershey), who is married to a reclusive painter (Max Von Sydow). Meanwhile, Woody begins an on-again, off-again relationship with third sister Holly (Dianne Wiest).
Spanning several years – and two Thanksgiving dinners – the film is Allen at his most Chekhovian. The relationships among the three sisters and their significant others are messy, touching and totally absorbing.
Hannah and Her Sisters is both and an indelibly funny and a darkly perceptive comedy. It's no wonder it remains one of Woody's biggest hits.
A key member of Allen's creative team, dating to 1987's Radio Days, is Wilkes-Barre native Santo Loquasto, who works as a production designer, picking props and mapping out the spaces the actors inhabit.
The 68-year-old artist studied at King's College and designed sets and costumes for Showcase Theatre.
Hannah and Her Sisters benefits greatly from his impeccable taste.
Loquasto, who last worked with Allen on 2009's Whatever Works, is still a member of Woody's inner circle.
For Allen's next, as-yet-untitled film starring Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., Sally Hawkins and Lost's Michael Emerson, Loquasto was, once again, the production designer.
Amy Longsdorf writes about DVD and Blu-Ray releases with local connections.