Manhattan Murder Mystery [DVD] [1993]

Woody Allen fans know that he releases new films on the average of one a year. Manhattan Murder Mystery is his 1993 entry, and just as this film came and left theatres with very little fanfare, so too did the DVD release. Filled with very few extras, the most exciting thing about this disc is the fact that it's two-sided and offers either the 1:85 widescreen or full-screen versions on different sides. As is customary with Woody Allen releases, there is no commentary track and no interviews from the man himself. There could have been thoughts from some of the film's cast, which includes Alan Alda and Diane Keaton, but no such luck. Even the interactive menus look cheaply produced. A theatrical trailer to the film is included, as well as a trailer to his 1992 entry Husbands and Wives. For the true Allen collector, a better purchase is The Woody Allen Collection eight-pack DVD of his earlier work. Language and subtitle options are in English and French.
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Manhattan Murder Mystery (DVD)  (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV)  (English/French)  1993 - Larger Front
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery (DVD) (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV) (English/French) 1993
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Special Features

  • Interactive menus
  • Languages: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Scene selections
  • Widescreen and full-screen formats


Manhattan Murder Mystery
There's a real murder and a real mystery in Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery, but these plot pegs are used mainly to allow Allen to explore modern urban relationships. Allen plays a N.Y.C. book editor, Larry Lipton, married to Carol (Diane Keaton, who replaced Mia Farrow at the last minute, for reasons well publicized at the time). Carol is a free spirit, ever willing to try new experiences, but Larry is a wet blanket. When it begins to look like a neighbor has killed his wife, Carol is eager to investigate the mystery, but Larry thinks her suspicions are nonsensical and doesn't want to leave his apartment. Undaunted, Carol finds another "Nick Charles" in the form of family friend Ted (Alan Alda), who joins the investigation, and feels attracted to Carol and isn't afraid to let her know. Meanwhile, a writer under Larry's aegis (Anjelica Huston), who feels romantically drawn to him, also decides to join in the fun. Slightly jealous of Carol in the face of her budding relationship with Ted, Larry reluctantly agrees to go along on her clue-hunting expedition -- and it is he who discovers the corpse, who as it turns out was killed after Carol started poking around the apartment building. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Woody Allen
    Woody Allen - Larry Lipton
  • Diane Keaton
    Diane Keaton - Carol Lipton
  • Alan Alda
    Alan Alda - Ted
  • Anjelica Huston
    Anjelica Huston - Marcia Fox
  • Jerry Adler
    Jerry Adler - Paul House
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