An Unmarried Woman appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a good representation of the source.
Sharpness mostly looked fine. Some shots came across as a bit soft and ill defined, but those instances didn’t occur with any great frequency, and they occasionally seemed to reflect the original photography, as the movie sometimes opted for a gauzy look. While not the world’s most precise image, it appeared positive.
I saw no issues related to jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. With a good layer of grain, I sensed no digital noise reduction, and the movie came free from print flaws. From start to finish, this remained a clean presentation.
Unmarried featured a fairly subdued palette, and the tones came across as appropriately rendered. While I couldn’t say the hues impressed, the colors seemed solid for what they intended.
Black levels were deep and dark, and low-light sequences followed along the same lines. Shadow detail seemed smooth and demonstrated good clarity within the restrictions of the source photography. Overall, the image came across well.
As for the movie’s PCM monaural soundtrack, it worked fine given its age and goals. Given the film’s character emphasis, speech became an important factor. Dialogue felt natural and concise, without edginess or other issues.
Effects played a small role, but they seemed fairly accurate, and they lacked distortion or harshness. Music also came across reasonably lush and full. Given the limitations of a 42-year-old mono mix, the audio seemed more than acceptable.
The disc comes with a mix of extras, and we begin with an audio commentary from writer/director Paul Mazursky and actor Jill Clayburgh. Recorded in 2005, both sit separately for this look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, social areas, music, and related topics.
For the most part, this becomes an informative piece. Mazursky dominates, and he offers a largely good look at his film, though I think he goes into “Old Man Yells At Cloud” mode too much, as he occasionally whines about the circa 2005 status of cinema.
Clayburgh offers good insights from her perspective, and while she shows up less often than Mazursky, she chimes in more than enough to add to the track. Even with some shortcomings, this ends up as a pretty useful discussion.
Another audio piece, Paul Mazursky at the AFI comes from June 1980 and presents a one-hour, 44-minute, 55-second program. Here he addresses/chats with an audience about his career and movies in general, with some emphasis on Unmarried Woman.
Mazursky seems engaged during the program, and he gets into films in a positive manner. He demonstrates an interesting POV, especially since he lacks the Grumpy Old Man vibe off the commentary. This becomes a fine addition to the set.
A new piece, we get an Interview with Actor Michael Murphy. Shot in 2020, this offers an eight-minute, 51-second chat in which Murphy goes over the era in filmmaking, his character and performance, and other aspects of the production. Murphy provides some useful insights.
In the same vein, we find a 2020 Interview with Actor Lisa Lucas. During the 11-minute, six-second piece, Lucas discusses how she got the part in Unmarried and aspects of her experiences on the shoot. Lucas brings a nice view of her perspective.
Another circa 2020 chat, we move to an Interview with Author Sam Wasson. In this 15-minute, 39-second program, Wasson offers an appreciation of Woman. While I don’t agree with all his opinions, Wasson gives us a good argument in the film’s favor.
In addition to the film’s trailer, the set concludes with a booklet. It mixes credits, art and an essay from critic Angelica Jade Bastien. While not a great booklet, it brings some value to the package.
42 years after its release, An Unmarried Woman really shows its age. A serious product of its era, the movie feels more like a cinematic self-help tome than an actual character journey. The Blu-ray comes with pretty good picture and audio as well as a nice collection of supplements. While the film broke ground in its day, it doesn’t hold up as a quality drama.