Annie

Annie

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Director: John Huston

Cast: Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Aileen Quinn

     
 

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John Huston's big-screen adaptation of the Broadway smash Annie arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. Though fine for what it is, the full-frame transfer cramps the film in a way that will bother film lovers. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, whileSee more details below

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Overview

John Huston's big-screen adaptation of the Broadway smash Annie arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. Though fine for what it is, the full-frame transfer cramps the film in a way that will bother film lovers. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while French and Spanish soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a ten-minute featurette with the now grown Aileen Quinn, who discusses the wonderful time she had making the movie and how difficult the process of getting the part was. Another extra allows youngsters to sing along with the songs in the film. A music video from the Swedish pop band Play performing "It's the Hard-Knock Life," and a selection of trailers rounds out this release.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Annie -- the sunny, syrupy 1977 Broadway musical wherein such optimistic anthems as "Tomorrow" and "You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" originated -- found a surprising onscreen shepherd in director John Huston. The man’s man behind such classics as The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Prizzi’s Honor, it’s fair to say, had to stretch a bit for sweet. Perhaps the grittier elements Huston brought to the film didn’t hurt, though, as Annie ultimately overcame its critical drubbing and lackluster box-office performance to become a home-video favorite. Aileen Quinn, as the titular indefatigable carrot-topped moppet, is plucked from an orphanage to live for one week with wealthy Daddy Warbucks (a robust Albert Finney), who is desperately seeking an image upgrade. Carol Burnett is a hoot as Annie's besotted nemesis, Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical, child-hating orphanage owner who schemes to spoil Annie's happiness. The film also benefits from scene-stealing Broadway veterans Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, and Ann Reinking. A karaoke feature on this disc allows you to sing along with the hit-and-miss score's three most beloved songs, "Tomorrow," "Maybe," and "It's the Hard-Knock Life." Even more irresistible than Annie herself is an "act-along" feature that offers starstruck viewers the opportunity to step in for Quinn in selected dramatic scenes.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
John Huston's Annie is a contemporary classic that embodies a timeless quality that few films of the 1980s have been able to accomplish. The dream casting may be its best asset, especially with Albert Finney throwing his weight around as Daddy Warbucks. Comedienne Carol Burnett is a perfect choice for the skinny, shaky Miss Hannigan, offering a complementary combination of drunken pratfalls and spinster cynicism. Even in the smaller roles that don't show up until Act III, Tim Curry's Rooster and Bernadette Peters' Lily St. Regis are dastardly comic villains. They bring a fun-filled badness into the picture when it looks like things are getting a little too sentimental. The climactic scene is a cinematic feast, employing a vertical train-bridge set piece complete with Punjab's (Geoffrey Holder) philosophical helicopter rescue. The Oscar-nominated art direction effectively re-creates Depression-era New York, of which a rascally orphan with immeasurable faith is an excellent symbol. Especially entertaining is the Bert Healy (Peter Marshall) radio show program and the orphans' gymnastic make-believe emulation of the broadcast. The wish-fulfillment theme culminates in the glorious trip to Radio City Music Hall with the actual Rockettes opening number "Let's Go to the Movies." Throughout the film, the songs are ridiculously catchy, danceable, and soaring with emotion, making Annie a well-rounded musical and ageless family favorite.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
UPC:
0043396095328
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:07:00
Sales rank:
154

Special Features

Closed Caption; Exclusive musical performance of "It's the Hard-Knock Life" by pop group Play; The Age of Annie trivia game; Sing along with Annie; Act along with Annie; My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn; Trailers; Newly created DTS Sound

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Finney Daddy Warbucks
Carol Burnett Miss Hannigan
Aileen Quinn Annie
Ann Reinking Grace Farrell
Bernadette Peters Lily
Tim Curry Rooster Hannigan
Geoffrey Holder Punjab
Roger Minami Asp
Edward Herrmann Franklin D. Roosevelt
Toni Ann Gisondi Molly
Rosanne Sorrentino Pepper
Lara Berk Tessie
April Lerman Kate
Lucie Stewart Duffy
Robin Ignico July
Lois de Banzie Eleanor Roosevelt
Robert Guerra Actor
Larry Hankin Pound Man
Irving Metzman Bundles
Sandy Himself
Jon Richards Frack
Kurtis Epper Sanders Spike
Peter Marshall Bert Healy
Loni Ackerman Boylan Sister
Murphy Cross Boylan Sister
I.M. Hobson Drake
Lu Leonard Mrs. Pugh
Jerome Collamore Frick
Ken Swofford Weasel
Shawnee Smith Dancer
Amanda Peterson Dancer
Cherie Michan Dancer
Victor Griffin Actor

Technical Credits
John Huston Director
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
Margaret Booth Editor
Ralph Burns Score Composer
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Martin Chamin Songwriter
Robert Guerra Art Director
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Peter Howard Choreography
Joe Layton Executive Producer
Richard Moore Cinematographer
Arlene Phillips Choreography
Carol Sobieski Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Ray Stark Producer
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
Charles Strouse Score Composer,Songwriter
Dianne I. Wager Art Director
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. "Maybe"
3. Miss Hannigan
4. "It's the Hard-Knock Life"
5. Rescuing Sandy
6. "Dumb Dog"
7. "Sandy"
8. Grace Farrell
9. "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here"
10. Oliver Warbucks
11. "Little Girls"
12. Rooster & Lily
13. "Maybe" (Reprise)
14. A Bolshevik
15. "Let's Go to the Movies"
16. "We Got Annie"
17. Warbucks Meets Miss Hannigan
18. "Sign"
19. Annie's Locket
20. "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile"
21. With F.D.R.
22. "Tomorrow" (White House Version)
23. "Easy Street"
24. Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Mudge
25. "Maybe" (Reprise)
26. The B & O Bridge
27. Finale
28. End Credits

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