Hannah and Her Sisters

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Overview

Woody Allen once again stars and directs a great ensemble cast (including Michael Caine and Barbara Hershey) in 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters. MGM has done a nice job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, making sure that the colors are balanced and deep with black levels looking sharp. Edge enhancement is not present during the film, though there is a slight amount of dirt in a few key scenes. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and is sufficient for the film it supports. Depth and fidelity...
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Overview

Woody Allen once again stars and directs a great ensemble cast (including Michael Caine and Barbara Hershey) in 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters. MGM has done a nice job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, making sure that the colors are balanced and deep with black levels looking sharp. Edge enhancement is not present during the film, though there is a slight amount of dirt in a few key scenes. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and is sufficient for the film it supports. Depth and fidelity are sorely lacking on this track, but otherwise the effects, dialogue, and music are all clear of any hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English, French, and Spanish subtitles, as well as Dolby 2.0 Mono tracks in both French and Spanish. Not unlike all the other Woody Allen discs released by MGM, Hannah and Her Sisters sports only a theatrical trailer as its sole extra feature. Overall, this edition of Hannah and Her Sisters is good, though certainly not great.
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Special Features

Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; Spanish: mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The film that, in the words of one critic, established Woody Allen as the urban poet of our anxiety-ridden age, Hannah and Her Sisters was Allen's most accomplished film since Manhattan. Returning Allen to the landscape of his beloved Manhattan, Hannah was a warm, perceptive, deeply human affair with a distinctly Chekhovian feel (starting from its three sisters motif), a dramatic comedy that elevated longing, discontent, and hope into a kind of artistic expression. The film seemed to differ from Allen's previous works in its attitude; with Hannah, he seemed to reach a state of contentment, pleasing himself as he pleased his audience. The cinema's undisputed kingpin of neurosis and self-doubt, Allen had always produced material that was dependably quick-witted and literate, but tinged with perpetual dissatisfaction. With Hannah, Allen finally appeared to be enjoying himself, and in so doing he set a new standard for both himself and other comedy filmmakers. Rich, intricately detailed, and novel-like in its narrative scope, it was perhaps Allen's most complete and satisfying film, taking its cues from his past work while beckoning in new directions for the future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • UPC: 027616860453
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,279

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Mickey
Mia Farrow Hannah
Barbara Hershey Lee
Dianne Wiest Holly
Carrie Fisher April
Michael Caine Elliott
Maureen O'Sullivan Norma
Lloyd Nolan Hannah's father
Max von Sydow Frederick
Daniel Stern Dusty
The 39 Steps Rock Band
Carrotte Theater Executive
Stephen Defluiter Dr. Brooks
Verno O. Hobson Mavis
Fletcher Farrow Previn
Lewis Black Paul
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Mary
Christian Clemenson Larry
Julie Kavner Gail
J.T. Walsh Ed Smythe
John Turturro Writer
Rusty Magee Ron
Artie Decheser Hannah's Twin
Ira Wheeler Dr. Abel
Richard Jenkins Dr. Wilkes
Tracy Kennedy Brunch Guest
Fred Melamed Fr. Grey
Benno Schmidt Dr. Smith
Joanna Gleason Carol
Maria Chiara Manon Lescaut
Bobby Short Himself
Rob Scott Drummer
Beverly Peer Bass Player
Daisy Previn Hannah's Child
Moses Farrow Hannah's Child
Paul Bates Theater Manager
Mary Pappas Theater Executive
Bernie Leighton Audition Pianist
Ken Costigan Father Flynn
Helen Miller Mickey's Mother
Leo Postrel Mickey's Father
Susan Gordon-Clark Hostess
William Sturgis Elliot's Analyst
Daniel Haber Krishna
John Doumanian Thanksgiving Guest
Ivan Kronenfeld Lee's Husband
Sam Waterston David
Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director, Screenwriter
Fern Buchner Makeup
Robert Greenhut Producer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Carol Joffe Set Decoration/Design
Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan E. Morse Editor
Carlo Di Palma Cinematographer
Ezra Swerdlow Associate Producer, Production Manager
Juliet Taylor Casting
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/So Beautiful [8:56]
2. Frederick & the World [2:29]
3. 'The Hypochondriac' [7:03]
4. Stanislavski Catering [5:27]
5. Page 112 [5:00]
6. "We Need Some Sperm" [7:46]
7. ."..In Love With You" [10:57]
8. 'The Abyss' [11:52]
9. Stupid Life Theories [5:13]
10. 'Afternoons' [3:07]
11. 'The Audition' [4:47]
12. 'The Big Leap' [7:11]
13. 'Summer in New York' [2:10]
14. 'Autumn Chill' [8:24]
15. 'Lucky I Ran Into You' [9:08]
16. 'One Year Later'/Credits [7:13]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Langauges
         English
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Woody Allen Movie Ever

    This movie has everything to entertain: romance,conflict,great music, fabulous one-liners, beautifully photographed Manhatten, neurosis - XXX, and a twist at the end. It is a lovely glass of wine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "I had a great evening it was like the Nuremberg Trials."

    Arguably one of Woody Allen's two or three finest films to date, "Hannah and Her Sisters" shifts his own figure further away from the center of the story than he has ever been before, treating him as one of nine prominent characters in the action. Allen's screenplay weaves in ingenious tapestry around three sisters, their parents, assorted mates, lovers, and friends (including Allen as Hanna's ex-husband Mickey Sachs). A Chekhovian exploration of upper-middle-class world of a group of New Yorkers a decade after "Annie Hall", "Hannah" is deliberately episodic in structure, its sequences separated by Brechtian title cards that suggest thematic elements of each succeeding segment. Yet it is an extraordinary seamless film, unified by the family at its center three Thanksgiving dinner scenes at key intervals, an exquisite color celebration of an idyllic New York City and music by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, and Puccini (among others) that italicizes the genuinely romantic nature of the film's tone. The most optimistic of Allen's major films, "Hannah" restores its inhabitants to a world of pure comedy, their futures epitomized by the fate of Mickey Sachs. For once, the Allen figure is a man who will live happily ever after, a man formerly sterile, now apparently fertile, as is comedy's magical way. [filmfactsman]

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