Manhattan

Manhattan

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Cast: Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway

     
 

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For what is arguably Woody Allen's best film to date, MGM has put together an embarrassingly sparse package. Excepting the original trailer and the obvious scene and language selection, this DVD release contains no other special features. Given the director's idiosyncrasies, not much could be expected in the form of a commentary or mini-documentary. Nevertheless, the… See more details below

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For what is arguably Woody Allen's best film to date, MGM has put together an embarrassingly sparse package. Excepting the original trailer and the obvious scene and language selection, this DVD release contains no other special features. Given the director's idiosyncrasies, not much could be expected in the form of a commentary or mini-documentary. Nevertheless, the two page "collector's booklet" covering the origins of the film, including quotes from Allen himself, could have been incorporated digitally instead. Including biographies and/or filmographies for the main performers would have been appreciated. The DVD format brings out the best in the film's glorious cinematography. The black-and-white image is crisp (leveled well with the contrasts of gray, shadows, and light) and is presented in anamorphic widescreen, though there is a choice of other ratios as well. Though the inevitable scratches and grain appear in only bright daylight scenes, the overall picture is the cleanest it has ever been to home viewers. The Dolby Digital Sound is good for being in mono (another one of Allen's quirks), showcasing the witty dialogue. The Gershwin soundtrack is able to shine through now and again, and the buzzing New York street sounds do make an appearance as well. Although the brilliance of Manhattan is enough to recommend this disc, it would have been nice to see MGM compile some simple supporting elements to make a more comprehensive package.

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All Movie Guide
Woody Allen's valentine/ode to the city captures New York at its most iconic, framing its skyscrapers and other landmarks with lavish care and setting its pace to the rhythm of George Gershwin's melodies. In addition to being Allen's most visually striking film (thanks in large part to Gordon Willis' gorgeous black-and-white photography), Manhattan is also one of his most satisfying, considered by many his greatest achievement. A deeply funny exploration of love, guilt, and everything in-between, the film matches its humor with poignancy. Rather than provide caricatures of urban professionals who think too much for their own good, Allen gives us full-blooded individuals whose anxiety is matched only by their complexity. Even the most incidental, unseen characters, such as Mary's psychiatrist (who telephones her at 3 a.m., weeping) have a rare vibrancy and dimensions all their own. Many critics who reviewed Manhattan at the time of its release remarked that it reflected Allen's growth as a filmmaker, providing a more compassionate, clear-eyed exploration of themes that he had examined in Interiors and Annie Hall, his two previous efforts. Manhattan effectively promoted Allen to the upper echelons of the director/screenwriter realm; a triumphant synthesis of old-fashioned style and modern sensibility, it defined both a director and a genre, setting new standards for the urban comedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2000
UPC:
0027616851154
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
3,972

Special Features

Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Isaac Davis
Diane Keaton Mary Wilke
Michael Murphy Yale
Mariel Hemingway Tracy
Meryl Streep Jill
Anne Byrne Emily
Karen Ludwig Connie
Michael O'Donoghue Dennis
Victor Truro Party Guest
Tisa Farrow Party Guest
Helen Hanft Party Guest
Bella Abzug Guest of Honor
Kenny Vance Television Producer
Charles Levin TV Actor No. 1
David Rasche TV Actor No. 3
Damion Sheller Isaac's Son, Willie
Wallace Shawn Jeremiah
Frances Conroy Shakespearean Actor
Bill Anthony Porsche Owner
John Doumanian Porsche Owner
Ray Serra Pizzeria Waiter
Gary Weis Television Director
Karen Allen TV Actor No. 2
Mark Linn-Baker Shakespearean Actor
Zubin Mehta Conductor
Michael Tilson Thomas Conductor

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Fredric B. Blankfein Asst. Director
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Marshall Brickman Screenwriter
Fern Buchner Makeup
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
Robert Greenhut Executive Producer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Charles H. Joffe Producer
Ralph Lauren Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan E. Morse Editor
Tom Pierson Musical Arrangement
Fred Schuler Camera Operator
Juliet Taylor Casting
Gordon Willis Cinematographer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Scene Selections.
0. Scene Selections.
1. Logos/ New York! [3:59]
2. Smoking At Elaine's. [2:38]
3. Serious Talks. [4:14]
4. Overrated Intellectuals. [7:37]
5. "I Quit!" [2:57]
6. Black-Tie Event. [2:26]
7. Getting Acquainted. [4:28]
8. The Morning After. [3:39]
9. Picking Up Willy. [2:58]
10. Enlightening Date. [6:03]
11. "It's Your Night!" [3:19]
12. "I Can't Do This!" [6:05]
13. "He Led Me On!" [3:13]
14. First Kiss. [5:18]
15. "So Long" Over Sodas. [4:03]
16. Falling In Love. [2:41]
17. Confronting The Exes. [5:56]
18. Revealing Literature. [2:53]
19. Stunned & Confused. [3:34]
20. "We're Just People!" [3:01]
21. Broken Hearts. [2:41]
22. Dictating Life. [3:00]
23. "I Made A Mistake!" [6:46]
24. End Credits. [2:23]

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