Radio Days

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Woody Allen gives a nostalgic look back at the early 20th century with Radio Days. MGM has done fair work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer. The colors and flesh tones all look even and clear. While the black levels tend to be evenly solid, there is a good amount of dirt in the image that is a bit distracting to the viewer. Overall Radio Days is a very eye-pleasing transfer by MGM. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (in English, French, and Spanish) and sounds good in the confines of the film. ...
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Woody Allen gives a nostalgic look back at the early 20th century with Radio Days. MGM has done fair work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer. The colors and flesh tones all look even and clear. While the black levels tend to be evenly solid, there is a good amount of dirt in the image that is a bit distracting to the viewer. Overall Radio Days is a very eye-pleasing transfer by MGM. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (in English, French, and Spanish) and sounds good in the confines of the film. Though fidelity and depth are lacking in this track, the movie is often dialogue-driven and sounds fine backed by this mono track. Also included on this disc are English, French, and Spanish subtitles. Much like the previous Woody Allen discs from MGM, Radio Days only sports a theatrical trailer as its single supplemental feature. Radio Days is a well-produced disc, if a little disappointing in the bonus materials department.
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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
Nostalgia often allows otherwise disciplined filmmakers to lower their guards and indulge in misty-eyed wistfulness for its own sake, a trap Woody Allen neatly avoids by making Radio Days a film every bit as sharp as it is sentimental. A touching coming-of-age story almost by accident, the film revives radio-dominated WWII era New York through a series of comic vignettes portraying the adventures of an Allen-esque boy (an already impressive Seth Green) and the behind-the-scenes lives of the radio performers he idolizes, mining each for humor and pathos. Almost by definition, some portions of episodic films work better than others, but Allen integrates them all excellently into a consistent whole, a feat made all the more remarkable by the film's brief running time. There's a lot of narrative packed into Radio Days' 85 minutes, and Allen's steady tone makes sure that none of it feels out of place. Aware of how much memory is tied into pop culture, Allen uses minute period details and a packed soundtrack to evoke the time, a choice that lends impact to its era-ending finale. Even those born well after the time the film portrays may find themselves nostalgic for its passing, and newly aware that their time too will pass. Though it owes a debt to Fellini's Amarcord, this is one of Allen's most distinctively personal films.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • UPC: 027616860484
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • 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: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,923

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mia Farrow Sally White
Seth Green Little Joe
Julie Kavner Mother
Josh Mostel Uncle Abe
Michael Tucker Father
Dianne Wiest Aunt Bea
Wallace Shawn Masked Avenger
Tito Puente Latin Band Leader
Danny Aiello Rocco
Gina de Angelis Rocco's Mother
Jeff Daniels Biff Baxter
Tony Roberts "Silver Dollar" MC
Julie Kurnitz Irene
David Warrilow Roger
Diane Keaton New Year's Singer
Sydney Blake Miss Gordon
Andrew B. Clark Sidney Manulis
Guy LeBow Bill Kern
Maurice Shrog Abercrombie Couple
Liz Vochecowizc Dance Palace Musician
Mike Starr Burglar
Paul Herman Burglar
Don Pardo Guess That Tune Host
Martin Rosenblatt Mr. Needleman
Helen Miller Mrs. Needleman
Danielle Ferland Child Star
Michael Murray Avenger Crook
William Flanagan Avenger Announcer
Renee Lippin Aunt Ceil
William Magerman Grandpa
Leah Carrey Grandma
Joy Newman Ruthie
Hy Anzell Mr. Waldbaum
Judith Malina Mrs. Waldbaum
Fletcher Farrow Previn Andrew
Oliver Block Nick
Maurice Toueg Dave
Sal Tuminello Burt
Rebecca Nickels Evelyn Goorwitz
Mindy Morgenstern "Show and Tell" Teacher
David Mosberg Arnold
Ross Morgenstern Ross
Kenneth Mars Rabbi Baumel
Lee Erwin Roller Rink Organist
Roger Hammer Richard
Terry Lee Swarts Night Club Customer
Margaret Thomson Night Club Customer
Denise Dummont Latin Singer
Dimitri Vassilopoulos Porfirio
Larry David Communist Neighbor
Rebecca Schaeffer Communist's Daughter
Belle Berger Mrs. Silberman
Brian Mannain Kirby Kyle
Stan Burns Ventriloquist
Todd Field Crooner
Peter Lombard Abercrombie Host
Martin Sherman Mr. Abercromie
Crystal Field Abercrombie Couple
Marc Colner Whiz Kid
Roberta Bennett Teacher with Carrot
Joel Eidelsberg Mr. Zipsky
Peter Castellotti Mr. Davis
Shelley Delaney Chekhov Actress
Dwight Weist Pearl Harbor Announcer
Ken Levinsky USO Musician
Ray Marchica USO Musician
J.R. Horne Biff Announcer
Kuno Sponholz German
Henry Yuk Japanese
Kitty Carlisle Hart Radio Singer
Robert Joy Fred
Henry Cowen Principal
Philip Shultz Whistler
Mercedes Ruehl Ad man
Bruce Jarchow Ad man
Greg Gerard Songwriter
David Cale Director
Ira Wheeler Sponsor
Hannah Rabinowitz Sponsor's Wife
Edward S. Kotkin Diction Teacher
Ruby Payne Diction Student
Jaqui Safra Diction Student
Paul Berman Gay White Way Announcer
Richard Portnow Sy
Barbara Gallo Dance Palace Musician
Jane Jarvis Dance Palace Musician
Ivan Kronenfeld On-the-Spot Newsman
Frank O'Brien Fireman
Yolanda Childress Polly's Mother
Artie Butler New Year's Bandleader
Gregg Almquist Voice Only
Jackson Beck Voice Only
Wendell Craig Voice Only
William H. Macy Voice Only
Ken Roberts Voice Only
Norman Rose Voice Only
Kenneth Welsh Voice Only
Woody Allen Voice Only
Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director, Screenwriter
Zequinha Abreu Songwriter
Arthur Altman Songwriter
George Bassman Songwriter
Johnny S. Black Songwriter
Les Bloom Set Decoration/Design
Nat Bonx Songwriter
Fern Buchner Makeup
Nat Burton Songwriter
Xavier Cugat Songwriter
Stanley J. Damerell Songwriter
George De Titta Jr. Art Director
Howard Deitz Songwriter
A. Dominguez Songwriter
Milton Drake Songwriter
Ervin Drake Songwriter
Alexis Dubin Songwriter
Tolchard Evans Songwriter
Frank Eyton Songwriter
George Forrest Songwriter
Jack Fulton Songwriter
Joseph Garland Songwriter
Mack Gordan Songwriter
John W. Green Songwriter
Robert Greenhut Producer
Robert Hargreaves Songwriter
Edward Heyman Songwriter
Al Hoffman Songwriter
Speed Hopkins Art Director
Dick Hyman Score Composer, Songwriter, Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Moe Jaffe Songwriter
William Jerome Songwriter
Carol Joffe Set Decoration/Design
Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Sammy Kaye Songwriter
Walter Kent Songwriter
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Lawrence Songwriter
Margarita Lecuona Songwriter
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
F.W. Meacham Songwriter
Dick Mingalone Camera Operator
Susan E. Morse Editor
Aloysio Oliveira Songwriter
Sy Oliver Songwriter
Carlo Di Palma Cinematographer
Don Reid Songwriter
Thomas A. Reilly Production Manager
Atos Rodriquez Songwriter
S.K. Russell Songwriter
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Schwartz Songwriter
Terry Shand Songwriter
Robert Sour Songwriter
Al Stillman Songwriter
Frank Strayer Songwriter
Jule Styne Songwriter
Ezra Swerdlow Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Juliet Taylor Casting
David Weinman Set Decoration/Design
Ervin Willson Songwriter
Robert Wright Songwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/...That Song [:08]
2. Radio in Rockaway [4:12]
3. The Avenger's Family [2:18]
4. State of Emergency [7:18]
5. Roger, Irene & Sally [4:45]
6. The Commie Neighbors [5:39]
7. Favorite Programs [3:57]
8. Memorable Music [5:31]
9. Sally's Breaks [6:24]
10. Enemy Planes & Dames [6:44]
11. Bea's Taste in Men [3:50]
12. "The Cannons' Roar" [8:14]
13. Baby, Fish & Chemistry [7:05]
14. Polly Down the Well [5:36]
15. "Happy New Year!" [4:54]
16. End Credits [8:49]
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Theatrical Trailer
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Living as a kid in NY during the Forties

    this is a movie that brings back thoughts of the 1940's with a touch of flair.. Woody Allen takes you back to the childhood of a New York kid who pretty much gets into all sorts of sititutions that will have you in stitches ... the story is told like that classic "The Christmas Story"... This brigs back the golden age of radio.. thus Radio Days is Funny.. heart warming and witty... Enjoy

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic portrayal of some Radio Days passed

    Woody Allen does a good job of portraying his humor back to a 30's - 40's America when life revolved around the radio. A great view of an east coast family, bundled up with crazy neighbors, and elaborate stories to bring back some wonderful memories of simpler times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Always a delight to watch!

    This has to be one of Woody Allen's stellar accomplishments, The sets and casting are superb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    tThe Crown Jewel of all Woody Allen Films

    Possibly one of the best films woody Allen has ever made. It recreates a time and place so lovingly that it tugs and tears the heartstrings of emotions. There are scenes so beautifully realized that you wish you were a part of this world that has all but vanished from memory! A must see film for anyone who remembers, or who cares to remember, those magic days of radio!

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    Posted May 21, 2009

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