Sleeper

Sleeper

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Director: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory

Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory

     
 

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It's unfortunate that with older films the transfer onto DVD is not always a smooth one. Besides the expected nicks and scratches, lines often appear blurred and colors can bleed. This inconsistency is evident in this MGM release of Woody Allen's futuristic comedy Sleeper. Often when there is a clean image, it will quickly become an unbalanced one, especially

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It's unfortunate that with older films the transfer onto DVD is not always a smooth one. Besides the expected nicks and scratches, lines often appear blurred and colors can bleed. This inconsistency is evident in this MGM release of Woody Allen's futuristic comedy Sleeper. Often when there is a clean image, it will quickly become an unbalanced one, especially when there is much activity happening in the frame. This is not an anamorphic transfer, though there is a choice between widescreen and pan-and-scan. As with all Allen films, sound is in mono only with dialogue superseding everything else. It serves this film well, and the tinny background clarinet music is not due to the transfer quality as much as to the actual dated recordings. Allen's DVDs are expected to contain the barest in the special features department, and here there is only a collectible booklet containing background info, and the original trailer. Still, this is such a witty film that audiences will not be disappointed.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Four years before his Oscar-winning breakthrough with Annie Hall, Woody Allen was still deep in absurdist humor, and, over the course of Sleeper's 88 minutes, he wins a beauty contest, kidnaps a nose, transforms into Blanche DuBois, impersonates a robot, is strangled by a giant tape machine, battles a glob of pudding, reveals the truth about Richard Nixon, and slips on a banana peel three times his size. On a belly-laugh scale, Sleeper is one of the most enjoyable works he's ever produced. While the humor is broad, it's hardly unintelligent, delving into political and social commentary, as Allen's Miles makes his way as the lone survivor of the 20th century. Diane Keaton plays second fiddle, but she's a good straight woman and begins to display the comic flair that would soon make her famous. This was the first movie to feature Allen's love of classic jazz; the up-tempo Dixieland score by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with Allen on clarinet, plays a key role in propelling the movie's rip-roaring comic tempo. Woody Allen may have made more personal and moving films, but he rarely made one funnier than Sleeper.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2000
UPC:
0027616850157
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
8,697

Special Features

Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Miles Monroe
Diane Keaton Luna Schlosser
John Beck Erno Windt
Mary Gregory Dr. Melik
Don Keefer Dr. Tryon
Howard Cosell Actor
Spencer Mulligan Jeb Hrmthmg
Stanley Ralph Ross Sears Wiggles
Whitney Rydbeck Janus
John McLiam Dr. Agon
Lou Picetti M. C
Jessica Rains Woman in Mirror
Douglas Rain Evil Computer
Chris Forbes Rainer Krebs
Bartlett Robinson Dr. Orva
Marya Small Dr. Nero
Peter Hobbs Dr. Dean
Susan Miller Ellen Pogrebin
Brian Avery Herald Cohen
Mark Gordon Actor

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Del Acevedo Makeup
M. James Arnett Stunts
Marshall Brickman Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Jerry Endler Special Effects
A.D. Flowers Special Effects
Fred T. Gallo Asst. Director
Felix Giglio Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Grossberg Producer
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Charles H. Joffe Producer
Ron Kalish Editor
Henry J. Lange Asst. Director
Gary Moreno Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Rosenblum Associate Producer,Editor
Joel Schumacher Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Dianne I. Wager Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
David M. Walsh Cinematographer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Credits [:05]
2. Wake-Up Call [2:06]
3. "A Cosmic Screw-Up" [7:17]
4. A Bite Of History [4:58]
5. The Butler Did It [3:13]
6. Flying & Spying [2:56]
7. Face-Off [2:31]
8. Having A Ball [5:20]
9. "The Orgasmatron" [2:16]
10. Off With His Head! [3:04]
11. A Screaming Gag [3:34]
12. Banana Split [2:55]
13. Blow-Up Doll [2:38]
14. "Bug" Bite [4:38]
15. Sex Education [2:52]
16. Brainwashed Beauties [5:54]
17. Disorientation [3:49]
18. Reorientation [4:34]
19. Jealousy Hang-Up [5:32]
20. Led By The Nose [4:35]
21. "Never Clone Alone" [3:06]
22. "Bang!" [4:28]
23. "I Love You" [2:02]
24. End Credits [2:05]
Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Credits [2:06]
2. Wake-Up Call [7:17]
3. "A Cosmic Screw-Up" [4:58]
4. A Bit Of History [3:13]
5. The Butler Did It [2:56]
6. Flying & Spying [2:31]
7. Face-Off [5:20]
8. Having A Ball [2:16]
9. "The Orgasmatron" [3:04]
10. Off With His Head! [3:34]
11. A Screaming Gag [2:55]
12. Banana Split [2:38]
13. Blow-Up Doll [4:37]
14. "Bug" Bite [2:52]
15. Sex Education [5:54]
16. Brainwashed Beauties [3:49]
17. Disorientation [4:34]
18. Reorientation [5:32]
19. Jealousy Hang-Up [4:35]
20. Led By The Nose [3:06]
21. "Never Clone Alone" [4:28]
22. "Bang!" [2:02]
23. "I Love You" [2:05]
24. End Credits [:34]

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Sleeper 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the best woody allen films.The story is hysterical and the charecters are very funny. I wish most of Woody allens films were like this. This is for sure one my favorite films. I recomend this movie to any one who likes Woody Allen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you mention Cult Classics...This is not on any list. But it is on top of mine. Woody takes the ''Rip van Winkle'' concept and puts us in a future which is...well. filled with gagas or funny insights. I love the ''Orgasmatron''...it is funnier than anything done in the last decade or so. Plus I love the health food of the future...make sure all your health food conscience friends watch this.....Becasue you never know! A great film to watch with friends....
TSQUAREDK More than 1 year ago
A few thoughts are stale (free verse, free love), one is frighteningly futuristic (the leader's nose), and the video is a little sexually heavy-handed. BUT in general the movie is simply hilarious, with Woody being his typically silly New Yorker-self!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago