Woody Allen Collection, Vol. 1

Overview

Woody Allen started the 1970s as a quirky comedian who had just launched a second career writing and directing manic comedies; at decade's end, he was one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of his generation. The Woody Allen Gift Set is a box-set collection that brings together the eight films he directed between 1971 and 1980, arguably his most important period as a filmmaker. In Bananas (1971), Woody plays Fielding Mellish who, while trying to impress his girlfriend (Louise Lasser), somehow becomes the leader of ...
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Overview

Woody Allen started the 1970s as a quirky comedian who had just launched a second career writing and directing manic comedies; at decade's end, he was one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of his generation. The Woody Allen Gift Set is a box-set collection that brings together the eight films he directed between 1971 and 1980, arguably his most important period as a filmmaker. In Bananas (1971), Woody plays Fielding Mellish who, while trying to impress his girlfriend (Louise Lasser), somehow becomes the leader of San Marcos, a politically unstable country in Latin America. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972) is a seven-part comedy with sketches inspired by Dr. David Reuben's best-selling book; Allen appears in four of the seven episodes, with Gene Wilder, Lynn Redgrave, Burt Reynolds, Tony Randall and Regis Philbin also highlighting the cast. In Sleeper (1973), Woody plays Miles Monroe, who is accidentally frozen following an ulcer operation and revived in the year 2173, where he has a hard time fitting in; Diane Keaton co-stars. Allen's fondness for Russian literature gets a comic workout in Love and Death (1975), in which renowned coward Boris (Allen) and his wife Sonia (Keaton) become involved in a plot to assassinate Napoleon. Annie Hall (1977) was Allen's breakthrough film, a superb blend of comedy and drama that charts the often rocky path of a romance between comic Alvy Singer (Allen) and aspiring singer and photographer Annie Hall (Keaton); the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1977. Interiors (1978) was Allen's first film with no comic elements and the first film he directed in which he did not appear; this drama of a family in crisis stars Diane Keaton, E.G. Marshall, Maureen Stapleton, and Geraldine Page. Manhattan (1979), often cited as the best film of Allen's career, is an alternately witty and heart-tugging romantic comedy-drama about a TV writer (Allen) and his various romantic and professional troubles; the cast also includes Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy, and Meryl Streep. And Stardust Memories was Allen's tribute to the work of Federico Fellini, in which he plays a filmmaker who has reached an impasse in both his professional and personal lives; starring with Allen are Charlotte Rampling, Marie-Christine Barrault, Jessica Harper, and Tony Roberts.
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Special Features

ANNIE HALL: ; Collectible Booklet ; Original Theatrical Trailer ; EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX (BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK): ; Collectible Booklet ; LOVE AND DEATH: ; Collectible Booklet ; Original Theatrical Trailer ; SLEEPER: ; Collectible Booklet ; INTERIORS: ; Collectible Booklet ; Original Theatrical Trailer ; MANHATTAN: ; Collectible Booklet ; Original Theatrical ; STARDUST MEMORIES: ; Collectible Booklet ; Original Theatrical Trailer ; BANANAS: ; Collectible Booklet ; Original Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
One part Groucho Marx, one part Sigmund Freud, and just enough Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman to wow the highbrows, Woody Allen established himself in the 1970s as a writer-actor-director uniquely capable of creating films that are hilarious -- and often tragic -- worlds unto themselves. Or perhaps unto himself: Although his onscreen persona remained a neurotic mess and does to this day, his films grew through the decade from mere comic gems to deeply affecting studies of human relationships. The eight films in this set make for an entertaining look at that evolution. The decade begins with four romps rife with the Marx Brothers-inspired anarchy: Bananas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask, Sleeper, and Love and Death. The latter three establish Diane Keaton as an Allen regular -- a modern Margaret Dumont to his would-be Groucho -- but the comic mood changes drastically in the films that followed 1977's Annie Hall, Allen's most successful and significant film. Sacrificing slapstick for dry wit, this multiple Oscar winner cemented Allen's place in the filmmaking firmament. Interiors, the Bergman homage he served as Annie Hall's follow-up, remains a dramatic enigma amid this otherwise funny field. In 1979's Manhattan, -- shot by cinematographer Gordon Willis in breathtaking black and white -- Allen returned to the turf he'd so wonderfully staked out in Annie Hall: a nostalgic and stylized New York where infidelity is a terminal disease and psychiatry an amusingly inadequate cure. The set's final installment, Stardust Memories, is often compared to Fellini's 8 1/2, and it finds Allen satirizing his newfound celebrity. Viewed today together with Manhattan -- with its May-September romantic theme -- one can't help but be struck by the eerie foreshadowing of the controversy surrounding Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi Previn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/4/2000
  • UPC: 027616851178
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, EspaƱol
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Fullscreen
1. Title/The Wrong Track [:05]
2. The Art Of Suffering [4:47]
3. Antidepressant [3:50]
4. The Besieged Genius [3:19]
5. "The Amazing Sandy" [6:11]
6. Fatal Attraction [4:06]
7. Fanatical Fan [4:30]
8. Loose Hostility [1:43]
9. "No Pressure!" [2:28]
10. Family Portrait [5:01]
11. An Arresting Ride [3:17]
12. "Jazz Heaven" [2:57]
13. "The Perfect Woman" [1:55]
14. Childhood Memories [7:01]
15. "The Bicycle Thief" [4:43]
16. Bad Body Image [2:27]
17. Lost In Space [2:50]
18. Feeling Alienated [5:21]
19. "You're My Hero!" [3:14]
20. Immortality [3:12]
21. A Profound Moment [2:34]
22. Enlightement [2:13]
23. "He Makes A Living!" [4:22]
24. End Credits [2:32]
1. Title/The Wrong Track [4:55]
2. The Art Of Suffering [3:50]
3. Antidepressant [3:19]
4. The Besieged Genius [6:11]
5. "The Amazing Sandy" [4:06]
6. Fatal Attraction [4:30]
7. Fanatical Fan [1:43]
8. Loose Hostility [2:28]
9. "No Pressure!" [5:01]
10. Family Portrait [3:17]
11. An Arresting Ride [2:57]
12. "Jazz Heaven" [1:55]
13. "The Perfect Woman" [7:01]
14. Childhood Memories [4:43]
15. "The Bicycle Thief" [2:27]
16. Bad Body Image [2:50]
17. Lost In Space [5:21]
18. Feeling Alienated [3:14]
19. "You're My Hero!" [3:12]
20. Immortality [2:34]
21. A Profound Moment [2:13]
22. Enlightenment [4:22]
23. "He Makes A Living!" [2:32]
24. End Credits [3:31]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Fullscreen
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   theatrical trailer
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   Side #2 -- Widescreen
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