Woody Allen Collection

Woody Allen Collection

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Director: Woody Allen

Cast: Woody Allen

     
 

Another in a series of Woody Allen collector sets, this one includes a number of the best movies that he made during the 1980s. Each DVD comes in the widescreen format and has a faithful, well-balanced audio transfer, but none of the discs offer any real meaningful DVD extras. Don't blame MGM Home Entertainment for the lack of extras, Allen isn't interested in… See more details below

Overview

Another in a series of Woody Allen collector sets, this one includes a number of the best movies that he made during the 1980s. Each DVD comes in the widescreen format and has a faithful, well-balanced audio transfer, but none of the discs offer any real meaningful DVD extras. Don't blame MGM Home Entertainment for the lack of extras, Allen isn't interested in recording audio commentaries or participating in documentaries about the making of his movies. Thankfully, the movies themselves are good enough on their own to justify this set: the lovely Hannah and Her Sisters (a surprise box-office hit and multiple Academy Award winner), the delightful show business fable Broadway Danny Rose, the tender The Purple Rose of Cairo, the clever pseudo-documentary Zelig, and the warm, nostalgic Radio Days. Only 1982's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy doesn't merit multiple viewings, but it's still an amusing, if slight homage to the lighter sides of Renoir and Bergman. Since many retailers reduce the list price of this already reasonable gift set even further, this is a great way to collect a number of Allen's best movies in one fell swoop.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Chas Turner
Completing The Woody Allen Collection, this third volume in the series could be subtitled "The Mia Farrow Years," as the director's former muse stars in all six of the delightful films included in the box set -- among the finest in Allen's considerable canon. Mind you, Farrow appears in all the Volume 2 films as well, but that collection -- tracing the movies made between 1987 and '92 (including Crimes and Misdemeanors and Shadows and Fog) -- affords dramatic contrasts absent from this frothy set. (The early, "funny" work, from '71's Bananas to Allen's first flowerings as a film artist in Annie Hall, are covered in Volume 1.) Here in Volume 3, the writer-director-star and Farrow have a great time in their early years together ('81-'87). Their collaboration brought out the sweeter side of Allen's comic brilliance, and some of his most assured work comes out of this era. Their first film together, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, ('82) mines pastoral beauty and carnal hijinks in the spirit of Jean Renoir's Rules of the Game, with luscious cinematography by Gordon Willis. Arguably the funniest of the lot, Zelig (1983) is a mockumentary look at a human chameleon (played by Allen), who mingles with noted historical figures, courtesy of some of the best pre-Gump film forgery. Farrow is cast against type as a tough-tawkin' gangster's moll in Broadway Danny Rose ('84), a gentle, starkly beautiful look at showbiz third-raters. The Purple Rose of Cairo ('85), Allen's homage to Buster Keaton's frame-breaking masterpiece Sherlock, Jr., offers a romance between a meek Depression-era housewife and a character (Jeff Daniels) who steps off the screen and into her arms. Perhaps his most respected film from the 1980s, Hannah and Her Sisters ('86), strikes an elegant balance between austere relationship drama and gentle comedy in its story of the troubled bond between three sisters (Farrow, Barbara Hershey, and Dianne Wiest). It eventually nabbed three Oscars, for Allen's script and for supporting actors Wiest and Michael Caine. Radio Days (1987) is the most admittedly autobiographical film of the lot, a sweetly tinged cavalcade of family recollections and nostalgic evocations from Allen's childhood. Taken together, The Woody Allen Collection, Volume 3 is the most focused of the three box sets -- Allen clearly found a delicate, inspired groove with Farrow, and this well-tempered collection is much more than the calm before the storm of an ugly and public breakup.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
UPC:
0027616860507
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
8:48:00

Special Features

Widescreen versions of Broadway Danny Rose, Hannah and Her Sisters, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days, and Zelig, each with collectible booklets and the original theatrical trailers

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Woody Allen Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Broadway Danny Rose
1. Main Title/Jokers [:08]
2. A Class Act [3:21]
3. Believing in Lou [5:56]
4. The Nostalgia Craze [3:55]
5. Mad (About) Tina [6:32]
6. Love, Poetry, Iodine [5:34]
7. Danny White Roses [8:45]
8. Lost and Furious [5:51]
9. Better Representation [3:31]
10. Livin' Like a Loser [4:24]
11. "Nice Wriggling" [5:08]
12. Helium Hits [7:26]
13. The Big Night [2:49]
14. Management Changes [3:54]
15. Tina's Conscience [4:27]
16. Frozen Turkey/Credits [5:24]
Disc #2 -- Hannah and Her Sisters
1. Main Title/So Beautiful [8:56]
2. Frederick & the World [2:29]
3. 'The Hypchondriac' [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]
Disc #3 -- A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
255. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/Proud Prof. [4:39]
2. Sexual Frustration [7:05]
3. Playing Dr. & Nurse [6:22]
4. "Only One Ariel" [5:31]
5. "Pure Animal Lust" [8:41]
6. Pointed Proposals [6:11]
7. Come Fly With Me [4:57]
8. Overflowing Excuses [5:45]
9. A Disruptive Dinner [6:02]
10. "Yield to Temptation" [5:42]
11. "An Optical Illusion" [2:12]
12. A Blown Invention [3:10]
13. Midnight Rendezvous [4:33]
14. Realized Dreams [4:44]
15. Shot by Cupid's Arrow [7:54]
16. "Enchanted!"/Credits [4:15]
Disc #4 -- The Purple Rose of Cairo
1. Main Title/Depression [:08]
2. An Adventurer in Love [5:21]
3. Olga the Acrobat [5:33]
4. The Hero Emerges [4:59]
5. All Talk, No Action [7:39]
6. Too Smoldering [5:57]
7. Fake Money, Real Kisses [1:58]
8. Fact Fights Fiction [5:33]
9. Fighting Dirty [7:06]
10. That Magical Glow [4:17]
11. Love Not For Sale [3:01]
12. A Talent For Musicals [5:14]
13. Cecilia in the Movies [5:21]
14. What About Perfection? [6:00]
15. Hollywood Fade-Out [4:43]
16. End Credits [6:05]
Disc #5 -- Radio Days
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 Cannon's 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]
Disc #6 -- Zelig, Zelig, Zelig
1. Main Title [:28]
2. Who is That Guy? [4:32]
3. Medical Studies [5:54]
4. Human Chameleon [6:04]
5. Custody [5:58]
6. Forgotten Phenomenon [5:14]
7. Lost and Found [5:02]
8. Filmed Sessions [6:32]
9. Trance State [3:27]
10. New Feelings [4:00]
11. His Own Man [6:20]
12. Assimilation [3:57]
13. Scandal [6:56]
14. Germany [5:47]
15. Disorderly Hero [4:07]
16. End Credits [4:37]

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