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Annie Hall

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VIFGSW

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Woody Allen cowrote, directed, and stars in this award-winning film as a kvetchy Brooklyn comedian wistfully recalling his bygone relationship with flighty, adorable, and irrepressibly midwestern (read: not Jewish) Annie Hall. The film marked a transition from Allen's earlier absurdist comedies to a richer vein of thoughtful consideration of relationships. The gentle narrative revolutionized the urban romantic-comedy genre, while Keaton's hip, man-tailored wardrobe set the 1977 fashion standard. The film is filled with memorable scenes and oft-quoted lines and features Allen talking right into the camera, a technique that was not commonplace at the time. Allen, playing comedian Alvy Singer, uses many of his stand-up comedy routines in the film as he woos the wonderful Diane Keaton, playing the title character, Annie Hall. As Alvy helps Annie mature, she grows apart from him, choosing to live in Southern California, which is the antithesis of his deep love for New York. The film features fabulous visual and verbal gags, a propensity for food scenes, and memorable cameos by the likes of Marshall McLuhan, Paul Simon, Christopher Walken, Truman Capote, Shelley Duvall, and others.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AUDIO SYNC ISSUES WITH THE BLU-RAY!! 3 Nov 2013
By Jim
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I am very disappointed with the Blu Ray of Annie Hall. It has a major audio sync issue. The sound is about half a second out in places, especially during the monologue at the beginning. I have been sent a replacement, which also has the issue. I have tested both discs on three players:

Sony Playstation 3 (Slim top loader)
Sony BDP-S185
Samsung BD-E5300

They are the same on the two Sony players and slightly worse on the Samsung! Some scenes are almost in sync, and others are noticeably out. Fast forwarding or re-winding makes the problem worse. The film is unwatchable.

This issue has been widely reported on the internet, but a re-call has not been announced yet. Some people with high end Blu Ray players have reported that the sync issue does not affect them.

Buyer beware!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, delightful and very funny 27 April 2012
By flahr
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Annie Hall is a rather odd film, with Allen's character - a neurotic Jewish comedian, that must have been a stretch for him to play - frequently addressing us directly, in one scene switching seamlessly from real-life to fantasy when annoyed by a boor behind him in a movie queue, in others suddenly becoming a cartoon character or using subtitles to show the subtext in his and Annie's first conversation. But never mind this playing with the form because quite apart from that Annie Hall is a very funny film: it's because Alvy Singer's romance with Annie Hall (and with Brooklyn) is so affecting and awkwardly believable that it's so hilarious. Enjoyable, cheering - and only an hour and a half long! - I'd recommend Annie Hall to anyone.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "La Di Da" 30 May 2003
By SJP29
Format:DVD
What is there to say? If you haven't seen this film, you really don't know what you're missing. This is Allen's most celebrated masterpiece, and shows Diane Keaton and Woody at their best (Keaton's singing voice is as uplifting as her acting!). The relationship between Alvy Singer and Annie Hall is portrayed with the closest attention to detail, so that whether it is waiting in line to see a movie, buying books for one another, persuading Annie to take up an academic course or photographing Alvy during a very amusing lobster incident, the result is highly effective. You know, it's like the old Groucho Marx joke: "I don't want to join any club that will take me as a member"; this is Alvy's maxim; a man who is never satisfied, but always wants invitations! Annie, the nightclub singer, is, at the same time, just like Alvy and nothing like him - what is it they have in common? The answer is their individuality. From the moment Annie utters her non-sensical phrase, "La Di Da", Alvy is in awe. It is a relationship of mutual appreciation as much as it is companionship. The relationship is doomed to fail, but the journey from friendship to love, and love to friendship, and - guess what? - friendship to love again is compelling to watch. Alvy can't communicate with other women in the way that he does with Annie, to the point that there is no room for laughter: [Alvy] "I haven't been myself since I quit smoking" [Some girl] "O, when did you quit smoking?" [Alvy] "Sixteen years ago" [Some girl] "Wait, I don't get it. Is it a joke?". Well, you decide. This film is one on many levels, with Freudian undertones, and musical overtones, and each viewing is a new experience. What if Annie had married Alvy, for example? Her name would, ironically, be Annie Singer! See this film, or don't call yourself a Woody Allen fan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Just got this DVD to replace our old VHS one. Love the colour and sharpness against the murky old tape we were used to. You get scene access and the original trailer.

You've got to admire Allen, not only as writer/director/actor, but also as writer willing to assign himself a leading role that is not altogether sympathetic. It starts and ends with his character's - comedian Alvie Singer - views on life and relationships. He looks back on his relationship with singer Annie Hall, the time frame jumping back and forth from different stages of their relationship, his first two wives, her former relationships, his childhood, their breakup, etc. This method of storytelling really keeps you on your toes.

Strange, but it only really sunk in now, on the umpteenth viewing, that Alvie and his friend Rob continually refer to each other as Max, for some private reason. I still don't know what Alvie means when he tells his second wife that he hates the country because there's no place to walk after dinner. Aside from that, this is a very funny and seminal film about a loving but problematic relationship between a neurotic jewish comedian and a kooky insecure nightclub singer.

An intelligent comedy that would make an ideal introduction to Allen's oeuvre. I still think Love & Death is the funniest one, Play It Again Sam the most romantic, Stardust Memories the most artistic. A personal favourite: Manhattan [DVD]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the really great fims 22 April 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Annie Hall is just a very special film. It's humour is ever present sometimes obvious, sometimes so subtle.
The acting is brilliant and the whole atmosphere created is so entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 3 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
This film is great! very funny the scene where alvie is recognised by a fan is
hilarious. This film has ignited a fresh new interest in woody allen as a comic
and writer director.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A DROWNER
After watching Blue jasmine i decided to buy this film as it was a very much mentioned Allen film but sadley this didnt do it for me i enjoyed Blue Jasmine, Midnight in Paris,... Read more
Published 14 days ago by miss kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A early classic for film lovers
Published 16 days ago by Dr. P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great dvd!
Published 16 days ago by sharon goodeve
5.0 out of 5 stars Annie Hall
One of the many Woody Alan films I have just recently acquired - it has a rich and interesting plot and I believe acquired Alan with some awards
Published 2 months ago by T. Hedgecock
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as Manhattan?
Having watched `Manhattan' the day before, and found it an absolute classic that I enjoyed immensely, I was left slightly underwhelmed by `Annie Hall? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gerry Valjean 24602
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming Love Movie from Allen
Contrary to wide belief, Annie Hall is not Woody Allen's greatest film- though it surely must rank as one of the best examples of a breakdown of a loving relationship. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Colonel Decker
4.0 out of 5 stars Acessible Allen
This isn't his best film, but if you're a fan, a must have for your collection. Manhattan and Hannah and her sisters might be worth a look if you're into Woody.
Published 7 months ago by noahs dad
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Woody Allen's best
If you're not familiar with Woody Allen, this is the one to watch. A sweet, funny and clever film, I love it.
Published 9 months ago by Jinanne
1.0 out of 5 stars BluRay sound is about half a second out of sync
The sound on the BluRay is about half a second out of sync with the picture, almost unwatchable. (And yes, I've updated my firmware... Read more
Published 9 months ago by feline1
4.0 out of 5 stars Once seen, is good, but not enough to keep.
I remember watching and enjoying this film years ago, but having watched it again, is enough, and took it along to the charity shop. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jessie
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