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Manhattan [DVD] [1979]

Woody Allen , Diane Keaton , Woody Allen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy, Meryl Streep
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Jack Rollins, Robert Greenhut
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 10 July 2000
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TT7A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,601 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Manhattan, Woody Allen's follow-up to Oscar-winning Annie Hall, is a film of many distinctions: its glorious all-Gershwin score, its breathtakingly elegant black-and-white, widescreen cinematography by Gordon Willis (best-known for shooting the Godfather movies); its deeply shaded performances; its witty screenplay that marked a new level in Allen's artistic maturity; and its catalogue of Things that Make Life Worth Living. Allen's "Rhapsody in Gray" concerns, as his own character puts it, "people in Manhattan who are constantly creating these real, unnecessary, neurotic problems for themselves, because it keeps them from dealing with more insoluble, terrifying problems about the universe". It's a romantic comedy about infidelity and betrayal, the rules of love and friendship, young girls (a radiant and sweet Mariel Hemingway) and older men (Allen), innocence, and sophistication. (a favourite phrase is used to describe a piece of sculpture at the Guggenheim: "It has a marvellous kind of negative capability".) The film's themes can be summed up in two key lines: "I can't believe you met somebody you like better than me", and "It's very important to have some kind of personal integrity". OK, so they may not sound like such sparkling snatches of brilliant dialogue, but Manhattan puts those ideas across with such emotion that you feel an ache in your heart. --Jim Emerson

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Manhattan [DVD] [1979] [DVD] (2000) Woody Allen; Diane Keaton; Mariel Hemingway

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5.0 out of 5 stars Allen's Masterpiece 11 April 2007
Although this is not Woody Allens funniest film, it is his best and its one of the best films ever made. It is funny though, but not in the same way as his 'early funny' ones!

Woody Allen's brilliant writing is there right from the start of the film as we listen to Issac's (Woodys character) opening monologue rewritten over and over, to a selection of stunning images of New York.

The film is in black and white and all the better for it. Somehow the cinematographer Gordon Willis has captured everything that is beautiful about New York in this film. The use of music is also key to this film. Its nearly all George Gershwin and the combination has never been matched in the history of cinema.

The plot is tangled web of Issacs relationships with women, and as you'd expect with Woody Allen its never quite right. The leading women in the film, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep (who is vicious) and Mariel Hemingway are all superb. In the end Issac has to make a decision over who he really wants to be with and this leads to two great scenes which unless you were born with your heart removed will leave you choked.

This is a truly great film in all respects and is an essential addition to any film fans collection. Sadly there are no extras with the DVD, but it is widescreen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen's masterpiece 5 April 2013
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Much as I love 'Hannah and Her Sisters,' 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' and 'Midnight in Paris', for my money this is Woody Allen's absolute finest hour. As well as being the usual Woody Allen comedy of sexual manners it is also a love song or visual poem to the city of New York and specifically, the eponymous borough. Ravishingly shot in gorgeous black and white, the city has never looked better, especially in the opening and closing scenes of the movie. The city is a major character in the movie and Woody's genuine love for the place adds a magic glow to the whole undertaking.

The blu-ray version (an American import which is very fortunately a region-free disc) allows the cinematography to be seen in its full splendour. (Why so few Allen movies are unavailable on blu-ray in the uk is a mystery to me, esp. 'Midnight in Paris!')
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
- according to American film critic ANDREW SARRIS. Granted, this is high praise indeed! But once you surrender swiftly to WOODY ALLEN's most achingly romantic, poignant film, listen to the lush and beautiful GEORGE GERSHWIN music score, marvel at GORDON WILLIS' shimmering monochrome photography of the Big Apple at its most seductive, and I guarantee you will find it very hard to disagree with Sarris' famous comment.
Add in to the mix DIANE KEATON and MARIEL HEMINGWAY at their (respectively) funniest and most youthfully heart-warming, some of the sharpest, most hilarious ALLEN dialogue on celluloid ("he had...the sexual prowess of a coiled jungle cat"!!), and, quite frankly film fans, you simply MUST have this wonderful film in your collection.
Finally, before I really do over-eulogise over WOODY's masterpiece (a minority view but one I've held for 25 years) it is also worth noting that ALLEN's portrait of middle-class New York life remains unsurpassed. For those of you fortunate enough to have visited this great city, you will instantly recognise both the well known landmarks and, and quite probably, even some of the lesser known but distinctly recognisable MANHATTAN nightclubs, cafes and other locations that give the Big Apple its lasting charm and character.
Watch this film and cherish it's swooning romanticism and sharp analysis of middle class intellectual life; you will be delighted and want to watch it every time you see or read anything about NYC again...
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Have To Have A Little Faith In People 28 Feb 2014
Format:DVD observes Mariel Hemingway’s (now) 18-year old student, Tracy, to Woody Allen’s 'failing’ writer, Isaac Davis, to conclude Allen’s 1979 masterpiece in what is, for me, one of cinema’s greatest endings. It’s a nice observation, as well, since Isaac (and, no doubt, co-screenwriter Allen) finally realises that (thus far, at least) Tracy has shown herself to be the most trustworthy of all his close confidants. In fact, Manhattan wears its romantic heart on its sleeve and, whilst it blends typical Allen gags (there are as many great one-liners here as in any of his films) with the more ‘sophisticated’ film-making began with Annie Hall (and continued through the likes of Crimes And Misdemeanours, Hannah And Her Sisters and Stardust Memories), for me, it is equally memorable for its many moments of poignant romance (indeed Allen puts in probably his finest all-round acting turn here).

Of course, Manhattan is a magnificent sensorial experience as well – one that can probably be at least partially appreciated by those who are not fans of 'Allen comedy’ – with Gordon Willis’ superb black-and-white cinematography (e.g. the stunning dawn shot of Isaac and Diane Keaton’s Mary Wilkie sitting on a park bench beside the Brooklyn Bridge as Someone To Watch Over Me plays in the background) and with Allen’s chosen Gershwin score (which, it could be argued, is an 'easy win’ for the film, but is nonetheless perfectly suited and, of course, exquisitely romantic).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic film for those who can separate Allen's recent home life from his skill at film making.
Published 1 day ago by Dr. P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film!
Published 2 days ago by sharon goodeve
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
An iconic film . Probably Woody Allen's best piece. If you are not familiar with his oeuvre you should start here.
Published 1 month ago by j f masson
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece indeed
I have always loved Woody Allen and used to think Annie Hall was his best work but after third viewing I can see more and more nuances in this piece. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Reef
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
Prompt delivery and very good value. A very easy and effective way to buy great films. This film is brilliant and I had bought it as
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Published 2 months ago by Michael in Germany
3.0 out of 5 stars classic but visually SD was not great
The film itself is a classic must see depicting the. Neurotonic brilliance and lunacy of the intelligentsia of New York society. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Arash
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What an opening scene! Came quickly and in good nick, amazingly I've never seen this before, but had the music
Published 3 months ago by chezscouse
5.0 out of 5 stars A msterpiece
A masterpiece, and quite unlike any other film i have ever seen. Excellent acting, direction and cinematography; what more xould you want. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. D. Brand
2.0 out of 5 stars Great film - shocking quality !
If you're thinking of buying this on blu ray DON'T ! The picture is grainy, the sound is shocking ( probably one of the worst I have ever heard ) with me having a ten month old... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adrian Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars An Utter Classic
I am now 60; this film came out when I was in my mid-twenties, for whatever reason it passed me by? So, here I am at 60, 35 years after it hit the big screen, watching it for the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gerry Valjean 24602
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