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Midnight in Paris [DVD][2011] [2012]

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  • Actors: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005PNO4XG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Even for people who have never been to Paris, the name of the city is more than a metaphor for magic. Certainly there’s no better place on earth that Woody Allen could have chosen for his critically-acclaimed romantic comedy featuring an all-star cast led by Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen and Marion Cotillard.

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Paris is a city that lends itself to daydreaming, to walking the streets and imagining all sorts of magic, a quality that Woody Allen understands perfectly. Midnight in Paris is Allen's charming reverie about just that quality, with a screenwriter hero named Gil (Owen Wilson) who strolls the lanes of Paris with his head in the clouds and walks right into his own best fantasy. Gil is there with his materialistic fiancée (Rachel McAdams) and her unpleasant parents, taking a break from his financially rewarding but spiritually unfulfilling Hollywood career--and he can't stop thinking that all he wants to do is quit the movies, move to Paris, and write that novel he's been meaning to finish. You know, be like his heroes in the bohemian Paris of the 1920s. Sure enough, a midnight encounter draws him into the jazzy world of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Picasso and Dali, and an intense Ernest Hemingway, who promises to bring Gil's manuscript to Gertrude Stein for review. Gil wakes up every morning back in the real world, but returning to his enchanted Paris proves fairly easy. In the execution of this marvelous fantasia, Allen pursues the idea that people of every generation have always romanticized a previous age as golden (this is in fact explained to us by Michael Sheen's pedantic art expert), but he also honors Gil's need to find out certain truths for himself. The movie's on the side of gentle fantasy, and it has some literary/cinematic in-jokes that call back to the kind of goofy humor Allen created in Love and Death.The film is guilty of the slackness that Allen's latter-day directing has sometimes shown, and the underwritten roles for McAdams and Marion Cotillard are better acted than written. But the city glows with Allen's romantic sense of it, and Owen Wilson has just the right nice-guy melancholy to put the idea over. A worthy entry in the Cinema of the Daydream. --Robert Horton

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip Baird on 23 July 2012
Format: DVD
Have only just watched Midnight in Paris but feel moved to give a few impressions after a first viewing. There's an awful lot one could say about this movie, as in spite of its lightness and easy going charm there's a lot going on here. Firstly, I really enjoyed it and Owen Wilson was perfect in the lead role as the American abroad, slightly disaffected, sad, romantic, and yearning for something lost, yet deprecatingly funny and ironic. He's always been a wonderful comic actor with a natural and unforced subtlety, and here he plays the Woody cipher to great and touching effect. Allen's love of early jazz and his great clarinet hero Sidney Bechet gives the opening a wonderful lift-off to the exhilarating sound of genius against the images of the City of Light, an intoxicating blend of sound and vision. The dream sequence begins beautifully with Wilson 'lost' and slightly drunk at night in the city, with more than a hint of the washed up writer Joseph Cotten (The Third Man) about him. The magnificent vision of the 1920's Peugot sweeping up in front of him takes us into a 'Gatsbyesque' haut-monde of the expatriated Americans in Paris. Although the film doesn't have as many laughs as classic Allen, it is in these early dream scenes where Wilson gets to deliver his funniest lines. The joke about Djuna Barnes was just one wonderfully comic moment, and Wilson is so adept at Woody's style of humour.

The film does have some weaknesses; the director does tend to overpack his suitcase with perhaps a few too many literary and artistic characters (We really didn't need Gaugin and Degas as well), and there are too many unfeasibly good looking women abounding on screen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Wright on 8 April 2014
Format: DVD
A beautiful fantasy based around the idea of living in 'The Golden Age', and learning to live in the present, while looking back at the past.

I admittedly haven't seen many of Woody Allen's films, but after watching this it has urged me to watch many more. It is a charming and funny film, that works on it's simplicity.

It is wittily written, and perfectly paced.

It doesn't ever feel the need to go into unnecessary details over the science of the time travel, except that it's Paris. And it doesn't surprise them.

There is a romance to the film, even though there is not always a romance on the screen. The presence of Paris is enough, coupled with the orange ambience that fills every night scene. It oozes love and romance.

The performances are enjoyable to watch also. Owen Wilson reminded me that he can actually act, after watching one of his worst performances in 'The Internship'. There are also some fun cameos and supporting characters, such as Tom Hiddleston as F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Adrian Brody as Salvador Dali.

There is nothing that wrong with the film, except that it just didn't blow me away. But it didn't need to.

It is a brilliant piece of escapism.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan Redford on 1 May 2014
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Without doubt, the finest and most original Woody Allen film scripts of all. Set in Paris, it is also beautifully filmed. I would have no problem seeing this film again and again.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
When one lives in and loves a city with an ancient history, such as Paris or Rome, it becomes very easy to sense the existence of an imperceptible permeability between past and present. It is as if one only has to wait for the light to change a certain way, or for a bell to strike a certain hour, and the magic will happen--for those who are receptive to magic, that is, and are willing to believe in the Magic of Place.

This is the premise of Woody Allen's latest whimsical flight into the imaginative world of Gil Pender (Owen Wilson), a self-acknowledged Hollywood screenwriting hack, who dreams of writing a novel, the protagonist of which owns a nostalgia shop. "What is a nostalgia shop?" asks one of Allen's characters. Anyone who has to ask such a question is assuredly immune to magic, and will probably not enjoy this film. Since I am a romantic and firmly believe in the Magic of Place, I enjoyed it immensely.

Woody Allen clearly loves Paris. His opening scenes, in fact, represent a paean to The City of Light, as for almost four minutes the camera, with an evocative jazz accompaniment, moves from point to point along the Seine, the Luxembourg Gardens, Montmartre, the Champs Élysées, the Tuileries, the Left Bank, among other locations. We are treated to views of great boulevards, narrow streets, steep stairs, roofs with chimney pots, as the camera's eye glances at brasseries, cafes, fashion houses, fountains, the pyramid of the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Opera, and the Tour Eiffel. Paris in the sunshine; Paris in the rain. And all that is before the opening credits, in which we see that Allen, as usual, has assembled an ensemble cast. And for a special treat, the actual film begins among the lily ponds at Monet's Giverny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kamran Rahman VINE VOICE on 30 Mar 2014
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I really enjoyed the first and second acts, which had a lot of Allen's brilliant intellectual humour, and was hoping for something memorable in the final, but it was disappointingly flat. I think that if you're going to make a film about Paris in the 1920s and literally litter it with some of the greatest artists of the century, and if you happen to be Woody Allen, then the audience could be forgiven for having quite high expectations. Surprisingly, for all its high-brow ingredients, the film actually has a relatively mid-brow aim, and it may be that's the reason why it was met with disappointment by some critics and fans.

Yes, I was disappointed. I expected a more coherent plot. I expected Rachel McAdams to be able to act. I expected to be believe that Owen Wilson was a struggling writer (he is a decent enough actor, though), but despite that, the film is enjoyable - it is best enjoyed with low expectations. It's just a middle-of-the-road Woody Allen comedy, in which he replays many of his familiar old tropes (intellectualism, art, relationships, politics) against a backdrop of glamorous 1920s Paris instead of New York.

The biggest disappointment is that the giant 1920s characters are all reduced to fleeting comedic cameos. It seemed as though Tom Hiddleston's F Scott Fitzgerald barely got in more than a "Hello, Old Sport" before being shoved aside by Hemingway, who in turn gave way to Picasso, and so on... And certainly don't expect any of these fleeting comedic cameos to give any brilliant insight into the artist's work or the meaning of life - they are just there for laughs - because this is a comedy film.

But when reviewing a film we are supposed to be reviewing what the film is, not what we wanted it to be, or what we think it could have been. That's why I give it four stars - it's a good 90 minutes, with some good laughs.
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