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Woody Allen Collection: Volume 2 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Nick Apollo Forte, Mia Farrow, José Ferrer, Jackie Gayle, Howard Storm
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Robert Greenhut
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LSC1DA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,010 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The second installment of the 'Woody Allen Collection' featuring five more films from the acclaimed writer-director. In 'Interiors' (1978), three sisters (Diane Keaton, Mary Beth Hurt and Kristin Griffith) try to come to terms with themselves and their family when their father Arthur (E.G. Marshall) decides to divorce their mother (Geraldine Page) to enable him to marry a lively middle-aged woman (Maureen Stapleton). In 'Manhattan' (1979), Isaac Davis (Allen) is a TV writer, frustrated in both career and his lovelife. An on-off affair with teenage drama student Tracy (Mariel Hemingway) is blighted by his anxiety about their age difference, whilst his attraction to the pretentious Mary (Keaton) is complicated by the fact that she is already having an affair with his married friend Yale (Michael Murphy). Meanwhile, his lesbian ex-wife (Meryl Streep) prepares to dish the dirt about their marriage in a forthcoming book. In 'A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy' (1982), three couples spend a 'quiet' weekend together for the wedding of one of them. Inventor Andrew (Allen) and Adrian are the hosts, while his cousin Dr Leopold has arrived to marry his fiancée Ariel (Mia Farrow). However, Andrew begins to lust after Ariel, as does Dr Maxwell Jordan (Tony Roberts), who has brought along his nurse, Dulcy. There follows a multitude of seductions and sexual misadventures with the bride and groom saying 'I do' to everyone but each other. In 'Zelig' (1983), in America during the years of the Depression, Leonard Zelig (Allen) uses his chameleon-like powers to become a minor celebrity. He is seen watching Babe Ruth making a home run, cheering Adolph Hitler and rubbing shoulders with Roosevelt. Zelig becomes so celebrated that a psychiatrist (Farrow) takes him on as a patient, and soon falls in love with him. Finally, in 'Broadway Danny Rose' (1984), a hopeless theatrical agent (Allen) tries to revive the career of one of his singers, who is involved with the Mafia. Suddenly the agent finds himself at the centre of a gangland war.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
While perhaps this 'middle' collection of Woody Allen's films is a tiny touch more inconsistent than the first, it's still a remarkable for a collection of important films by one of our best filmmakers. My individual thoughts, in chronological order (note - I used a 4 star review system) ;

Interiors (1978) ***1/4 A totally serious, almost theatrical examination of the meltdown of a rich, WASPy family might seem worlds away from anything Allen's earlier films prepared us for, but for the most part he's very up to the task, creating a gallery of disturbing and unforgettable moments and characters. Yes, it's derivative of Bergman, but it's also pretty damn good. Beautifully photographed by Gordon Willis, with amazing performances (Geraldine Page, Mary Beth Hurt, Maureen Stapleton in particular are brilliant, but everyone is good). The script does border on cliché at moments, and some specific dialogue is clunky, but there's something deeply moving and hard to shake in it's overall final effect. Under appreciated in its time, it's faults now seem very forgivable, and there's excitement in watching a great filmmaker stretch his talent in a new direction.

Manhattan (1979) ***3/4 One of the most stunningly beautiful to look at films of the last 50 years, made with great wit, and full of strong observations about loss, aging, and how we lie to ourselves. Still, it doesn't quite rise to the level of `Annie Hall' for me in terms of timelessness or emotional impact. A film I really, really like, respect, see why others have it on their '10 best of all time' lists, etc. but feel guilty that I can't flat out love. Somehow all the adult characters' self-obsessed narcissism keeps me at arms length. I identify with moments, but -- unlike Annie Hall - not the whole.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cormorant on 8 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
'Interiors' is now considered Allen's worst film - pretentious is the word that gets used, but being by Allen, it is definitely worth watching although it is not, even remotely, a comedy - and you need to know this before you watch it. All the others in the set are more than worth watching - inventive, absorbing cinema, and these particular films demonstrate why Allen is so highly regarded by more educated, European and world-cinema fans than by most Americans, who generally have their head full of 'cinema-effects' when they don't have their head in a super-sized bucket of sugared water or some such. Sorry to any Manhattanites reading - you are likely to have too much money to need such immediate relief from whatever you think pains you. Talking of which, Manhattan is possibly going down as one of the best films of the 20th century. Also, Amazon seems to think there are 7 discs here, there are only 5, one for each film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo A. Paz on 25 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
Woody Allen's collections are great!
I love the boxing and the slim cases of the films!
Totally recommended for any film lover!
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