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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Way ahead of it's time
This has got to be Woody Allen's daftest and arguably funniest film, but it's also brilliantly clever and was far ahead of it's time. There are echoes of 'Sleeper' in a myriad of films even today (The Matrix for example), and the 'deeper' issues raised by the film are as relevant today as they were back in '73. America in 2173 is a police-state, where every citizen is...
Published on 1 Oct. 2004 by Touring Mars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Way ahead of it's time, 1 Oct. 2004
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Touring Mars (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sleeper [DVD] (DVD)
This has got to be Woody Allen's daftest and arguably funniest film, but it's also brilliantly clever and was far ahead of it's time. There are echoes of 'Sleeper' in a myriad of films even today (The Matrix for example), and the 'deeper' issues raised by the film are as relevant today as they were back in '73. America in 2173 is a police-state, where every citizen is catalogued, chipped, recorded and watched. But Allen's character, cryogenically frozen after an operation on an ulcer in 1973 goes wrong, is defrosted and sequestered into the underground movement. All this goes on in futuristic buildings, surrounded by robot servants and electronic dogs, but is set to the ragtime music of Allen and his band, a bizarre idea that works perfectly.
Sleeper is particularly heavy on visual, slapstick comedy, alot of which is brilliantly funny, not least because Allen himself looks like a total space-cadet. But if Allen's attempts at silly slapstick are not quite your cup of tea, there is still plenty of material here to keep you amused. After being awoken 200 years later, Monroe (Allen's character) admits "I knew it was too good to be true... I parked right outside the hospital", and (an Allen classic) "My analyst was a strict Freudian... if I had been going all this time I might even be cured by now".
But yet again, it's the cretins who put out the DVD's who are to blame for the 4 star rating, as the film easily deserves 5. They really haven't gone to too much trouble. Extra features... only a trailer. Actually, it's the best trailer I've seen on a DVD, and contains Allen himself giving a mock-serious synopsis of the film. But the real reason I've marked it down is that someone has seen fit to change a few scenes around. There is an entire scene replaced, (atleast on the copy I bought last week), where Allen is eating at the dinner table and Keaton watches in stunned amazement. Not my favourite scene by a long way, but that's hardly the point. Instead, there is a scene that I had never seen before, where Allen is shaving in the mirror. It's hardly worth losing much sleep over (pardon the pun!), but it's irritating to know that they will just chop whole scenes without telling you before you buy...
The sound is pretty lousy as well... and the overall presentation of the DVD, like many other Allen films, is below par, hence the whole package does not deserve the full 5 stars. But, until they remaster it, this still has to be called essential!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen does the time warp and ends up in the future, 27 Nov. 2003
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Lawrance Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sleeper [VHS] [1973] (VHS Tape)
Twice in the Seventies I literally fell out of my seat in a theater laughing. Once was when the Israeli tanks came over the hill at Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and the other was when they gave Woody Allen's character a drink of water when he was unthawed at the beginning of "Sleeper." Certainly I can explain the first a lot easier than the second, but it might have something to do with the fact that you expect something more cerebral from Allen than letting water fall out of his mouth. But it struck my funny bone in a way my funny bone is rarely touched.
Allen plays Miles Monroe, who finds himself in the far flung future where he has to explain the peculiarities of the 20th century (such as Howard Cosell) to the historians. Of course the point is to critique the present (which is not past) by looking at the future (which has not happened yet). Miles becomes enamored of Luna Schlosser (Diane Keaton), who is even more out of touch than the lost in time Miles, and the pair become involved in an attempt by revolutionaries to overthrow the sterile government of the Leader. Miles is not the heroic type, but he needs to impress Luna, who has fallen for the dashing leader of the revolutionaries, Erno Windt (John Beck).
I never really thought of it before, but I can see where "Sleeper" is Allen's Buster Keaton film. Unlike most Allen films there are several funny physical gags, such as Allen having to pretend to be a robotic servant and getting caught in the orgasmatron. Allen does not make a passable Blanche DuBois, but Keaton does a pretty good Brando ("Hah!"). "Sleeper" is the best of the "early funny films" made by Allen (i.e., the ones before "Annie Hall"), mainly because it does not require you to have a thorough knowledge of Russian literature like "Love & Death." There is also the original jazz score by Allen with the Woodman himself wailing on his licorice whip as a special bonus. Who would have suspected what was in store once Allen turned "serious" in his films?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Allen's funniest film ever., 16 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: Sleeper [VHS] [1973] (VHS Tape)
The much touted cliche "you either love him or hate him" is overused when applied to Woody Allen, this may be because I love him of course. No other film, with the possible exception of the Oscar winning Annie Hall, combines his sharp New York wit with his masterfully-timed slapstick as well as Sleeper. Diane Keaton yet again shines in a role that fits her like the proverbial glove. Enjoy 90 minutes of pure nonsensical humour. You will never look at one of those automatic toilets in quite the same way again, but don't expect the orgasmatron experience every time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sci-fi satire of the future and the here and now, 18 Jun. 2010
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K. Gordon - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sleeper [DVD] (DVD)
While all of Allen's early comedies are pretty wonderful, this film represents a big leap in technical proficiency. For the first time you sense him really thinking about how the camera is telling the story. And in finding Diane Keaton, Allen was finally paired with an actress who's comedic strengths were a great match for his.

This film relies less on verbal jokes (although there are brilliant lines) and more on visual gags. It almost feels like you're watching a great silent comedy at times.
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Better music too, with jazz taking over from traditional score the first time in Allen's films.

A funny, inventive, sophisticated if sometimes wonderfully silly comedy, with almost no dead moments. For me it represents the beginning of the shift from Allen as a brilliantly funny writer and comic who happened to make films, to becoming one of our very best filmmakers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic Woody, 21 Mar. 2012
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Woody transports his neuroses to the 22nd century in this imaginative offering from the mid-1970s.

Cryogenically frozen after a minor surgical procedure went wrong, Woody's character, Miles Monro, wakes 200 years later to find that the former US is now ruled by a despot (or at least, by a small part of him) and that the brainwashed population live in a comfortable, aimless Big Brother-type of society.

While trying to come to terms with this strange world he tangles romantically with vacuous, talentless poet Luna (Keaton) and comically falls in with a rebel underground movement, finding himself at the heart of a ludicrous plot to overthrow the incumbent regime.

Slapstick is the order of the day throughout and Woody's fondness for the Marx Brothers and silent comedy comes to the fore in many scenes. He also takes the opportunity to display his talent for manual dexterity and magic tricks.

The juxtaposing of futuristic sets and costumes against Woody's 1970s morés makes the humour seem more absurd and works well as a medium to parody various 20th century cultural references (Orwell, banana republics and false standards among many). He manages also to take a swipe at Nixon, a hot topic at the time of the film's release and throws in a few old gems about Jewish tailors.

Woody himself plays the musical score on his clarinet.

DVD quality excellent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most inventive woody allen movie ever made, 29 Jan. 2001
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This review is from: Sleeper [DVD] (DVD)
In the last few years woody's films have been lacking the creative edge , but to look back at his earlier films reminds us of his inventive / fertive imagination . Right from the outset of this movie you do believe that he has been transported from 1973 greenwich village to the future ( after being cryogenically frozen after a tonsill operation goes wrong ) . The sets , costumes and even the vehicles are all outstanding , this combined with the witty script form a very well observed sci fi comedy . There are very few alternatives out there that meet the standard of this movie , which is now twenty eight years old . If you've never seen a woody allen film this is the one to start with .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray great picture quality of Sleeper in over DVD version!, 21 Oct. 2014
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Great picture quality and it lot better then UK DVD version that it poor picture quality.

Note the region A show in back of box but the disc itself are region free so that it great news for UK region B player to able play it is no problem!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Be A Cult Classic, 4 Oct. 2007
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M. A. Ramos (Florida USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sleeper [DVD] (DVD)
When you mention Cult Classics...This is not on any list. But it is on top of mine. Woody takes the "Rip van Winkle" concept and puts us in a future which is...well. Filled with gags or funny insights. I love the "Orgasmatron"...it is funnier than anything done in the last decade or so. Plus I love the health food of the future...make sure all your health food conscience friends watch this...Because you never know!
A great film to watch with friends....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andy H, 13 Oct. 2011
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Not your typical Woody Allen this. And that's why it works so well. Pure Science Fiction. Woody Allen's character wakes up in the distant future having had an exploratory operation to find he has been cryogenically frozen. What results is hilarity. He is pursued by the Police and the authorities. A wonderful film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still funny after all these years.., 26 April 2010
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Saw this first on a BBC2 film season in the early 80's. Almost 30 years later, now find myself introducing my own children to the immortal gags - instant pudding, the cheap Japanese flying backpacks and the New York Times headline of 1990- 'Pope's Wife gives birth to twins'...

Definitely one to buy...
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