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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Magic!!
If you are into vintage radio and the sounds of that era then this is the film for you. It has a magical quality and very funny in the way it shows a way of life long gone. The fashions,cars and interior designs of the places visited are so well shown it is a visual book on how to create the look for your own dreams.
Published on 24 July 2009 by N. Taylor

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming, if slight.
'Radio Days' isn't among the most memorable Woody Allen movies but it proves a pleasing enough pastiche of lost childhood and innocence. Narrated with perhaps surprising nostalgia by Allen, the story follows Joe (a young Seth Green) as he grows up in 30s/ 40s Brooklyn and the characters that shared both his life and era. The film moves at a suitably ponderous pace and the...
Published on 28 Mar 2007 by Mr. D. Woods


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Magic!!, 24 July 2009
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N. Taylor ""Vintage T"" (High Wycombe, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Radio Days [DVD] (DVD)
If you are into vintage radio and the sounds of that era then this is the film for you. It has a magical quality and very funny in the way it shows a way of life long gone. The fashions,cars and interior designs of the places visited are so well shown it is a visual book on how to create the look for your own dreams.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allen Robs Us of a Movie- But Gives Us Something Quite Unique Instead, 31 Mar 2013
This review is from: Radio Days [DVD] (DVD)
It's hard to call Radio Days a straightforward movie. It's more small interwined ancedotes from a forgotten era. Based around real radio reports and a New York Jewish family during the late 1930s, early 40s.

It's a lavish production and director Woody Allen really sets up the atmosphere in this his love letter to the old glourious days of radio.

The movie is very short for an Allen film, scraping to just over 80 mins, but there is plenty to enjoy here. The dialogue as ever in an Allen film is top drawer.

For the film itself, Allen had the plot and this could well have been a two or three hour epic, perhaps following the young boy through his years. It stops well short of that, and ends quite suddenly. It would be easy for the passing viewing to wave this effort off with 3 stars. However if you're a fan of Allen's best work and indeed if you yourself remember those radio days then this is wonderful stuff.

One cannot see in say 50 years time, a director reminisicng over his family watching SKY TV, and that is the huge difference between the quality that Radio Days can provide and the me me me generation of today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radio Days, 8 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Radio Days [DVD] (DVD)
This is my absolute favourite Woody Allen film. I would recommend it to everybody. True its a series of anecdotes, but what funny anecdotes. Buy it!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic, 4 May 2007
This review is from: Radio Days [DVD] (DVD)
Rarely does a motion picture capture an era with such nostalgia and reverence, as Woody Allen's "Radio Days". Set in New York City as World War 2 breaks; "Radio Days" captures the mood of the times through the music, drama, news, sports - and even the commercials that entertained and informed listeners in the days when radio ruled the media roost. Seen through the eyes of a young Jewish boy and his extended family in working class Brooklyn, the movie is really a series of well crafted vignettes, based on fact mixed with fiction. Some are hilarious, some touching, but always entertaining and filled with the great "Swing" music of the era. As usual, Allen's ensemble of actors deliver terrific turns as they recreate those great old days. Mia Farrow, Diane Wiest, Julie Kavner, Michael Tucker, and Seth Green are standouts, while Woody Allen narrates as only he can. A triumph in every respect, "Radio Days" will leave you, as the final scene does; longing for a more innocent time, while sadly knowing it is gone forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gloriously sentimental tribute to the golden days of radio, 1 Oct 2014
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Radio Days (DVD)
“I wonder if future generations will ever even hear about us. It's not likely. After enough time, everything passes. I don't care how big we are or how important are our lives.”

Radio Days is Woody Allen’s Amarcord, a gloriously sentimental series of vignettes from the golden age of radio that formed the background to his childhood years in the 40s, be it drama, music, gossip or adventure shows. It’s the kind of film that’s at once highly episodic yet flows beautifully, anchored by the hopes, dreams and petty arguments (“You’re telling me the Atlantic is a better ocean than the Pacific?”) of Allen’s family – Michael Tucker’s father who never says what he does for a living, Julie Kavner’s mother who never lets him forget she could have married Sidney Slotkin but loves him anyway, Dianne Wiest’s aunt who dreams of being married but keeps on meeting Mr Wrong, the young Allen (Seth Green) who’ll turn to crime to afford a Masked Avenger Secret Compartment Ring as well as assorted relatives. There’s a huge ensemble cast of past and sometimes future members of Allen’s stock company and character players - Mia Farrow’s cigarette girl, Tony Roberts’ quiz show host, Diane Keaton’s singer, Jeff Daniels’ actor as well as Danny Aiello, Robert Joy, Kenneth Mars, Wallace Shawn, Mike Starr, Tito Puente, Larry David, Lee Erwin, Kitty Carlisle, Mercedes Ruehl, Larry David and many more – almost all of whom get to make an impression no matter how brief their screen time.

At once a celebration of the way that radio could unite the country across the class divide and a loving peek at the reality behind the curtain, it ends on a bittersweet note with no happy endings but no tragic ones, just an acknowledgement that even the happiest of times and memories eventually fade: as Allen’s narrator wistfully concludes, “I've never forgotten any of those people or any of the voices we would hear on the radio. Though the truth is, with the passing of each New Year's Eve, those voices do seem to grow dimmer and dimmer.”

The vignettes are often funny – particularly when involving burglars, hitmen and their mamas, miming to Carmen Miranda songs or the disastrous consequences of tuning in to Orson Welles’ notorious broadcast of War of the Worlds while on a date - the random memories, often of moments that are special simply because they’re so typically ordinary that they perfectly evoke a time and place, that various songs always summon and there’s a magical visit to Radio City Music Hall in the days when cinemas were palaces complete with servants at your beck and call rather than a bored part-timer tearing tickets for half a dozen screens while carrying on a conversation. And it’s easily the most handsome looking of Allen’s films thanks to gorgeous Oscar nominated design by Santo Loquasto (the rooftop set overlooking New York’s mechanically animated advertising signs is a particular gem) and cinematography by Carlo Di Palma that at times recalls Fellini before he got larger than life (the beach shots in particular recall Il Vitelloni).

MGM/UA's DVD release offers an okay transfer with a trailer the only extra. Thankfully, Twilight Time’s limited edition US Blu-ray is a big improvement on the DVD release and does both justice though, being a Woody Allen film, extras are limited to a brief trailer, isolated score and booklet.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another of Woody's Best....., 7 April 2002
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Neil Tyrer (United Arab Emirates) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Radio Days [DVD] (DVD)
Radio Days is another of Woody Allen's wonderfully warm and affectionately nostalgic films.
Excellently put together (and featuring a quality cast), the characters are brought to life by a witty script rich with Woody's unique trademark humour.
The only problem is that it's so enjoyable that it passes all too quickly.
A film that leaves you with a warm feeling and wanting more of the same (just like Manhattan and Annie Hall).
Radio Days will not disappoint anyone who appreciates the genius of Woody Allen.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen selects WWII Big Band tunes for your pleasure, 11 May 2005
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This review is from: Radio Days (Audio CD)
The only real complaint with this album of selections form the original soundtrack for Woody Allen's "Radio Days" is that the most memorable song from the film is not included. That would be Carmen Miranda's "Down South American Way," which is lip synchs by his character's older sister while her father and uncle provide the "ay yi, ay yi"s at the end. That being said, what you do get are representative big band tracks from the time of World War II, which means Glenn Miller ("American Patrol"), Benny Goodman ("Goodbye"), Tommy Dorsey ("I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"), Larry Clinton ("I Double Dare You"), Xavier Cugat ("One, Two, Three, Kick"), and others. With songs like "Remember Pearl Harbor" and "(There'll Be Blue Birds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" it becomes clear that Allen was putting together a calculated musical background for his period piece. Even if you are a fan of the Big Band era I think you will probably find some track you do not own, because if you have all of these already you have a very nice music library.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Warm as Valves, 6 April 2003
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Lewis Graham "lewisgraham" (East Anglia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Radio Days [DVD] (DVD)
A warm, charming and delightful film Radio Days is one of Woody Allen's best films. The scene where the boys parents kiss and he looks on is a fabulous peice of nostalgia, trimmed with sadness. All the performances are on the ball and for once the music fits the drama perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good viewingt, 29 Jun 2014
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Very funny and the music was wonderful Woody always gets background music it was a very happy film and I really enjoyed it..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, 3 April 2014
This review is from: Radio Days (DVD)
Anecdotal movie recalling days gone by with great affection. Enjoyable on many levels. Covers the years from 1938 to 1945. Julie Kavner and Dianne Wiest are the glue that holds it together with an affectionate voiceover from Woody himself.
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