16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Worth it if you can get it cheaply,
This review is from: The Woody Allen Collection [DVD] (1971) (DVD)
This one features some real classics, but not everything; some are certainly sorely missing. None of his 1960s work is here - chronologically, it kicks off with 1971's 'Bananas' (a fine farce) - and it also misses his post-2004 work, ending chronologically with 'Melinda and Melinda'. Inbetween, we miss 'Deconstructing Harry', 'Bullets Over Broadway', 'Husbands and Wives', 'Mighty Aphrodite', 'Manhattan Murder Mystery', and 'Play It Again, Sam' - and those are just the good ones that were omitted.
To have the films ordered chronologically would be far more satisfying; one could track his substantial development as a filmmaker, from the hit-and-miss gagfests to his sublime farces ('Sleeper', 'Love and Death', 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex...' etc.), moving into his mature period ('Annie Hall', 'Manhattan'), and then into his serious, Bergman-esque period ('Husbands and Wives', 'Crimes and Misdemeanours'). Instead, the films are arranged alphabetically, making the progression seem surprisingly arbitrary.
Still, one must consider the box's purpose - it's just a 'collection', and probably intended as a convenient box of movies for people who are already fans. I managed to get it in Fopp for £10 - that's right, £10 - about a year ago, and I'd recommend it if you could get it for under £25.
Of course, if you're just getting into him, you could do much worse than buying this. Overall, despite its flaws, the quality of the films - many of which are among the greatest films ever made by anyone - recommends this item to you.