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Classic Woody Allen comedy that satirises seventies dystopianism whilst resurrecting the slapstick comedy of the silent-movie age. Miles Monroe (Allen) is a health-food store owner whose body is frozen after an operation goes badly wrong. When he wakes up 200 years later he discovers a world run by a totalitarian government and experiences severe culture shock as he struggles to come to terms with the poet Luna (Diane Keaton), the Orgasmatron, and a resistance movement who wish to destroy the Dictator's Nose.
If Interiors was Woody Allen's Bergman movie, and Stardust Memories was his Fellini movie, then you could say that Sleeper is his Buster Keaton movie. Relying more on visual/conceptual/slapstick gags than his trademark verbal wit, Sleeper is probably the funniest of what would become known as Allen's "early, funny films" and a milestone in his development as a director. Allen plays Miles Monroe, cryogenically frozen in 1973 (he went into the hospital for an ulcer operation) and thawed 200 years later. Society has become a sterile, Big Brother-controlled dystopia, and Miles joins the underground resistance--joined by a pampered rich woman (Diane Keaton at her bubbliest). Among the most famous gags are Miles' attempt to impersonate a domestic-servant robot; the Orgasmatron, a futuristic home appliance that provides instant pleasure; a McDonald's sign boasting how many trillions the chain has served; and an inflatable suit that provides the means for a quick getaway. The kooky thawing scenes were later blatantly (and admittedly) ripped off by Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.See all Product description
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Having gone into hospital for a routine operation, Miles Munroe wakes up to find to find his library books are rather overdue. More than that, the world is now ruled by an evil dictator (or his nose anyway). Allen becomes a member of the anti-government underground, with a plan to capture the said snout, however Miles is captured and brain-washed into thinking he's Miss Montana in an American Beauty pageant. It is up to "poet" Luna (Diane Keaton - who does a good job keeping up with Allen in all the madness) to save the day.
Along the way, the film is full of clever ideas (the robotic jewish tailors, the ineffective guard dog, "rags", the "orb" and, of course, the "orgasmatron"). The film is also packed with beautiful physical comedy and sight gags, including the badly behaved pudding, the giant chicken and Allen as the robot waiter.
This also seems to be a be a loving homage to earlier silent films, with Allen pursued by the secret police (and a giant chicken!) and there is even a giant banana skin gag!
With a fun, old time jazz soundtrack, it is brilliant, madcap fun. Still my favourite Woody Allen film, recommended.
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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