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Sleeper [DVD]

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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory, Don Keefer
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Jack Grossberg, Jack Rollins, Marshall Brickman, Ralph Rosenblum
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056IFB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,231 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
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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.
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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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By Tyke VINE VOICE on 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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