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Woody Allen Collection: Volume 1 [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Carradine, Lou Jacobi, Anthony Quayle, Geoffrey Holder, Diane Keaton
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Fred T. Gallo, Jack Grossberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LSC1D0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,953 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This first part of the 'Woody Allen Collection' brings together five classic films that showcase Allen's madcap sensibility and wickedly funny irreverence. In 'Bananas' (1971), puny New Yorker and gadget tester Fielding Mellish (Allen) is in love with Nancy (Louise Lasser), a beautiful political activist who is herself obsessed by the battles being waged in San Marcos between the dictator General Vargas (Carlos Montalban) and his revolutionary opponents. Thus, in an attempt to impress his beloved, Mellish makes for San Marcos and in a bizarre and bewildering series of events, ends up the president of the country. In 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask' (1972), Allen writes and directs seven sketches prompted by questions from Dr David Reuben's best-selling book. Highlights include a sketch about a doctor (Gene Wilder) who falls in love with a sheep and one entitled 'What Happens During Ejaculation?', in which Allen plays an anxious sperm awaiting his big moment. In 'Sleeper' (1973), 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. 'Love and Death' (1975) follows the adventures of the cowardly scholar Boris Dimitrovich Grushenko (Allen) after he is press-ganged into the Russian army during the Napoleonic Wars. Inadvertently becoming a hero, Boris returns home to marry his true love Sonia (Diane Keaton) and then embarks on an attempt to assassinate Napoleon, spoofing Tolstoy, Eisenstein and Ingmar Bergman along the way. Finally, in 'Annie Hall' (1977), neurotic comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) falls for the titular heroine (Diane Keaton), a budding singer, and the two of them attempt to build a solid relationship but face problems in the form of California and their own mutual paranoia. Classic metropolitan comedy, which proved to be the breakthrough film for writer-director Woody Allen, marking the transition from the scattershot style of his early spoofs ('Sleeper', 'Love and Death') to the more focussed approach of his angst-ridden New York romances ('Manhattan', 'Hannah and Her Sisters'). Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actress (Diane Keaton), Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

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Most of Woody Allen's great early films are here (the only exception being 'Take the Money and Run', his very first, which is absent for some reason). This is a wonderful 'starter' set for anyone curious about Allen, and a must have for any fan who doesn't already have all the titles seperately.

My brief comments on the films (on a 4 star scale)

Bananas (1971)***1/2 Incredibly funny, broad, slapstick, surreal political satire as Woody takes over a Latin American country to impress a girl. A few bits feel dated, and it didn't make me laugh quite as much as 'Take the Money and Run' when I recently re-watched Allen's 'early funny films', but it still has more than it's share of great comic moments. The whole trial sequence is genius worthy of the very best of the Marx Brothers. (Or, in a more modern context Monty Python) Personally I don't love the score -- it tends to underline jokes that don't need the help. It was after this that Allen went away from having music written for his films, using existing pieces instead, which became a huge part of his filmmaking style.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972) *** While all the early Woody Allen films are funny and worthwhile, this is probably the most uneven to my taste. Allen took the famous, serious non-fiction book about sex, and turned it into a series of short comedy pieces. A couple segments are pure genius (inside the male body during sex, Gene Wilder falling in love with a sheep), a couple are pretty good (Woody as a medieval court jester trying to have an affair with the queen, who is locked into a chastity belt, a mad scientist creates a giant milk squirting breast that goes on a rampage) and a few are real duds.
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Woody Allen Col. Vol.1 Box Set:

This box set comes with nice packaging includes 6 discs and a 4-page booklet. Discs are taken from the current individiual releases, so we do not get any new extras for movies , there are just original trailers for each movies. Highly recommended box set for all Woody Allen fans.

Audio And Subtitle Information:
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Annie Hall
Audio:English,French,German,Italian,Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, English HoH, Finnish, French, German, German HoH, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1

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Bananas

Audio:English,French,German,Italian,Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, English HoH, Finnish, French, German, German HoH, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask

Audio:English,French,German,Italian,Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, English HoH, Finnish, French, German, German HoH, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1

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Love And Death
Audio:English,French,German,Italian,Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, English HoH, Finnish, French, German, German HoH, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1

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Manhattan
Audio:English,French,German,Italian,Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.
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Woody Allen is one of those directors who is forgotten when you mention the greastest directors of the 70's (i.e. Scorsese, De Palma, Lucus. this collection brings together his films from that generation (excluding one or two). The two best films in this collection, and the two bet known for being his best films are Manhatten and Annie hall. Both of these films tred the line between romantic films and comedies. Others to be included are Sleeper, Love and Death, Bananas and Everything you wanted to know about sex.
My one problem with this collection are that all disks are bare-bone. A few extras would have come a treat but apparently Woody doesn't DO extra features!
Overall, this collection is a must have and any fan of comedy!
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A simply sublime collection of six of Woody Allen's early films with Annie Hall clearly the one to savour. Am slightly puzzled that this does not include his first film as director -"Take the Money and Run", which is a side-splitting gem. For this omission I would have deducted half a star - but I can't so 5 stars it has to be and deservedly so ! At the price, it is stunning value for money . Go get it!!
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This is a brilliant collection of great Woody Allen films. Unlike the other volumes in the series, this set doesn't contain a single bad or poor film. The only downside is that a previous, identical boxset was released but with the addition of Manhattan. This set therefore feels like it's missing something. I think the most likely reason for removing Manhattan and placing it in the Vol 2 boxset is that the rest of these films are pure comedies, whereas Manhattan is a much broodier film. Still, if you can't get hold of the older boxset, then you really should buy this one. Annie Hall is an absolute classic (Allen's best film?), and the other are highly enjoyable. Love and Death in particular took me surprise - it's fantastic. Well worth the asking price!
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