Woody Allen: A Documentary [Blu-ray]
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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography. Woody Allen: A Documentary chronicles Allen's career - from teen writer to Sid Caeser's TV scribe, from standup comedian to award-winning writer-director averaging one film-per-year for more than 40 years. Exploring Allen's writing habits, casting, directing, and relationship with his actors first-hand, new interviews with A-listers, writing partners, family and friends provide insight and backstory to the usually inscrutable filmmaker. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...Woody Allen: A Documentary (Blu-Ray)
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I'm writing from California to let others in the USA know that as we don't have this available on Blu Ray in the USA that this edition is region free , or at least it also works over here. Besides getting this sensational documentary in a HD edition it also comes with a load of extras that are NOT even available over here on any format. I'm not sure why this happens (your Deer Hunter features a commentary by Michael Cimino and an interview with him on camera and ours did not?)... but as it turns out many of us have to buy UK editions to get quality items.
Being a life long fan of Mr Allen and his movies I found the documentary very good , even considering the crazy notion that even in a few hours a proper job could be done on a half century spanning career. The bonus features like a trip to Brooklyn and the interview with the director I also found quite enjoyable and darn near an hours worth!
Thanks for letting me butt into your site from California but I took a chance on this and I want other fans in the USA to be free to buy it.
Stanley Kubrick was the victim of some very unpleasant rumours when he was alive and due to his desire to keep his and his families life as private as possible he went to his grave never having shown the world his true self. Following his death a number of books and documentaries were released, most notably the aforementioned 'A Life in Pictures', and a completely different man was revealed; a gentle, caring, compassionate, funny and loyal man that bore no semblance whatsoever to the image portrayed in the media.
I found this really sad, and for me it was a genuine tragedy that the world never got to really know Stanley Kubrick when he was alive.
I feel this way to some extent with Woody Allen.
Yes he is more 'visible' than Kubrick and has certainly done more interviews, but it was not until I watched this fascinating documentary that I realised what a gentle, shy, charming and 'normal' man he is.
This documentary by the Oscar nominated filmmaker Robert B Weide is quite simply one of the very best that I have ever seen.
It has a very generous total running time of 192 minutes and this is spread across two discs.
The film consists of interviews with people who have worked with him (including Diane Keaton, Dianne Weist, Scarlett Johansson, Martin Scorcese, Larry David etc), peple who know him best (his sister, his second wife, a childhood friend), and experts on the film industry.Read more ›
There has been a reason for that...Woody rarely gives interviews.
In fact, it was a real task in getting him involved in this Documentary Film, that covers his entire film career as well as his humble beginning as a comic actor on Television, and (much later in his life) his music career.
This Documentary is spread across 2 DVD'S. In total the whole documentary last over 3 hours. (the addition being 12 minutes
What is TOTALLY revealing is that Woody Allen lets his guard down (on film- something he rarely does) and we as viewers see the REAL Woody Allen, going around his Neighbourhood (where he grew up). We see the Typewriter that has written his most iconic film scripts. There seems to be NO STONE LEFT UNTURNED...in this documentary. What is even more revealing like Woody's Comic Films, there is Humour running throughout this documentary, which makes it even more entertaining for the viewer.
There is a reason why it has taken so long for a documentary on Woody Allen to come about, and that is only someone like Robert B Weide (The Documentary's Director) could have given it full justice. Which is exactly what Robert B Weide has done with this documentary on Woody Allen.
If you LOVE Woody Allen Films, don't you DARE miss this for a second.
In fact I would say that anybody who loves Good Films and Filmmakers, should have this DVD in their collection.
R.Howard (North London)
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I would give him 6 stars but he does not care. Woody Allen is a bridge between something and other sides. He is essential culture men of 20 century. This is illuminating. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zdenek Hanzlik
The documentary is as good as it gets. Unfortunately the Blu-Ray isn't. According to the inlaycard there should be english subtitles. Well, there aren't any subtitles available.Published 6 months ago by Mag Alexander Aigner
I love documentaries but this was so boring, I didn't finish it fully. It's split into 2 cds. The first is almost totally about his childhood and growing up. Read morePublished 7 months ago by B. C. Corani
Woody Allen sort of passed me by when I was a young man, his stuff wasn’t for me!
Yes, I saw a few over years but they sort of faded away eventually - I always remembered... Read more
A pretty definitive odyssey of the career of the renowned comedian and film maker by those who know him. Read morePublished 16 months ago by The travelling knifegrinder
Well worth getting,absolutely fascinating material here if you like Woody Allen films, or even if you want to know what it's like to be a film maker of his generation... Read morePublished 18 months ago by E M
At over 3 hours long this documentary may not be for everyone but if your are a fan of Woody Allen this is compelling viewing from start to finish. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ab Martin