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Annie Hall [DVD] [1977]

  • SKU: 3362319
  • Release Date: 05/30/2000
  • Rating: PG
Woody Allen's greatest popular and critical success gets a by-the-numbers DVD release from MGM. Excluding the film's theatrical trailer, there aren't any extras to speak of, but at least Annie Hall has been intelligently divided into digital chapters for easy access to favorite scenes. Considering editor Ralph Rosenblum's vivid cutting on Annie Hall, this must have taken some thought and care. While Annie Hall was one of MGM's earlier DVD releases, the lack of extras is most probably due to Allen's reluctance to revisit any of his movies; the eccentric filmmaker is famous for never watching his own movies once he is finished with them and claims that he has no special fondness for Annie Hall even though it swept the 1977 Academy Awards. The DVD features the movie in its original widescreen aspect ratio but it hasn't been converted to the superior anamorphic format, which can improve the picture quality by roughly 33 percent. While Gordon Willis' justly acclaimed cinematography still looks beautiful here, this oversight is strange considering that other Allen titles such as Manhattan come in anamorphic widescreen. The audio transfer conforms to the original sound of the picture and has been transferred to Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. While this isn't the definitive DVD release of this brilliant and trend-setting romantic comedy it is still preferable to the video version.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 13)

    Special Features


    • Trivia and production notes
    • Original theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Annie Hall
    Woody Allen's romantic comedy of the Me Decade follows the up and down relationship of two mismatched New York neurotics. Jewish comedy writer Alvy Singer (Allen) ponders the modern quest for love and his past romance with tightly-wound WASP singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton, née Diane Hall). The twice-divorced Alvy knows that it's not easy to find a mate when the options include pretentious New York intellectuals and lifestyle-obsessed Rolling Stone writers, but la-di-dah-ing Annie seems different. Along the rocky road of their coupling, Allen/Alvy weigh in on such topics as endless therapy, movies vs. TV, the absurdity of dating rituals, anti-Semitism, drugs, and, in one of the best set pieces, repressed Midwestern WASP insanity vs. crazy Brooklyn Jewish boisterousness. Annie wants to move to Los Angeles to find that fame that finally does in the relationship -- but not before Alvy gets in a few digs at vacuous, mantra-fixated California. Originally entitled Anhedonia (the inability to enjoy oneself), Annie Hall blended the slapstick and fantasy from such earlier Allen films as Sleeper (1973) and Bananas (1971) with the more autobiographical musings of his stand-up and written comedy, using an array of such movie techniques as talking heads, splitscreens, and subtitles. Within these gleeful formal experiments and sight gags, Allen and co-writer Marshall Brickman skewered 1970s solipsism, reversing the happy marriage of opposites found in classic screwball comedies. Hailed as Allen's most mature and personal film, Annie Hall beat out Star Wars for Best Picture and also won Oscars for Allen as director and writer and for Keaton as Best Actress; audiences enthusiastically responded to Allen's take on contemporary love and turned Keaton's rumpled menswear into a fashion trend. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Woody Allen
      Woody Allen - Alvy Singer
    • Diane Keaton
      Diane Keaton - Annie Hall
    • Tony Roberts
      Tony Roberts - Rob
    • Carol Kane
      Carol Kane - Allison
    • Paul Simon
      Paul Simon - Tony Lacey



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

    93%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the greatest movies of all time

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      Nicky285

      This is, quite simply, one of the greatest American movies ever made. The fact that it's a comedy and that its creator has gone on to make some bad movies and bad decisions in his personal life, should not detract from the brilliance of the writing and directing and cinematography of this film. A very wise film about relationships and a very good snapshot of a time in the cultural history of our country.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better than Star Wars

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      busyizzy
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      In 1977 all the talk was about Star Wars. But a little film called Annie Hall won best picture (and much deservedly too!). One of the most brilliantly directed films in all of cinema. And it hasn't aged a bit.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Comedy

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      dude
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      A classic neurotic comedy about relationships ,that takes me back to New York city during the 1970`s.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Film

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      AriHz
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      This is an excellent film that I was fortunate enough to get on sale. A must have for any true movie fan!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Woody Allen

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      Monitor
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      Probably Woody Allen's best film with an Oscar winning performance by Diane Keaton.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good

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      frankee1991me
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      Classic comedy good for the time the new Millennials probably won't find as funny

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Top Notch Woody Allen Movie

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      Irishbuck
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      A classic Woody Allen movie. Great storyline and terrific acting especially by Diane Keaton.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of Woody Allen's Best

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      Amanda
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      This one has everything that a Woody Allen fan could possibly want and more!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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