Annie [Special Anniversary Edition] [DVD] [1981]

  • SKU: 6174613
  • Release Date: 01/13/2004
  • Rating: PG
John Huston's big-screen adaptation of the Broadway smash Annie arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. Though fine for what it is, the full-frame transfer cramps the film in a way that will bother film lovers. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while French and Spanish soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a ten-minute featurette with the now grown Aileen Quinn, who discusses the wonderful time she had making the movie and how difficult the process of getting the part was. Another extra allows youngsters to sing along with the songs in the film. A music video from the Swedish pop band Play performing "It's the Hard-Knock Life," and a selection of trailers rounds out this release.
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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (89 out of 90)

Special Features


  • Exclusive musical performance of "It's the Hard-Knock Life" by pop group Play
  • The Age of Annie trivia game
  • Sing along with Annie
  • Act along with Annie
  • My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn
  • Trailers
  • Newly created DTS Sound
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Annie
This family classic is adapted from the Broadway musical, which was based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. During the Great Depression in New York City, a plucky red-haired scrapper named Annie (Aileen Quinn) is the voice of hope for her fellow orphans who live under the supervision of drunken floozy Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett). Annie's spirit is fueled by the belief that her real parents dropped her off at the orphanage with a half of a locket, promising to return for her with the other half. One day, the dingy orphanage is visited by the sophisticated Grace Farrell (Ann Reinking), personal secretary to conservative politician Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney). In order to improve his image, Grace brings Annie to the Warbucks estate for a weeklong visit. Annie quickly wins the hearts of servants and politicians alike, eventually even bringing her song of hope, "Tomorrow," to President Roosevelt in Washington. Warbucks and Grace even go so far as to perform a public search for Annie's parents, creating an opportunity for Miss Hannigan, Rooster (Tim Curry), and Lily (Bernadette Peters) to scam their way to the reward money. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Albert Finney
    Albert Finney - Daddy Warbucks
  • Carol Burnett
    Carol Burnett - Miss Hannigan
  • Aileen Quinn
    Aileen Quinn - Annie
  • Ann Reinking
    Ann Reinking - Grace Farrell
  • Bernadette Peters
    Bernadette Peters - Lily



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    feel good cinema

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    JOHNNYANGEL2010
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    Annie is the epitome of feel-good cinema. Its entire construction deals with positive thinking, love, family, friendship, and promoting the good in life while working through the bad and refusing to let negative circumstances stand in the way of a healthy outlook on life. It's a movie high in spirit and fit for the entire family. It's catchy and pleasant, filled with quality song and dance numbers. The performances are stellar even if the movie is shaped by rather simple and straightforward ideas. It's that adherence to simpleness and goodness that make the movie great and so incredibly sweet, one of the top musicals, and perhaps the finest "rainy day" picture of them all. Sony's Blu-ray release of Annie is disappointingly short on extras, but it does offer solid video and audio. Considering the quality of the film and Sony's low MSRP, this release comes highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A wonderful classic

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    onebat4u
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    A wonderful classic.me and my wife have always loved since we were a kid. finally got it on Blu-ray, fully remastered wonderful sound, also awesome sing-along Edition. was just great for the new baby who instantly fell in love with this old classic, a wonderful addition to our collection right up there with the Disney original classics.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is my favorite version of Annie

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    LillyJ
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    My children watched this movie when they were young.My daughter watched it so often, I can practically recite it line by line and sing every song.The only copy I had of it was on VHS so I decided to get it on DVD. The movie is the same wonderful movie my kids and I loved. The colors and pixelation have to be redone but I loved it nonetheless.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Annie on the big screen.

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    ABJF
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    I saw ANNIE on Broadway years ago. Although the DVD of the movie ANNIE has the memorable songs of the Broadway show the movie is not as good as the Broadway version. Perhaps the new movie version scheduled for December 2014 release will offer a more entertaining slant on the ANNIE saga.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Movie... Great Price

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    HouliC
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    I love Annie... a classic that I grew up with watching and singing along to. Wonderful story, fun song & dance scenes, and an inspiring message. Carol Burnett is amazing along with each of the dynamic characters and the actors that play them. Highly recommended!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Sun is always out for this movie

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    SJBG
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    This movie still stands up after all the years as one of the great movie musicals of all time. The overall spirit of the film shines through the song and dance numbers and fills it with the sunny atmosphere that brightens anyone who sees it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Classic Movie

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    Luna
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    This is a great movie. I was able to share it with my teenage daughter who keeps singing the songs over & over. Since she likes the songs so much, there is a special feature that has the songs with words so you can sing-along. Yay!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I Liked It As a Kid

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    kevman79

    I loved watching 'Annie' as a kid and enjoyed the musical sequences. As an adult, I don't quite care for the picture as much, but it's still not bad, and a good film for the family to watch. Plenty of bonus features, but sadly full-screen only.

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