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The Woody Allen Collection (Hannah and Her Sisters / The Purple Rose of Cairo / Broadway Danny Rose / Zelig / A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy / Radio Days)

Woody Allen , Mia Farrow , Woody Allen    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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This Woody Allen boxed set captures the first half of what could be called Allen's "Mia period," his films from the early 1980s. The lighthearted A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, about the neurotic romping of a bunch of friends at a country house, marks the beginning of Woody and Mia Farrow's film relationship, followed by Zelig, Allen's clever pseudo-documentary of a man who just wants to fit in. Broadway Danny Rose, the tale of a mediocre talent agent who gets involved with a client's wife, is seen as a trifle by some but held as one of Allen's best films by others. But the next two are a pair of undisputed knockouts: The Purple Rose of Cairo, in which the hero of a movie (Jeff Daniels) steps off the screen to help a woeful waitress (Farrow). The ending is at first heart-wrenching, then finds a wistful hope. Hannah and Her Sisters is possibly, after Annie Hall, Allen's most loved movie, with its Chekhovian mix of love and sorrow in the lives of three sisters (Farrow, Dianne Wiest, and Barbara Hershey). Hannah won a number of awards, including Oscars® for best screenplay and supporting acting for both Wiest and Michael Caine (as Farrow's husband). Finally, the nostalgic Radio Days rounds out the set with a gentle look at entertainment back when people had to dream up their own pictures. These six films represent one of Allen's strongest periods; he moved fluidly from comedy to drama, avoiding big statements but ruefully exploring the foibles of humanity. --Bret Fetzer


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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
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While perhaps this 'middle' collection of Woody Allen's films is a tiny touch more inconsistent than the first, it's still a great deal, with - to my thinking - 2 flat out great films, a few very good ones, and only one slightly weaker. At just about $11 a title (and often on sale for less) that's pretty good for a collection of important films by one of our best filmmakers. My individual thoughts, in chronological order (note: my ratings are based on a 4 star system);

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) *** The earliest, and for me, the weakest of the group, though far from 'bad'. A cute and charming romp. A group of friends in the early 20th century get caught up in a weekend of love and sex in the country. Certainly enjoyable, if not really much more. Gordon Willis's photography is nowhere near as amazing as his earlier collaborations with Woody, and the film doesn't have any wildly funny moments. But the writing is witty, and the acting solid if not triumphant. It just doesn't feel like a Woody Allen film somehow. More like a nice, solid, unassuming French farce. That's not a bad thing, and this film is still better than 99% of what comes out of Hollywood, with a sweeter, more upbeat tone than usual for Allen. It's just coming on the heels of masterpieces like 'Annie Hall', 'Manhattan', and 'Stardust Memories', and just before other great films like 'Zelig' 'Hannah and Her Sisters', and 'Purple Rose of Cairo', it can't help but pale a bit in comparison.

Zelig (1983)**** Amazing technically, with a lot to say about society, conformity, and how we see ourselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen Collection March 5 2013
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Woody Allen always pleases in varied tales from a neo-Shakespearean comedy to the bizarreness of Zelig, "the Chameleon" Man. These are movies I would watch over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful survey of Woody's 80's years May 18 2003
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This edition of the Woody Allen Collection is probably the best of the three box sets recently issued by MGM DVD. While Woody is probably best known for his early-70s slapstick comedies ("Sleeper," "Bananas") and his revolutionary reconstruction of the comedy with "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan," three of his absolute best films appear in this set. "Zelig," whose technological advances foreshadow those of 1994's Academy Award favorite "Forrest Gump" by nearly ten years, is easily the better film, and the three years Woody spent making this film seems well worth the effort. About a "human chameleon," Leonard Zelig, whose insecure shapeshifting act ranges from pure novelty to affinities with fascism, is as funny as it is sharp. The best film in the set, "The Purple Rose of Cairo," also foreshadows the postmodern nostalgia films of the late 1990s, particularly "Pleasantville." Set during the Depression, this film is about a woman trapped in an awful marriage and an equally dissatisfying job. She escapes the misery of her life by watching films. She watches the same film over and over, and one of the characters comes off the screen to intervene in her life. A wonderful, complex and poignant examination of the conflation between fiction and reality, "The Purple Rose of Cairo," though a sad and dramatic film, is as powerful as anything Woody Allen has directed. The third wonderful film here is "Hannah and Her Sisters," which won three Oscars, is a return to the ensemble sensibility Woody perfected in "Manhattan." "Broadway Danny Rose" is probably the best of the remaining titles--about a hardworking theatrical manager who is failure at his work specifically because he cares so much about the personal wellbeing of his clients. Mia Farrow gives one of her best performances here. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orgiastic delight! Nov. 4 2002
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If there is anything in the world more uplifting, melancholy, happy, genuine, comic, artsy, it must be the comic genuis of Woody Allen. If I had the money, I would madly run after all his work and assemble my basement (i.e., if I had one) with his work. Anyone who doesn't enjoy his movies, his plays or his books, I have nothing but the deepest sympathies. The man is genius, genius, genius.
If you have money to spend on a good, funny stuff, spend it on this. I know when I leave school and get a job, I will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super collection May 23 2002
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I love Woody Allen, so this collection was SUPER for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Woody? Nov. 20 2001
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This is the third release of Woody Allen's pictures and this is a welcome set, focusing on his most developed period. The set includes the wonderful PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO and HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, my favorites as well as the great RADIO DAYS, ZELIG and BROADWAY DANNY ROSE. The only underperformer in the group is A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY. All the films have great widescreen transfers and nice soundtracks. It's great to have this stuff available to us!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking outside of the box Nov. 11 2001
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Without a doubt the existence of the third Woody Allen collection is reason to rejoice. Those of you without any of the other previous releases in your collection, should consider making this your initial acquisition. Eventually, like me, you will crave that which came before, after and whatever comes next. If you assemble all the films available you will appreciate the enormity of this man's talent and range. Actually, within this set is the very essence of what he does best. A little pathos and little bathos and some very specific NYC moments you can appreciate, even if you do not live in or know NYC. His love and respect of music and its significance to the overall impact of the film is perhaps one of Woody Allen's most significant contributions to the artform.
These selections from the 80's contain some of the most inspired casting, sets and script writing. All the Seinfeld devotees might investigate the origins of neurosis and urban nuance as it was originally conceived and enacted by a true comic genius. This is the template for ensemble comedic acting. Yes there are laughs but most arrive as bittersweet moments that are not annouced as marquee statements that benefit from a laugh track, but as simple moments that are so memorable because of their subtlety.
Perhaps the three most unique films of Woody's pantheon are here, MidSummer Night's Sex Comedy, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Zelig. All are told as fractured fairy tales that create an atmosphere of pure escapism and delight. These three demonstrate the range and flexibility of his vision.
Broadway Danny Rose and Radio Days are infused with a love of subject that few films match. Again the performances of the ensemble represent some of the finest work by those actors yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No English subtites !
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No English subtitles for the hard of hearing or non English speakers who want to reinforce the sound with the written word.
Published on Aug. 18 2011 by MR JEAN-LOUIS TEURLAI
5.0 out of 5 stars GENIUS in a box
Without a doubt the existence of the third Woody Allen collection is reason to rejoice. Those of you without any of the other previous releases in your collection, should consider... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Allen's mid 80's work
The Woody Allen Collection 3 gathers together six of Mr. Allen's films from the 80's. They are amongst the strongest films of his career and they feature his best work with one... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2001 by Thomas Magnum
5.0 out of 5 stars Allen's mid 80's work
The Woody Allen Collection 3 gathers together six of Mr. Allen's films from the 80's. They are amongst the strongest films of his career and they feature his best work with one... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2001 by Thomas Magnum
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the Best Of Woody Allen..............
As many of you know, this is the 3rd box set of Woody Allen features to be released on DVD in the past couple of years. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2001 by Stewart Axelrad
5.0 out of 5 stars Another collection of great American films
Let me give a quick rundown on my thoughts on each of these films...
Broadway Danny Rose: The best thing in this good film is Mia Farrow's atypical performance. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2001 by Jeremy Heilman
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