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Archive for Sunday, July 9, 2000

Woody Allen’s funniest films released in DVD collection

July 9, 2000

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Get ready again to share the pathos and humor of America's favorite neurotic, Woody Allen.

MGM Home Entertainment has prepared an impressive DVD collection of eight films by the director/actor/writer.

The selections range from the Oscar-winning "Annie Hall" to one of his lesser efforts, "Stardust Memories." In between you'll find some of Allen's funniest works such as "Bananas," "Sleeper" and "Love and Death."

The DVD collection is priced at $134.98, or each film can be purchased individually at $19.98. The set also is available in VHS at $99.98 or as separate titles at $14.98 apiece.

The collection includes:

  • "Bananas" (1971): Allen plays a guy who falls for a political activist (Louise Lasser). To impress her, he attends several demonstrations and eventually joins rebels in a South American country where he becomes president.
  • "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Ask" (1972): Seven vignettes supposedly based on the book by David Reuben. The cast includes John Carradine, Lynn Redgrave, Gene Wilder, Tony Randall, Burt Reynolds and Louise Lasser.
  • "Sleeper" (1973): Allen, who runs a health food store, is frozen and revived 200 years in the future where things have changed a lot. For one thing, smoking is considered good for you.
  • "Love and Death" (1975): A wonderful satire of practically everything Russian. It's 1821 and Boris (Allen) is in love with fellow Russian Diane Keaton, who wants to have the invading Napoleon assassinated.
  • "Annie Hall" (1977): A romantic comedy in which neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) shares his life with his equally neurotic girlfriend Annie Hall (Keaton). Don't miss the hilarious standing-in-line-at-the-movies sequence.
  • "Interiors" (1978): Allen directs but does not appear in this often somber drama about three sisters (Keaton, Mary Beth Hurt and Kristin Griffith) attempting to cope with the divorce of their parents and, eventually, the death of their mother.
  • "Manhattan" (1979): This beautifully photographed black-and-white ode to Manhattan has Allen playing a divorced guy who falls for the mistress (Keaton) of his best friend. Also in the cast is Meryl Streep.
  • "Stardust Memories" (1980): Allen plays a successful filmmaker who attends a festival conducted to honor his work. So-so effort proving that even a genius can misfire from time to time.

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