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Annie (Special Anniversary Edition) (1982)

Aileen Quinn , Albert Finney , John Huston  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Writers: Carol Sobieski, Harold Gray, Thomas Meehan
  • Producers: Carol Sobieski, Joe Layton, Ray Stark
  • Format: Special Edition, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (910 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VCZKM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Annie (Special Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Exclusive musical performance of "It's a Hard Knock Life" by pop group Play
The Age of Annie trivia game
Sing along with Annie!
Act along with Annie!
New DTS sound mix
My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn

Editorial Reviews

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Annie's hit debut on Broadway, we present the classic movie version of the beloved musical, now digitally remastered and featuring the original theatrical trailer. Annie is the story of a plucky, red-haired girl who dreams of life outside her dreary orphanage. One day, Annie (Aileen Quinn) is chosen to stay for one week with the famous billionaire "Daddy" Warbucks (Albert Finney). One week turns into many and the only person standing in the way of Annie's fun is Miss Hannigan, the gin-soaked ruler of the orphanage (played to hilarious perfection by Carol Burnett). Will Miss Hannigan's zany attempts to kidnap the irrepressible Annie succeed? Enjoy all the unforgettable songs, including "It's A Hard Knock Life" and "Tomorrow."

Customer Reviews

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205 of 227 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Leapin' lizards! January 5, 2005
Well, I think this is a really swell movie. Albert Finney and Carol Burnett crack me up, Aileen Quinn is exactly what Annie should be, and Sandy is perfect.

But WHY OH WHY is this not being offered in a widescreen format? I have yet to see all of "It's a Hard Knock Life" and I know those girls are knocking themselves out offscreen. I've seen this movie on three different media. All were pan and scan, and all three showed different parts of the picture! The worst was a VHS release. (...)

I don't know which is more frustrating about this anniversary dvd, the fact that it doesn't offer widescreen, or the fact that the dvd menu and the special features show the movie clips in widescreen, teasing me with those brief glimpses.

There is no reason that dvd manufacturers shouldn't at least OFFER a widescreen version. Let's get with the 21st century already!
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89 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version because of the great cast September 26, 2004
By Kelli
You cannot beat the cast in this movie. It has some of the greats, like Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Tim Curry. That is part of the reason why the Disney version could never compare to this one. Also, Aileen Quinn makes such a great Annie. She really looks spunky. She can look really sweet, but also tomboyish. She can look threatening, like all the times she raises her fists. The girl in the Disney "Annie" looks too sweet. She isn't as convincing when she tries to fight. If you want to watch Annie, this is the version to get.
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93 of 111 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Still No Widescreen! July 1, 2005
I can't help but wonder if ALL the widescreen prints of this movie were destroyed in a warehouse fire. Why would you bother to master another "Special Anniversary Edition" with a new DTS soundtrack and not include a Wide screen version? Especially with more and more widescreen TVs on the market. It is going to look pretty silly in a few years showing this pan and scanned musical on your widescreen TV. While not my favorite movie musical, I would still buy it if they ever have the sense to release it in it's original format! Until then...forget it!
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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful new telling of the musical legend! November 2, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Many people pass off ANNIE as a children's musical, when in actuality it has one of the most sophisticated scores and the book is of a higher standard than of many other shows. It still holds a record of something like the 8th or 9th longest running show on Broadway, and it is a delight among theatre-goers.
This new Disney version stays faithful to the stage score and script, not like John Huston's rambling version back in 1981 (refer to my review for this), and it is a delight to watch. It has that 'theatrical-style' feel to it.
The esteemed cast, the bulk of which are seasoned Broadway performers, include Kathy Bates as Miss Hannigan, Alan Cumming as Rooster, Audra McDonald as Grace Farrell, Kristin Chenoweth as Lily St Regis, Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks and the lovely Alicia Morton as Annie. Making a cameo in the 'NYC' number as ''Star To Be'' is (oh happy day) the original Broadway Annie - Andrea McArdle.
The cast is sensational, and while I will not bring down the 1981 performers of Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Ann Reinking, they are far more believable in their interpretations.
You must buy this new version of the Broadway smash ANNIE!
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie. December 14, 1999
By Tiffany
Format:VHS Tape
I was a little cynical when I first saw this movie as I'd seen the show done on stage and had been really disappointed with the last Annie produced in the 80's, but I was pleasantly surprised. I watched this with my four-year old daughter and she loved it. The acting was great. Kathy Bates, as usual, was wonderful. The little girl did a wonderful job as Annie and all the musical numbers were fun. This 1999 version lacked some of the stunts that made the previous movie unbelievable. It was sincere and stuck to the original play very well. My daughter loved it and after one viewing was mopping my kitchen floor singing "Hard Knock Life."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Special Edition....special enough? January 13, 2004
Growing up, Annie was one of my all-time favorite movies. I sang all the songs, played runaway orphan with my friends, and watched the movie over and over on Betamax (for those of you born a bit later, that's like a VHS tape, only smaller).
I was tempted to buy Annie as soon as it came out on DVD, but chose to wait for a version with some decent special features. Lo, it is here, but there is one thing that I'm really surprised is missing.... where's the behind-the-scenes feature, "Lights, Camera, Annie!" which aired on TV back in 1982. It included auditions for the role of Annie, dance rehearsals, cast/crew interviews, choerography and blocking of "It's a Hard Knock Life", a screen test of Aileen Quinn and Albert Finney and vocal rehearsals of "Easy Street" with Peters, Curry and Burnett. That's the kind of thing that should be on a Special Edition DVD, so I'm surprised that since the footage exists (I still have my Beta tape, and surely it exists elsewhere), that they didn't use it.
As much as I appreciate that there is a new version, it seems to be primarily catering to kids. It would appear they neglected the adults who grew up with the movie and still think of it fondly, and would have appreciated more special features of the behind-the-scenes, as opposed to contemporary interpretations of songs and sing-alongs.
Incidentally, why is this being presented as an "Anniversary Edition"? Annie came out in 1982, so it's the...22nd Year Anniversary?
I still love the movie, but just can't give this version a full 5 stars given my disappointment in the special features.
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Published 1 day ago by Bradley Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best Annie, ever
The very best Annie, ever. Songs, character actors wonderful songs and dancing children and of course, Carol Burnett. Read more
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Old time favorite. Good timing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars so we bought it for her towatch here. The picture quality is very good
Our 3 year old niece loves this movie, so we bought it for her to watch here. The picture quality is very good, but it is not in sync with the sound. Read more
Published 6 days ago by R
5.0 out of 5 stars Leapin' lizards, this is a swell film!
Annie is my favorite movie!! It's heartwarming, fun, and adventuresome. I keep watching over and over again and I have yet to get sick of it. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Audrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoy it
Published 10 days ago by Treva G. Keely
1.0 out of 5 stars Guard your Childs eyes, don't see it!
I thought this would be fun movie for my 9 yr old since Annie was about her age. Sadly this movie is not appropriate for kids. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kara
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My brother loves it and watches it everyday.
Published 10 days ago by James Fennell
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