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Manhattan [Blu-ray] (1979)

Woody Allen , Diane Keaton , Woody Allen  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy, Meryl Streep
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Format: Black & White, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,924 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Nominated for two Academy Awardsr in 1979 and considered "one of Allen's most enduring accomplishments" (Boxoffice), Manhattan is a wry, touching and finely rendered portrait of modern relationships against the backdrop of urban alienation. Sumptuously photographed in black and white (Allen's first film in that format) and accompanied by a magnificent Gershwin score, Woody Allen's aesthetic triumph is a "prismatic portrait of a time and a place that may be studied decades hence" (Time). 42-year-old Manhattan native Isaac Davis (Allen) has a job he hates, a seventeen-year-old girlfriend, Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), he doesn't love and a lesbian ex-wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), who's writing a tell-all book about their marriage and whom he'd like to strangle. But when he meets his best friend's sexy intellectual mistress, Mary (Diane Keaton), Isaac falls head over heels in lust! Leaving Tracy, bedding Mary and quitting his job are just the beginning of Isaac's quest for romance and fulfillment in a city where sex is as intimate as a handshakeandthe gateway to true love is a revolving door.

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159 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than 30 Years Later, Still Woody's True Masterpiece November 14, 2001
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In 1979, Woody had the burden of trying to capture the "originality" of "Annie Hall," the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1977.

So when "Manhattan" was released, Woody's first "true" widescreen picture (so much so that Woody insisted this film NEVER be released on video or shown on television without the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen), I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

I discovered that "Manhattan" had a completely different tone than "Annie Hall." It was more serious, but still hilarious. I became so enraptured by its themes, its music and its atmosphere that I felt, until I saw "Schindler's List" in late 1993, that I had witnessed something that comes along only once or twice a generation...and that's true greatness on film. I paid to see "Manhattan" at least four times during its initial run in 1979. I had never done this before, even when I include those popcorn pictures I had seen several times put out by Spielberg and Lucas during the 1970s. I found "Manhattan" simply incredible, so "on the mark," so revelatory about the weaknesses of people, especially so-called "intelligent" people.

Rather than go over the plot, I believe "Manhattan's" themes include the following:

1. intellectualism is overrated.
2. romance is illogical and unscientific.
3. words don't always match our actions.
4. moral structure is a man-made invention.
5. fidelity is an optimistic ideal.
6. skeletons in the closet are better left unsaid.
7. uncorrupted optimism is mostly found in young people.
8. cynicism increases as you grow old.
9. advancing years = more unnecessary baggage.
10. The more you know, the more it can hurt you.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, dreamy, spectacular, perfect May 17, 2000
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No matter how many times I watch this piece of heavan, I still get teary at the line "you gotta have a little faith in people..." This is a movie with so much beauty and depth, humor and poignant romanticism. I can even accept Issac's (Woody Allen) older man/young girl romance ( and usually I am annoyed by the prevalance of this type of pairing in so many movies ) because to me ,the endearing Tracy, (Mariel Hemingway so SO wonderful here) represents the tender spirit of love, the open heart that simply feels what it feels. She is the point on which the movie pivots, with her sweet goodness and simple message of emotional purity in contrast to the over analysis the other older characters give love. There are so many levels on which to appreciate this movie. I could try to analyze it in words (as Woody and his complex, terrific cast of characters analyze their lives and loves...) but instead, I have to just tell you all with FEELING: Visit this film, the magical, dreamy, spectacular, perfect place...Manhattan.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AFI 's Love Stories #66: Manhattan October 6, 2002
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When Woody Allen won the Oscar (in abstentia) for writing and directing "Annie Hall," which also won the Oscar for Best Picture, it was assumed the stand-up comic turned auteur had reached the pinnacle of his career. Then Allen proceeded to go out and make an even better film with his next effort, "Manhattan." Filmed in glorious black & white (and widescreen) by the great cinematographer Gordon Willis, the opening sequence combining indelible images of New York City with Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is a paean to city Allen loves and the most rhapsodical sequence in any of his films.
Rather than talking about the plot per se, "Manhattan" is best explained as a convoluted series of wrecked and ruined relationships centering around Allen's character, Isaac Davis. Isaac is divorced from Jill (Meryl Streep), who is now living with Connie (Karen Ludwig), and planning to write an expose on her marriage. Isaac is having an affair with 17-year-old Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), but then he meets Mary (Diane Keaton), the mistress of his best friend Yale (Michael Murphy), who is married to Emily (Anne Byrne). Ultimately, however, this is not a film about love, but rather a film about loss, because you just know that forced to make choices, Isaac is going to make the wrong ones. Tracy and Mary are characters constructed as such polar opposites and it never dawns on Isaac to focus more on what each has than on what they lack.
Of course, today this film is obviously open to reinterpretation given Allen's very public personal life and it is now assumed that the Isaac-Tracy relationship was a sign of things to come rather than a dramatic construction.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous and wonderful! May 10, 2002
It makes me sad (not to mention angry) that some people make the statement that this movie is about "a child molestor." The same people who say this are the ones that praise "There's Something About Mary" and "American Pie" for it's "comic innovativeness." This is NOT a documentary, it is simply a situation, and Tracy (the girl) was not forced into her position as girlfriend--it is a choice. Let's not forget this was the 70s, and while that's not an excuse, shame on those who imply that this beautiful movie is simply about a man and an underage girl.
That said, this is one of the most gorgeous movies ever made. Although "Hannah and Her Sisters" is probably my favorite Woody Allen movies, this is Allen's cinematic masterpiece. Words can't describe how beautiful the lights of Manhattan look as they sparkle through the trees in Central Park. But the acting shines as well. Diane Keaton is both hilarious and sad as a neurotic woman who is so full of herself and yet so unlucky in love; Woody Allen plays a divorced, neurotic man (shocker. . .); and while Mariel Hemingway isn't terrible, the tone of her voice and her manner did grate on my nerves a little. . .but that didn't ruin the movie at all. She is the voice of reason not only to Issac (Allen's character) but for the entire film.
It's a true testament to the genius of Allen that his movies, which usually end so sad, can still fill you with hope. It's as if he's telling the audience that it's the journey, not the destination, that's important. Everything about "Manhattan" shines, even after more than 20 years. I highly suggest this movie to anyone who hasn't seen it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far from Woody Allen's best
Woody Allen tended to droll on and on in this movie. He was on screen so much it took away from the movie as a whole.
Published 3 days ago by R. George
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Woody Allen
Classic Woody Allen cinema with scores of impossibly young female costars. New York at its best, back in its gritty modern hay day.
Published 4 days ago by Jeff Probasco
5.0 out of 5 stars A Woody Allen Classic
A captivating black-and-white letterbox movie that unfolds with NYC as a backdrop. Worth watching for Mariel Hemingway and the music alone.
Published 11 days ago by Hespus Crint
1.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
Woody Allen has occasionally produced — even acted it — pretty good movies. This is not one of them. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Enno
5.0 out of 5 stars A great NY film
Anybody who loves NY, will love this movie, especially shot in black and white. One of woody Allen's best films.
Published 21 days ago by George B. Roberts
2.0 out of 5 stars Great acting but disturbingly pedophilic.
It was enjoyable aside from Woody Allen's character having an affair with a 17 year old child. The movie does it's best to not make this creepy and almost pulls it off; except in... Read more
Published 27 days ago by gtmacdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Woody Allen film
Turn off the sound and enjoy his photographic tribute to New York. Turn off the picture and listen to an absolutely fabulous sound track -- the music is enchanting. Read more
Published 27 days ago by James K. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual treat!
Nothing makes an evening better like a film that soothes your eyes and soul with beautiful imagery. Every frame in Manhattan is a work of art.
Published 1 month ago by siddharth vaghela
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Woody
Viewed in light of Woody's penchant to seduce young girls to support his ego, it is embarrassing. As always, DIane Keaton is awesome, sound track is great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rita E. Mullins
3.0 out of 5 stars Now it's a cliche!
`Like Shakespeare we know who is who and where we are going because it's a Woody Allen movie.

The plot and the characters will return in many movies with varying degrees... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Snacker
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