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The Woody Allen Collection, Sets 1-3 (2008)

Woody Allen  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Woody Allen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 19
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001539HQY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Set One:
Annie Hall
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Too Afraid To Ask
Love and Death
Stardust Memories

Set Two:
Shadows and Fog
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Another Woman

Set Three:
Broadway Danny Rose
Hannah and Her Sisters
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Radio Days

Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.

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379 of 392 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Summary March 16, 2009
For those of you who don't want to have to look up each collection separately to figure out what you are getting here is the list:
Set One: Annie Hall, Sleeper, Bananas, Interiors, Manhattan, Stardust
Memories, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex...
(has to be one of the longest movie titles ever btw),
Love and Death. The best comedy collection in this 3-pack

Set Two: Shadows and Fog, September, Crimes and Misdemeanors,
Another Woman, Alice. Shorter and more serious collection

Set Three: Hannah and Her Sisters, The Purple Rose of Cairo,
Broadway Danny Rose, Zelig, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy,
Radio Days. A balanced third set to round it out.

One of America's most prolific and neurotic directors--if you are a
serious student of film you have to pay attention to some of these works.
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136 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What was an awful deal is now a very good one July 3, 2010
When I first wrote 12 months ago (it's now 6/11) the price was almost double what it is now, and it was cheaper to buy all three sets separately.
Hence I gave it one star and a warning to buyers.

At the current price, its about $7 a film, for a huge collection of 19 mostly brilliant films by one of America's most important film makers. An very good deal. So now its an easy five stars. Grab it while you can.

My comments on the three sets;

Set 1
This collection is currently the only way to get new region 1 copies of some of Allen's greatest and most important films at a reasonable price including 'Love and Death' and others. I can only hope that these films keep going in and out of print in anticipation of an upgraded hopefully blu-ray release to join the terrific blu-rays of "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan", but there's always the danger that they've gotten caught up in some sort of rights war, in which would make grabbing this set now even smarter.

My brief reviews of each, on a 4 star scale;

Bananas (1971) ***1/2 Incredibly funny, broad, slapstick, surreal political satire as Woody takes over a Latin American country to impress a girl. A few bits feel dated, and it didn't make me laugh quite as much as 'Take the Money and Run' when I recently re-watched Allen's 'early funny films', but it still has more than it's share of great comic moments. The whole trial sequence is genius worthy of the very best of the Marx Brothers. (Or, in a more modern context Monty Python). Personally I don't love the score -- it tends to underline jokes that don't need the help. It was after this that Allen went away from having music written for his films, using existing pieces instead, which became a huge part of his filmmaking style.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Deal June 1, 2008
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Like the previous reviewer, I didn't have any of these titles on DVD and wanted to replace a few favorite Allen titles I already had on VHS. Originally I was going to purchase only the first collection and move on from there. But when I noticed that I could get all three sets for only a few dollars more than the first set alone, I went for it.

Each of the three sets is individually packaged, and the entire three-set collection is shrink-wrapped to keep it all together. All films are offered in widescreen mode, and most of the titles from the first set are also offered in alternate full-screen versions (these discs are double-sided). If there's any drawback, I'd say it's the lack of special features. I've not found any documentaries or commentaries anywhere in these DVDs, but the original trailers have been included. The picture quality is great, and the films, of course, are generally wonderful.

A great way to build up your Woody Allen collection in a short amount of time--definitely recommended.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woody Collection (Sets 1-3) - A Great Deal!! May 22, 2008
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One of the best deals on Amazon, averaging $5.53 per title (if you're lucky enough to not own any of the tiles already, as I was). I did own 5 on VHS, and decided it was time to replace them with DVDs. The total for those 5 individually came out to $59.95. The "Collection Sets 1-3" did not originally come up on my Woody Allen DVD-button link from IMDB, but when I entered "Woody Allen" directly into the Amazon search, there it was! I'd previously considered the individual boxed sets, but since my original aim was to only replace the 5 films on VHS, it would have gotten too expensive ($129 more), since the 5 tiles I was wanting to replace were divided among the 3 sets. But once the "Collection Sets 1-3" came up (only $45 more for 14 additional titles), it was a no-brainer! And I've already seen two of the titles, and the quality is great. Caution: If you like Woody Allen as much as I do, you might get the feeling that you just robbed somebody. Don't worry, just stop at a gas station and fill up, and the feelings will offset. :) Thank you Amazon, or MGM, or Woody... or whomever is responsible for such a great deal!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Value!! August 2, 2008
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Are you kidding me? Nineteen Woody Allen movies -- including all-time classics like Annie Hall and Manhattan -- for $109 has got to be one of the best deals available on all of Amazon. In addition to the titles you're already familiar with, you'll find a few obscure gems here, too, like Another Woman and Alice. (With all of the unseemliness that surrounded their relationship, it's easy to forget what a terrific actress Mia Farrow is and how well she performed in these vehicles.) Getting this set is an absolute no-brainer if you are any sort of a film aficionado.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!!
Published 1 month ago by Michael R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product!
Published 3 months ago by GrikMoretz11
5.0 out of 5 stars What more needs to be said?
This is an exceptional value in which you receive several films by perhaps the greatest American filmmaker of the second half of the twentieth century for less than ten dollars... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Micah Wimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
Great deal!!!! Wonderful!!!! I love woody Allen and I love this collection!!!! I am enjoying it!!!!!!!! If you love woody Allen you should buy it
Published 4 months ago by Federica Lucantonio
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need is TIME
What a deal; one cannot go wrong when purchasing this super set at such a super price. I'm retired but still short on time. Love the old Woody Allen movies.
Published 4 months ago by E. J. Jove
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is a must purchase for any Woody Allen fan. It includes most, but not all, of his early comedies. Worth every penny.
Published 5 months ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price.
Great Price for all these movies. Low price I paid is no longer available.
If you are a Woody Allen Fan and must have these movies it's a great set. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Samuel P. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Balanced Diet!
You get a varied, exciting tour of some of Woody Allen's work and life. It was an experience...not just entertainment!
Published 7 months ago by michael j lobiondo
1.0 out of 5 stars It never arrived
It never arrived. I've been charged for the product and I never got it. Granted, it could have been stolen by a neighbor. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ted M Speros
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential!!! But more sets needed!
Every one of these movies is a must-see classic. Humor, satire, passion, depth. My friend enjoys them as much or more than I did when I first saw them, and I enjoy seeing them... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charles Peterson
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