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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)
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- Contains 6 Woody Allen films: "Broadway Danny Rose, " "Hannah and Her Sisters," "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy," "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Radio Days," & "Zelig"
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A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Broadway Danny Rose
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Hannah and Her Sisters
The first and the last films are pretty lighthearted. The middle films have a fair share of bittersweet moments. In fact, I put `The Purple Rose of Cairo' into that rare class of movies such as Terry Gillian's `Brazil' which are so good at being poignant that they are literally hard to watch. Even the rampant parody, `Zelig' has some moments when you are really strongly influenced by the plight of the main character.
Although I suspect `A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy' may be the weakest of these six, it is the one I most enjoy rewatching. And, this is the one feature of Allen's movies I most highly value. I will enjoy a James Bond action flick once, but I will watch `Hannah and Her Sisters' over and over and over.
One of the most interesting things about `Radio Days' is that it came out in the same year as the very similar film of `Brighton Beach Memoirs'. And, as I recall, the critical opinion was that `Radio Days' was far superior. I agree.
Strongly recommended for both old and new Woody Allen fans.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good compilation of 6 favorite early Woody Allen movies. It is a good bargain and a good present if you are so inclined.Published 5 months ago by ranger one
You'll thoroughly enjoy these movies, all of which I would rank among the Top Ten movies of Woody Allen!Published 21 months ago by Randal M. Pierce
Wonderful box set that includes insightful and detailed inserts covering plot, commentary, cast, etc. Fine resolution on each DVD and some of Allen's best film work. Read morePublished on May 3, 2014 by Michael in Minneapolis
It was a Christmas gift to my son, so I have no review except that I saw all of the movies when they came out years ago and liked all of them.Published on January 19, 2014 by Alice Dibble
Recently, I have more enjoyment watching older movies. That is why I purchased these Woody Allen favorites. Popcorn and a movie. Voila!Published on July 24, 2013 by ranger one
I purchased theis set because it included "the Purple Rose of Cairo" but I've enjoyed "Hannah and Her Sisters", "Broadway Danny Rose" and especially... Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Hotcha!
Well being that I have seen all the ones in this edition before, except for Zelig...we started with Zelig....where does he think up these ideas? Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Kate
Hubby loves the movies, watches them over and over and over again. I am glad he likes it so much.Published on June 18, 2012 by Glenda Parks
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