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Take the Money and Run (Full Screen Edition)
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This is a review of the Take the Money and Run -- not the movie, but the DVD itself. The movie is a classic comedy that is appropriate for kids of 10 and over, as well as adults. If you've never seen it, the humor is a riot even though it's over 30 years old.
The DVD was just released and is a brilliant example of film restoration. The color is perfect, the grain is almost invisible, and you couldn't hope for a better print. The two-sided disk has TV-format on one side and letterbox on the other, but as the film was originally shot for TV the images are nearly identical. There are a couple of extra items that you can access after the end of the film, but they're typical stuff.
The sound of the first edition (printed 2000), however, leaves a lot to be desired. It's essentially mono, which is what you'd expect for a late-60's TV movie, but there are long intervals of noticeable hum. If you have a high-quality audio system, the 60-Hz hum sections are really annoying. In addition, there are a couple of key scenes where the voices have been so severely filtered that they sound quite unnatural. In a bizarre twist, the defects are more noticeable on better speakers...and almost imperceptible on a cheap TV speaker. So, listen to this one on your crummiest TV and you won't feel compelled to write reviews like this one!
To pick a favourite moment out is difficult. However, if forced to pick one I'd go for the scene where Virgil tries to rob a bank, and fails because he hands over a note where the word gun can easily be mistaken for gub. Consequently the entire bank staff and customers are all arguing whether the word is gun or gub. Woody insists its gun; everybody else thinks its gub...
This is definitely one of Woody's early funny ones!
His leading lady is also the sweetest, most beautiful, noble while still just a bit not-all-there ethereal beauty he ever starred with, and then she disappeared into the Sixties haze.
THe gags are great, although through getting frequently stolen now fall flat in some cases. For instance when this was made having an escaping chain gang member respond to Woody's "You're crazy!" (of course later in his pretentious later movies he would have said You're insane) it was out of left field for the low life con to reply "That's right! I'm a paranoid schizophrenic, but we're still going to escape!" as the terminology was unknown to almost everyone back then. Also the reference to a high speed digital computer. Now it is not unusual for his aunt to have one, and the reference to What's my line? is lost now. Still this is the all time greatest Allen film, with the roots of later explorations.
Never has he achieved this level of parody again, rather he now makes homages to other styles (as Curse of the Jade SCorpion mimics rather than mocks screwball comedies of sixty years ago.)
Get it. It is the best we will see. Like listening to Bob Dylan while he was still awake and intelligent and not worn out by too much road and stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love everything Woody Allen does in the movies and this is just a great example. I hope he makes many more movies before he casts off this mortal coil we call ' life'!Published 4 months ago by Alanus
I had a time follwing the plot in this movie and it seem that the movie didn't go anywherePublished 13 months ago by Tom Smith
Boo. Shame on me for thinking I had found a widescreen version.
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