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Annie Hall
1977 (1998) - MGM/UA

review by Todd Doogan, special to The Digital Bits

Annie Hall Film Ratings: A-

Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): B+/A/B

Specs and Features

93 mins, PG, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), full frame (1.33:1), dual-sided, single-layered, Amaray keep case packaging, theatrical trailer, 8-page production booklet, film-themed menu screens, scene access (49 chapters), languages: English and French (DD mono), subtitles: English, French & Spanish, Close Captioned

I was never a huge fan of Woody Allen. Even though I've never really sat down to watch his whole legendary filmography, I'm just not impressed with his comedy. I do kinda like Mighty Aphrodite, and even though I try not to, I love Annie Hall. To me, Annie Hall is that one perfect Woody Allen film. It's surreal, human and very funny. I think he misses the mark too often (overall in his films), but this film nails the point home, time after time after time. The opening sequence where Allen discusses his childhood, parents and schooling, the short animated sequence, and of course, one of my all-time favorite moments in film, the Marshall McLuhan sequence -- they're all classic. I laugh every time I see them.

Maybe I'm not a fan of his work because nothing he has made since, has had the punch of this film. To me, Annie Hall is perfect. It tells the story of a doomed relationship, from the beginning to the end, and even though I haven't had the exact sort of relationship Allen depicts in this film, I can empathize -- which is the point of a good story.

The DVD looks good. It's not the best transfer I've seen, but it's pretty good. You can watch it full screen or wide, and both look about equal in terms of quality. I prefer the widescreen, but why wouldn't I? The extras feature an 8-page booklet, a trailer and that's about it. Audio is a conversational mono. I wouldn't expect more, and I didn't get it.

Todd Doogan
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