Site created 12/15/97.
review added: 4/15/99
1977 (1998) - MGM/UA
review by Todd Doogan,
special to The Digital Bits
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.