The Woody Allen Collection DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -
The Woody Allen Collection
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
The Woody Allen Collection DVD Review. This is an expansive and important addition to the Woody Allen home media oeuvre, and one which showcases the director’s talents at their most daring and audacious.  Heady stuff, and pure film buff heaven.
Rating:
4.5

Feature 9.0
Video 9.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 2.0
Total 9.0

Distributor: Reel DVD
Running Time: 960 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: M15+

9.0


The Woody Allen Collection

In a remarkable career which now spans no less than six decades, Woody Allen has demonstrated himself to be one of the most gifted, influential and downright prolific filmmakers of all time, still maintaining his famous self-imposed schedule of a film a year and showing no signs of slowing down. 

Given the enthusiastic reception and numerous plaudits garnered by such recent offerings as Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris, the latter of which won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, now seems the perfect time to revisit the works of the decade which preceded them. 

The Woody Allen Collection is a sprawling 10-disc affair that collects nine of Allen’s films from 1994 to 2003, as well as Barbara Kopple’s excellent and thoroughly illuminating 1997 documentary Wild Man Blues.  Though for some reason not presented chronologically, the films on offer are, in order: 

Bullets Over Broadway (1994) – John Cusack, Dianne Wiest

Mighty Aphrodite (1995 – Mira Sorvino

Everyone Says I Love You (1996) – Ed Norton, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore

Deconstructing Harry (1997) Kirstie Alley, Billy Crystal

Celebrity (1998) – Kenneth Branagh, Leonardo Di Caprio, Hank Azaria

Sweet and Lowdown (1999) – Sean Penn, Uma Thurman, Anthony LaPaglia

Small Time Crooks (2000) – Tracey Ullman, Hugh Grant

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) – Dan Aykroyd, Helen Hunt

Hollywood Ending (2002) – Debra Messing, Tea Leoni 

Running the gamut from music to comedy to drama to noir-esque thriller and back again, this eclectic set gathers some of Allen’s most widely loved and widely overlooked films, and the satisfaction of having them conveniently housed in the same ‘fatpack’ casing will be a real treat for Allenophiles.  (Innumerable Woody Allen box sets of varying worth abound, though there’s never previously been anything of this magnitude or scope available in Region 4, especially for such a comparatively modest price). 

A further bonus is the appearance for the first time in Australia of the highly-regarded 1996 pseudo-musical Everyone Says I Love You; previously fans on these shores had to fork out upwards of forty dollars for a dusty Region 1 or 2 edition, a fact to which I can personally attest.  Then lastly there’s Wild Man Blues, which charts the 1996 European tour of Allen’s jazz band (he’s an accomplished clarinettist) and provides a little-seen glimpse into the private life of Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn, whom you may have heard of. 

This is an expansive and important addition to the Woody Allen home media oeuvre, and one which showcases the director’s talents at their most daring and audacious.  Heady stuff, and pure film buff heaven.






 
 



   Games
   PlayStation 4
   XBox One
   PlayStation 3
   XBox 360
   PC
   PS Vita
   Wii U
   Wii
   3DS
   DS
   PSP
   Apple
   Casual
   Android
   Classics

  Movies
   Movies & IMAX
   Blu-ray
   Action
   Anime
   Comedy
   Crime & Thrillers
   Documentaries
   Drama
   Family
   Horror
   Kids
   Lifestyle
   Music
   Romance
   Sci-fi
   Sport

   IT
   PC
   Apple
   Hardware

   Information & Fun
   News
   Interviews
   Articles

   Tara's G-Spot
   Loren's Level
   Comics
   Books
   Mind & Body
   Music
   Competitions
   Community
 








 
 




Impulse Gamer is your source for the
latest Reviews and News on Video Games,
Entertainment, Pop Culture, Hardware &
More!

 


© 2001 - 2014 Impulse Gamer
 

 

About Us | Contact Us