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Two Woody Allen Films Heading to Blu-ray

Posted November 29, 2011 05:54 PM by Webmaster

MGMIn an early announcement to retailers, MGM has revealed that it will release on Blu-ray two Woody Allen films: Annie Hall (1977), winner of four Oscar Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and Manhattan (1979), winner of BAFTA Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay.

Exact technical specs, supplemental features and region coding status for these releases are unknown at the moment, but the preliminary release date set by the studio is January 24th.






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Jamison
  Nov 29, 2011
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Good news. Two of the best films ever made. Hopefully they will be excellent transfers.

giannirenna
  Nov 29, 2011
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FINALLY! Two amazing films!

JoeBuck
  Nov 29, 2011
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YES!!!! Wanted Manhattan on Blu for waaay too long.
discking
  Nov 29, 2011
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Annie Hall on DVD has aways had a shockingly shoddy looking transfer. Let's hope they made a new 2k transfer, or else we may be looking at a cleaned up "super DVD"... Good news though, the Allen back catalog is long neglected on Blu-Ray.

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nathanp
  Nov 29, 2011
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Been waiting on these two for a loooooooooong time, still a few Woody's to go but this is a terrific start.
Kent2000
  Nov 29, 2011
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I'd love it they added some bonus features to "Annie Hall", but I'll definitely settle for a hi-def restoration.
scarface16
  Nov 29, 2011
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Annie Hall does look pretty bad on dvd. Really hope they start releasing all of his films on blu ray, especially Crimes and Misdemeanors & Husbands and Wives.

GregBlu5
  Nov 29, 2011
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Manhattan is my favorite Woody Allen film. Annie Hall is right up there. It's about time that Allen's catalogue titles start appearing in Blu-ray.

BluPix
  Nov 29, 2011
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I have long looked forward to manhattan on blu ray. It looks as if my wait will soon be over. Already preordered it along with Annie Hall, another strong film from Woody Allen, whose classic films -- a great many of which are controled by MGM -- are long overdue for release on blu. This is certainly a fine start. I hope we also see, sooner rather than later, Sleeper, Bananas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Radio Days, Interiors, Hanna and Her Sisters and others from the 1970s and 80s.
FilmFanEddie
  Nov 29, 2011
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January is going to be bigger than this entire year was.

Yankees0222
  Nov 29, 2011
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Pre ordered both. Annie Hall is the best romantic comedy ever made and this has been long overdue

Also waiting for a Sleeper release (2nd favorite Allen film). This is a great start though

aquagroove
  Nov 29, 2011
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ABOUT TIME !!!
TedK
  Nov 29, 2011
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The clips of both films looked very good in the recent PBS documentary on Woody, so I suspect some major clean up has been performed. Looking forward to both films, and hopefully more as the year goes on. Interesting to note that the doc also included a great gag reel from Sleeper, giving hope that some extras might be included.
Steven_101
  Nov 29, 2011
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YESS!!!!!! I CANNOT WAIT for these blu-rays.
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nathan_393
  Nov 29, 2011
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Very stoked - wondering when this news would finally pop up since I've had the preorder for two weeks strong now!

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pro-bassoonist
  Nov 29, 2011
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nathan_393: You did not have these pre-ordered for two weeks. You had the Canadian releases pre-ordered, more than likely. These are the U.S. releases.

A small but very important correction

Pro-B

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repete66211
  Nov 29, 2011
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Sweet! Annie Hall is practically the birth of rom-com and Manhattan--an early example of Allen fantisizing about an underage girl finding him attractive--is aesthetically remarkable. I look forward to both.

MikeyHitchFan
  Nov 29, 2011
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Great that I can get these in the U.S. instead of Canada.

http://www.laserdisken.dk - This is a store in Denmark that I ordered from..

Region Free Woody Allen titles: Bullets over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You, Celebrity, Small Time Crooks, Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Hollywood Ending, Cassandra's Dream.

Australia region free - Scoop

Germany region B - Match Point
hotFstop
  Nov 29, 2011
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Great! Bring on Hannah and Her Sisters!

mishal
  Nov 30, 2011
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Finally! Both shall be mine.

eiknarf
  Nov 30, 2011
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Hopefully this means we'll one day get MATCH POINT

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The Great Artiste
  Nov 30, 2011
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MikeyHitchFan: How did you deal with that Danish store? The website appears to be in Danish language only.
MoulinBlu
  Nov 30, 2011
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webmaster, the trailers are covering half of the cover art. It's the same in todays hitchcock news. I'm viewing with the latest version of IE.

MikeyHitchFan
  Nov 30, 2011
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The Great Artiste - I use Google Chrome, which asks you if you want to translate the page you are viewing. It works, but occasionally glitches.

MikeyHitchFan
  Nov 30, 2011
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Another site I use is Megastore.se, where it's switchable from 3 Nordic regions. You'll just Google translate Kroners to Dollars to see what you're spending.

Bluyoda
  Nov 30, 2011
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Great news. I hope more Woody Allen are going to be released on Blu from now on, with good transfers, of course.

TheManInBlu
  Nov 30, 2011
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Just pre-ordered. Woody's two best films

Minimejer05
  Nov 30, 2011
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Two Allen films I haven't seen. Will be buying.
seanflynn
  Nov 30, 2011
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BIG WARNING: Do not order any title among all those eight Woody Allen movies just released in Scandinavia! They look and sound absolutely horrible! The transfers are exactly the same as the old DVD editions. Nothing at all has been made to make them any better. I returned all mine and got my money back. Even the people in the shop where I bought them thought they looked disgustingly bad.

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jvince
  Nov 30, 2011
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Finally.

Awesome news.

vanscottie
  Nov 30, 2011
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I am very happy about this news. BUT Woody will no doubt have any participation (not even a "Director Approval" stamp) in this. It's a shame, his films are American Classics and if he'd spend just a few hours a week helping find deleted scenes, sketches, do a behind-the-scenes bonus, or a director commentary these films would be amazing. But he truly doesn't give a rat's ass!

ShellOilJunior
  Nov 30, 2011
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Day 1.

I hope this means a stream of more Woody Allen films on blu-ray. Release them and I'll buy them!

brainofj72
  Nov 30, 2011
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FINALLY. Please be awesome transfers! Can't wait for Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Radio Days now.
dclivejazz
  Nov 30, 2011
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Long awaited. Count me in for Hannah and Her Sisters, too.

JoeBuck
  Nov 30, 2011
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vanscottie, Allen doesn't want any of those things on his dvds (or blu's now I guess) because he says he thinks his films should speak for themselves.
A lot of directors refuse to have a commentary track on their films as well for the same reason.

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repete66211
  Nov 30, 2011
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You guys can have the pretentious Woody Allen stuff. Give me Bananas and I'll be happy.

MikeyHitchFan
  Dec 01, 2011
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seanflynn: I don't know what you're looking at, but all my Woody Allen Scandinavian BD's look great. Some are a bit better than others, but they are ALL much better than DVD quality. Extras are non-existent, but so what? I just watched a DVD of Anything Else from 2003, and it reminded me how fuzzy the picture is and how good the BD's look.

EdShady70
  Dec 20, 2011
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I hope this means that "Sleeper" will be coming soon. That was my gateway movie that got me into Woody's films. "Play It Again Sam" is another great early comedy of Allen's. Very happy to get "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan" on Blu.


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