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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 226734152
UPC: 883904259671
UPC 14: 00883904259671
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Editor's Note
Woody Allen finished his first decade of filmmaking, the 1970s, with one of his greatest and most deliberately artistic films, the love song to his home city MANHATTAN. Allen plays Isaac Davis, another one of his thinly veiled self-portraits, who finds himself suffering from a mid-life crisis. Unhappy in his career as a variety show comedy writer and newly divorced from a woman who has since come out as a lesbian, Isaac waffles between two relationships: that with emotionally honest and open, but far too young, Tracy (Mariel Hemingway in an Academy Award nominated performance) and with pseudo-intellectual, neurotic Mary (Diane Keaton). Allen uses these two women to contrast the naiveté and lack of pretension of youth with the growing cynicism of middle age.

Although the acting and writing is some of the sharpest of Allen's filmmaking career, what is truly memorable and endearing about MANHATTAN is its romantic view of New York. Whereas the character relationships in the film are largely dysfunctional and fueled by a vision of perfection, by contrast the city itself is envisioned by Allen as an object of perfection. In order to create aesthetically pleasing images of the city, Allen and his longtime cinematographer Gordon Willis decided to shoot the film in black and white and in the 2.35:1 widescreen ratio, the first time that Allen had used either format. The images are backed by the songs of quintessential New York composer George Gershwin, setting a tone of romanticism and grandeur that underlies Isaac's (and Allen's) inherent dissatisfaction with the mundane aspects of his life. The magnificence of the city of New York is the backdrop to the search for a similar splendor in human relationships in MANHATTAN.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Mgm Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/1/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 96 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00883904259671
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
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Expert Review Manhattan (1979) - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Josh Lasser Reviews
Published on: 1/29/2012 10:25 AM
This past Tuesday, Woody Allen was nominated for two Academy Awards for his latest film, Midnight in Paris (the picture itself also earned a Best Picture nomination, but Allen is not a producer on the film).  Not coincidentally, more than two classic Allen films hit Blu-ray for the first time on Tuesday.  No, it was not a certainty that Allen would be nominated, but the discussion around Midnight in Paris has been largely excellent and its awards' potential has been the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Meryl Streep
Video Cast Info Woody Allen
Video Cast Info Anne Byrne
Video Cast Info Michael Murphy
Video Cast Info Diane Keaton
Video Cast Info Michael O'Donoghue
Video Cast Info Karen Ludwig
Video Cast Info Mariel Hemingway
Video Cast Info Woody Allen - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Gordon Willis - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Susan E. Morse - Editor
Video Cast Info George Gershwin - Composer
Video Cast Info Marshall Brickman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Mel Bourne - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Charles H. Joffe - Producer
Video Cast Info Woody Allen - Director
Plot Summary
Woody Allen's celebration of the city that has always been a central character in his films: New York. Here he presents a tale of the sometimes convoluted romantic relationships of a group of neurotic Manhattanites, centered around television writer Isaac Davis, and including his lesbian ex-wife, his guilt-torn philandering friend, and his friend's pseudo-intellectual journalist girlfriend. Although Davis is already involved with a beautiful, intelligent 17-year-old, he finds himself attracted to the mistress of his married best friend--the journalist--who embodies every quality he thought he didn't like, but somehow seems appealing this time around. One of Allen's most mature works, with perhaps deeper characters and more fundamental sentiment than in his earlier comedies. Willis's black-and-white photography and a lush Gershwin-filled soundtrack put the finishing touches on this paean to the titular borough.

Memorable Quotes

"Years ago I wrote a short story about my mother called 'The Castrating Zionist' and I want to expand it into a novel."----Isaac Davis (Woody Allen) to Mary (Diane Keaton)

"The brain is the most overrated organ."----Isaac to Mary

"I was just thinking, there must be something wrong with me because I've never had a relationship with a woman that's lasted longer than the one between Hitler and Eva Braun."----Isaac to Mary

"That book makes me out to be like Lee Harvey Oswald."----Isaac to Jill (Meryl Streep)

"I can't express anger. That's one of the problems I have. I grow a tumor instead."----Isaac to Mary

"What does your analyst say? Did you speak to him?"----Isaac to Mary|"Donny's in a coma. He had a very bad acid experience."----Mary's reply to Isaac

"You think you're God."----Yale (Michael Murphy) to Isaac|"I gotta model myself after someone."----Isaac's reply to Yale

"You're God's answer to Job."----Isaac to Tracy (Mariel Hemingway) during their horse--drawn carriage ride through Central Park

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...Luminous camerawork....The film is intricately patterned with street dolly shots, high angles and static medium shots..." 09/01/1979 p.257-8

"...Woody Allen never seems to tire of topping himself....An irresistible yarn of personal relationships that draws skillfully on the best comic moments of ANNIE HALL and the raw emotions he portrayed in his last picture INTERIORS..." 04/25/1979

Chicago Sun-Times
"...A breathtaking hymn to the idea of being in love in Manhattan....This is one of the best-photographed movies ever made..." 03/18/2001 p.5

Total Film
"Defining, dry Woody Allen paean to New York City..." 09/01/2000 p.99

"[P]iquant, perceptive and plain funny..." 12/01/2004 p.186

"The Gershwin-laden soundtrack is sumptuous and the black-and-white cinematography by Gordon Willis is dazzling..." 07/01/2006 p.108

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