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I'm unaware of Quiver Distribution, other than what I've researched.

I do like their logo.

Woody Allen, a filmmaker who I respect and admire for a number of his films, seems to have made too many of them, as they're now be treated in ancillary markets as just so many cow droppings.

Quiver has released a boxed set of eight productions 1994 - 2003, complete run with the exception of Deconstructing Harry (1997) and Sweet and Lowdown (1999), both of which seem to remain unavailable outside of DVD.

I'm not enamored of anything that I'm seeing here, as this is a set that could just as easily ended up as a bargain bin end-cap offering.

All eight films come from dupes, and none are anything special. I'll not place an individual grade on them, simply because I'll not give them the time and effort.

At $50 street price, which works out to $6.25 per film, it's fine, but it's not worth a penny more.

The image average works out to around 3.5/5, so as a package they pass.

Small Time Crooks is a fail for slightly overall digital / electronic appearance - an old-fashioned look, probably based upon a DVD master.

Anything Else seems to have been shot and released as anamorphic panavision. The Blu-ray is 1.78, but is scanning the disc, I saw nothing that screamed anamorphic, so really...

Does anyone care?

And in the end, none of it matters, as Mr. Allen, as much as I love many of his films has become an afterthought in the home theater world.

Too many collections. Too many boxed sets from around the world. Possibly it just comes down to the fact that Mr. Allen has made more films that Ford, Chaplin and Griffith put together.

It's sad, as there's no love here. It's all just programming fodder.

I'll stick with Annie Hall, Manhattan and a few others, and call it a day. Please move along. Nothing to see here.

I've decided to return this and hope for a more quality release in the future.

Image – 3.5 (average)

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Both

Upgrade from DVD – Not with any excitement


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Keep in mind many of us never expected brand new scans. I knew going in they would be dated transfers. Sadly we got the same German cropped to 1.78:1 of Anything Else which was shot 2.35:1

I was nice towards Quiver Distribution on twitter and before Thanksgiving they acknowledged the incorrect aspect ratio issue. They stated they were looking into it.

I think the issue was, that they were able to license these titles that were owned by Miramax & Dreamworks and neither seem to have been interested in doing any new scans. I almost think the films may have been sold off?!???…It’s interesting to note many of the original opening logos were CUT, replaced with Quiver, some at least retaining a Sweetland Films logo. While opening score plays over Quiver logo for Anything Else.

These transfers aren’t great but because I never expected much they are a better option than an old DVD edition. (Except for Anything Else due to the zoomed in image)

I still have my Deconstructing Harry Laserdisc, perhaps Warner Archive will release it or license it. Same to Sony with Sweet and Lowdown.
 

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Most of these, while old scans, are huge improvements over their DVD counterparts. Especially the Miramax films, which were non-anamorphic on DVD. It's like night and day in some cases. The improvement on the Dreamworks films isn't as drastic.
 

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That saved me $80, thank you very much - shipping and import fees over to Norway included. I have collected all of Woody Allen's oeuvre - the good, the bad and the ugly - so I was prepared to pick this up. Some of these titles in this set were released on blu ray in Scandinavia in 2011 and looked terrible projected. They all looked like uprezzed DVDs. I said so at the time and was met with howls of protest by one or two individuals, claiming that they looked decent. Well, they most certainly don't. Doesn't sound like these titles in this box set are of the same quality that Twilight Time were producing, so I think I'll just give them a pass and see if anyone can manage to be bothered to make new scans from the original elements in the future.
 

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The $50 (street) price will probably eventually get slashed in half or something. Guess I'll wait til then (or some potentially better version)...

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I have the US DVD, which I haven't watched in years. As I recall, it's non-anamorphic which looks terrible on a 4K display.

The Sweet and Lowdown disc I have is a flipper with anamorphic on one side, full frame on the other. I just watched it last night as I have been watching all of his movies since I heard this set was coming out. I think the set is worth it for the titles that were non-anamorphic (e.g. Bullets Over Broadway) on DVD. I'm happy with it.
 

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The folks who run Quiver are very nice. I'm sure they had to take what they were given, just like many others have to. I just licensed stuff to them for streaming services and any theatrical bookings - couldn't have been a more pleasant deal.
I’m certain that they are. Good history. The licensing game is not a wonderful place to be.
 

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To be clear, I probably would order this for around $50 if the results were better so I don't keep wondering/waiting for something better anyway... but my collection and backlog (like many here) have grown so large that I don't feel much desire to spend that much on this right now...

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I'm hoping Criterion will issue a comprehensive Allen collection as they've done with Berman and Fellini.
Woody deserves that. An artist whose work I love. Any controversy is outside of that.
The Twilight Time blu ray's all seem to be sold out. Personally, I just want some really good restorations
of PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, ZELIG and RADIO DAYS.
 

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I'm hoping Criterion will issue a comprehensive Allen collection as they've done with Berman and Fellini.
Woody deserves that. An artist whose work I love. Any controversy is outside of that.

But the controversy does affect sales. The public's interest in Woody Allen is at rock bottom these days. Investing in an extensive restoration of his filmography would not make sense financially at this moment, as there is no chance it would recoup the expense.
 

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