Annie Hall question...

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  1. Bryan Tuck

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    I've been wanting to check out Annie Hall (I know I should have seen it years ago; shame on me), but I've heard that there is a problem with the current edition's subtitles.

    Can anyone fill me in?
     
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    MGM replaced the original burned-in subtitles with removable subtitles. This is not so bad but this change ruins a joke in the film by preceding the subtitles with a new "Thinking" subtitle. The film did not have that subtitle originally.
     
  3. Bryan Tuck

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    Thanks for the clarification. So it's sort of like the one "Speaking Maori" subtitle on Sony's DVD of Whale Rider?
     
  4. Mark_TS

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    not to mention that it is a so-so non anamorphic disc
     
  5. CameronMcC

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    MGM really needs to update the woody allen library with anamorphic transfers and some extras
     
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    As for extras, you can pretty much forget about that. Most of the MGM/Woody releases have really nice anamorphic transfers. It's the Buena Vista ones that need updating. Most of those are non-anamorphic.
     
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    All of the MGM Woody Allen DVD's are anamorphic, except for Annie Hall.

    I saw the film for the first time and really enjoyed it... although, the DVD isn't that good. What's funny is that this library disc had the pan & scan side scratched up intentionally so that you could only see the widescreen version. [​IMG]
     
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    While we'd like to see some extras on these Woody Allen discs, you can pretty much forget about it happening. He doesn't allow extras on DVDs of his films. I don't know of any Woody Allen DVD that has any extras besides the trailer possibly.
     
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    Is the UK region 2 editon of Annie Hall anamorphic and does it feature the original theatrical burned-in 'inner-monologue' subtitles or are they player-generated, like the region 1 edition?
     
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    I was watching it last night and I'm pretty sure it was anamorphic. I can't confirm the subtitles, but I remember seeing reel change cues on the print so there is a good chance they were burned in subs.
     
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    I'm a big fan of Annie Hall. I watched my DVD again last night and was really disappointed with the balcony scene (see above).

    I'm quite keen to get my hands on a VHS copy in widescreen (with the subtitles in this scene burnt in) and then transfer it to DVD. All the VHS versions I've seen are in 4:3 ratio.

    Does anyone know if there was a widescreen version released on VHS?

    Unless of course MGM has released a DVD version with the burnt in subs.
     
  12. TonyD

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    Will be on Turner Classic Movies 1-14 at 2 am, probably have the proper subs.
     
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    If anyone still has their old Laserdisc player, the Criterion LD release and subsequent MGM pressing (from the same master, I believe) have the movie with burned-in subtitles and widescreen (obviously non-anamorphic). I picked-up the MGM disc off ebay years ago because of the subtitle issue.
     
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    I've got a high def version recorded on my DVR (probably from a HDNM broadcast). I wish they would bring it on BD sometime soon. I agree that the SD version doesn't do it justice...oh well...I may be able to record onto a DVD through component if no imminent quality version is forthcoming...

    Joel
     
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    even the new blu-ray for vicky christina barcalona has no features.
     
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    And MGM is not the only culprit... Mirimax needs to get anamorphic copies of its Allen films out, too. I like BULLETS OVER BROADWAY almost as much as ANNIE HALL, and it's a shame to be having to view them as severely windowboxed images on my 46" LCD because blowing them up would make them look like crap.
     

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