Anyone pick up "Play It Again, Sam"?

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  1. JackJD

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    Any thoughts, comments, mini-reviews? Where did you get it? How much did it cost? ...Worth it? Why wasn't this included in the box sets? Thanks. -JD
     
  2. Michael Reuben

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    I got my copy from DVD Empire this week (street date was last week, but Empire didn't receive enough copies to cover all their orders). It's the ultimate barebones Paramount disc: not even a trailer. The video is a bit dark, but exceptionally clean for a film of that vintage. The sound is the original mono, nothing fancy, very listenable.
    quote: Why wasn't this included in the box sets? [/quote] I can think of at least two reasons:
    1. MGM doesn't have the rights.
    2. The boxsets are of films directed by Woody Allen. Play It Again, Sam was directed by the late Herbert Ross.
    I hadn't seen the film in its entirety for years. Even after seeing all the later permutations of the Woody Allen nebbish character, I still found it very funny. The fact that its director recently passed away provided an extra layer of poignancy.
    M.
    [Edited last by Michael Reuben on October 31, 2001 at 10:33 AM]
     
  3. Colin Jacobson

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    Coincidentally, my review just went online today. I wasn't wild about the movie - frankly, with the exceptions of Love and Death and Annie Hall, I didn't like any of Allen's Seventies material, as I thought the mid-Eighties was his best period - but the DVD's a nice piece quality-wise. I felt the movie looked surprisingly good, and the sound is fine for what it is. The absolute absence of extras bites, but what're ya gonna do?
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  4. Mark_TS

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    granted, this is a cool little film, but...
    ...hard to believe the bean counters at PARAMOUNT think this is worth $30...
    and as a skeleton disc! Likely theyll grumble, wondering why it didnt sell too well-
    ('See-and if we had put extras on it we'd have *really* lost our shirts!')
    wrong.
    Now if they had made it reasonable say, $20, or heck, even $25, I think they would have sold QUITE a few more...(rule of marketing: get the product OUT THERE....)
    IF the barely living-on-bread-and-water MGM can do WOODY with at least some extras at $20, why cant PHV?
    answer: no GOOD reason.
    Most Studios seem to be releasing DVD to BUILD the market into maturity-
    (and may even be making money at it-)
    PHV seems to want to milk the market, or cash in on it now, building be damned...
    I know, no one is forcing me to buy the disc.....
    ...*Least* of all, Paramount... [​IMG]
    a borderline disc like this makes me want to rent...if it were reasonable, I
    would BUY...
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  5. Patrick Sun

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    I thought this film was very funny and neurotic.
    Tony's calling his secretary to let her know where he was at all times from location to location is a pre-cursor to the cell phone age. And it's played for a lot of laughs.
    Re: Woody Allen's 70's film output: I also liked "Take the Money and Run", "Sleepers", "Everything You wanted to know about sex...".
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  6. JackJD

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    Thanks for the replies... I saw it for $24.99 and thought it seemed extremely high priced for a movie only DVD. Oh well, I'll buy it anyway. I love Woody Allen's work. I can hardly wait another week for box 3. Cheers -JD
     

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