(Woody Allen, 1971)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Rollins-Joffe Productions
Video: Arrow Video
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 32,631,222,228 bytes
Feature Size: 25,650,350,400 bytes
Video Bitrate: 37.51 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 14th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Description: Before Woody Allen became known for serious,
character driven comedies including Annie Hall and
Manhattan he made screwball comedies and Bananas
remains one of his most hilarious.
Allen's second feature, a tribute to the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup, is a wonderfully incoherent series of one-liners centred around a puny New York Jew's unwitting and unwilling involvement in a South American revolution. The revolutionary party's new policies are an absurd comment on the corruption of power, especially when everyone is informed that the official, non-decadent language of the country will be Swedish.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
While some people conveniently draw dividing lines through the films of
Woody Allen, separating the comedies from the dramas, the youthful humor
from the mature angst, a fresh viewing of 1971's Bananas reveals
that the director's multi-faceted talents were there from the start,
just hidden a little deeper beneath the comic surface.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Bananas is the oldest Woody Allen film in Arrow's set. But it looks decent in 1080P. The transfer is, again, dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. Outdoor sequences look quite strong and bright - overall it may be a shade muted. It's neither particularly dynamic nor glossy but grain structure is well-supported and the overall image is clean with occasional depth. This Blu-ray is technically flawless and the film's appearance is probably akin to the original theatrical presentation.
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Bananas Blu-ray uses a robust linear PCM 2.0 channel track at 24-bits. The audio tone is bouncy and hectic. Augmenting the music of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture in E Flat, Op.49 and Victor Herbert's Naughty Marietta (played and sung on a record during the torture scene)we have a score by Marvin Hamlisch's (The Swimmer, Behind the Candelabra, The Informant). It all sounds quite strong. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Only a 3-minute trailer (that somehow takes up 6 Gig!) - no liner notes but exclusive to the Woody Allen: Six Films - 1971-1978 [Blu-ray] collection are Annie Hall and a 100-page hardback book featuring new and archive writing on all the films by Woody Allen, Michael Brooke, Johnny Mains, Kat Ellinger, John Leman Riley, Hannah Hamad and Brad Stevens.
September 9th, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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