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A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 88 minutes
Starring Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Jose Ferrer, Julie
Hagerty, Tony Roberts, Mary Steenburgen
Written and Directed by Woody Allen
Retail Price: $19.98
Features: Theatrical Trailer, Collectible Booklet
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Mono,
English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles,
English Closed Captions, Scene Selections (16 Scenes)
Released: November 6th, 2001
Also part of The Woody Allen Collection 3
Andrew (Woody Allen) is an inventor in the early 1900s.
He and his wife, Adrian (Mary Steenburgen) are holding a
wedding for her cousing, Dr. Lepold, a philosopher and his
fianceé Ariel (Mia Farrow). When Andrew's friend, Dr.
Maxwell Jordan can't get a date for the event, he invites a
nurse where he works, Dulcy to the event. However, love and
magic happen when Andrew's crazy invention puts a spin
(literally somewhat) on the key guests.
I had never seen "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" before,
and to be honest, I was not looking forward to watching it.
I'm a pretty big Woody Allen fan, don't get me wrong, but
this movie is not as notable as some of his other work and
people don't seem to like it as much. However, after viewing
it, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
This movie is pure fun and light, and not a truly serious
insight on to people. Allen's directing here is decent. He
shoots some nice stuff, but it's nothing incredible yet it's
nothing really bad. Still, his writing here is key. Once
again, Allen creates somewhat absurd but believable
characters. He has a lot of fun moments here and good jokes
too. It's just a nice, fun movie from Allen that you can sit
down, watch, get into and enjoy. It works. I also like how
Allen uses the time period into the script.
The acting here is very good. It's not Allen's best
ensemble, but it works. Allen and Steenburgen have good
chemistry, while Hagerty, Farrow, Roberts and Ferrer are
quite nice. In all, I feel "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy"
is one of Allen's more underrated film, and fans of his
should watch it at least once.
Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, "A Midsummer
Night's Sex Comedy" is an average transfer at best. A
constant softness and fuzziness plague this transfer, not to
mention the bevy of scratches, blotches, blemishes and
pieces of dirt. What disappointed me is how this transfer
fails to take advantage of the lovely country landscapes and
exterior scenes. Detail is rather poor and black levels
arent' great either. This transfer needed some toughening
The English mono track isn't that spectacular either. The
audio feels a bit uneven, and isn't as clear as I would have
liked it to sound. You can hear the dialogue, but sometimes
it does drop out. Other sounds don't mix well either, but
there is a lot of talking in this movie. English closed
captions and subtitles in English, French and Spanish are on
The anamorphic widescreen Theatrical Trailer is
included (which is rather entertaining) and so is the
reliable and informative collectible booklet.
"A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" may not be Allen's best,
but it sure is fun. Too bad this DVD is average though.
Allen fans should check it out.
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