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Click above to purchase "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" at amazon.com

 

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

review by Zach B.

 

Rated PG

Running Time: 88 minutes

Starring Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Jose Ferrer, Julie Hagerty, Tony Roberts, Mary Steenburgen

Written and Directed by Woody Allen

Studio: MGM

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 up.

 

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 disc.

 

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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