Blu-ray Review: BANANAS

BANANAS was directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay by Mickey Rose and Woody Allen who also stars alongside Louise Lasser, Carlos Montalban, Howard Cosell, Rene Enriquez, Charlotte Rae and Conrad Bain. The score is by Marvin Hamlisch.

Writer (here with Mickey Rose)-director-actor Woody Allen’s madcap Bananas (1971) is part wild political satire/part screwball romance. Allen stars as the remarkably named Fielding Mellish, a nebbish whose yen for a political activist (Louise Lasser) involves him in a South American country’s exploding revolution, up to and including his eventual and unwitting appearance as a Castro-like dictator.

This 1971 slapstick political comedy follows Fielding Mellish (Woody Allen), a bumbling New York based product tester who falls for Nancy ((Louise Lasser), a young and attractive social activist. In a poorly thought-out plan to impresse her, Mellish travels to the country of San Marcos and lands right in the middle of a revolution. Mellish is supposed to join the government once he arrives but somehow falls in with the resistance fighters and he learns the ways of the rebellion. This ultimately leads to him becoming the accidental revolutionary leader but the new gig does come with some headaches and growing pains and Mellish handles them the only way he knows how – not very well. In the end, this mishap by Mellish finally wins Nancy’s heart and Howard Cosell is there to call it play by play.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image, a few quotes, and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inside is a booklet from Twilight Time that includes more images from the movie, some nice words about Bananas by Julie Kirgo and more original artwork on the front and back. You can see the front cover of the booklet down below. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, this was my first time watching Bananas and it’s easily my favorite Woody Allen film now. The story  takes a hilarious approach to politics which can be an extremely heated topic and it’s one I try to avoid because I’m just not a fan of the sleazy business and the career politicians (D’s and R’s) that occupy it. Allen puts on a show and he’s complimented nicely by a great supporting cast as well as a few cameos. Say hello to a young Sylvester Stallone! What Allen does is masterfully add his self-deprecating style of humor to the mix and the outcome is this light-hearted goofball comedy that’s a breath of fresh air. There’s a little crude humor, some nudity and drug use to go along with it but it’s nothing too offensive or anything like that. If it does offend you then you need to lighten up! The movie fits right in with comedy classics like Airplane and The Naked Gun. This 1971 slapstick political gem is now available on Blu-ray and has a limited edition run of just 3,000 units.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) / Color / Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Twilight Time has included their trademark isolated music track along with the original theatrical trailer.

  • Isolated Music Track
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (03:18)

 

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