Jack Garner's Plan B: Woody Allen's 'Sleeper' on Blu-ray

05:00 AM, Jan 23, 2013


Written By Jack Garner

As an alternative, critic Jack Garner recommends:

SLEEPER. This is a busy time for Woody Allen DVD fans. No less than three Allen films arrived on Blu-ray over the past week — his latest comedy, To Rome With Love; his much-loved Oscar winner, Hannah and Her Sisters; and Sleeper, Woody’s wacky early comedy about the future. In it, he stars as a clarinet player and health food store operator who is time-traveled to the future to help fight an oppressive government. But he also makes some wild discoveries, including that Orgasmatron booths have replaced conventional sex and that decadent foods — like fudge and cream pies — are healthy. As a bonus, Allen plays clarinet with his traditional-style musician friends on the soundtrack. The film is also the first in which Allen directed Diane Keaton. (She and Allen co-starred a year earlier in Play It Again, Sam, directed by Herbert Ross.)

Director: Allen.

Cast: Allen, Keaton, John Beck.

Jack’s rating: 10.

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