Twilight Time Bluray: Bananas (1971)

Bananas (1971)

Company: Twilight Time

Starring: Woody Allen, Carlos Montalban, Howard Cosell, Rene Enriquez, Charlotte Rae, Conrad Bain, Louise Lasser

My Review and Thoughts:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Yet again we adventure into a Woody Allen film. A over the top comical craziness that only Allen can get away with. The plot is a comical reality that Allen can do so well. It’s about a New Yorker named Fielding Mellish (Only a name Woody Allen could capture), who is dumped by his girlfriend who is an activist. He ends up traveling to a foreign tiny Latin America nation and there as in all Allen twist and wonderment in film, he gets involved with the latest uproar rebellion. The movie is interesting because it is filmed in so many different spots. From New York, Lima, Peru, to Puerto Rico. It goes up there as one of the funniest Allen films. I feel this is one of his most memorable films. Annie Hall will always be my personal favorite of Allen’s, but this one goes in the top 5 I feel.

This like many of Allen’s films has a wonderful cast of actors and actresses. Woody Allen uses many of the same actors and actresses repeatedly in his films. This one is a little different many of the actors in this film are not at all regulars in his countless movies. But there is a few such as the beautiful and amazing Louise Lasser as your main female lead named Nancy, who is Woody Allen’s ex-girlfriend in the film. Now in real life she was married to Woody Allen and yes appeared in many of his first films. She is probably best known from the comical soap opera satire Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Started acting in 1962 and her last acting role was in 2015.   

Twilight Time has released many Woody Allen films on Special Edition, 3,000 Unit Blu-ray’s. Which you can read my reviews for all of them by looking in the Twilight Time Section on the Left-hand side. From: A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy / Love and Death / The Purple Rose of Cairo, Interiors, Another Woman, most recently September, and many others. 

Woody Allen needs no introduction to the cinema world. His vast career of films as both writer, director, actor and so on, have been hits, misses, but always unique and interesting.
Woody Allen has a style that only he can do and get away with in film. He has a natural talent of creating truly original pieces of cinema. His ultimate completion of films is something that stands out as being one of a kind experiences. Bananas is one of those one of a kind experiences.

You either love or hate Woody Allen movies. Most of Allen’s films are simple, down to earth and nothing grand, just great interaction and performances. That performing holds the watcher, and creates a satisfied experience, no matter how simplistic it is. Woody Allen is just one of those unique, masterly, gifted and iconic performers, directors, and writers that are, few.


My Rating: 5 out of 5

The movie looks amazing for its age. The audio is equally impressive. The sounds are crisp and the imagery is vibrant and looks like a perfect transfer to an older film. The imagery which was flawlessly captured by the cinematography comes to life in this new beautiful transfer. Yet again another flawless example of how to treat a film. I tend to sound like I am a broken repeating record when it comes to reviewing the audio and video of Twilight Time Blu-ray’s but, it’s always a true treat to see the amazing transfers.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1971 / Color


My Rating: 1 out of 5

Isolated Score Track. Twilight Time honored a great music legend that has often been overlooked, or simply forgot about. Marvin Hamlisch was a true gifted musician that should be remembered. The music by him was always a beauty for films. Marvin had been composing music since the late 1960’s, and continued to do music for films all the way up to 2009. His music is still used today on many soundtracks to films. He sadly passed away in 2012 at 68 years of age. He left a vast array of music excellence in film. Working on films both great and small. The phenomenal and much underrated film, 1968’s The Swimmer. To me it would be this Woody Allen’s 1970's comedy Bananas that stands out. The wonderful romantic drama, 1973’s The Way We Were. The amazing, 1982’s Sophie’s Choice. One of my personal favorite childhood films, 1985’s D.A.R.Y.L. and many others. His talent was amazing, and his music is something to remember, talk about, and share.

Original Theatrical Trailer


Another awesome, fantastic release by the wonderful company that honors, cares for, and respects cinema as important art, that should be expressed in top notch products. Twilight Time Blu-ray, always seems to amaze me in their products.

Bananas is an excellent comedy film. A great Woody Allen film to experience, wonderful directing by Allen, great acting by all, and only a story Allen could create.

This Blu-ray is Highly recommended.


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