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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Oct 9, 2012.
Good to see this.
This film is extremely and unfairly underrated. It is certainly not as good as the classic 1954 version, but, hey, it doesn't have to be. The basic plot may be the same but many other things are simply quite different--different time and place.
Some plots are so elemental that we can expect to see them over and over. Romeo and Juliet, and A Star Is Born.
Anyone else taking note of the lower retail prices for the WB Digibooks from WB? This and Cabaret retail priced at 27.99
by the way, elvis was streisand´s first choice for the male role but elvis´s manager- the legendary colonel tom parker- refused steisand´s offer.
Elvis wasn't interested but didn't want to turn down Streisand. She had pitched it to him backstage in Vegas and was very anxious for his participation. He instructed Parker to make so many demands that he would be dropped from the running.
He was not in a good place at that point in his life. Depression and pills had taken over. Sound familiar?
That's a shame. While Elvis was no great shakes as an actor, it might have been a more compelling film with him.
I love this movie. It's the greatest vanity production of all time, and contains my favorite credit of all time:
Ms. Streisand's wardrobe...............................her closet
He could rise to the occasion when challenged with an intelligent script and a good director. Check out KING CREOLE and FLAMING STAR.
Day 1 for me. Saw this in 70mm in 5 cinemas in london with some Dolby and non Dolby encoded 6-track prints.
The DVD was pretty good but they removed the original WB logo and First Artists logo and replaced it with a Time Warner logo.
I think also Ms Streisand might check this out as she did with the line up and 70mm prints on release.
This also was the 1st Film in Dolby Stereo Optical Surround .
Well, of course, that let's out A Star is Born.
Was the 70mm version cropped or pillar-boxed? I'm assuming that it was a 70mm blow-up -- wasn't the the '76 Star Is Born shot spherically on 35mm and framed for 1.85?
That´s not correct! Elvis want to do the part desperately but The Colonel made demands that the Streisand camp refused to fulfill.
All of the so called "Memphis Mafia" guys and Priscilla also said that Elvis was in a very bad mood after Colonel Parker didn´t accept the offer.
They said that Parker destroyed Elvis´s life by not accepting the offer.
That could have been a new challenge for Elvis and maybe changed his life away from drugs.
Your statement that Elvis instructed Parker not to accept the offer is pure nonsense and not right!
Well now you've got me curious! Could either of you provide a source for the conflicting statements you've made?
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Speaking as a Streisand fan who saw this at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC, God this was an awful movie. For anyone looking forward to this release I hope you enjoy it and it meets all your expectations.
I wish Columbia would open its vaults and release all their Streisand films starting with Funny Girl.and the Way We Were. I would love to see the political stuff put back into the Way We Were so that the ending made more sense. However the director, Sidney Pollack didn't want it in so I guess that makes it unacceptable to include
On a magazine article detailing the Lawrence Of Arabia 50th Anniversary restoration, Sony's Grover Crisp has already said there will be a 45th Anniversary restoration blu-ray release of "Funny Girl"in 2013, so part of your wish is already on the way...Sony's also releasing restored blu-rays of "On The Waterfront"(via Criterion) and "The Last Detail" next year...
Wow! Thanks for the update. Hope we finally get some cool extras like the full version of The Swan and a commentary track. 2013 will be the 50 Anniversary of Streisand's first record with Columbia now Sony Records . There will be a 12 DVD box set released in 2013. 2013 is also the 45th Anniversary of Funny Girl. Since Columbia Pictures is also part of Sony hopefully there will be more to come.
There was no lypsynching. The end of the movie was done live on multiple cameras
Speaking of the finale being filmed live, I love when Barbra messes up the lyrics. The look in her eyes is classic. Then she turns around for a second and then goes on. If you didn't know the song, you'd probably never even notice. But if you do, it makes for a very real moment. I don't think much of the movie in general, but I think she fares well in it.