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The Great Race Blu-ray via WAC - 9/9

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#21 of 103 ONLINE   LeoA

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Posted July 28 2014 - 09:32 PM

I feel kind of left out since I could never get into this one despite loving all three of the stars. 

 

Nice to see it getting the treatment it deserves though. 



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Posted July 28 2014 - 09:38 PM

I'm extremely happy. This has been on my want list for a long time. I am convinced that Warner's does listen to the members of this forum. Thank you WAC.
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Posted July 28 2014 - 09:38 PM

Slightly OT - I think Natalie Wood was at her absolute loveliest in this film.  Her Edith Head costumes are a-ma-zing. 

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Posted July 28 2014 - 09:41 PM

I feel kind of left out since I could never get into this one despite loving all three of the stars. 

 

Nice to see it getting the treatment it deserves though. 

 

I never did, either, even with a close friend who LOVED it.  As with It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, I plan on getting and revisiting this title to see if my opinion has changed over the three decades since I watched it.  I did enjoy IAMMMMW much more, so maybe the same will happen here.


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Posted July 28 2014 - 09:46 PM

Finally!

This announcement made my day!

 

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Posted July 28 2014 - 09:51 PM

This is one of those that could definitely use the blu-ray boost. The DVD was kinda sub-par in overall detail.



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Posted July 28 2014 - 09:55 PM

For some reason I enjoy the first act more than the extended "Prisoner of Zenda" plot of the second half.



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Posted July 28 2014 - 10:17 PM

It is a great film and now it being available on Blu-Ray makes it even that much more satisfying.



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Posted July 29 2014 - 12:16 AM

What a lovely surprise. Thank you Warner.

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Posted July 29 2014 - 12:19 AM

Thank you Warner at Last.

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Posted July 29 2014 - 01:22 AM

Years after first seeing THE GREAT RACE in Cinerama I found out that I'd been misled in assuming it was a genuine 70mm film and not a blow-up from 35mm. Nevertheless the picture quality was so good that it totally fooled me (as it did later with DOCTOR ZHIVAGO). Thoroughly enjoyed the film although, like MAD WORLD, I think this type of epic broad comedy works best with a theatre audience.

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Posted July 29 2014 - 01:38 AM

This is great news and I am pleased for the many fans on here (alas I am not one of them). Perhaps Around the World in 80 Days will also be announced soon.



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Posted July 29 2014 - 02:23 AM

Years after first seeing THE GREAT RACE in Cinerama I found out that I'd been misled in assuming it was a genuine 70mm film and not a blow-up from 35mm. Nevertheless the picture quality was so good that it totally fooled me (as it did later with DOCTOR ZHIVAGO). Thoroughly enjoyed the film although, like MAD WORLD, I think this type of epic broad comedy works best with a theatre audience.

When I saw a 70mm print in 2010 in Bradford on the Cinerama screen it looked as good as a 65mm production, one
of the best blow ups I have seen.
Also they had to frame the picture up to get the subtitles in when the song comes on because of the cropping of the picture in Cinerama.

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Posted July 29 2014 - 02:24 AM

Years after first seeing THE GREAT RACE in Cinerama I found out that I'd been misled in assuming it was a genuine 70mm film and not a blow-up from 35mm. Nevertheless the picture quality was so good that it totally fooled me (as it did later with DOCTOR ZHIVAGO). Thoroughly enjoyed the film although, like MAD WORLD, I think this type of epic broad comedy works best with a theatre audience.


I suppose you'd bracket The Great Race with the other two epic comedies of the time, Mad World & Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines. I like Mad World (great Blu-ray), not so keen on Magnificent Men these days (didn't buy the TT release), but The Great Race has always been my favourite, it's the only one out of the three that still makes me laugh out loud these days. I went & saw it three times when it was released (the only film to beat that was Jason & The Argonauts). Warner never released the DVD in the UK, I imported it from Germany, & will import this from America (& it will probably work out cheaper than the DVD was).

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Posted July 29 2014 - 04:14 AM

My brother and I used to have fights over which was the funnier film: Mad World or Great Race. The Great Race was and always has been my favorite.



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Posted July 29 2014 - 06:45 AM

Great news as this is one of my favorite films. I agree that Natalie Wood is at the peak of her beauty in this film. I also think this is one of Jack Lemon's finest performances and his most criminally underrated one with not one but two different great roles. This movie has a great supporting cast too. Should be a great blu. I like IAMMMW but Love The Great Race.


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Posted July 29 2014 - 06:52 AM

I think, on this forum, in anther thread about The Great Race, there was a discussion about an audio error during the credits on the DVD:  booing (when there should be cheering, and/or vice versa.

 

Is the expectation that the error will be fixed on the Blu-Ray?



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Posted July 29 2014 - 07:21 AM

I think, on this forum, in anther thread about The Great Race, there was a discussion about an audio error during the credits on the DVD:  booing (when there should be cheering, and/or vice versa.
 
Is the expectation that the error will be fixed on the Blu-Ray?


Yeah, when Tony Curtis comes up on the credits there's cheers & with Jack Lemmon it was boo's. It was correct on my German DVD, but I understand it was switched on the American DVD, but I think Warner had corrected it, so on the latter DVDs it was right.

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Posted July 29 2014 - 07:21 AM

I think, on this forum, in anther thread about The Great Race, there was a discussion about an audio error during the credits on the DVD:  booing (when there should be cheering, and/or vice versa.

 

Is the expectation that the error will be fixed on the Blu-Ray?

*-Well, it was fixed in subsequent DVD copies, so I am sure it is.



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Posted July 29 2014 - 08:32 AM

Yeah it was corrected a few months after the DVD came out.

 

*-Well, it was fixed in subsequent DVD copies, so I am sure it is.


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