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

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#41 of 103 OFFLINE   Billy Batson

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Posted July 29 2014 - 12:45 PM

Just pre-ordered it from Amazon, a bit over £13 delivered.



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Posted July 29 2014 - 02:27 PM

Yep...pre-order is up on Amazon now.

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#43 of 103 OFFLINE   David Weicker

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Posted July 29 2014 - 02:52 PM

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Posted July 29 2014 - 03:30 PM

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.

Was that at the Casino, Doug , when it was reissued or originally at the Colliseum?

I saw it at the Casino and like you thought it was shot in 65mm.

I did do some research on this and the American Cinematographer magazine at the time had a column  called 'At the Studios".

It said Super Panavision 70 but I think that it is pretty much accepted now it was 35.

Should make a great looking disc.



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Posted July 29 2014 - 08:02 PM

Was that at the Casino, Doug , when it was reissued or originally at the Colliseum?
I saw it at the Casino and like you thought it was shot in 65mm.


I saw it at the Coliseum when it first opened toward the end of 1965. What a wonderful Cinerama cinema that was!

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Posted July 29 2014 - 08:19 PM

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This is a great picture from when Lucille Ball visited the set - no doubt also to catch up with Vivian Vance.

 

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Posted July 29 2014 - 08:53 PM

A wonderful movie, dedicated at the very beginning 'to Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy', the movie being released months after Stan died in February 1965. Their influence on Blake Edwards and his screenwriting colleagues was profound and many scenes from their shorts and features were recreated in this movie and practically every comedy Blake Edwards directed, notably the Pink Panther movies in the 1970s.

 

I think I've seen this movie too many times as I see something from it in every Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood movie I ever see, to this day.

 

For example, at the end of "The China Syndrome", when the nuclear power plant is tripped (sorry for the slight spoiler), Jack Lemmon goes berserk, twiddling dials and pushing buttons and yelling "no, no, no, no....yewww ediots!!" -- seeing it in a theatre with my little brother back in 1979, we both looked at each other and said "Professor Fate!"


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Posted July 29 2014 - 09:37 PM

With me, it was a contest between two movies, way back in 1966. One theatre was playing Thunderbal, the other The Great Race. For weeks my Saturday afternoons were a toss-up between these two movies. One week, Connery would win, the next I felt like drooling over Natalie Wood again......I could never make up my mind which movie I liked better, but it was an awesome Summer. 

I'm so glad to be able to drool all over again...... :)

 

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Posted July 29 2014 - 10:09 PM

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#50 of 103 OFFLINE   Stefan Andersson

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Posted July 30 2014 - 11:28 AM

Thank you very much WAC for releasing The Great Race on Blu!


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Posted July 30 2014 - 03:19 PM

Ordered, thanks for the link.
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Posted July 30 2014 - 03:25 PM

I'd order, but WB is in the dog house with me right now.



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Posted July 30 2014 - 04:02 PM

We showed 'The a Great Race' in the Booth Bijou last year (via iTunes HD rental). I hadn't seen it since I was a kid, and then only in bits and pieces. Frankly, I found Jack Lemmon's performance too over the top. For me, it ruined a movie that I think I would have otherwise enjoyed. Professor Fate's idiotic laugh really got on my nerves. Most of our guests felt the same way. The humor just hasn't aged well.

I realize not everyone will agree, but I definitely recommend against a blind buy.

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Posted July 30 2014 - 04:07 PM

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The Great Race was predessecor of sorts to the classic Saturday Morning Cartoon series Wacky Races.

 

Tony Curtis - Peter Perfect

 

Natile Wood - Penelope Pitstop

 

Jack Lemmon - Dick Dastardly


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Posted July 30 2014 - 10:15 PM

Peter Falk as Max -- Mutley?


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#56 of 103 OFFLINE   Randy Korstick

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Posted July 31 2014 - 07:08 AM

I feel the same way about Fox but not WB since they have released so many of my grail items the past 3 years.

 

I'd order, but WB is in the dog house with me right now.


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Posted July 31 2014 - 07:12 AM

 

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Ron, I'm curious.. Don't you, as a moderaror, have an option to edit the OP and insert the Amazon link there?



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Posted July 31 2014 - 08:13 AM

Ron, I'm curious.. Don't you, as a moderaror, have an option to edit the OP and insert the Amazon link there?

 

I do, and I did.  Thanks, John


 

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Posted July 31 2014 - 08:28 AM

 Definitely looking forward to the blu-ray in terms visual quality.  The visuals of the film are among it's biggest highlights.

 

We showed 'The a Great Race' in the Booth Bijou last year (via iTunes HD rental). I hadn't seen it since I was a kid, and then only in bits and pieces. Frankly, I found Jack Lemmon's performance too over the top. For me, it ruined a movie that I think I would have otherwise enjoyed. Professor Fate's idiotic laugh really got on my nerves. Most of our guests felt the same way. The humor just hasn't aged well.

I realize not everyone will agree, but I definitely recommend against a blind buy.

 

I do like the Great Race for what it is (goofy fun), though I personally found Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines to be better overall.  Despite the very (very) similar premise, the two films have a decidedly different sense of humor.



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Posted July 31 2014 - 10:18 AM

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We showed 'The a Great Race' in the Booth Bijou last year (via iTunes HD rental). I hadn't seen it since I was a kid, and then only in bits and pieces. Frankly, I found Jack Lemmon's performance too over the top. For me, it ruined a movie that I think I would have otherwise enjoyed. Professor Fate's idiotic laugh really got on my nerves. Most of our guests felt the same way. The humor just hasn't aged well.

I realize not everyone will agree, but I definitely recommend against a blind buy.

Mark

 

And I think Lemmon's performance is pitch-perfect.  It is supposed to be a cartoon version of an old melodrama.  A more understated playing of Professor Fate would not have suited the intended mood.  I would say the humor has aged a lot better than *I* have.


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