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

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    Yep...pre-order is up on Amazon now.
     
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Thank you for supporting HTF when you preorder using the link below. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.
     
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    Thank you very much WAC for releasing The Great Race on Blu!
     
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    Ordered, thanks for the link.
     
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    I'd order, but WB is in the dog house with me right now.
     
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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
     
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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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    Peter Falk as Max -- Mutley?
     
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    I feel the same way about Fox but not WB since they have released so many of my grail items the past 3 years.
     
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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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    I do, and I did. Thanks, John
     
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    Definitely looking forward to the blu-ray in terms visual quality. The visuals of the film are among it's biggest highlights.
    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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    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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    Yep, that's what it's all about. I watched the DVD a couple of years ago after having not seen the movie in quite a few years, and I thought it had aged perfectly, too.
     

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