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Funny Girl
     

Funny Girl

4.5 13
Director: William Wyler, Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford

Cast: William Wyler, Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford

 

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William Wyler's Funny Girl comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.0 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean,

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William Wyler's Funny Girl comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.0 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Since Barbra Streisand won an Oscar for her debut performance in this film, the supplemental materials are mostly devoted to her. In addition to a pair of featurettes about the singer/actress/legend, the disc offers song highlights, production notes, and bonus trailers. This is a must-own disc for Streisand enthusiasts.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Funny Girl succeeds thanks to Barbra Streisand's bravura performance, recapturing her star-making success on the Broadway stage. Though he wasn't known for directing comedies or musicals, director William Wyler ably helms the biographical tale of comedienne Fanny Brice; the storyline is as compelling as the musical numbers. Reportedly, Wyler and Streisand clashed frequently during the film's production, though the conflict doesn't show in the final product. Oscar-nominated Kay Medford is excellently cast as Fanny's mother Rose; there's even an on-screen appearance of the often-heard but seldom-seen Mae Questel, the voice of Betty Boop, among others. Though not the most comprehensive biography, Funny Girl is an entertaining musical, showcasing Streisand's unique talent and undeniable star power. The actress would score an unconventional Best Actress win for her work, tying with Katherine Hepburn for The Lion In Winter. Streisand and Medford became the 34th and 35th performers nominated for Oscars for work in a film directed by Wyler, a record which still stands.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
UPC:
0043396030893
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
G
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
2:35:00
Sales rank:
7,588

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.0 [dolby digital] and 2-channel [dolby surround], French; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Bonus featurettes: "Barbra in Movieland" and "This is Streisand"; Song Highlights; Filmographies; Bonus trailers; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Fanny Brice
Omar Sharif Nick Arnstein
Kay Medford Rose Brice
Anne Francis Georgia James
Walter Pidgeon Florenz Ziegfeld
Lee Allen Eddie Ryan
Mae Questel Mrs. Strakosh
Gerald Mohr Branca
Frank Faylen Keeney
Mittie Lawrence Emma
Gertrude Flynn Mrs. O'Malley
Penny Santon Mrs. Meeker
John Harmon Company Manager
Thordis Brandt Actor
Karen Lee Actor
Mary Jane Mangler Actor
Inge Neilsen Actor
Raymond Guth Buffalo wrangler
Tommy Rall Actor

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director,Producer
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Grant Clarke Score Composer
Ray Gosnell Asst. Director
John D. Jefferies Set Decoration/Design
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Robert Luthardt Art Director
Bob Merrill Score Composer,Screenwriter
Channing Pollock Score Composer
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Herbert Ross Choreography,Musical Direction/Supervision
William Sands Editor
Walter Scharf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray Stark Producer
Jule Styne Score Composer,Screenwriter
Robert Swink Editor
Connie Wexler Costumes/Costume Designer
Maury Winetrobe Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Overture [11:45]
2. "If A Girl Isn't Pretty" [4:20]
3. "I'm The Greatest Star" [2:52]
4. "Roller Skate Rag" [1:29]
5. "I'd Rather Be Blue" [1:25]
6. "The Name's Arnstein." [2:35]
7. Telegram for Miss Brice [:02]
8. "Second Hand Rose" [2:24]
9. "His Love Makes Me Beautiful" [:38]
10. Nick returns [4:49]
11. "People" [2:55]
12. In Broad Daylight [:06]
13. A Private Dining Room [1:04]
14. "You Are Woman, I Am Man" [4:27]
15. "I love you" [3:03]
16. "Don't Rain On My Parade" [2:34]
17. Entr'acte [2:49]
18. A Marriage Proposal [1:18]
19. "Sadie, Sadie" [7:50]
20. Frances [:22]
21. "The Swan" [2:50]
22. Mr. Branca [2:54]
23. The Arraignment [1:15]
24. A Few Minutes Alone [1:30]
25. "Funny Girl" [2:52]
26. In Fanny's Dressing Room [:10]
27. "My Man" [5:28]
28. End Credits & Exit Music [:14]

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Funny Girl 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just sit back and enjoy
KendraG More than 1 year ago
I wanted to see another William Wyler movie after having seen one. He did wonderful work. FUNNY GIRL is a charming movie. Barbara Streisand is a stand out. I could see why she was propelled to stardom. She and Omar Sharif have great chemistry in this. Fun to watch.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A GREAT 5 STAR MOVIE WITH BARBARA OF COURSE IS ALWAYS GOOD ..GREAT...FANTASTIC... SHE IS NO ONE ACTRESS..SINGER...DIRECTOR AND EVERYTHING ELSE I HAVE THIS MOVIE ...AND I KNOW ALL THE WORDS TO ALL THE SONGS...AND THE WORDS TO THE SCRIPT OF COURSE...I AM A BIG FAN
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barbra Streisand re-creates her unforgettable stage performance as Fanny Brice in veteran director William Wyler's bland movie version of the Broadway hit FUNNY GIRL. In fact Streisand's performance is the main virtue here. Although the movie is big and colorful in the manner of classic Hollywood musicals, Isobel Lennart's screenplay glosses over the true facts of comedienne Brice's life and career in favor of "Big" moments that showcase Streisand's extraordinary singing voice. Even the major supporting actors (Omar Sharif, Kay Medford and Anne Francis) defer to the Star. However, the movie is recommended for Streisand's charisma, some excellent Jules Styne/ Bob Merrill songs (plus some great old standards) and the Panavision/Technicolor production values. William Wyler doesn't manage to put a strong personal stamp on this picture (it was his first and only stab at a musical) but FUNNY GIRL is big and lavish enough to keep one entertained for its two and a half hour-plus running time.
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