Funny Lady
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Funny Lady

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Director: Herbert Ross

Cast: Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif

     
 

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Barbra Streisand returns as Fanny Brice in the hit sequel Funny Lady. Columbia has done a passable job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, though it's not nearly as gorgeous as their transfer for the original Funny Girl. While the color schemes and black levels all look well-rendered, there is a slight amount of softness in the image. However,…  See more details below

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Barbra Streisand returns as Fanny Brice in the hit sequel Funny Lady. Columbia has done a passable job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, though it's not nearly as gorgeous as their transfer for the original Funny Girl. While the color schemes and black levels all look well-rendered, there is a slight amount of softness in the image. However, this can be overlooked as most of the film displays a very warm and pleasant look. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 3.0 in English (along with a Dolby 2.0 in French). This 3.0 soundtrack is quite nice, though not as extensive as a Dolby 5.1 remix. This 3.0 soundtrack has a nice range of fidelity and depth with only a small amount of distortion heard during a few key scenes. Also included on this disc are English closed captions and English, French, Thai, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles. Sadly, the only extra features available on this disc are some thin filmographies, a few theatrical trailers, and a list of song highlights from the film.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Funny Lady, the popular sequel to Funny Girl, is quite entertaining, despite an overly familiar story. Funny Girl's story was no more original, but the determined energy of film novice Barbra Streisand, combined with the superb work of director William Wyler, made the clichés less obvious. Here, Herbert Ross' direction is more professional and capable than inspired, and Streisand's performance is assured and polished rather than dazzling, with the result that the screenplay's flaws are more apparent. Streisand has her part down pat by now and she knows what buttons to push and when to push them. The physical characteristics are all there -- the practiced tilting of the head, the stiffening of the jaw as she rolls a lyric around before spitting it out, the thrusting of the arms -- but they're put to good use and come across as less mannered than they do at other times. Vocally, she's great; "How Lucky Can You Get?" seethes, "Let's Hear It for Me" is wonderfully joyous, and "Isn't This Better" is a lovely, melancholy portrait of a woman who can't admit she's fooling herself. James Caan is stuck with a fairly thankless role, but makes the most of it -- and is one of Streisand's better sparring partners. Many of the musical numbers are unfortunately truncated, but the big production number, "Great Day," is presented whole, to good effect. On the whole, Funny Lady's virtues make up for its shortcomings.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
UPC:
0043396066762
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:15:00

Special Features

Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English 3.0 (discrete audio), French; Remastered in high definition; Bonus trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections; Production notes; Filmographies; Song highlights

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Fanny Brice
James Caan Billy Rose
Omar Sharif Nick Arnstein
Roddy McDowall Bobby
Ben Vereen Bert Robbins
Carole Wells Norma Butler
Larry Gates Bernard Baruch
Heidi O'Rourke Eleanor Holm
Samantha Huffaker Fran
Matt Emery Buck Bolton
Joshua Shelley Painter
Corey John Fischer Conductor
Garrett Lewis Production Singer
Don Torres Man At Wedding
Raymond Guth Buffalo Handler
Eugene Troobnick Ned
Royce Wallace Adele
Paul Bryar Actor
Cliff Norton Actor
Colleen Camp Billy's Girl
Lilyan Chauvin Actor
Ken Sansom Actor
Byron Webster Actor
Jodean Lawrence Actor

Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director
Ray Aghayan Costumes/Costume Designer
Jay Presson Allen Screenwriter
Audrey Blasdel-Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Fred Ebb Score Composer
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
George Jenkins Production Designer
John Kander Score Composer
Bob Mackie Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Matz Score Composer,Musical Arrangement,Musical Direction/Supervision
Marion Rothman Editor
Arnold Schulman Screenwriter
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Stark Producer
Shirley Strahm Costumes/Costume Designer
Curly Thirlwell Sound/Sound Designer
Betty Walberg Choreography
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Maury Winetrobe Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:02]
2. Something From Nick [3:54]
3. Billy Rose Busts In [4:02]
4. The Guy Who Runs the Club [6:06]
5. "More Than You Know" [1:52]
6. Billy's News Release [1:51]
7. "Paper Moon" Rehearsal [6:00]
8. Crazy Quilt Premiere [:49]
9. "I Found a Million Dollar Baby..." [2:53]
10. "If You Want the Rainbow..." [1:43]
11. 4 A.M. in Fanny's Room [2:52]
12. Road Improvements [1:47]
13. "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charley" [2:17]
14. "Great Day" [1:43]
15. "You're Married" [4:36]
16. "How Lucky Can You Get?'|00:02:31|}
17. The Wedding Bit [2:27]
18. Honeymoon Express [2:36]
19. "Isn't This Better?" [:04]
20. "Me and My Shadow" [4:59]
21. Billy's Hotel Room [:50]
22. The Polo Game [6:59]
23. "If I Love Again" [:02]
24. With Nick [1:57]
25. "Let's Hear It for Me" [3:04]
26. "So, Alone at Last." [:10]
27. Home for Company [5:47]
28. "Let's Hear It for Me" (Reprise) [6:08]

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