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Funny Girl [Blu-ray] [Import]

Barbra Streisand , Omar Sharif , William Wyler    G (General Audience)   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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Ah, Barbra. Of all her onscreen personas, she sparkles in none as she does in her role as 1930s comedian Fanny Brice in the musical Funny Girl. Portraying the life of this star of stage and radio, Brice preens and prances and sings, captivating her audience both onscreen and off. Fanny Brice started life on the Lower East Side of New York, the daughter of a Jewish saloon owner. Not the prettiest girl around, Brice still managed to quickly rise to stardom as a performer in the Ziegfield Follies. A shrewd, obstinate woman, Brice dictated her own success story on stage; things were a different matter in romance. Falling hard for the stunning Nick Arnstein (suavely played by Omar Sharif), Brice must navigate a difficult marriage. While kids may love the tunes (which include the now-infamous "People," as in "People who need people are the luckiest people in the world"), the plot is definitely adult-oriented. Enjoy this one, but don't go too far out of your way for the sequel, Funny Lady. --Jenny Brown

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "He's got polish on his nails." April 5 2004
The ultimate showcase for an actress, Barbra Streisand's highly publicized film debut in FUNNY GIRL met every single expectation and then some. The film was the highest-grossing film of 1968, and it's very easy to see why. The film has many great qualities: It's expertly directed by three-time Academy Award winner William Wyler (the finale of the "Don't Rain On My Parade" number is just as astonishing as the chariot race in Wyler's BEN HUR), the storyline is extremely compelling, Omar Sharif is an incredibly suave and charismatic leading man, the supporting players are perfectly cast (particularly Kay Medford, Lee Allen, and Walter Pidgeon), and the song score (primarily by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill) is first-rate.
However, virtually everything that FUNNY GIRL has working for it would be worthless without Barbra Streisand's absolutely phenomenal performance. I honestly cannot think of enough good descriptive adjectives to do justice to her amazing performance in this film. She handles drama, comedy, music numbers, and tearjerking sentiment with equal aplomb, and she does it all better than any actress before or since. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had no choice but to honor her with the Oscar for Best Actress (in an extremely rare tie with academy favorite Katherine Hepburn; only the second tie in Oscar history to date), it is a performance that is nothing less than perfect.
About the DVD: Columbia-Tristar has done an excellent job in bringing FUNNY GIRL to DVD. The restoration of the original source elements may have taken nearly three years to complete, but it was time well spent - the picture quality is gorgeous! Sure, there are a few nicks on the print, but the color, sharpness, and virtually everything else is nearly flawless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello! This Movie is Georgous Jan. 2 2004
What a tour de force!!! Barbra's first movie is AMAZING!!!
I think Babs was born to play Fanny Brice. What a wonderful and
beautiful portrayal of a young woman struggling to try to "fit"
onstage and then "makes it big" Of course Barbra's singing is
just too perfect and her acting is amazing. I think it is her
best movie. Her comedic timing in this movie is so natural that
she should have done standup. Her comedy movies of the 70's
definately showcase her comedic gifts. One sad note, of course,
is Barbra's character "Fanny" just loves Nicky Awnstein too much.
He knows he isn't good for her and lets her go. He really broke
her heart. So, if you want a movie with vintage style from the 20's, Fabulous Singing, Dancing, Wonderful Costumes, and a great
story, then please watch this movie. It is #1 on my list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Girl [1968] [Blu-ray] [US Import] July 30 2014
By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER
Funny Girl [1968] [Blu-ray] [US Import] One of the most popular movie musicals ever made is now better than ever on Blu-ray! FUNNY GIRL follows the early career of stage comedienne Fanny Brice, a role that earned Barbra Streisand the 1968 Oscar® for Best Actress. Only her mother believes Fanny can make it in show business, but when she gets her first break at Keeney's Music Hall, her hilarious debut gets her hired as a comedienne. Fanny becomes a star, falls in love and marries Nick Arnstein [Omar Sharif], a handsome gambler. The film's many memorable songs include "Don't Rain On My Parade" and the other Barbra Streisand classic "People."

FILM FACT: In addition to Barbra Streisand's Oscar win as Best Actress, the film was nominated in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Kay Medford, Best Cinematography for Harry Stradling Sr., Best Film Editing for William Sands and Maury Winetrobe, Best Scoring of a Musical Picture for Walter Scharf, Best Original Song for Jule Styne (Music) and Bob Merrill (Lyrics), and Best Sound. Barbra Streisand won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and nominations went to the film director William Wyler. Barbra Streisand was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and nominations went to Harry Stradling Sr. for Best Cinematography and Irene Sharaff for Best Costume Design. Isobel Lennart won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical, and Wyler was nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Feature Film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T RAIN ON THIS PARADE - A FANTASTIC DVD! April 4 2003
By Nix Pix
Barbra Streisand is a young Fanny Brice - inexperienced, desperate to make good on her contract with Florenz Ziegfeld and desperately in love with the first of her two husbands, Nick Arnstein (Omar Shariff). After playing the role on Broadway and making it her own, Bab's took home the Best Actress Oscar of the year for her eclectic, electric and thoroughly engaging performance. Co-stars Walter Pidgeon. Director, William Wyler - best known for his efforts in "Ben-Hur" or "Mrs. Miniver" has oft' been criticized for his heavy-handed direction on this film. True - the pace of the musical doesn't rival say, "The Sound of Music" or "West Side Story" but the material is so good, and Wyler brings his own inimitable staging to the show, that I can't really fault the old master for a slightly stoic presentation which, if anything, does not detract from the overall enjoyment of this classic movie musical.
Columbia Tristar has done an outstanding job in remastering this movie for DVD. Colors are rich, vibrant and bold. Shadow delineation is incredible and contrast levels are as they should be. Edge enhancement is practically non-existant while shimmering and aliasing simply don't appear on this disc at any time. This is a fantastic example of just how good an older movie can look on DVD if the proper amount of time and effort is taken to do the job properly. The soundtrack is remastered in 5.1 and positively explodes across all the channels, particularly during the musical sequences. Just listening to Bab's do "Don't Rain On My Parade" or "My Man" will give one goose bumps. Bar none, an incredibly solid remastering effort of a vintage soundtrack. No extras but with quality like this it's hard to squawk. A very fine effort and a definite must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a feel good movie - I LOVE it!!
Published 1 day ago by L.Lorentzen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite star Barbara is fantastic the movie is fantastic and blue ray is excellant
Published 2 months ago by norm
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Own!
If you are a Streisand fan, or a musical fan, I can't imagine you don't already own this. If you don't, then GET IT! The picture quality is excellent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Glenn M. Frost
3.0 out of 5 stars one of BARBRA.. great movies..
have watched this movie a few times... at the beginning.. .. there is a few minutes.. where the movie.. is no picture... not sure what is up with this.....
Published 4 months ago by Heather S. Maxwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Story of Fanny Brice and old time vaudvellian.
Barbara shines in this one of her first roles. And of course, Omar Sherriff is excellent. The older generation will remember Ziegfeld Follies.
Published 5 months ago by E. F. Muir
4.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY GIRL
FUNNY GIRL; Wonderful restoration and HD quality. Sound is clear and dynamic, befitting the famous 'voice'. Streisand's film debut, her best!!
Published 5 months ago by Brian Joynt
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray makes this Musical POP with new life
Tired of seeing this film on tv with bad colour and bad cuts for commercials?? This Blu Ray makes the film POP with GLORIOUS colour. Read more
Published 14 months ago by TCJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Girl
I have been trying to get a copy of this movie for years.Everytime I thought I had access to one it was no longer available or they sent it to me and it was damaged. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Penny Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER IN BLUERAY
We all know what a wonderful musical this is and how Barbra shines in it. It is made even better in Blue-ray, seeing everything even more explicitly than ever before. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. K. THORNE
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Musical
I saw this movie as a teenager and loved it. Barbra Streisand is timeless. I can't wait to add Funny Girl to my collection.
Published on May 6 2004
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