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4.6 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Denver Pyle, Keenan Wynn
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Blake Edwards, Arthur Ross
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: June 4 2002
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000063K2R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,925 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Great Race, The (DVD)

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Director Blake Edwards, fresh from the success of the first two Pink Panther movies, indulged his love of classic slapstick comedy with this long free-for-all, which throws in everything but Laurel and Hardy's kitchen sink. The film reunites Some Like It Hot stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, ably aided by a spunky Natalie Wood. The subject is a New-York-to-Paris auto race in the early years of the 20th century, pitting the Great Leslie (Curtis), a goody-goody dressed all in white--even his teeth sparkle--against the malevolent Professor Fate (Lemmon), whose coal-black heart is reflected in his handlebar mustache. He looks like a bill collector from a silent- movie melodrama. Lemmon does double duty, also playing the pampered, drunken king of a small European country, whose laugh sounds like the wail of a cat in heat. The film may be too long for its own good, and you really have to love Jack Lemmon to put up with his over-the-top performance, but it's side-splitting in spots. It's one of those movies, if seen in childhood, that stays in your mind for years afterward. Some of the bigger routines, such as a pie fight of epic proportions, don't work as well as the simple chemistry between the perpetually exasperated Professor Fate and his much-abused assistant, Max (a terrific Peter Falk). Push the button, Max. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A very good film to watch for pure entertainment. Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk are wonderful as the dastardly duo trying to thwart Tony Curtis in a trans-continental auto race (thank God for iceflows!) It's also a classic family film, so the little ones can stay up Saturday night to watch it with you.
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I remembered watching this years ago, so the story was not new. As a first view, I think it rates higher than most, based on the length of story, and the great picture settings, and costumes to match. For the money, you get very good value, and will likely enjoy this!
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Good movie - great sendup of the "knight" and damsel in distress. Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk as the baddies are just plain wonderful. Those cars are pretty glorious too. This movie is for movie buffs who love to see good comedy and wonderful actors doing what they do best.
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An excellent copy of one of the funniest movies of all time. The picture quality is what you would expect from a Blu-Ray coming in with near perfection color and the sound is 5:1 surround sound. Great for any home theater.
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A classically structured old time villian vs the good guy film, with the obligatory sidekicks and the beautiful love interest, who will eventually succumb to the charms of The hero. More about that later. OK, the stereotypes are there, but that's what the movie was about. Charging from the gate with the player piano, boos and hiss when the cast boards are shown, the movie brings the viewer up to speed very fast with humor and great slapstick. Following a PR auto race in the early days of the 20th century, the film follows the main characters through the landscape of the US and Europe. Sight gags abound and the scenery is often breathtaking. The plot is easy to floow and it's good fun. For the movie fan who doesn't want to disect a movies' every nuance, this is especially fun and worth seeing time and again. The characters will keep you laughing long after the soundtrack has ended,. I would comment more on the plot, but nearly 100 people already handled that - look, just take a chance on it. It's great fun.
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Love, love, love this movie.
My whole family, & their families all love it. A true classic that will entertain all generations. The actors are brilliant at spoofing the old time melodramas. If you have a sense if humour, you will love it too.
REAN
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The movie is spectacular. This DVD version is a bomb. Shame on Warner Brothers for their greediness and lack of effort to bring widescreen versions to the masses including updated soundtracks and clean film reels!
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THE GREAT RACE [1965] [Blu-ray] [US Import] The Movie with the 20,000 Mile or One-Million-Laugh Guarantee!

Crank your engines! With a roar, a splutter and a pop (and more Academy Award® winning Best Sound Effects), and see drivers wheel westward in a wacky turn-of-the-century automobiles for a New York-to-Paris race (westward across America, the Bering Strait and Russia). Ahead lies 20,000 miles, a barroom brawl, a sinking iceberg, 2,357 pies in the face and incalculable laughs.

Blake Edwards turns a marvellous cast loose, on a round-the-world highway booby-trapped by some of the funniest gags ever. Jack Lemon and Peter Falk are nasty Professor Fate and his dim henchman Max. Tony Curtis is their good-guy nemesis The Great Leslie. And Natalie Wood is a cheroot-puffing suffragette reporter Maggie DeBois. All scored to the music of four-time Academy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini. And ravishingly brought to you in a brand new digital transfer, plus a revitalised digital audio from restored elements. ‘The Great Race’ is great fun!

FILM FACT: ‘The Great Race’ won an Academy Award® Oscar for Best Sound Effects for George Groves and was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Song "The Sweetheart Tree" with music written by Henry Mancini. ‘The Great Race’ was also nominated for the Golden Globe® Awards for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Actor, Musical or Comedy for Jack Lemmon. At the 4th Moscow International Film Festival, the film won the Silver Prize.
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