The Great Race (BD)

It is the turn of the previous century, and American automakers are worried about how to sell their new product to an uneducated public.

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The Great Race (BD)
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Great Race, The (1965) (BD)
 
4.7

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4.0

Live-action cartoon is lots of fun!

By Obscure Film Buff

from Berkeley, CA

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Pros

  • Funny

Cons

  • Long

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    Comments about Great Race, The (1965) (BD):

    Blake Edwards directs a mammoth tribute to old-school comedy with this story based on a real-life race! Tony Curtis is suitably dashing, Natalie Wood is funny and sexy, while Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk almost steal the show as the bumbling villains! It's a roadshow film, and like many others, is too long and digresses into another story entirely. But if you love bad guys with oily mustaches and good guys with white hats and sparkling teeth, this film is for you! "The Great Race" was also the inspiration for Hanna-Barbera's "Wacky Races" cartoon.

     
    5.0

    A Great Classic old movie

    By Movie Buff

    from Las Vegas Nv.

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    Pros

    • Classic
    • Entertaining
    • Funny
    • In Bluray

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      Comments about Great Race, The (1965) (BD):

      One of Tony Curtis's great funny classic movies.

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      5.0

      Lots of Looney Laughs

      By Bill

      from Lakewood, CO

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      • The Actors
      • The Music
      • The Style

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          Comments about Great Race, The (1965) (BD):

          "The Great Race" begins with a dedication to Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy. A more appropriate dedication would have been to Mr. Jones, Mr. Freleng, Mr. Avery and Mr. Clampett, because much of this movie plays like an elaborate Warner Bros. cartoon. True, the movie features a lot of slapstick, but the only real connection to Laurel & Hardy is the famous pie fight (although the relationship between Fate and Max has a touch of L&H).

          The movie was not a big success when first released, possibly because two other mega-comedies about wild races had recently hit theaters. However, viewed on its own merits, "The Great Race" is really a lot of fun. The actors all play their roles slightly over the top with a twinkle (or a gleam) in their eyes, which is appropriate for a farce like this. Special mention goes to Ross Martin, who plays the villainous Baron von Stuppe to absolute perfection (his "escape to fight another day" is a comic highlight). The production value is high, especially when the race reaches Pottsdorf, and the costumes are suitably elaborate for the time period (Natalie Wood has a new outfit in practically every scene). The Oscar-nominated cinematography is top of the line and is nicely reproduced on this blu-ray.

          Composer Henry Mancini did some of his best work in collaboration with director Blake Edwards; Mancini had a real talent for light-hearted music, as this movie illustrates. His original score album for "The Great Race" is one of my favorite listens. Pieces such as "The Great Race March", "Pie in the Face Polka" and "Push the Button, Max!" are right in tune with the style of the movie. "The Sweetheart Tree", with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, is the requisite "pop hit song" for this movie.

          WAC is rapidly developing a reputation for the excellent quality of its blu-ray releases (often surpassing some of WHV's releases). This one looks and sounds great, plus it has subtitles and the same 44 chapters as the old DVD release (but no chapter menu). Also included from the DVD is an interesting 15-minute promotional short.

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