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Funny Girl [Blu-ray] (1968)

Barbra Streisand , Omar Sharif , William Wyler  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Format: Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033AI4PM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Funny Girl [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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One of the most popular movie musicals ever made! FUNNY GIRL follows the early career of stage comedienne Fanny Brice, a role that earned Barbra Streisand the 1968 Oscarr for Best Actress. As the film opens, only her mother believes Fanny can make it in show business. When she gets her first break at Keeney's Music Hall, her hilarious debut as a roller-skating chorus girl gets her hired as a comedienne. A year later Fanny is working for Florenz Ziegfeld in his famous Follies and brings the house down with an outrageous and unplanned number. Fanny becomes a star, falls in love and marries Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), a handsome gambler whose luck doesn't hold up. The film's many memorable songs include "Don't Rain On My Parade" and the Streisand classic "People."

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "He's got polish on his nails." April 5, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Star Comes to DVD - Worth the Wait! November 5, 2001
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First off - the DVD: It's a letterbox transfer of pristine new print that has been digitally restored (sometimes frame by frame) back to its original condition. Funny Girl hasn't looked this good in thirty years - so if you've only seen it on VHS or TV, you're in for a visual treat. I saw the restored print on a huge screen this past fall, and believe me, this transfer does it justice. In addition they have included the pre-show and intermission music as well. The additional documentary material is nothing to write home about. But I think whoever did the DVD menu deserves kudos for styling it like the New Amsterdam theater marquee from the first shot of the movie, with highlights from the film playing in the background. Very appropriate and very clever.

Funny Girl is A.) the musical biography of comedienne-singer Fanny Brice, and B.) the Oscar-winning film debut of 26 year old Barbra Streisand. As theatrical history lesson it's pretty flawed - (Arnstein was Brice's *second* husband, for example). The Streisand - Brice connection is strong, however. Fanny, like Barbra, wore her Jewishness as a badge of honor - in contrast to most Jewish performers of the day, who tried to blend in as much as possible. As a matter of fact, the "You Are Woman, I Am Man" seduction scene plays like a Brice "Follies" sketch.

And as a star vehicle for Striesand, it's a winner. "I'm the Greatest Star" at the beginning of the picture is an electrifying jolt of raw, pure talent. At the end of them film when she falters on the opening words of "My Man", you'll remember what it feels like to watch your beloved walk out of your life.

William Wyer seems to be aware that he's launching a new star.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Streisand's First, Streisand's Best August 24, 1999
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Wow. One usually becomes a Streisand fan after seeing this movie. I certainly did. Streisand's movie debut begs the question: "Is a nose with deviation such a crime against the nation?" (sung by Fanny Brice's mother in the film). Barbra is Fanny is Barbra. When Streisand as Fanny tells Omar Shariff as Nick that he made her feel "beautiful", who can not love this woman?
The new DVD includes a restored version of the film and an incredibly clear soundtrack. Unless you saw the limited theatrical release this summer, then you have probably never seen FUNNY GIRL in its widescreen presentation. For years I had watched a faded pan-and-scan VHS version. Barbra's hilarious business of straightening her dress in the "You Are Woman" scene is completely cut out in pan-and-scan! Director William Wyler shot the film with a lot of widescreen compositions that the pan-and-scan versions always butchered. Thank you, Columbia, for this restored, widescreen DVD!
I remember watching THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT and seeing highlight clips from famous musicals. They showed "Don't Rain On My Parade" from FUNNY GIRL ...Barbra on the tug boat holding that note ("Paa-aa-raaaaaad-de") as the camera revealed the Statue of Liberty. I was thrilled. The DVD contains a theatrical short that shows behind the scenes footage of how they shot the entire "Parade" number -- really incredible footage!
The movie's second act, a bit slow, gives Streisand the chance to show her acting chops!
"My Man" at the movie's end features a "live" Streisand vocal as she cries on stage then triumphantly finishes. That scene won Barbra the Oscar. It is truly incredible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Streisand !!!
One of my favorite films!! The beginning of a STAR! What a voice. No one compares ! And Omar Shariff ....
Published 1 day ago by donna mcclellan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality
Babs is awesome! This is my first Streisand film and she is an amazing talent. The quality of the film is great and I really enjoyed her, the cast, and the entire film.
Published 16 days ago by C. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed immensely
Saw this when I was a young girl and decided my daughter (who knows a lot of the songs) should see it also; she also loved it!
Published 21 days ago by Giovannina Anzelone
5.0 out of 5 stars who doesn't love Barbra???
we watched this to introduce some people to Barbra who had never seen one of her films. he's hooked for life ... what more needs to be said?
Published 23 days ago by LRIPHD
5.0 out of 5 stars Indeed Funny Girl
I didn't thought I would love this movie..I love it the moment it started..Barbra Streisand gave great flavor to the character. Omar Sharif is so charming in this movie.. Read more
Published 23 days ago by S.A.A.LM
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Girl
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Barbara Streisand did a tremendous job and I love her singing. I enjoyed the movie this time around more that when I saw it the first time.
Published 24 days ago by JMS.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Barbara Steisand
Love this classic with Barbara Streisand and Omar Shariff! Lots of singing by Barbara with a number of memorable songs from days gone by!
Published 26 days ago by Michele
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREAT MUSICALS
A massive box office success and it looked brilliant on the huge 70mm screen.it was a pity that the sequel (FUNNY LADY) was such a monumental failure. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Peter Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Streisand's "Funny Girl" still holds up
I admit, I'm a Streisand fan. To me she's one of, if not the, best female singer of the 20th century. And "Funny Girl" is her amazing first film. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Thea W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo Good!
This movie is incredible!!! For the longest time I put off watching this movie thinking it was going to be trite and overrated but I am mad at myself for putting off for so long. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Sergio Toranzo Jr
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