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Funny Girl/Funny Lady (1975)

Barbra Streisand , James Caan , Herbert Ross , William Wyler  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif, Roddy McDowall, Ben Vereen
  • Directors: Herbert Ross, William Wyler
  • Writers: Arnold Schulman, Isobel Lennart, Jay Presson Allen
  • Producers: Ray Stark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00070HK24
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Funny Girl/Funny Lady" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, James Caan, Walter Pidgeon. The inimitable Barbra skyrocketed to fame and snagged a Best Actress Oscar for playing big-time Ziegfeld star Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1968/155 min/G), and then she went on wowing them in the sequel Funny Lady (1975/135 min/PG). A must-have Barbra set! 2 DVDs. Color/widescreen.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I'm getting this even though I already own "Funny Girl". The price for this duo is less than purchasing "Funny Lady" DVD alone. The only negative is that the "Funny Girl" (only) DVD has a great extra entitled "Barbra in Movieland", which is a very entertaining, detailed, well-narrated, behind the scenes short, concentrating on the filming of the musical number, "Don't Rain on My Parade". Many DVD "featurettes" bore me as mostly everyone interviewed banally talks endlessly about how talented and wonderful everyone else is; how lucky they are to be involved in such a "profound" project; etc. This short was obviously produced, possibly as a promotional piece, during or shortly after the actual filming in 1968. An old abandoned railway station in New Jersey is shown being brought back to turn-of-the-20th century-life. Its only current inhabitant, an elderly (real-life) caretaker who has worked at the station for decades, including its more active days as a bustling transportation hub. His presents and occasional comments provide an interesting and nostalgic aspect to the piece He relates going to see the real Fanny Brice years before. William Wyler even gives him a cameo in the scene; But he probably won't go see the film, "My wife and I don't get to the movies much anymore", he says. I've pulled out this DVD a number of times just to watch this extra. I can't say that very often.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any collector! April 21, 2005
I wanted to replace all my VHS's with DVD's and this is a perfect solution. You get these wonderful DVD's in one set and they are beautful to the eyes. The cover is very attractive and the movies themselves are crystal clear and the sound is superb. Not as many bonus features as I would like but I'm happy with this box set.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Far more than sharing the extended life story of Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, these two movies really show how Barbra Streisand transformed from a screen novice to a reigning goddess over the course of seven years. When she hit the big screen in 1968's "Funny Girl", she became an instant movie legend as master filmmaker William Wyler tailored a launching pad so accommodating to her personality and drive that it becomes apparent only later that the film itself is not terribly exceptional. The first half of the film, by far the best part, is about Brice's fast climb to stardom and her blind infatuation of gambler Nick Arnstein, played with a bit too much continental charm by an overshadowed Omar Sharif. The comparatively dramatic second half is really about the inevitable fate of their relationship. The energy that drives the first half seems to sputter in the second half, and Streisand is left to carry the whole thing to the finish line.

The fact that the story has anything to do with Brice seems purely circumstantial in deference to Streisand's phenomenal talent especially as a first-rank comedienne and the pre-eminent song stylist of her generation. For the latter aspect alone, "Funny Girl" is essential viewing, especially for three solo numbers penned by the legendary team of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill (who co-wrote "Gypsy"). First, as a young wannabe trying to convince Mr. Keeney at the local burlesque house to hire her, Streisand sings "I'm the Greatest Star" with an appropriately persistent brassiness that suddenly turns into a dramatic clarion call picking up the percussive momentum of "Don't Rain on My Parade" until the song title truly becomes fact and not a boast.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One But Not The Other September 19, 2007
Funny Girl is Outstanding! Absolutely FIVE STARS! The music is incredible and Barbara is at her all time best. Barbara recaputures the brillance of her stage role and brings it to the screen. A throughly enjoyable film. And then there is Funny Lady. It can not be said that effort was not put into the making of this sequel, however, it pales by comparrison to the original. The peformances seem forced, the music and songs are just so-so and some of the dance numbers are down right laughable. A true disappointment. The only reason to purchase this two DVD set is to be able to really appreciate just how good the original is and how poor the follow up film is. My recommendation is to definately purchase Funny Girl and rent Funny Lady so you don't waste your money.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Musicals & THE BEST SINGER April 30, 2005
This boxset is A must buy it has two great movies Funny Girl & Funny Lady with the greatest singer to top it off from both movies their are great songs including People , dont rain on my parade , lets here it for me. Their are okay bonus on both dvds , for this price buy this dvd boxset because its absolutly the best !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hello, gorgeous" October 9, 2011
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While I prefer "The Way We Were" more, "Funny Girl" and it's sequel, "Funny Lady", are still pure musical fun with none other but the legendary Barbra Streisand. Barbra Streisand plays 1910s Broadway sensation Fanny Brice. These two movies practically chronicle her life as one of the Ziegfeld follies all the way to being a Broadway superstar. If you're a fan of these movies, then I suggest you should get this 2-movie pack, which will most likely be cheaper than getting the movies separately.

"Funny Girl" (1968) is two and a half hours of comedy, music, and drama. It chronicles Fanny Brice as one of the Ziegfeld follies, meeting and later on marrying Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), where they have a child named Frances. The first hour of the movie is fun to watch, where Barbra is a "funny girl", and about an hour and a half later, the film gets more more serious all the way to it's dramatic ending, where Barbra sings "My Man". A few other musical highlighs include "I'm the Greatest Star", "People" (her hit song), and "Don't Rain on My Parade". All together, "Funny Girl" is worth repeated viewings. It's a great Oscar-winning musical production.

"Funny Lady" (1975) is two hours of more comedy, music, and drama, and while it's not as good as the original, I still really like it. It picks up right where "Funny Girl" left off. It starts off dramatic, with Barbra still shaky over the divorce, and later on, she meets songwriter Billy Rose (James Caan), and he marries her even though they don't quite love each other. It turns from dramatic to funny to dramatic again. The thing about this film is that, unlike the first film, this one actually made me laugh. It was pretty funny, and it had good songs too, including "How Lucky Can You Get?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Gabby
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Girl/Lady collection
What's not to like? It's Babs!!!
Published 13 days ago by Donald Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Girl
Barbara Streisdand at one of her classiest best moves ever
She played her part for all it was worth and then some. Read more
Published 14 days ago by LEONARD KONOPKA
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
What can I really say - If you are a Streisand fan, what's not to love about this combo. It's a no brain-er. :)
Published 16 days ago by Sharon J Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars She's unbelievable
You can't go wrong with a Barbra Streisand movie! My friends and I are having a Barbra Streisand weekend watching both of these.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen J Mondello
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Barbra Streisand,, enough said!
This is a classic that every Barbra fan needs in their collection. Been a fan since I was 12. She is the best.
Published 1 month ago by J. Mang
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie of all time!!
I have loved Funny Girl from the first time I saw it in the theatre. Funny Lady is good, too as it gives the rest of the story of Fannie Brice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Englishwoman
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Barbra!!!
I can appreciate the real Fanny Brice as being funny, but Barbara is more attractive and has a much better voice... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lowell L. Hodges
1.0 out of 5 stars Movie is black, only sound
Funny Girl does not have a picture, only sound. I need to get a new copy. I haven't checked Funny Lady to see if the movie plays or not. Please contact me re: replacement movie
Published 2 months ago by Debbie Stocklin
4.0 out of 5 stars she's the greatest star
these dvds are used in my history course in musical theatre,,,,wonderful performances and the best score and librettto around, even if it isn't on stage
Published 2 months ago by SARAH JANE MARSCHNER
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