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Funny Lady (1975)

Barbra Streisand , James Caan , Herbert Ross  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif, Roddy McDowall, Ben Vereen
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: Arnold Schulman, Jay Presson Allen
  • Producers: Ray Stark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UEQZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Funny Lady" on IMDb

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Lucky? February 23, 2002
Format:DVD
Barbra Streisand doesn't talk about FUNNY LADY that much. She did not include any songs or references to it in her 1992 CD collection "Just For The Record". (The FUNNY LADY soundtrack was not recorded for her record label - another possible reason why it was not included).
Several of the Streisand biographies "quote" Streisand as saying that Ray Stark (the producer behind the successful FUNNY GIRL) would have to drag her to court in order to make FUNNY LADY. It is also said that Streisand's burgeoning love affair with former hairdresser Jon Peters sustained her during the filming of FUNNY LADY - as if the the romance made up for the fact that the work on a FUNNY GIRL sequel was unfulfilling.
Whatever the true story is, we now have a brand new FUNNY LADY DVD from Columbia Pictures. For people like me who made the jump from VHS to DVD (and skipped the laser disk revolution in the 90's), it is wonderful to finally view this film in all its WIDESCREEN glory! James Wong Howe (no relation, although I'm proud to share his surname) photographed FUNNY LADY, and it looks good! The color palette utilized by the film's designers is a bit bawdy for my tastes. In some scenes, though, the design is wonderful - especially in the "Clap Hands" musical number with Ben Vereen.
As for FUNNY LADY, the movie, it has held up well. Some Streisand fans jokingly refer to the Fanny Brice character in FUNNY GIRL as "good Fanny" and the character in FUNNY LADY as "evil Fanny". The script for FUNNY LADY completely changes the character. Fanny, grown up, is shrewd, cynical, and curt. She calls everyone "kid". After not having seen this film for several years, I think Streisand does a great job! "Fanny Brice" in FUNNY LADY is a true character that Streisand plays with an edge.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "See, Billy, in a tutu, I can be funny." April 5, 2004
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The 1968 film version of FUNNY GIRL was an absolute masterpiece, and as perfect as a musical-comedy film can be. A sequel to this classic was not something that was ever needed to be made, but since the original was so successful (FUNNY GIRL was the highest-grossing film of 1968) and well-loved, it was pretty obvious why producer Ray Stark wanted to make this follow-up so badly. It took awhile, but he eventually convinced Streisand to sign on and reprise her role as Fanny Brice, with Herbert Ross (who had staged the musical numbers in the original film and had directed Streisand in the box office hit THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT) set to direct. Although the film was generally well-received by most critics and proved to be another big box office hit, many fans of the sweet-natured original did not care for the slightly more harsh and cynical tone of this follow-up, and it has since fallen out of favor with many Streisand fans.
While no film could ever recapture the easy charm and beautiful sentiment of FUNNY GIRL, FUNNY LADY is highly entertaining when viewed on it's own terms. Streisand plays the now-hard-bitten Fanny with a depth and maturity that is very different from her characterization in the first film, but almost equally as stunning. Many viewers often complain that James Caan was badly miscast as Billy Rose. While Caan is physically wrong for the role of the short, unattractive Rose, he still comes across as oddly likable, and he has a nice comic chemistry with Streisand. Roddy McDowell is fun as Fanny's assistant, and veteran hoofer Ben Vereen brings down the house with a incredible, almost gravity-defying dance routine. Omar Shariff also returns for two very effective scenes as Nick Arnstein, the man Fanny will always love, but can't seem to live with.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy and Cruelly Underappreciated Sequel December 29, 2003
Format:DVD
After reading so many negative reviews of this movie, I was surprised to find that I actually loved it. To refute:
She is bitchy because she has been bruised. Notice upon another rewatching of "Funny Girl" how Fanny slowly but surely learns to cover up her pain and anguish through her constant performativity. Whatever innocence was left in her is gone after Nick walked out the door. "Funny Lady" is a worthy sequel because, psychologically, it starts where the last movie leaves off. Fanny must learn to love again. The reason you don't see "sweet Barbra" until the train sequence is because the movie is ABOUT the re-emergence of the sincere woman.
Pay attention to the kinds of lines the writers of both "Funny Girl" and "Funny Lady" give to Fanny Brice. This is the same woman. Only older. Wiser. More bruised. And to those of you who call the movie "cliché," I wonder if you missed the ending.
Is the movie overproduced? Yes. Is it poorly written? No. I would argue that this movie very nearly merits its original in quality, but because it very sincerely tackles the problems of maturity, the problem of Life After Love, its themes may be too complex for those looking only for another tragic love story.
As someone who knows the power of First Love, I found this movie honest and moving, worthy in nearly every way to its prequel, and though there's not enough room in this space to defend it fully, I count myself among those prepared to do so.
The DVD gets four stars because there are no special features.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Love you Barbra, but...
There are some great musical numbers, but as trivial as this sounds, to me the bad wigs are a distraction that are difficult to ignore. Read more
Published 1 month ago by addison de witt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A true classic
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Published 2 months ago by Colleen Jolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Lady
Replacing all VHS tapes with DVD's. Barbra Streisand has always been a favorite of mine. Her earlier films are the best. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dennis Brunty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
One of my favorites. My old copy was a very old recorded version complete with commercials, so it's great to have the DVD
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Movie
I love Striesand and this didn't disappoint. I already have a couple of her other movies, Funny Girl and Hello Dolly. Thanks.
Published 6 months ago by John Cooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Barbra is the best of all legendary singers. Good story and acting, quality of digital signal wonderful as is the sound.
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Published 6 months ago by John R. Getty
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this funny lady.
These are the movies I used to love with Barbra Streisand when she used her talent and beautiful voice in song. Great lines and great songs. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MiamiCool
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Lady
Not as good as Funny Girl, but as always Barbara streisands voice is amazing! The story line is kind of sad and disappointing at times.
Published 7 months ago by Kathy R. Bergevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I loved funny girl so I know this one was going to be good all I have to say is watch watch watch
Published 7 months ago by martha robbins
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