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The Great Race [Blu-ray] (1965)

Jack Lemmon , Tony Curtis , Blake Edwards  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (507 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Format: Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive Collection
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2014
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (507 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00M8FK76C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From comedy master Blake Edwards comes this classic, riotous all-star farce. It is the turn of the previous century, and American automakers are worried about how to sell their new product to an uneducated public.Professional daredevil and all-around good guy, The Great Leslie,convinces the automakers that a race from New York to Paris (westwardacross America, the Bering Straight and Russia) will help to promoteautomobile sales. However, Leslie's arch-rival, the evil Professor Fate,vows to beat Leslie to the finish line in a car of his own invention.Gags, mishaps and laughs abound! Starring acting legends including Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Tony Curtis as The Great Leslie, Academy Award-winner Jack Lemmon as the evil Professor Fate,Golden Globe-winner Natalie Wood, Emmy Award-winner Peter Falk and dozens more, all scored to the music of four-time Academy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini.

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126 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't Blake Edwards given more credit..? June 6, 2002
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The DVD version of "The Great Race" is long overdue. It's silly and fun; reunites Lemmon & Curtis; it's an homage to all the great slapstick that EVERYONE loves. What's wrong with having fun? I truly believe that Blake Edwards deserves more consideration that he's been given. Anyone remember "Operation Petticoat" or "The Pink Panther"? We're talking about a career of almost 50 years...and Hollywood doesn't take him seriously. Anyone remember "Victor/Victoria" or "That's Life"? How about "Breakfast at Tiffany's"? These are all films that are respected and admired, but Edwards seems to be on the back-burner when awards are handed out. It's a shame; Edwards has given us no more than pure entertainment, well-presented. His most nominated film is "The Great Race", so purely devoted to period detail, though it received no Oscar nominations for sets or costumes (it was nominated for Cinematography, Sound, Music, Song, Editing, and won for Sound Effects). Indeed, Mancini's score was gorgeous; the song, "The Sweetheart Tree" has become a standard/classic. The Oscar should have gone to Peter Falk. I saw this as a kid in its initial release, and, when I told my friends how much I liked it, my teenage peers told me how shallow I was, that I should see "The Pawnbroker" or "Ship of Fools". Well, for God's sake, I was a kid (and I did see and admire those films) but the pure, grand display of craziness that Blake Edwards presented to me has never been forgotten. I've gotten older, and have been subjected to a whole bunch of stuff in the meantime, and I've waited for the DVD release of "The Great Race". Let's not forget that Blake Edwards also directed "The Days of Wine and Roses" and "Experiment in Terror". He is not frivolous nor is he simple. He does crazy comedy as well as riveting drama. His comedies are wonderful, but none as totally overwhelming and enjoyable as "The Great Race". See and enjoy!!
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the lavish classic comes to DVD! November 22, 2002
THE GREAT RACE is a lavishly-filmed comedy on the grandest scale. Director Blake Edwards' unmistakeable touch is all over this sprawling comedy about a long-winded race from New York to Paris, and is highlighted by Henry Mancini's delightful score.
The Great Leslie (Tony Curtis) and Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon) challenge each other to win 'the great race', a foolish flight of fancy that will take them through the Wild West, fighting off polar bears in the Artic and thwarting Royal imposters in Europe.
Coming along for the ride is feisty sufragette Maggie DuBois (Natalie Wood at her loveliest), and Fate's dimwitted assistant Max (Peter Falk). Watch the hopeless quartet as they attempt to win the greatest race of the century - with hilarious results!
Featuring Vivian Vance and Dorothy Provine (as the sexy saloon singer Lily Olay). Henry Mancini's score includes "The Sweetheart Tree" and "He Shouldn't-a, Hadn't-a, Oughn't-a Swang on Me".
The DVD presents the film in a wonderfully clean print, in its 2:35:1 cinema ratio, complete with the Overture, Intermission and Exit Music sequences. The soundtrack has been newly-remastered in dynamic 5.1 from the original session tapes.
The DVD also includes a Making-of featurette and the trailer. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fate loves ... September 3, 2000
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Like many of the reviewers, I first saw this great film as a child with my father. We have laughed about it ever since, and my own children also know that "Fate is a fink!" The movie spoofs the old Simon Legree silent movies and combines hilarious slapstick, outrageous sight gags, the historic 1908 New York to Paris automobile race (Remember the Thomas Flyer?), incredible round the world locations, an Old West saloon fight, great old cars and props, priceless performances by Jack Lemmon (sans frozen moustache), Tony Curtis (great swordplay but, alas, no Cary Grant impersonation), Peter Falk (hilarious in goggles) and the exquisite Natalie Wood (under the Sweetheart Tree). And don't forget the sendup of the Prisoner of Zenda with the fantastic Ross Martin who was then also starring as Artemus Gordon in the Wild, Wild West television series with Robert Conrad. The music by Henry Mancini is among his best, and the soundtrack is recently available. Even the opening credits are classic, including the harried projectionist and the audience booing Professor Fate! This could be an awesome widescreen DVD with plenty of saloon fight, sword duel and pie fight outtakes; current interviews with Curtis, Lemmon, and Falk; Blake Edwards commentary;...and please, a few more stills of Natalie Wood!
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the Movie is GREAT! The DVD isn't!!!! June 6, 2002
A lot of people were waiting with anticipation for the release of The Great Race on DVD. This is a very funny classic movie! The new print is GREAT!But Warner has made a huge mistake on this DVD.The problem, and it is a major one, is with the new Dolby Digital soundtrack. In some scenes in the beginning of the movie the dialogue is barely audible. And during the opening credits when everyone boos Professor Fate and cheers The Great Leslie, someone switched it to everyone cheering the villain and booing the hero. The French audio track has the original soundtrack which correctly has the boos for Fate and cheers for Leslie.This is a MAJOR mistake! Warner should recall this DVD and restore the soundtrack to the way it is supposed to be. For fans of this movie, it ruins what would otherwise be a great DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great improvement with
Outstanding. Great improvement with Blu-Ray
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Published 3 days ago by Jeffrey Smith Vagell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift For Us Natalie Wood Afficionados
A guilty pleasure for one whose preeminent pre-pubescent (and, for that matter, pubescent and even POST-pubescent) Baby Boomer crush was Natalie Wood, this title is especially... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Hoosier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with a number of very famous icons of ...
Great movie with a number of very famous icons of Hollywood.. funny have to watch it ! Movies aren't made like this..anymore..
Published 9 days ago by Shelby george
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean fun!!!
Great movie this generation should watch this movie and understand that simple and clean humor is the best than all this so call comedy now a days.
Published 11 days ago by Eros21
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Adventuresome! we need more Pie in the Face pictures these...
Funny, awesome Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and All-star cast. Good Clean fun for the whole family, well the Pie-Fight is messy but otherwise this is a worthy... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mary Bartell
1.0 out of 5 stars great movie, bye the way
seen it before, great movie, bye the way,, i have discovered that MANY.MANY movies that are NOT available with your site Are available on YOU TUBE,,, and MANY MANY movies that... Read more
Published 11 days ago by ricky campos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastically funny and entertaining movie.
Published 11 days ago by ryder lusk
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite movies from my younger years
One of my favourite movies from my younger years. The print looks sensational and the sound is great . I have this title on DVD but this is a vast improvement !!!!!!!
Published 12 days ago by Mr Stuart R Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Great Movie
This is a great classic Movie and always enjoy the comedy of it recommend this to all love the fun and story.
Published 12 days ago by Neville Franks
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region-code for Warner Archive Collection title?
i don't know about the rest of the archive collection but I can confirm that the Great Race Blu-ray plays in my zone B player.
27 days ago by Peter van der Raaij |  See all 2 posts
Widescreen? Original Film Ratio?
It is in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1, according to

-Edit: I just noticed it also says it on here.
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