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The Great Race [Blu-ray] (1965)

Jack Lemmon , Tony Curtis , Blake Edwards  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00M8FK76C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341 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
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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
Format:DVD
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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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the Movie is GREAT! The DVD isn't!!!! June 6, 2002
Format:DVD
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 Five Stars
Awesome I remember this as a kid. Great movie
Published 22 hours ago by Jeremy Doupe
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Love this movie! Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are excellent and Natalie Wood is Beautiful and Peter Falk steals the film from all three of them!
Published 1 day ago by R. Bankert
5.0 out of 5 stars this is for the blu ray edition it's great picture sound transfer to...
this is for the blu ray edition it's great picture sound transfer to blu ray worth the wait nothing you can say about the film that hasn't been said already Jack Lemmon makes this... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Martyn Down
3.0 out of 5 stars THE GREAT FRAUD OF WARNER BROTHER IN BLUE RAY
I AM VERY DISAPOINTED WITH THE BLUE RAY VERSION , IS FAR BEHIND FROM THE ORIGINAL DVD VERSION . THE PICTURE QUALITY IS THE ONLY THING A LITTLE BETTER THAN THE DVD VERSION , BUT... Read more
Published 1 day ago by RAMON MUJICA
5.0 out of 5 stars fun movie
This movie is a hoot. The Movie is long but Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk as the
villain and sidekick they steal every scene they are in. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ronald W. Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Legendary, Classic Comedy
Great movie, clean fun, comedic stars at the top of their game. In the same vein as Some Like It Hot; It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; and Topper. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Pegasus148
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of my favorite movies of all time...........who wouldn't love this trio?
Published 1 day ago by Karen Neumeier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu-Ray transfer
Outstanding video, and audio quality. This movie is another older movie that came through the Blu-ray transfer with flying colors. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Connie G
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic movie with classic actors
A fun movie and fun to watch! My 13 year-old laughed as much as my wife and I.
Published 6 days ago by Ray French
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Top notch stuff!
Published 7 days ago by Bobby Wilson
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Widescreen? Original Film Ratio?
It is in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1, according to WBShop.com.

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