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The Great Race (2002)

Jack Lemmon , Tony Curtis , Blake Edwards  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (407 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Blake Edwards, Arthur Ross
  • Producers: Martin Jurow
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (407 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063K2R
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Great Race" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-new 2001 digital transfer
  • Soundtrack newly restored and remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Documentary "Behind the Scenes with Blake Edwards's The Great Race" (15 min.)

Editorial Reviews

Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk. A comedy about a wild and crazy auto race from New York to Paris in 1908. A stoic hero, a dastardly villain and a determined female reporter are among the cast of zany competitors. 1965/color/147 min/NR/widescreen.

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56 of 58 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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112 of 122 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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37 of 38 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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40 of 44 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
I saw this movie at a theater when it was first released and loved it. As years passed I wished I could see it again. Read more
Published 2 days ago by D. Montano
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Race
Delighted to be able to find this old favorite, and in blu-ray... the quality is great and we are enjoying having it!
Published 3 days ago by Janet McComb
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD
Professional daredevil and white-suited hero, The Great Leslie, convinces turn-of-the-century auto makers that a race from New York to Paris (westward across America, the Bering... Read more
Published 3 days ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice if you don't mind no cussing
(A Comedy) Jack plays two roles Professor Fate-Evil and a Jovial King-good and innocent.
He and Peter Falk play well together. Read more
Published 4 days ago by adam garey
5.0 out of 5 stars Closet Classic.
One of those hidden gems of film. That is, if you can handle a film that's light-hearted, mostly clean and just plain silly, with a cast of great actors. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Steven Fritz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic; Don't miss it!
Good family entertainment, no one has to blush while watching it, great production, performances and comedy; they really don't make anything like this today. That's our loss.
Published 8 days ago by Hendrik Kanavel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this as a gift and the person that I bought it for loved it very much. They are very happy that they can add it to their movies.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Start to Finish was as good as the race
Great acting, great story line Smiles, and laughter with a few chortels filled the screen. Film was in great condtion, price was even better. Read more
Published 14 days ago by William Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Classics
Wonderful Movie the way movies used to be made with quality and real life rather than CGI worth the watch and price
Published 14 days ago by Michael Thomas Lynott
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
this is a great movie, was a good addition to my library, glad i bought it. would recommend this to anyone.
Published 22 days ago by mysticman76
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We need a better version of this product.
More than a special edition DVD a Blu-Ray is needed.
Aug 31, 2010 by M. Bracq Vincent |  See all 6 posts
Why do all the cars have the steering wheel on the right side?
Well, this is a late answer to an old post, but that's where the steering wheels were on American cars of the time (even though we were driving on the right side of the road, I believe) - maybe it was convenient for the driver to be on the curb side. Do a Google image search for the 1907 Thomas... Read more
Aug 8, 2011 by Vincent G. Macek |  See all 2 posts
When is the Blu Ray edition coming out?
Plus they should hold a seance and get the Blake Edwards/Jack Lemmon/Tony Curtis/Natalie Wood/Peter Falk commentary track. Too soon, too late. Larry Storch?
Nov 11, 2013 by Planetguy |  See all 2 posts
What does (Sub) mean ?
Subtitled
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