The fire of Barbra Steisand. The magnetism of Kris Kristofferson. The reckless world of big-time rock 'n' roll. All three bring anew passion and timelessness to A Star Is Born, one of the screen's classic love stories (previously filmed in 1937 and 1954) and winner of five Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture, Actress and Actor (Musical/Comedy). // Paul Williams, Kenny Loggins, Leon Russell and others worked with Steisand on one of the most popular song scores ever, topped by the Streisand/Williams Evergreen winning the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award as 1976's Best Original Song. Their teamwork resulted in a box-office triumph as well as a considerable achievement (Clive Hirschborn, The Hollywood Musical).
A classic early 1970s weepie, The Way We Were stars Barbra Streisand as a Communist activist in the late 30s and 40s and Robert Redford as the ambitious young writer who marries her, cheats on her and eventually leaves her in the early days of McCarthyism for the sake of his Hollywood screenwriting career. Arthur Laurent's intelligent screenplay, remarkable performances from the two stars and Marvin Hamlisch's Oscar-winning score and theme song combined to produce a film that even as hostile a critic as Pauline Kael had to admit worked. On the DVD: The DVD re-release includes the usual subtitling facilities, the theatre trailer and a documentary on the film's making, which includes one of the more political scenes deleted for commercial release; it is also possible to watch the film with a detailed commentary from Sydney Pollack about the problems of its making, problems which included writing new scenes so that Redford was not entirely upstaged by Streisand in the audience's sympathies. --Roz Kaveney
Funny Girl: One of the most popular movie musicals ever made, Funny Girl follows the early career of stage comedienne Fanny Brice - a role that earned Barbra Streisand the 1968 Oscar for Best Actress. As the film opens, only her mother believes Fanny can make it in show business. When she gets her first break at Keeney's Music Hall, her hilarious debut as a roller-skating chorus girl gets her hired as a comedienne. A year later Fanny is working for Florenz Ziegfeld in his famous Follie...
Nothing's Impossible. The story of an advanced Jewish girl named Yentl who used to study the Torah (the Jewish bible) when no woman could do it. After losing her father she decides to go to a Yeshiva the Jewish school for priests. The big problem is that only boys are allowed to study there. Therefore Yentl decides to undercover herself as as a boy. Everything is fine until she falls in love with a study friend. Babra's magnum opus was nominated for a plethora of Academy
Barbra Streisand is a knockout as Dolly Levi, the woman who arranges things...like furniture and daffodils and lives. The famed plot concerns Dolly, a young widow and professional matchmaker who sets her sights on conquering tight-fisted Yonkers merchant, Horace Vandergeider, beautifully played by Walter Matthau. Over $20,000,000 was spent on DOLLY and you can see and hear every penny. The painstakingly re-created streetcars, shops, skyscrapers and town itself (circa 1900), the magnificent Harmonia Gardens set, Irene Sharoff's colour splashed costumes, Jerry Herman's hummingly tuneful direction. So, spend a magical evening with the incomparable Barbra - and see what great musicals are all about.
The evergreen Oscar winner ablaze with music and stardust. // The fire of Barbra Steisand. The magnetism of Kris Kristofferson. The Reckless world of big-time rock 'n' roll. All three bring a new passion and timeliness to A Star is Born, one of the screen's classic love stories (previously filmed in 1937 and 1954) and winner of five Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture, Actress and Actor (Musical/Comedy). // Paul Williams, Kenny Loggins, Leon Russel and others worked with Steisand on one of the most popular song scores ever, topped by the Streisand / Williams Evergreen winning the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award as 1976's Best Original Song. Their teamwork resulted in a box-office triumph as well as a considerable achievement (Clive Hirschhorn, The Hollywood Musical). Features: Commentary by Barbra Steisand, Additional Scenes, wardrobe Tests, Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, A Star Is Born Trailer Gallery.
Based on Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer's play of the same name Yentl was directed, co-produced, co-written and stars the legendary Barbra Streisand as Yentl Mendal, a girl living in an Ashkenazi shtetl in Poland in 1904. Her father, Rebbe Mendel (Nehemiah Persoff), secretly instructs her in the Talmud despite the proscription of such study by women according to the customs of her community. After the death of her father, Yentl decides to cut her hair short, dress like a man, take her late brother's name, Anshel, and enter a Jewish religious school where she befriends fellow student, Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), and meets his fiancÃ©e, Hadass (Amy Irving). Romantic complications soon arise though. Features a score and songs composed by the late great Michel Legrand, who won an OscarÂ® for his work on the film, whilst Barbra Streisand became the first female winner for Best Director at the Golden Globes. Special features Presented in High Definition Includes both the original theatrical version and the director's extended version Audio commentary by Barbra Streisand and co-producer Rusty Lemorande Introduction by Barbra Streisand (3 mins) Deleted scenes with introduction by Barbra Streisand (17 mins) The Director's Reel (7 mins): featurette showing Barbra Streisand's approach as an actor and director The Rehearsal Process (2 mins): Barbra Streisand explains her rehearsal process, includes original footage Where Is It Written? (6 mins): rehearsal footage to the song from Barbra Streisand's personal archive; No Wonder Reprise (4 mins): pre-rehearsal/feature comparison footage Tomorrow Night (5 mins): pre-rehearsal concept (featuring Yentl lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman) Will Someone Ever Look At Me That Way? (3 mins): rehearsal/feature comparison montage The Moon and I (4 mins): Storyboard montage for a deleted song Several Sins A Day (4 mins): original VHS storyboard montage for a deleted song 8mm concept film with narration by Barbra Streisand (9 mins) My Wonderful Cast and Crew (7 mins): a montage of footage featuring the cast and crew at work Trailers **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with writing on the film and full film credits Other extras TBC
The Barbra Streisand Collection consists of four movies: What's Up, Doc? (1972), Up the Sandbox (1972), The Main Event (1979) and Nuts (1987) In What's Up, Doc?, director Peter Bogdanovich tipped his hat to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s, and especially the most glorious of them all, Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby. Barbra Streisand plays a charming flake who distracts a self-absorbed musicologist (Ryan O'Neal). He's engaged to be married, but soon Streisand's character has him chasing after stolen jewellery and getting into one madcap fix after another. --Tom Keogh Up the Sandbox springs from the early 1970s, when Streisand's career was in full stride. She stars as Margaret, a stay-at-home mum in the middle of New York who's feeling the strain of her narrow life. Frustrated by her self-involved husband and the mentally unstimulating tasks of motherhood, she escapes into fantasies--such as being chatted up by a cross-gendered Fidel Castro, bombing the Statue of Liberty with black militants and having a furious catfight with her overbearing mother. The movie's strength lies in these fantasies' slippery nature; some are over the top, but others are so subtle you're not always sure where they start and stop, making the portrait of Margaret's psyche intriguingly complex. --Bret Fetzer The Main Event is a comedic misfire from the mid-1970s, a futile attempt to bottle the same lightning that struck when Streisand teamed with Ryan O'Neal in What's Up, Doc? Here, Streisand plays a spoiled rich girl, the head of a bankrupt cosmetics company, who discovers she's lost everything--except her ownership of the contract of a washed-up boxer (O'Neal). So she tries to rally this dispirited pug into a comeback that will earn the kinds of purses that will put her back on her feet. Naturally, in the process, romantic sparks are kindled. But despite a loud and energetic performance by Streisand, the comedy doesn't add up to much. --Marshall Fine In Nuts Streisand is a mad high-priced "escort" accused of murder, but whether she's mad as hell or mad as a hatter is the question in this courtroom drama, adapted from the play by Tom Topor. While her doting, wilfully uncomprehending mother (Maureen Stapleton) and stepdad with a secret (Karl Malden) try to have her judged incompetent and sent to an asylum, she fights for her day in court with the help of a hapless legal aid attorney (a refreshingly understated Richard Dreyfuss). James Whitmore presides over the hearing with a compassion and sense of justice that gives one faith in the system, and la Streisand (who developed and produced the project) sinks her teeth into the tempestuous role like a starving actress. The plot holds few surprises, but the drama lies in the characters; veteran director Martin Ritt brings out the best in a top-flight cast. --Sean Axmaker
Tracklisting: 01. Overture 02. As If We Never Said Goodbye 03. I'm Still Here/Everybody Says Don't/Don't Rain On My Parade (Medley) 04. Can't Help Lovin' That Man 05. I'll Know (With Marlon Brando) 06. People 07. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?) 08. Will He Like Me? 09. He Touched Me 10. I'm In The Mood For Love/Speak Low/Guilty (Medley) 11. What Is This Thing Called Love? 12. The Man That Got Away 13. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) 14. Entr'acte 15. The Way We
Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand join Ben Stiller for another disastrous family get-together in the sequel to smash hit "Meet the Parents."
For Pete's Sake is a bright-eyed romantic comedy about a young couple, the eternally optimistic Henrietta (Barbra Streisand) and her husband Pete (Michael Sarrazin), who works by day as a cab driver while studying at night school. Money is tight, a fact constantly brought home to them by Pete's successful but tedious brother, Fred (William Redfield) and his bitchy wife Helen (Estelle Parsons, quite superb here). When Pete hears of an opportunity to make money on the stock market (on pork bellies, of all things) he's desperate to get his hands on $3,000, believing it will make everything come right. After conventional sources have turned them down, Henrietta secretly turns to a loan shark on the understanding that he'll be paid back in a week. The comedy arises when the shares in pork do a belly flop and her contract is sold on to increasingly dubious characters at increasingly exorbitant rates of interest. Thus, we have her taken on by a high-class madam and getting embroiled in bomb-planting and cattle-rustling. As a vehicle for Streisand-the-actress rather than Streisand-the-singer, it certainly works (though she does perform the vapid title-song), her manic comedic skill chiming well with the demands of her character in this amiable piece of froth. On the DVD: For Pete's Sake is pretty thin on the special features front: theatrical trailers; a director's commentary (reasonably worthwhile); and basic filmographies. The picture has come up surprisingly well given its age, and though it's in mono, there are no complaints about the sound either. --Harriet Smith
Meet The Fockers (2004): And you thought your parents were embarrassing. Domestic disaster looms for male nurse Greg Focker (Stiller) when his straight-laced ex-CIA father-in-law (De Niro) asks to meet his wildly unconventional mom (Streisand) and dad (Hoffman). It's family bonding gone hysterically haywire in this must-see comedy! Meet The Parents - Special Edition (2000): First comes love. Then comes the interrogation! Male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is poised to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo) during a weekend stay at her parents' home. But here's the catch... he needs to ask her father first. Alas the fur flies as Jack Byrnes Pam's cat-crazy ex-CIA father (Robert De Niro) takes an immediate dislike to her less-than-truthful beau. Greg's quest for approval gets seriously sidetracked as Murphy's Law takes over and a hilarious string of mishaps turn him into a master of disaster and total pariah in the eyes of the entire family... all except for his shell-shocked girlfriend who can't believe she still loves her one-man wreaking crew. 'Meet The Parents' from the director of 'Austin Powers' is an uproarious blockbuster hit that bombards you with one laugh after another as true love tries to conquer all against all the odds!
To celebrate the final concert tour of Barbra Streisand's unparalleled career Columbia Records is releasing for the first time on home video the complete version of her critically acclaimed Timeless Concerts which were the highlight of the Millennium celebration. Recorded at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on December 31 1999 and January 1 2000 this is the first Barbra Streisand concert DVD ever to be released. Track Listing: 1. Brother Time - Savion Glover 2. You'll Nev
A collection of music from the highly successful Barbra Streisand.
More than just a pretty boy Robert Redford has consistently proven his considerable acting abilities in a number of great films over the past 5 decades. This box set features 4 of his finest hours! The Natural (Dir. Barry Levinson 1984): Nothing would stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom. Robert Redford stars in this inspiring fable that begins when 14-year-old Hobbs (Redford) fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impres
They just don't make musicals like this any more. There are some who would be grateful for that--the plot is but a flimsy excuse to string together song and dance numbers. Some of us, however, love big, splashy, overdone musical scenes, of which there are many. Glittering stage numbers showcase a commanding Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levy, a New York matchmaker who can find a mate for anyone. Anyone but herself, that is. Determined to marry wealthy Walter Matthau, she lures him out of Yonkers and sets about wooing him. Don't worry about the lack of a solid story or Gene Kelly's pedestrian direction. Watch instead for the musical numbers and the lavish costumes. Listen to Jerry Herman's score, and dance around the living room when a sequined Streisand arrives in a club as Louis Armstrong strikes up the title tune for her benefit. (Just pull the shades first.) Based on Thornton Wilder's play The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! won Academy Awards for best sound, art direction, and musical score. --Rochelle O'Gorman
Glittering stage numbers showcase a commanding Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levy a New York matchmaker who can find a mate for anyone. Anyone but herself that is. Determined to marry wealthy Walter Matthau she lures him out of Yonkers and sets about wooing him.
Tom Wingo (Nolte) a disillusioned southern coach must reveal his tortured childhood in order to help his troubled sister. Susan Lowenstein (Streisand) a determined psychiatrist battles Tom's resentment and rage in search of the truth. Their antagonism gradually gives way to love as Tom and Susan find the secret that unlocks his sister's torment and the courage to change their own lives... A story about the memories that haunt us and the truth that sets us free.
For her acclaimed second feature as a director, BARBRA STREISAND (Yentl) crafted a sumptuous, emotionally wrenching adaptation of PAT CONROY's best-selling novelwhich she also produced and starred in. Summoned to New York after his sister attempts suicide, Tom Wingo (Cape Fear's NICK NOLTE) must serve as her memory, reckoning with the traumas of their southern childhood so that her psychiatrist, Dr. Susan Lowenstein (Streisand), can help her recover. But Tom's sessions with Lowenstein will plunge him into the depths of his own long-repressed painand reawaken the possibility of love within him. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Nolte's soulful performance, The Prince of Tides is a life-affirming tale of healing and renewal from a triple-threat filmmaker with a keen and humane insight into her characters' sorrows, joys, and yearnings. Special Features New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Barbra Streisand, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary featuring Streisand, recorded in 1991 and updated in 2019 Making-of featurette from 1991 Excerpt from a 2018 interview with Streisand, conducted by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez on El Rey Network's The Director's Chair Audition and rehearsal footage Deleted scenes and alternate takes Costume and makeup tests Alternate end credits with vocal performance by Streisand Behind-the-scenes footage Gag reel Production-stills gallery and other archival materials Interview with author Pat Conroy from a 1992 episode of Cinema Showcase with Jim Whaley Interview with Streisand from a 1992 episode of the British television show Aspel & Company with Michael Aspel Trailers PLUS: An essay by film historian Bruce Eder
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