The Great Race [DVD] [1965]

  • SKU: 3284859
  • Release Date: 06/04/2002
  • Rating: NR
  • 5.0 (9)
Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are bitter rivals in director Blake Edwards' hilarious road comedy The Great Race. Warner's work on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is stunning. With rich textures and dark black levels, this transfer appears to be a stunningly great reproduction of the original print. While a few slight instances of dirt and edge enhancement abound, overall this is a very pleasing image that will surely please fans. The soundtrack is presented in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mix in English. While the film's age means a lack of directional effects, overall this new soundtrack is a very welcome addition to the disc. No excessive distortion or hiss is heard in any of the dialogue, music, or effects. Also included on this disc is a French Dolby Mono soundtrack, as well as Spanish, English, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Portuguese subtitles. The extra features on The Great Race are small but entertaining -- included on this disc is a very funny and strange "behind-the-scenes" documentary from the 1960s (which features a hearty voice-over actor commenting on what's going on), some cast and crew highlights, and an anamorphic widescreen theatrical trailer for the film.
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Overall Customer Rating:
5.0
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 9)

Special Features

  • All-new 2001 digital transfer
  • Soundtrack newly restored and remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • "Behind the Scenes With Blake Edwards' The Great Race"
  • Interactive menus
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Cast/filmmaker film highlights
  • Scene access
  • Languages: English & Français
  • Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português, Japanese, Chinese, Thai & Korean

Synopsis

The Great Race
Tony Curtis stars as The Great Leslie, a hero among heroes whose purity of heart is manifested by his spotlessly white wardrobe. Leslie's great rival, played by Jack Lemmon, is Professor Fate, a scowling, mustachioed, top-hatted, black-garbed villain. Long envious of Leslie's record-setting accomplishments with airships and sea craft, Professor Fate schemes to win a 22,000-mile auto race from New York City to Paris by whatever insidious means possible. The problem is that Fate is his own worst enemy: each of his plans to remove Leslie from the running (and from the face of the earth) backfires. Leslie's own cross to bear is suffragette Maggie Dubois (Natalie Wood), who also hopes to win the contest and thus strike a blow for feminism. The race takes all three contestants to the Wild West, the frozen wastes of Alaska, and, in the longest sequence, the mythical European kingdom of Carpania. This last-named country is the setting for a wild Prisoner of Zenda spoof involving Professor Fate and his look-alike, the foppish Carpanian king. When Leslie and Fate approach the finish line at the Eiffel Tower, Leslie deliberately loses to prove his love for Maggie. Professor Fate cannot stand winning under these circumstances, thus he demands that he and Leslie race back to New York. The supporting cast includes Peter Falk as Fate's long-suffering flunkey Max, Keenan Wynn as Leslie's faithful general factotum, Dorothy Provine as a brassy saloon singer, Larry Storch as ill-tempered bandit Texas Jack, and Ross Martin as Baron Von Stuppe. The film also yielded a hit song, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's The Sweetheart Tree. The Great Race was dedicated to "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jack Lemmon
    Jack Lemmon - Prof. Fate
  • Tony Curtis
    Tony Curtis - The Great Leslie
  • Natalie Wood
    Natalie Wood - Maggie DuBois
  • Peter Falk
    Peter Falk - Max
  • Keenan Wynn
    Keenan Wynn - Hezekiah

Overall Customer Rating

5 out of 55.0
9 Reviews
100%of customers recommend this product.

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