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The Barbra Streisand Collection - What's Up Doc / Up The Sandbox / Nuts / The Main Event (4 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [2003]

Barbra Streisand , Ryan O'Neal , Howard Zieff , Irvin Kershner    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Richard Dreyfuss, David Selby, Paul Sand
  • Directors: Howard Zieff, Irvin Kershner, Martin Ritt, Peter Bogdanovich
  • Writers: Alvin Sargent, Andrew Smith, Anne Richardson Roiphe, Buck Henry
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 398 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009QNW2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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Barbra Streisand box set. In Peter Bogdanovich's screwball comedy 'What's Up Doc?' (1972) Streisand stars as Judy Maxwell, a carefree young lady who becomes involved with earnest music theorist Professor Howard Bannister (Ryan O'Neal). When Bannister's plaid suitcase, containing geological specimens, is confused for an identical case containing diamonds, a madcap chase across San Francisco ensues - with gangsters attempting to steal back the jewels! In 'Up The Sandbox' (1972) Streisand stars as Margaret Reynolds, a young New York wife and mother with an active fantasy life. As she grows increasingly estranged from her husband (David Selby), she fills her days with various daydreams, including one in which she joins terrorists in an attack upon the Statue of Liberty. In 'Nuts' (1987) high-class prostitute Streisand is arrested and charged with the murder of one of her clients; her parents want her committed rather than face a public trial, but the feisty woman has other ideas in this courtroom drama. Richard Dreyfuss plays the lawyer who works with her to ensure she gets a fair trial. In 'The Main Event' (1979) Streisand is a businesswoman on the brink of ruin. Her one asset is a boxer, played by Ryan O'Neal, who is close to retirement. She decides to personally manage the boxer so that she can manipulate him into making a comeback, and with the money she makes she reckons she can save her perfume business.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fanatical Treat! 24 Aug 2003
A wonderful collection of four Barbra Streisand films previously unreleased on DVD. My favourite has to be "What's Up Doc?" which, even after 30 years, remains a funny and refreshing couple of hours of entertainment as it did then; completely whacky, it's a bit like an American Carry On film.
"Nuts" shows Streisand's versatility as an actress, a powerful performance by her and co-star Richard Dreyfuss.
"Up The Sandbox" is a strange film, that I admit to not really understanding - but it is funny in places.
"The Main Event" isn't a wonderful film, but for a Barbra Streisand fan like myself, it's still pretty damn excellent.
The collection is really for Barbra Streisand fanatics, but even if you don't like her that much you're bound to find one or two of the films highly entertaining. And for the price Amazon is asking - for FOUR DVD's - how could you go wrong?
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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'What's Up Doc?' is a fabulous film, endlessly rewatchable, totally madcap, brilliantly scripted, cast, directed, you name it. A total success.
'Nuts' is highly watchable, if you like Barbra Streisand, has good support from Richard Dreyfuss, and... well, it's all a bit predictable and sentimental.
'Up the Sandbox' is a minor film that's like the curate's egg. I like the idea of the film, and Barbra's performance is unusually understated. But there are too many very long daydream sequences that are really quite tedious and unbalance the film. Not bad though, if you're a fan.
'The Main Event' is a tedious boxing movie starring a heavy-looking Ryan O'Neal and a Barbra desperately trying to move the leaden plot along. Very, very boring and badly done.
It's a nice set nonetheless, with some good extra features. Each film has a commentary by either Barbra or the director, and the commentary was recorded in 2003, so offers an interesting perspective. There's even a cute documentary about the making of 'Up the Sandbox'.
All in all, a good set, which I think many people will buy just to get 'What's Up Doc?' on DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Up Doc? 28 Mar 2011
By pacem et amorem TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I bought this boxset just for `What's Up Doc?' and haven't even watched the other three. My mum did watch `The Main Event' and thought it was alright but nothing compared to What's Up. I have to say that `What's Up Doc?' has been one of my favourite films since I was a kid - I love everything about it and watch it more frequently than any other film in my collection! Casting is superb and Madeline Kahn is a delight. `What's Up Doc?' is the only Streisand film I have ever enjoyed though I have watched `Hello Dolly' (entertaining enough) and a little bit of `Funny Girl'.
This boxset is well worth the money even if you only want it for one of the films. I've certainly got my money's worth as I watch `What's Up Doc?' about once a month! There is a quote from the film that I think sums up how I feel about how good it is ... "You can't fight a tidal wave." For me it is a tidal wave of humour!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag of Barbara Streisand films 3 Jun 2010
To be honest I only wanted What's Up Doc which is a brilliant film. If What's New Pussycat had been part of this collection I would have said it was a fantastic collection, but it's not so it's not. It doesn't matter however as the price was so reasonable that it was still worth it just for What's UP Doc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting selection of films 27 Feb 2014
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This box set arrived quickly and was in good condition.
This is an interesting,varied selection of films,the best being What's Up Doc?Up The Sandbox is an ambitious,unusual but slightly confusing fantasy drama.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Present bought for grand-daughter 19 Jan 2010
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DVD bought as a present for my grand-daufgter as are all my DVDs and she has not complained yet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbra Streisand collection 20 Feb 2014
By Hetty
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Excellent choice of films - marvellous performances all round.
Her talents are amazing and so is her voice - although no musicals in this box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three great movies 3 Jan 2014
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Four great movies with two great actors, would recommend these to anyone.
worth watching again and again. The wife's favourites
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great box set.
If you are after a nice mix of the talents of Barbra Streisand, then this book set will be the one for you.
Published 9 months ago by mucklewick
4.0 out of 5 stars Best way to get What's Up Doc
What's Up Doc is one of my all time fave films and I thought it would be easy to source it on DVD. If you have reached this page then you will have had the same dilemma as me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rob W
5.0 out of 5 stars What I Wanted.
I got what I ordered in the time allotted and no faults have shown up
in the playing of these DVDs. Buy and Enjoy!
Published 11 months ago by Mr. R. A. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars it was bought for a present
bought this box set as a present for my wife, she loves it, if you are as big a fan of Barbra Streisand as my wife is then it's a lovely set.
Published 16 months ago by Stephen Refson
4.0 out of 5 stars What's Up Doc?
Bought this Boxed set for the DVD What's Up Doc? I had seen it before many years ago but it was still hilarious - it had stood the test of time very well. Read more
Published 18 months ago by H. Vickers
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Bought this for myself as i simply adore Barbra!!!

4 fantastic film!!

Nothing more to add about the 'Greatest Star'!!!
Published 19 months ago by Mr. R. J. Stringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
The old school movies not for everybody, "What's up doc?" makes my family laugh - even 4 year old child. Good value and quick dispatch.
Published 23 months ago by Monty77
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all the movies are great
The main reason for buying this was that the set is apparently cheaper than 'What's Up Doc' is, when purchased alone! Reasonable value - all the movies a at least worth watching.
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by J. M. Ewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Streisand at her best
Like a previous reviewer, it was worth buying just for "What's Up, Doc?" which always makes me laugh as it did the first time, despite the fore-knowledge. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2011 by RR Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbra Streisand Collection on DVD
It was worth buying the box set just for "What's Up Doc" which I've loved since I first saw it about 30 years ago. Read more
Published on 11 May 2011 by Tiggy
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