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The Birdcage [Blu-ray]

Robin Williams , Gene Hackman , Mike Nichols    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman
  • Directors: Mike Nichols
  • Producers: Mike Nichols
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The great improvisational comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May reunited to (respectively) direct and write this update of the French comedy La Cage Aux Folles. Robin Williams stars as a gay Miami nightclub owner who is forced to play it straight and ask his drag-queen partner (Nathan Lane) to hide out when Williams's son invites his prospective--and highly conservative--in-laws and fiancée to a meet-and-greet dinner party. Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest play the straight-laced senator and his wife, and Calista Flockhart (from television's Ally McBeal) plays their daughter in a culture-clash with outrageous consequences. May's witty screenplay incorporates some pointed observations about the political landscape of the 1990s and takes a sensitive approach to the comedy's underlying drama. Topping off the action is Hank Azaria in a scene-stealing role as Williams's and Lane's flamboyant housekeeper, "Agador Spartacus." --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

An American re-make of the 1978 film French film 'La Cage aux Folles'. Armand (Robin Williams) runs the Birdcage nightclub in Miami South Beach where his partner Albert (Nathan Lane) is the star drag act. When Armand's son announces his intention to marry the daughter of a right wing senator (Gene Hackman), and the in-laws arrive expecting to meet Armand and his wife, a grand farce ensues.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Camp Paradise! 27 Oct 2005
I LOVE this film. It's guaranteed to make you feel good and laugh until you hurt. If you haven't seen this film, I can't recommend it highly enough. It's one for a Saturday night in with the girls (or boys) and a bottle or two of wine! You truly won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birdcage [Blu-ray] 22 Feb 2014
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The Birdcage [Blu-ray] Robin Williams and Nathan lane team up with a top-notch cast in this hilarious comedy. Robin Williams as Armand, a gay cabaret owner whose son announces he's marrying the daughter of a right-wing politician [Gene Hackman]. It's an outrageously funny culture clash as Armand and his drag-queen partner Albert [Nathan lane] try to transform themselves into straight shooters at a dinner party and pull the chiffon over the eyes of the uptight senator and his wife [Dianne Wiest].

Cast: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Calista Flockhart, Christine Baranski and Dan Futterman

Director: Mike Nichols

Producer: Mike Nichols

Screenplay: Elaine May

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki

Music: Mark Mothersbaugh and Jonathan Tunick

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish: 2.0 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Italian: 5.1 DTS

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and Italian

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Region: All Regions

Running Time: 119 minutes

Number of discs: 1

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review - The Birdcage is a remake of the 1978 French comedy La Cage aux Folles. This 1996 Americanised reworking features a star-studded cast including Robbin Williams, Gene Hackman, and Christine Baranski. It plays out like an episode of some sort of sit-com you might see on TV, basically revolving around a disastrous dinner being held by a gay couple (played by Williams and Nathan Lane) posing as straight men in order to impress the very-conservative parents of his son's fiancé.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous With a Huge Range Of Talent 11 Jan 2003
By taking a rest HALL OF FAME
Talent alone does not assure a great film or even a good film. When there is a great tale and a great cast, all that is needed for a wonderful film is in hand, and, 'The Birdcage", has the needed ingredients in abundance. Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Diane Wiest, and Robin Williams are just the start of an exceptional ensemble cast. Dan Futterman does a wonderful job as the son who is about to marry a young woman in the film, who has since become very well known as the star of, "Ally Mcbeal", Calista Flockhart. An in a performance that deserves to be mentioned on its own, Hank Azaria steals virtually every scene he appears in.
Gene Hackman is a US Senator that is so conservative that he thinks Robert Dole is not only dark but too liberal, and even the Pope is too controversial. Now take his daughter who is going to marry Val no matter what her parents feel, and add that both of Val's parents are men, you can imagine the fireworks. The male couple is comprised of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, and they are as funny a duo as have played onscreen together. I hope another film or perhaps a theater opportunity presents itself for these two actors to work together, as they are brilliant, both alone and as a pair.
Much of the film surrounds a massive effort at deception and takes large roundhouse swipes at every political cliché, the more to the right or left, the more damage the position will suffer. The film is an absolute riot from beginning to end; you will be hard pressed to find a funnier one hour and 59 minutes of comedy with a cast of this caliber in another film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The thing about "The Birdcage" is that you forget how funny it is – and not just sporadically either – but all of the time. Maybe "Airplane" or "Some Like It Hot" comes close to it – but Mike Nichols' 1996 United Artists remake is one of those great films – a pick-me-up that will have you howling with helpless and delicious laughter for its entire duration.

Principal in its success are two things - the spot-on casting - and Elaine May’s screenplay. The movie boats a razor-sharp re-working of an already well-honed play called "La Cage Aux Folles" by Jean Poiret - first staged in 1973 - then made into a celebrated French/Italian film farce in 1978. Nichols simply updates the Euro references to American ones - and adds clever jabs at double standards to spice up the very funny set pieces.

Robin Williams and Nathan Lane play middle-aged gay lovers – the wildly camp Armand and Albert Goldman – flamboyant toasts of the Florida sun, sand and sex set. They wear garish shirts, gold jewellery and foundation trowelled onto their cheeks to look younger. Armand owns the Miami South Beach nightclub "The Birdcage" where Albert is "Starina" – their principal drag queen attraction who comes on after a transvestite troupe has done their best Sister Sledge "We Are Family" mime. Men are called Beatrice and Dante and their live-in South American maid is Agador – a man so camp Liberace would blush – boogieing in the kitchen area to Gloria Estefan’s Spanish rhythms with a sweeping brush, a wig, denim hot pants and a padded bra (a fabulous comedic turn by Hank Azaria).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dated but funny, with Robin Williams at his best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rare outstanding remake of a classic that works on its own terms!
Bought this before his death, and I am so glad. Initially I was not thrilled with this as it's a remake of a Classic French film, but the more I see it I do love it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Shane Cawley
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray disappointment
THIS IS MY FAVOURITE ROBIN WILLIAMS FILM, but upgrading from DVD to BLU-RAY is not worth it. I own it on both formats and the picture is exactly the same on both. Read more
Published 7 days ago by J.J.
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Published 7 days ago by Susan Birch
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny movie. RIP Robin
This really is a very, very funny movie. RIP Robin Williams
Published 9 days ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time and undamaged and sealed - well recommended - both the...
Arrived on time and undamaged and sealed - well recommended - both the the product and the seller ! :-)
Published 14 days ago by Mr. Stuart A. Foulkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny film,liked it.
Published 17 days ago by MJ
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny
prompt delivery. very funny film
Published 21 days ago by claire m feilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love this film enjoy it every time i see it
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