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Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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The wild Stephen Sondheim musical about a raucous gaggle of ancient Romans is a "flip, glib and sophisticated, yet rump-slapping bawdy and fast-paced look at the seamy underside of classical Rome through hipster's shades" (Variety). When a wily, witty, lying, lazy, cheating slave discovers that his master's son is in love with the girl next door; a virgin courtesan, he promises to help win her heart in exchange for his freedom. But the road to romance is blocked with stunning surprises, cunning disguises and the wildest chariot race ever!
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This is a decidedly no frills release. The case is good quality with a nice cover, but the disc itself has absolutely nothing but the actual film - no extras, no commentaries, no subtitles, not even scene or chapter select. It is a Region B disc, so it probably won't play outside Europe. I already had this film on dvd, and that at least had subtitles, so I was a bit disappointed about how very basic it was. And the opening titles seemed to jump a little to me, while the sound was not up to much. But after a minute or two I was absolutely blown away. I have watched this film a good many times, it's one of my favourite musicals, but I never knew before just how colourful it was. The sets, props and costumes are gorgeous, you could lose the plot just looking at the walls. The dvd version makes the colour palette seem very faded, pastel almost, but now you can see how lush the colours really were. And the scenery is amazing too, it feels like you are in the picture with them. There are some astonishing visuals whose impact has always been lost on me, never having seen the cinematic release. Now I can see what an absolute artist Nic Roeg was. So though this is not perfect, I'm extremely glad I bought it; it has made an old favourite like a brand new favourite for me.
The location is ancient Rome beautify recreated.
This movie is one of those farces where several overlapping stories are made coherent by one main character Pseudolus (Zero Mostel). He plays a mischievous slave who would do just about anything for his freedom.
Naturally the names reflect the character of the named.
Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) is a slave that wants his freedom at any cost.
Marcus Lycus (Phil Silvers) is in trouble for selling dud eunuchs and dud virgins.
Erronius (Buster Keaton) lost is kids to pirates years ago and is looking for them.
Hero (Michael Crawford) is in love with something called a virgin in the house of Lycus. (A place of dubious reputation).
Hysterium (Jack Gilford) is winsome.
Captain Miles Gloriosus (Leon Greene) is coming to claim his bride.
Somewhere in all this is a gaggle of geese.
If I were to describe all the great actors and plots this review would be pages long. So I will just say that this movie is "Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight!"
Something appealing; something appalling; something for everyone a comedy tonight! "One of the hottest burlesque shows that ever hit Broadway" [Time Magazine] comes to the screen showcasing the enormous talents of Tony Awards winner Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton and Michael Crawford.
This screen adaptation of the stage musical of the same name finds the Roman slave Pseudolus [Zero Mostel] scheming his way to freedom by playing matchmaker for his master's son, Hero, who is smitten with the blonde and beautiful Philia. However, things don't go at all according to plan. The complications that ensue involve blackmail, funny disguises and long-lost children, while Pseudolus desperately tries to keep up with his end of the bargain.
FILM FACT No.1: Music director Ken Thorne received an Academy Award® for and Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment in 1967. In addition, the film was nominated that year for a Golden Globe as Best Motion Picture for Musical/Comedy. The musical's original 1962 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author. ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film starring the original lead of the musical, Zero Mostel. The song "Love Is in the Air" was originally intended as the opening number. The song was cut from the show and replaced with "Comedy Tonight." The song was later featured in the film ‘The Birdcage’  and performed by Robin Williams and Christine Baranski.
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Brilliant movie. I hadn't seen it for years and I'd forgotten just how good it was. The cast comprises big names, all brilliant comedic actors, and how often do you get to see a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dallas M. Nash
Considering when it was made, a truly funny movie. I especially enjoyed Buster Keatons rolePublished 3 months ago by willkurt48
This film is brilliant and so funny:-) It arrived promptly and was well packaged.Published 3 months ago by Kermit