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Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [Blu-ray] [1966] [US Import]

4.3 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LC4PFVW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,319 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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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By Chinatown Blue TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2016
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I won't say much about the actual film - if you've seen it you will know how funny it is, and how enjoyable the songs, and if you haven't you probably won't be going to the expense of a blu ray 'pig in a poke'. I'll confine myself to discussing the blu ray edition.

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.
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Format: DVD
I first saw this movie in 1966 at a theater in Fort Polk. At the time, the term socially correct did not exist. I saw the play twice since then. Usually when plays are adapted, there is a loss of spontaneity. In this case, they replace a few songs with some better one-liners and facial expressions that would have been lost at a distance. They added in the obligatory chase scene where everyone gets mixed up.
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!"
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A Funny Thing Happened is a thoroughly enjoyable farcical comedy set in ancient Rome. The main protagonist is a loyal and long-serving slave who seeks his freedom from the eccentric Roman family he serves. Though frequently saucy, the film is family-suitable (definitely milder than Frankie Howard's "Up Pompeii"!), contains several good songs, and is definitely laugh-a-minute material. The plot follows the well-known principle that the only way to solve a knotty situation is to fabricate two more even knottier situations, all with the promise of Certain Death should anything go awry:)
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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM [1996 / 2016] [Blu-ray] The Cult Move Collection! For The First Time Available in the UK on Blu-ray!

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’ [1996] and performed by Robin Williams and Christine Baranski.

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