The Great Race [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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It has great picture and sound quality, so if you want a film that is Silly with a capital "S", a great cast of acting, a huge food fight, a real polar bear and fun all the way from start to finish, this could be for you. Play it at Christmas time; the kids and the kid in you will love it.
One of the movie's several charms is that it draws heavily from Victorian cliches that still linger in the public mind, gives them a gentle comic spin, and then drops them into the tale of an early 1900s auto race from New York to Paris by way of Siberia. Add to this a heap of favorite character actors, a big budget, flamboyant period costumes, and the biggest pie fight ever filmed, and you have a movie where there is always something to enjoy on the screen.
The great thing about THE GREAT RACE are the performances, which are very broad but endowed with a sly humor. The comedy accolades here go to Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk as the notorious Dr. Fate and his bumbling sidekick Max--wonderful bits of acting that will have you hooting with laughter in every scene--and Dorothy Provine scores memorably in a cameo as Lily Olay, the bombshell singer who presides over the most rootin'-tootin' saloon this side of the Pecos.
But every one, from Tony Curtis and the lovely Natalie Wood down to such cameo performers as Vivian Vance, get in plenty of comic chops as the film drifts from one outrageous episode to another: suffergettes crowding a newspaper, the biggest western brawl imaginable, polar bears, explosions, daredevil antics, and a subplot lifted from THE PRISONER OF ZENDA agreeably crowd in upon each other. True, the film does seem over-long and may drag a bit in spots, but it never drags for very long, and it's all in good fun--and the production values and memorable score easily tide over the bare spots.Read more ›
I bought a Region 1 DVD copy from bestpricecds via Amazon. Yes it is NTSC but it plays quite happily on both my Region-Free DVD player and my Region 2 player. Ummmm! Maybe this is a Region 0 DVD as other Region 1 DVDs will not play on my Region 2 player!
I had been looking for a copy of the movie for 4-5 years when I finally found it at Amazon. It's a classic with capital C, funny and unforgetable. Tony and Natalie look amazing and Jack proves that he is one of the best comedians ever!
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Brilliant family movie full of car chases & escapades. Best cake fight ever in a film.Published 26 days ago by carola cosimini
This DVD won't play!
It was sold as "a region 2 UK compatible import and plays on UK players".
My player won't play it and asks me to check the region code. Read more
Old films are the best, better than some of the rubbish they turn out know, just fun no deaths.Published 1 month ago by bagabones
I love this film. I'd already got 'The Great Race' on VHS but it's better watching it on DVDPublished 3 months ago by Angie
I waited years to find a copy of this and within a week I found three copies. The UK/USA versions for some reasons are very difficult to find and, as a result, are very high... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bob Weston