Although this Funny Girl sequel doesn’t possess the magic of its predecessor, the performances are all well done headlined once again by Barbra Streisand as well as then newcomer James Caan with catchy music and a well written story.
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Music
Twilight Time | PG – 138 min. – $29.95 | December 9, 2014
The indelible Barbra Streisand stars in Funny Lady, follow-up to 1968’s award-winning Funny Girl, continuing the saga of starling entertainer Fanny Brice (STREISAND), as fabled on-stage as she was unlucky in love. Divorced from love-of-her-life gambler Nick Arnstein (OMAR SHARIF), Fanny now finds herself entangled with brash showman/songwriter Billy Rose, pugnaciously incarnated by James Caan. Directed by Herbert Ross, the film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Cinematography and Best Song.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.75/5
As with other TT releases this comes with a 6-page essay booklet.
In Search of a Star (8:56; SD), The New Look of Barbra in Funny Lady (8:46; SD), Dancing on the Water (2:55; SD) are vintage featurettes with behind-the-scenes footage and production stills.
Original Domestic Theatrical Trailer (2:25; HD)
Original International Theatrical Trailer (1:24; HD)
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Funny Lady arrives on Blu-ray through Twilight Time presented with a 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture actually isn’t bad providing good and vibrant colors while detail levels were sharp. There were no major instances of artifacts or pixilation making for a nice and well done transfer, especially for a film going on 40-years old…
AUDIO – 3.75/5
The film comes with a nice, if not soft, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which, despite the number of channels, is mostly limited to the center speaker with only minimal ambient noises and some score/music making use of the front and rear channels.
OVERALL – 2.75/5
Overall, although this Funny Girl sequel doesn’t possess the magic of its predecessor, the performances are all well done headlined once again by Barbra Streisand as well as then newcomer James Caan with catchy music and a well written story. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time does provide solid video/audio transfers while the bonus material is interesting if only for historical value than anything informational.