The Barbra Streisand Collection from Warner

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Barbra Streisand Collection for 25th August 2003 with a retail price of £34.99. This four disc box-set packs the following films together in one beautifully presented set...

What's Up Doc? (1972) - Charming flake Judy Maxwell (Streisand) distracts self-absorbed musicologist Howard Bannister (Ryan O'Neal) who is in San Francisco to compete for an important research grant. He's engaged to be married, but soon Judy has him chasing after stolen jewellery, confusing and embarrassing him and getting him into one madcap fix after another, including one of the most celebrated chase scenes in modern cinema. Director Peter Bogdanovitch uses the format of classic 1930s screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby to achieve maximum comic effect.

  • Feature length audio commentary by Peter Bogdanovich
  • "Screwball Comedies…Remember Them?" featurette
  • Theatrical trailer
  • 90 mins; Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Up The Sandbox (1972) - Margaret Reynolds (Streisand) is bored by day-to-day life as a mother and housewife - while emotionally rewarding, she yearns for intellectual stimulation. Her self-absorbed husband Paul (David Selby) certainly isn't going to provide any. Margaret compensates by escaping into a fantasy world of her own creation, which grows increasingly surreal: from attracting the attentions of a cross-gender Fidel Castro to having a furious catfight with her overbearing and unhelpful mother! The subtlety of some of these fantasies mean we're not sure where they end and reality begin. Up The Sandbox was one of the first films to deal with the growing women's' rights movement in America in the 1970s.
  • Commentary by Barbra Streisand (scene specific)
  • Commentary by Irvin Kershner
  • "The Moviemakers" featurette
  • Theatrical trailer
  • 95 mins; Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
The Main Event (1979) - It's the prizefight of the century when Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal enter The Main Event, a knockabout screwball comedy romance. This hilarious glove story has bankrupt Streisand inheriting washed-up boxer O'Neal's contract - but he's no match for the matchless Superstar. And as they struggle to reach the top of the boxing profession the no-holds-barred clinches and continuous sparring bouts aren't just confined to the ring.
  • "Getting In Shape For The Main Event" featurette
  • Stills gallery (25 pages)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • 104 mins; Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Nuts (1987) - High-class call girl Claudia Draper (Streisand) is accused of murder after a client turns violent. Her uncomprehending mother (Maureen Stapleton) and father with his own secret (Karl Malden) try to prevent her appearing in court by having her declared insane, but Claudia, along with her hapless lawyer (Richard Dreyfuss) is determined to fight for her day in court. In addition to starring, Barbra Streisand show's her versatility by producing and writing the music for this powerful courtroom-drama.Commentary by Barbra Streisand (scene specific)
  • Stills gallery (25 pages)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • 111 mins; Aspect Ratio 1.85:1Here is a look at the box artwork and some further promotional text from the press release.

    The darling of the American entertainment industry and one of the world's best-loved performers of the last forty years brings her unique talents to DVD in the UK on 25 August 2003. The Barbra Streisand Collection (18) featuring four of her unforgettable acting performances will be available to buy in a beautifully presented, extras-packed four-disc box set for only £34.99 RRP from Warner Home Video.

    The four films featured in the Barbra Streisand Collection showcase different elements of Barbra's acting repertoire. In What's Up Doc and The Main Event we are treated to displays of witty comic timing, while Up The Sandbox and Nuts are more powerful character-driven roles and show Barbra's desire to tackle social issues affecting women. Fans of Barbra's music will be left in no doubt that her acting skills make her a force to be reckoned with on the big screen!

    This great value, extras-packed box set has enough special features to keep Barbra's legion of fans coming back for more. Barbra gives us an insight into her thoughts on each movie with four scene-specific commentaries, while directors Peter Bogdanovich and Irvin Kershner talk us through What's Up Doc and Up The Sandbox. Also included are featurettes, stills galleries and trailers, making this one of the best-value DVD releases on the market this summer.

    Two Oscars, five Emmys, eight Golden Globes, three People's Choice Awards, two Women in Film Crystal Awards, two ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, an American Film Institute Award and a Cecil B. DeMille Award confirm that Barbra Streisand is as versatile as she is successful.

    Despite once coyly describing herself as "an actress who sings" she has in fact enjoyed a stellar career as a groundbreaking actress, director, producer, singer and songwriter and as a role model for women around the world. Some of Barbra Streisand's notable achievements include winning the 1968 Best Actress Oscar for her debut big-screen role in Funny Girl and in 1976 becoming the first female composer to win an Oscar (for Evergreen, taken from A Star Is Born). Barbra was the first performer to win a Grammy (1963), an Emmy (1965), an Oscar (1968) and a Tony (1970). She continues to be the highest-selling female recording artist of all time, with number one albums in four different decades.

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