Barbra Arrives on DVD
Matt Howe | Washington, DC | 04/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's nice to see more Barbra Streisand titles appearing on DVD. FOR PETE'S SAKE has arrived and although it is not one of Streisand's "classic" films, it is certainly entertaining -- and the DVD makes this 1970's film look great!For starters, the disk comes with a letterbox presentation on one side and a full-screen presentation on the other. The menu is colorful and a funky 1970's design. The trailers included (WAY WE WERE, PRINCE OF TIDES, and the PETE'S trailer) are interesting. The Talent Files are brief. The colors and clarity of the picture look great to me.As for the film, Barbra is very funny. She's in her fast-talking Brooklynese mode here. The plot is barely realistic, but that doesn't really matter because this is a romantic, screwball comedy. Actually, when you think about it, the story of a wife who prostitutes herself to pay for a loan is quite horrendous. But director Peter Yates somehow makes you forget this -- in his commentary (an extra audio track on the disk) he keeps saying "This movie is entertainment, it's supposed to be fun and not taken seriously."Barbra sings the title song (the lyrics are a bit dated, but the song is fun) and wears a short Jon Peters-designed wig. Look for Barbra's longtime manager Marty Erlichman in a cameo. Also, praise should be given to Gene Callahan's production design. Streisand's apartment (although clearly out of her character's means) is gorgeous!My favorite scene is when Barbra gets licked by the bull while driving a trailer. Barbra's laughs of disgust and amazement are quite hilarious.Enjoy FOR PETE'S SAKE!"
My favorite Streisand comedy
Bob Waskiewicz | Wintersville, Ohio United States | 03/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just love this movie.It's still funny after 25 years.The best part is when the Bull and Cows run right through the Movie screen during the Western,and Barbra's shouting,"Girls,come back here." I love Mrs Cherry,and Barbra's try at being one of her call girls.Not only is Streisand one of the greatest singers will ever know,but a great comedian as well. Along with"The Owl and the Pussycat," this is my favorite Barbra Streisand comedy."
Zany Barbra, In Underrated & Overlooked Farce Comedy!
Jurai's Heir | Denham Springs, LA, USA | 01/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Barbra brings her magic to the screen as Henrietta ("Henry"), the devoted but zany wife of cabby Pete (Michael Sarrazin). Henry will stop at nothing to put Pete through school, so when pete gets a hot tip on the stock market. Henry raises $3,000, convincing him that the loan came from her rich uncle instead of the local loan shark! But as the stock tumbles, the interest rate rises and so does the pace as Henry gets herself into one wacky mess after another trying to earn the money back before Pete finds out. The film is a hilarious farce that is underrated, do to it's plot wholes, like Barbra having a maid even though they are suppose to be broke, but the true movie here is Barbra herself doing what she did in "What's Up, Doc?", "The Owl & The Pussycat" and "The Main Event", plus she looks great with that short haircut even though I think it's a wig. The DVD includes: Widescreen & Fullscereen versions, Theatrical Trailers, Director's Commentary, Talent Profiles, Production Notes and the film is available in English (Mono) & French with English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai subtitles, Interactive Menus and Scene Selections."
Patrick | Wisconsin, USA | 01/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very funny movie! If you loved "What's Up Doc" you'll love this!"