Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...

Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Fox Lorber presents
The Directors: Barbra Streisand (2000)

" ...at the time, remember, it was harder for women to get to direct movies. And I felt like I was really reponsible—if this film was a flop, a lot more women couldn't get jobs directing. I was shocked and very hurt by what I thought was very... silly criticism... talking about my clothes or something like that. I must say I was kind of devastated by it, and I thought, 'I don't want to do this anymore.'"
- Barbra Streisand, discussing her reaction to criticism of Yentl by women in the press

Review By: debi lee mandel   
Published: September 26, 2000

Stars: Barbra Streisand
Other Stars: Mimi Rogers, Brenda Vaccaro, Nick Nolte, Lauren Bacall, Marvin Hamlisch, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving, Pierce Brosnan
Director: Robert J. Emery

MPAA Rating: G
Run Time: 00h:58m:25s
Release Date: September 12, 2000
UPC: 720917310329
Genre: documentary

Image Transfer
Audio Transfer
B- B+BB+ D+

DVD Review

This entry in the AFI series The Directors focuses on Über-woman Barbra Streisand—the only woman included thus far. She has been viewed as both priestess and pariah, but her wide-ranging accomplishments have earned respect across the entire entertainment industry: she's won at least one Oscar®, Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Peabody; countless lesser-known awards, and 7 Golden Globes—more than any other artist. And as if this portfolio wasn't impressive enough, earlier this year she was presented with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

Like the rest of this series, this documentary focuses on Streisand the director, through narrative biographical information and images, interviews, film clips and Streisand herself, discussing her work. Although she has only directed 3 films to date—Yentl, The Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces—the power and impact she has created is worth taking a deeper look. Luckily, as with other, less prolific directors in this series like Terry Gilliam, we have an opportunity to spend more time with the intricacies of her films in this feature's short running time.

Interviews include Mimi Rogers, Brenda Vaccaro, Nick Nolte, Lauren Bacall, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving, and Pierce Brosnan. It is obvious that the people she works with have a great affection and admiration for her; it is Barbra who portrays herself as a perfectionist. But in the end, her impeccable eye and meticulous sensibility pays off in the brilliant manifestation of her vision—she literally understands her craft inside and out, and has a respect for her actors that inspires them to reach for that "thing" she wants. It is Marvin Hamlisch, who has worked with Streisand the actor/singer/composer/director who holds her in highest regard and conveys his sense of awe to us when he uses the words "supreme talent."

Discussions of Yentl take up the first half of this documentary, with the remaining time split between The Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces. Barbra discusses directing from the minutiae of lighting and costuming to the larger picture of a woman wanting to be taken seriously in Hollywood as a director—and eventually succeeding. She manages to voice this latter frustration through her character, Yentl, in her acclaimed debut:

Bookseller: Sacred books are for men.
Yentl: Why?
Bookseller: It's a law, that's why.
Yentl: Where is it written?
Bookseller: Never mind where—It's a law!
Yentl: Well, if it's a law it must be written somewhere - maybe in this [book], I'll take it.
Bookseller: Miss, do me a favor, do yourself a favor, buy yourself a nice picture book. Girls like picture books.
Yentl: What if I told you it was for my father?
Bookseller: Why didn't you say? Fifteen kopeks. And if you want to know where THAT'S written, it's in the front cover.
-from a scene in Yentl with Jack Lynn

This documentary makes it is difficult to deny that her work conveys the power of her humor, passion and broad experience to the screen.

Rating for Style: B-
Rating for Substance: B+


Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes

Image Transfer Review: Originally created on video for television, the interview segments are clean and commensurate. Color ranges appear natural and Ms. Streisand's fleshtone seems accurate. Contrast and black levels are good.

The film clips are shown full frame, a complaint often seen with this series. Many are grainy and soft, but it is difficult to point to the transfer as the culprit, as this director has a tendency towards soft, diffused light.

Image Transfer Grade: B


Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishno

Audio Transfer Review: Winstar presents The Directors: Barbra Streisand with a Dolby Digital Stereo audio track which is more than sufficient for the content. Interview and most of the film audio is extremely clear mono or simple, unassuming stereo.

Audio Transfer Grade: B+


Disc Extras

Static menu
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. Filmography and Awards
  2. DVD Production Credits
  3. DVD-ROM Instructions to link to DVD Newsletter
Extras Review: There is the annoying, non-skip trailer for The Directors series, but little else. Ms. Streisand's Filmography and Awards are presented in 5 screens and the DVD Newsletter link must remain a mystery for this Macintosh user.

Extras Grade: D+


Final Comments

Barbra Streisand is a woman with chutzpah who is often chastised and maligned as women of vision and purpose often are. This documentary is recommended for her fans, and those who have dismissed this autodidactic talent out-of-hand, who might want to take a closer look.


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90


Microsoft Store


television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
Promote Your Page Too



Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store