Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment released The Birdcage on Blu-ray last week. This movie has special meaning to me because this is the first film my wife and I ever saw together. Back in 1996, my wife lived in an apartment above me. One weekend she didn’t have anything to do, so helped a friend of my mine move. Afterwards, we had dinner at Izzy’s and then we went to see The Birdcage. We laughed our head off and had a really good time. Now we’ve been married for almost 15 years and have four children. Naturally, we bought The Birdcage when it came out on DVD many years ago. Now, it’s on Blu-ray too. The Birdcage has a list price of $19.99, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $12.99.
Five Things About The Birdcage Blu-ray
It’s the story about two gay men
The Birdcage is the story about two gay men (Armand and Albert Goldman) pretending to be straight. Their son is getting married to the daughter of an ultra conservative Senator. The young couple is afraid the Senator won’t approve of their marriage if he knew the Goldman’s were gay. So the two gay fathers decide to pretend they are straight. Armand plays the dad while Albert pretends to be the mom. Naturally their attempts turn into a hilarious nightmare because neither one of them really know how to act straight.
Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are outstanding
The stars of The Birdcage are Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. They were outstanding and did a great job playing the parts of the gay couple, Armand Goldman and Albert Goldman. The film also featured Gene Hackman (Senator Kevin Keeley), Dan Futterman (Val Goldman), Calista Flockhart (Barbara Keeley), Hank Azaria (Agador), CDianne Wiest (Louise Keeley), Christine Baranski (Katherine Archer), Tom McGowan (Harry Radman), Grant Heslov (National Enquirer Photographer), Kirby Mitchell (Keeley’s Chauffeur), James Lally (Cyril), Luca Tommassini (Celsius), Luis Camacho (Goldman Girl), and André Fuentes (Goldman Girl). The Birdcage was directed by Mike Nichols.
It’s funnier with other people
My wife had to work Friday night, so I ended up watching the Blu-ray by myself. The movie is still funny when you watch it by yourself, but this is one of those films that is funnier when you watch with other people. Laughter is contagious, right?
No special features
I’ll admit it. I was disappointed that the Blu-ray didn’t include any special features. Just the movie on Blu-ray.
The Birdcage is rated R
The 119-minute film is rated R for language. There isn’t any sex scenes, but the movie does show the rear view of a lot of people wearing thongs. There is also scenes of cross-dressers.
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[Disclosure: I received a DVD for review purposes from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]