» Reviews: Fiddler on the Roof (Combo Pack)

Nathan Schwartz

|    Thursday, April 28, 2011

  • Director: Norman Jewison
  • Producer: Norman Jewison
  • Writer: Screenplay: Joseph Stein
  • Starring: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Rosalind Harris
  • Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Running Time: 181 min
  • Rating: G
  • Genre: Drama, Musical


As I mentioned in my review of Holy Rollers, when it comes to movies about Orthodox Jews, you may run into the trouble of making it difficult for those who aren’t of the Jewish faith to comprehend what is transpiring in the film. However, though many may not pick up on some of the terminology and satirical humor in Fiddler on the Roof, there’s enough comedy, beauty, drama and music in this film to fall in love with. My only concern is with the intermission. I don’t understand the point of one on a DVD, you can always pause it.

Special Features

With regards to the Blu-ray, there is a handful of extra goodness to enjoy after the movie is over. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the DVD, for there is but one feature on it. However, it doesn’t really matter because you should really only purchase this if you own a Blu-ray player. For why would you pay more for a DVD and a disc you can’t use? At least if you own a Blu-ray player you can watch either one. So, again, buy this if you own a Blu-ray player, otherwise, try to find a standalone DVD copy.

Verdict: Buy It


Comments (1)


  1. Eli S says:

    At this point in the game, combo packs are just silly. They add the perception of value, but they really provide no extra utility to consumers at higher cost.

    Apart from that, it’s as I’ve always said: you haven’t watched Fiddler on the Roof until you’ve watched it in the original Japanese.

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