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It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [English] [1963]
  • SKU: 6001151
  • Release Date: 01/21/2014
  • Rating: G
  • 4.6 (73)
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
4.6
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (72 out of 73)

Special Features

  • Restored 4K digital film transfer of the general release version of the film, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New high-definition digital transfer of 197-minute extended version of the film, reconstructed and restored by Robert A. Harris using visual and audio material from the longer original road-show version - including some scenes that have been returned to the film here for the first time - with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World aficionados Mark Evanier, Michael Schlesinger, and Paul Scrabo
  • New documentary on the film's visual and sound effects, featuring interview with visual-effects specialist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt
  • Except from a 1974 talk show hosted by director Stanley Kramer and featuring Mad World actors Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, and Jonathan Winters
  • Press interview from 1963 featuring Kramer and cast members
  • Excerpts about the influence of the film from the 2000 AFI program 100 Years...100 Laughs
  • Two-part 1963 episode of the TV program Telescope that follows the film's press junket and premiere
  • The Last 70 mm Film Festival, a 2012 program featuring Mad World cast and crew, hosted by actor Billy Crystal
  • Selection of humorist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg's original TV and radio ads for the film, with a new introduction by Freberg
  • Trailers and radio spots
  • Two Blu-rays and three DVDs, with all content available in both formats
  • PLUS: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Lou Lumenick and new illustrations by legendary cartoonist Jack Davis, along with a map of the shooting locations by artist Dave Woodman

Synopsis

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
With this all-star Cinerama epic, producer/director Stanley Kramer vowed to make "the comedy that would end all comedies." The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante), who, before (literally) kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he's buried a fortune in stolen loot, "under the Big W." The various motorists setting out on a mad scramble include a dentist (Sid Caesar) and his wife (Edie Adams); a henpecked husband (Milton Berle) accompanied by his mother-in-law (Ethel Merman) and his beatnik brother-in-law (Dick Shawn); a pair of comedy writers (Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney); and a variety of assorted nuts including a slow-wit (Jonathan Winters), a wheeler-dealer (Phil Silvers), and a pair of covetous cabdrivers (Peter Falk and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson). Monitoring every move that the fortune hunters make is a scrupulously honest police detective (Spencer Tracy). Virtually every lead, supporting, and bit part in the picture is filled by a well-known comic actor: the laughspinning lineup also includes Carl Reiner, Terry-Thomas, Arnold Stang, Buster Keaton, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, and The Three Stooges, who get one of the picture's biggest laughs by standing stock still and uttering not a word. Two prominent comedians are conspicuous by their absence: Groucho Marx refused to appear when Kramer couldn't meet his price, while Stan Laurel declined because he felt he was too old-looking to be funny. Available for years in its 154-minute general release version, the film was restored to its roadshow length of 175 minutes on home video; the search goes on for a missing Buster Keaton routine, reportedly excised on the eve of the picture's premiere. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Spencer Tracy
    Spencer Tracy - Capt. C.G. Culpepper
  • Milton Berle
    Milton Berle - J. Russell Finch
  • Sid Caesar
    Sid Caesar - Melville Crump
  • Buddy Hackett
    Buddy Hackett - Benjy Benjamin
  • Mickey Rooney
    Mickey Rooney - Ding Bell

Overall Customer Rating

4.6 (73 Reviews)
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