It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1963]

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  • Release Date: 10/10/2017
  • Rating: G
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (108 out of 109)

Special Features


  • 2013 Audio Commentary featuring It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World afcionados Mark Evanier, Michael Schlesinger, and Paul Scrabo
  • 2013 documentary on the film's visual and sound effects, featuring interviews with Visual-Effects Special Craig Barron and Sound Designer Ben Burtt
  • Excerpt from a 1974 talk show hosted by Director Stanley Kramer and featuring Mad World actors Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, and Jonathan Winters
  • Excerpts about the influence of the film from the 2000 AFI program 100 Years...100 Laughs
  • High -definition digital transfer of a 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, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Plus: An essay by film critic Lou Lumenick and illustrations by legendary cartoonist Jack Davis
  • Press Interview from 1963 featuring Kramer and cast members
  • Restored 4k digital transfer of the general release version of the film, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack
  • Selection of humorist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg's original TV and radio ads for the film, with a 2013 introduction by Freberg
  • The last 70 min Film Festival, a 2012 program featuring Mad World cast and crew, hosted by actor Billy Crystal
  • Trailers and radio spots
  • Two-part 1963 episode of the TV Program Telescope that follows the film's press junket and premiere

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



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Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 109 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A BLAST FROM THE PAST !!!

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    FLICKSTER
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    If you are nostalgic and got a funny bone, this movie is for you !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

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    totoro
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    It's the original rat race! Great movie with many renowned actors filmed in beautiful locations all over Long Beach!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful film. Lots of fun.

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    Shane
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    This film is a great throwback to a golden age of comedy with its cast of characters and fun story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best well kept secret ever

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    zacualpeno

    This movie has become my movie that I watch when I am feeling down. It is so downright funny that even if you watch it multiple times you will end up laughing again. The plot is hard to understand the first time you watch it because there is so much going on. However, you will realize after a few times that this movie is a gem. There are several appearances that add to the corckyness of the movie. My favorite character is the moving truck driver. At the end of the movie everyone has a favorite character. The car chases are phenomenal and downright scary because there was no computer editing back in the day therefore it is all real. Are you feeling down and tired of too many modern thrillers? Pop this DVD and you will be laughing so much your sorrows will go away.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Greatest comedy of all time?

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    Bluebeard
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    I saw this movie when it came out in the theater. I also have the VHS version of which I have viewed many times and now, the DVD version. I don't believe there has ever been a film created with this many true Kings and Queens of Comedy! Good, clean fun sans profanity and/or sex. A film to which you can show free of needless cursing and so very, very funny! A must have for your collection!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Comedy

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    MovieLover
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    A true Classic for comedy! So many great stars (many of whom are no longer with us). A MUST HAVE movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, funny

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    NA87
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    It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, its a mad and funny movie indeed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    CLASSIC MOVIE!

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    Porscheiceman
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    This is the Classic Movie that has many of the comic stars in this EPIC CLASSIC.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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