It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World [DVD] [1963]

  • SKU: 6112388
  • Release Date: 10/07/2003
  • Rating: G
Long before Rat Race, director Stanley Kramer put together a cast of notable comic talents and sent them on a madcap chase around the country looking for lost loot. Now, MGM has seen fit to release It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in a solid DVD package that's sure to satisfy fans of the film. The picture is presented in a 16 x 9 widescreen transfer. As this is an older film, the print has a bit of wear and tear, though nothing to get upset over. It's certainly better than most VHS editions. Sound is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is a worthy treatment, though nothing earth-shaking. Extras include a lengthy documentary on the making of the film, a truckload of extended scenes, and a pair of trailers. With such a fine cast, many of whom are still living, a commentary track would have been welcome. However, even without it, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is offered in a fine DVD edition and is certainly worth owning.
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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (123 out of 125)

Special Features


  • English and French 5.1 surround
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Closed Captioned

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 out of 5 stars

    A Comedy Classic from the 60s

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    mjo1
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    Once upon a time, before Mel Brooks and Monty Python changed the face of film comedy, this is what high class low-brow comedy looked like: get an A list director (Stanley Kramer), assemble an all-star cast of some of the biggest names in Hollywood comedy (Jimmy Durante, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, and the inimitable Jonathan Winters), throw in an Oscar winner or two, playing against type (Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney), and toss them into a fruitcake of a story that never pauses long enough for a plausibility check, this one concerning $350,000 in stolen cash (remember, back in 1963 that was a lot of moolah). If you are used to modern screwball comedies today, you might find yesterday's a bit quaint--this one no exception. But if you want to find out why so many comedy stars today (like Will Farrell) consider Jonathan Winters an inspiration, just watch his work here, stealing every scene he's in.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Grand-Slam from The Criterion Collection

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    Philip
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    If you already own any of the prior incarnations of "It's a Mad...World" on VHS, DVD or the single-disc MGM/UA Blu Ray, then you may want to throw them out. The Criterion Collection edition of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" is a game-changer. Unless you were lucky enough to see this 70mm film in its original theatrical release, then be very clear; you have not really and truly seen this film. Who would have ever thought that a brilliant comedy could also be as vastly breathtaking and rich in sound as any of the other 70mm films from its time? Got a 31" display? You'll see and hear more than you knew before; but, of course, the bigger your display the better. The Criterion package may seem expensive to some who already own it; but you'll just have to trust me. Beautifully restored; this offering will open your eyes as to how amazing this film had originally been.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cop Spencer Tracy follows zany treasure hunters

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    After devoting his entire working career to the Police Dept, SpencerTracy is about to retire with a ridiculously low pension for his long and loyal service. On the day he is to retire, he unwittingly takes on one last assignment by observing and keeping track of a mixed bag of 'zany treasure-hunters". It turns out they are all after the same thing, to solve the mystery of the dying bank robber's clue as to where he hid the cache of stolen money.Tracy sees a way to retire "in style" if he lets them find the money, then arrest them, confiscate the cache of money as evidence and instructs them to 'give themselves up' to the police department where he will meet them. Class 'A' entertainment! This movie will have you laughing from start to finish with a collection of characters played by a collection of Hollywood's Class 'A' Stars! One of the funniest movies you will ever see!!!!!!!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Caravan of Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!

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    motionstories
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    A great example of what makes a classic movie. Great story and screenplay; great production and directing; great music; great casting; great acting; great location shooting and great cameo appearances. Even the opening credits are entertaining. This is one of those once in a lifetime experiences where all the pieces came together at the right time. A time when Hollywood was purposeful in telling complete stories with no room or need for sequels. Making sequels was not the norm in 1963. I wonder if the word "sequel" was even a part of the Hollywood movie studios' vocabulary back then. I found it hard to believe this film is almost three hours in running time. As I traveled along on this journey with the characters, I practically forgot about the time. I enjoyed the ride and I'm sure you will too. "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" is a prime example of Hollywood's ability to produce unforgettable films to be enjoyed time, and time again.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of all time favorites

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    CandyGirl
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    Bought this movie in Blu-Ray for my son's birthday. It is his FAVORITE movie. He remembers seeing it as a little guy. This movie has a ton of famous actors and it is soooo funny. The Blu-Ray version even has extended scenes (who would believe that this movie could be even longer. There are extra features and there is a booklet and a map of where the scenes were shot in California. If you love this movie also you will really enjoy this Blu-Ray/DVD set and be ready to laugh out loud again.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!

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    hobbit1
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    "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World" has been a favorite since I was a kid in the 60's! Spencer Tracy is brilliant in a comedic role (when was he not brilliant)! This movie mugs it's way through great physical comedy just like the silent films of Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd. Ethel Merman as the annoying Mother-In-Law is hysterical (only wish she sang). Enjoy a great romp of a very silly movie with a cast of dozens of the best performers form several generations!

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