It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Blu-ray + DVD)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Blu-ray + DVD)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 43 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: 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
  • Special Edition
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 09/21/2001
"...[An] all-star epic....The film is also one of the zippiest of its length ever made..."
A.V. Club - 01/22/2014
"The sheer magnitude of the project lends it momentum, though, and there are enough giddy highs that it's had a strong cult following ever since its release in 1963."
New York Times - 02/06/2014
"The first film shot in the single-strip Ultra Panavision format, MAD WORLD echoes the episodic travelogue structure that the film historian John Belton sees as inherent to Cinerama."

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Classic | Classic Fight Scenes | Comedians / Comediennes | Essential Cinema | On-The-Road | Recommended | Road Movies | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: November 7, 1963.
  • Jerry Lewis reportedly called director Stanley Kramer and asked why he wasn't cast in the film, and Kramer in turn gave him a cameo.
  • Cameo appearances are also made by The Three Stooges and Jack Benny, among other popular comic personalities of the time.
  • Directing a raucous comedy was a big departure for Stanley Kramer who was known for dramas like TO SIR WITH LOVE, INHERIT THE WIND, and GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER'
  • The film is loved for its tongue-in-cheek humor such as a scene right at the start where Jimmy Durante dies while kicking a bucket.
  • The DVD includes 30 minutes of extra material including outtakes and deleted scenes, as well as the theatrical trailer.

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  • UPC: 715515112017
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