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."

Product Description:

This wacky comedy classic directed by Stanley Kramer features one of the largest collections of American comedians ever brought together on celluloid, resulting in the kind of far-out comic gem that only the 1960s could dish out. Filled with sharp one-liners, plenty of pratfalls and double takes, and unstoppable slapstick humor, this film never stops entertaining. The laughs come mostly from vehicle accidents of all kinds: car crashes, bike accidents, airplane failures, and almost everything else imaginable. But a good amount of humor is also lent to major wrestling matches, terrible mix-ups and misunderstandings, and increasingly absurd personalities such as Mrs. Marcus (Ethel Merman), the screeching and impossible mother-in-law. The film even laughs at itself, showing its flimsy cardboard sets as characters punch out walls or accidentally explode whole boxes of dynamite. The cast includes such favorites as Jonathan Winters, Phil Silvers, Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Sid Caesar, Spencer Tracey, Terry-Thomas, and Dick Shawn, among countless others.

Brilliantly simple, the plot concerns a caravan of motorists who witness a terrible accident on a dangerously windy California highway. The auto-crash victim (Jimmy Durante) reveals in his dying words that he has hidden a fortune of stolen cash, sending the drivers on a rambunctious race to see who can claim the loot first!

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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