It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (3-DVD) G

The comedy event of the century, In glorious 70mm!
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  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 43 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 10, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)

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User Ratings: 22,285
Rating: 3.5/5 -- So many excellent actors and stunt men do so much in this film that it is beyond my space allowance to begin to credit them. Full Review
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The comic competition is so keen that it is impossible to single out any one participant as outstanding. Full Review
Variety
Nov 7, 2007
Kramer's 'comedy to end all comedy' stretches its material to snapping point but offers happy hours of star-spotting. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
Rating: 3/4 -- lives up to its intentions as an epic madcap farce, and it offers enough comic variation through the multiple characters and situations that it never feels overlong or monotonous Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
Feb 9, 2014
Rating: 3.5/5 -- It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World remains a technological and creative marvel for reasons beyond its sometimes fitful ability to make audiences laugh. Full Review
The Dissolve
Feb 7, 2014
Rating: 2.5/4 -- For every inspired set-piece, there are one or two that don't work, making this a frequently frustrating watch. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Apr 18, 2014
Stanley Kramer strikes out again with this elephantine 1963 attempt at uproarious comedy. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Nov 7, 2007

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!

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  • 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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  • Sales Rank: 27,165
  • UPC: 715515204811
  • Shipping Weight: 0.27/lbs (approx)
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