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It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)

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Stanley Kramer followed his Oscar-winning Judgment at Nuremberg with this sobering investigation of American greed. Ah, who are we kidding? Itís a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure, is the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners performed by a nonpareil cast, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, and a boatload of other playing-to-the-rafters comedy legends. For sheer scale of silliness, Kramerís wildly uncharacteristic film is unlike any other, an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery.
Additional Details
Director
Stanley Kramer
Genre
Comedy
Production Year
1963
Technical Specs
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 163 Minutes
  • Region: A Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Blu-Ray Release Date: January 21, 2014
  • Color: Color
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Funny Talent in Madcap Comedy

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Pros

  • Entertaining

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Slapstick Comedy
    • Younger Viewers

    Comments about this product:

    This funny madcap comedy was released in 1963. It was a far departure and the first comedy directed by Stanley Kramer, known for serious academy award nominated films like "Inherit the Wind," "Judgement of Nurenberg," "The Defiant Ones, " and "Guess Who is coming to Dinner." The story begins in a huge traffic jam caused by careless driver Smiler Grogan played by Jimmy Durante. Before dying he confesses to motorists at the scene about the $350,000 he stole and "buried under the Big W." And so begins the race to find the stolen loot before anyone else. It leads to some funny scenes and lots of madcap humor. "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" has just about every comedian (of the day) in speaking roles and bit parts throughout the film. The stars include Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, Sid Cesar, Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers, Dick Shawn, Edie Adams with guest appearances by Buster Keaton, and the Three Stooges. That's the kind of comedy slapstick film it is and for older viewers, it's pure nostalgic entertainment. The heavyweight star that brings a serious tone and balance is the talented Spencer Tracy. But this silly film doesn't pretend to be serious in any way. It is a joy ride. If you know that, you will enjoy the movie.

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