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A Day at the Races deserves near-equal acclaim ("Get-a your tootsie-fruitsie ice cream!"), but Thalberg's death in 1937 dealt a devastating blow, and the Marxes suffered from studio indifference, resulting in a succession of comedies that are timelessly enjoyable even as they fall prey to diminishing returns. By the time they made Go West and The Big Store, the Marxes were out of their element, and a few of the musical interludes indulge racial stereotypes that were common in the studio era. Despite this, these movies remain fresh and frantic, and Warner Bros. (holder of the RKO and MGM libraries) has done a marvelous job of packaging The Marx Brothers Collection to nostalgically approximate the filmgoing experience of the 1930s and '40s, with vintage shorts (Our Gang, Robert Benchley comedies, MGM cartoons, etc.) from the time of each feature's original release. Archival materials are slim but worthwhile (especially Groucho's 1961 interview with TV talk-show host Hy Gardner), and while Glenn Mitchell's commentary on Races is sparse and superficial, Leonard Maltin brings his usual superfan's enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge to bear on a full-length Opera commentary track. The new documentaries are somewhat redundant, but essential viewing for Marx Bros. neophytes. With all seven films presented in pristine condition, this is definitely a Marx Brothers Collection worth having. --Jeff Shannon
Glad to finally have some real comedy to laugh at. Here in Australia it is very rare to see the Marx Brothers on TV. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Adrian Perry
This is a fun collection of "real" humor! I absolutely love the energy and comedic talents of the Marx Brothers!Published 27 days ago by Margaret A. Olsen
Here's another collection of the fabulous Marx Brothers. There was Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo. Read morePublished 1 month ago by railfan
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This is quite common. They added the reviews for a version of "Christmas carol" that had not been digitally restored to the later release by another video company that was digitally restored.
Mar 26, 2014 by it | See all 3 posts
|Warner Bros. Where is the 40th Anniversary set for Bonnie & Clyde???||
And in what way is this thread appropriate to THE MARX BROTHERS COLLECTION? (In no way. Re-post on the BONNIE AND CLYDE page discussion board, please).
Nov 12, 2011 by Doctor Mabuse | See all 2 posts