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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

Spencer Tracy , Milton Berle , Stanley Kramer  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Sid Caesar
  • Directors: Stanley Kramer
  • Writers: Tania Rose, William Rose
  • Producers: Stanley Kramer
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,074 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LOL8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New transfer of the 161-minute theatrical 35mm version
  • "Something a Little Less Serious" documentary (60 min.)
  • One hour of extended scenes
  • Reissue trailer (1970)

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Stanley Kramer's sprawling 1963 comedy about a search for buried treasure by at least a dozen people--all played by well-known entertainers of their day--is the kind of mass comedy that Hollywood hasn't made in many years. (Another example from around the

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350 of 359 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Comedy of the Sound Era August 14, 2005
Stanley Kramer's IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963, UA) is my favorite comedy of the sound era and the most fondly remembered movie of my 1960's childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has a sunny and airy mood, the comedy cast of a lifetime, sharp and hilarious dialogue, an irrestible greed plot, a melodic music score by Ernest Gold, and furious pacing for almost, or just over, three hours (depending on what version you are watching). The more I watch it on DVD at 161 minutes or at 182 minutes on Turner Classic Movies, the more I love it and want to see the long-lost 192 minute Cinerama world premiere version.

MAD WORLD does something right that every other movie of its type gets wrong--it starts a chase plot in reel one, then develops character outward as we go along. It does not spend 45 minutes setting up the story, as similar movies do. In the opening scene, a dying millionaire (Jimmy Durante) tells a group of people in the Southern California desert that a large sum of money is buried "under a big W" in a park south of San Diego. Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett are gag writers headed for Las Vegas. Milton Berle is headed for a vacation with wife Dorothy Provine and Ethel Herman as the mother-in-law to beat all mothers-in-law. Sid Caesar and Edie Adams are a dentist and his wife. And Jonathan Winters is driving a van of furniture. Monitoring all of them, as they race after the money, is Spencer Tracy as the coastal city (a compilation of Long Beach and Santa Monica) police captain with a wall map.

So we have a slapstick chase movie to end all slapstick chase movies. (WARNING: PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD!!) Heading a golden age of television cast are Caesar and Adams, who get to fly in a makeshift plane, then get locked in a hardware store basement.
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187 of 200 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie, Disappointing DVD February 18, 2002
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a classic comedy. Combining big name talent, it tells the story of what happen when a group of strangers finds out where $50,000 is buried. Soon, these normally law-abiding citizens are speeding, stealing, and destroying property. What they don't know is the police are observing them the entire time. As the situations get more out of hand, the movie gets funnier.
I wasn't that impressed the first time I saw this movie. But on repeated viewings with friends, I've come to enjoy it more. The actors are phenomenal and the material has a timelessly funny quality to it. I'm young enough that I don't recognize all the stars, but that doesn't diminish my enjoyment at all.
I was excited when I found out that the movie was coming to DVD, but I've got to say the final product disappointed me. I have only seen the "restored" VHS version that's been out for years. This DVD goes back to the original theatrical release and cuts out some of my favorite scenes. They are included in the deleted scenes section, but it's a very poorly thought out section that makes it hard to find what you want to see. The DVD does include good picture and sound, and I have always enjoyed the documentary included from the videos.
This is a classic movie that everyone should see. However, if you're a fan of the recent videos, be forewarned that this is not the entire movie you are used to seeing. Hopefully, this movie will be reissued on DVD with this footage added back.
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187 of 203 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to like it. October 5, 2001
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I really wanted to like this DVD. I have the movie on VHS and enjoy it a lot. My reason for rating it so low was that it had almost 23 minutes missing from what was on the restored DVD version, including several memorable Phil Sivers moments. I see no reason why a DVD should offer less than the VHS. Shame on the producers of the DVD. What could they possibly have been thinking?
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97 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overblown but remarkable all-star comedy! March 12, 1999
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As the first film I ever paid to see as a child (I was 11, and so proud of saving up the money!) I loved "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". It was slapstick on a grand scale, with a clever commentary on greed thrown in. And the cast! Tracy, Berle, Caesar, Silvers, Winters, Rooney, Hackett, Shawn, Terry-Thomas, Falk, Rochester...and the 3 Stooges had a bit part, along with Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Buster Keaton, so many more! For one of the first generation of 'TV Kids', I was in Heaven!
With adulthood, and changing tastes, I can see some of the film's flaws...It's too long, Spencer Tracy is obviously in poor health and straining to keep his energy level up, some of the scenes (especially the early ones) lack pacing, and the Cinerama format almost guarantees you'll miss part of the action, even in a wide-screen format.
But the film's sense of joy is undimmed, and the new digitally-remastered edition is offering gives them full attention. Enjoy again Rooney and Hackett's mishandling of an airplane, Jonathan Winter's gas station destruction scene (a classic!), and, of course the bodies-flying finale.
And hang in there...After the film is a 'Making of...' documentary, with FABULOUS ancedotes by the surviving cast members...It alone is worth the cost of the film!
After 36 years, I STILL love this movie!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing scenes and the wrong aspect ratio... February 15, 2002
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I was pleased to see the release of this movie as it has always been a favorite. Upon viewing the DVD I was rather dissappointed. The Laserdisc Deluxe Box set was in the correct 2:55 screen ratio and had a run time close to the original. This DVD is cropped at 2:35 and is missing many of the scenes that were included in the LD set. Shame, shame MGM - you did it right for the LD and then dropped the ball on DVD...
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Criterion release of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
Terrible news. The approximately 2 1/2 hour re-release is a far better version of the film. The full length version is overloaded with dialogue given to the actors just to keep them happy, because they were counting their lines. Criterion has its head up its butt as usual.
Feb 24, 2014 by allitwantedbythunder |  See all 2 posts
Who is on lower right of cover?
Are you talking about the policeman laying on the ground under the car? That is the only character not identified in the legend on the official movie program, and my friend and I have debated who he is supposed to be for several years.

It is most definitely not E.E. Horton. He played Mr.... Read More
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