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Marx Brothers Collection (2004)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090XK9EU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,336 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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260 of 270 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not quite great... May 10, 2004
By Cubist
Format:DVD
Fans of the Marx Brothers movies have had to wait a long time to finally see their heroes done justice on the DVD format. Image Entertainment released a now out-of-print box set a few years ago with simply awful transfers and no extras. Hopes were raised when Warner Brothers announced that they would be releasing their own box set this year. The good news is that the Warners discs feature excellent transfers of every movie with a solid collection of supplemental material. The bad news is that many of the Marx Brothers most famous and beloved early films, like The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers are not included set. So what exactly does one get with this new box set?
The first film in the set is A Night at the Opera, arguably one of the Marx Brothers best films of their career. It was the first film after they were pushed out of Paramount Studios because of the commercial and critical failure of Duck Soup.
Opera was a huge hit and put the Marx Brothers back on the map. They wisely followed it up with another Thalberg collaboration, A Day at the Races.
Sadly, Thalberg died suddenly before the movie was completed and the Marx Brothers films would never achieve the same greatness. No longer under the producer's protective presence, the Marx Bros. were effectively at the studio's mercy. They put them out to pasture metaphorically speaking. This may explain why the Marx Bros. made Room Service for RKO instead of MGM in 1938.
At the Circus marked the Marx Brothers' return to MGM and is not one of their greatest moments but isn't awful either.
Go West begins with a very funny scene in which Chico and Harpo milk Groucho out of most of his money. However, all three eventually appear in the Old West without any logical explanation on how they got there.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There ain't no Sanity Clause!" June 3, 2004
Format:DVD
Well, my sanity for one, is finally back to normal (if such a thing is possible with the Marx Brothers) with the release of this Warner Bros. set. I was knocked out at how great the transfers looked on DVD. I thought the audio was GREATLY improved as well, (Harpo's playing is even MORE beautiful-didn't think that could be possible) but yet the original charm of the movies is there as well, not an easy task to achieve. I didn't mind the extras. It made me feel like I was back in the 30's and 40's, in a movie theater seeing it all for the first time. My faves in this collection: "Opera","Races","Casablanca", and "Circus". But, one of my favorite scenes is when Chico and Harpo have a piano duet in "The Big Store". Take a close look at those two. If you can't see how much those two brothers loved each other, then you need spectacles! Of course, then they try to outdo each other, as all siblings do.......... that scene is so funny, never fails to get a laugh out of me.

There are so many moments, such as "Tootsie Frootsie Ice Cream" in "Races". Can't even begin to discuss them all. Out of this set, if you are new to the Marxes, start with "A Night at the Opera", to get a feel for them. And yes, I also wish the first 5 Paramount films would be re-released on DVD PROPERLY this time around, but of course, we're talking about two totally different film companies. But as a purist, I think it's about time to see those films done properly. Universal should take a LONG look at how Warners' did this set. We Marxists deserve better (are you listening Universal?) OK. Rant over. Buy this set. You won't be disappointed. These are truly comic gems from an era when movie makers didn't think that you needed to use a string of four-letter words and bathroom humor, to be hilarious.
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173 of 192 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars To help clear up some of the confusion ... December 8, 2003
By Daniel
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As mentioned elsewhere, this collection does not include any of the complete films, but rather tv & misc. other clips. Since I will probably return the item, I haven't yet broken the seal and cannot comment on the quality. However, I should note that the total run-time is approx. 5 hours -- much less than one would assume for a 5-disc set.
If you are looking for more content information, don't bother with Koch Vision Entertainment's site. They are clearly not enthuastic about revealing more details about this release.
The discs are:
#1 "Inside the Marx Brothers" (this is sold separately, as well)
#2 "You Bet Your Life" TV Pilot
#3 "Papa Romani" and "Person-to-Person"
#4 "The Marx Brothers Radio Days" (is this just an audio CD?)
#5 "Marx Brothers Mixed Nuts"
For the price, perhaps it's not all that bad, but there still isn't a good set of their films out there yet.
The amazon.co.uk set DOES contain complete films (four of them, I believe), but the item seems to be no longer in active inventory. Be aware that it supposedly is lacking any meaningful DVD extras.
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162 of 180 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 Box Set, 5 disc, and 7 Marx Brothers films February 12, 2004
Format:DVD
Disc 1: "A Night at the Opera"
Special Features:
Commentary by Leonard Maltin
All-New Documentary "Remarks On Marx"
The Hy Gardner Show (1/1/61) excerpt featuring Groucho Marx
Three Vintage MGM Shorts:
Fitzpatrick Traveltalk's Los Angeles: Wonder City Of The World
Sunday Night At The Trocadero
Robert Benchley's Academy Award -Winning How To Sleep
Theatrical Trailer
Disc 2: "A Day at the Races"
Special Features:
Commentary by The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia Author Glenn Mitchell
All-New Documentary "On Your Marx, Get Set, Go!"
Four Vintage Shorts: Robert Benchley's Oscar Nominated A Night At The Movies plus the rarely-seen MGM Cartoons Gallopin' Gals, Mama's New Hat and Old Smokey
Audio-Only Treasures: Musical Outtake A Message From The Man In The Moon (performed by Allan Jones) and an MGM Radio Promo Leo Is On The Air
Theatrical Trailer
Disc 3: "Room Service" and "At the Circus" (double feature)
Special Features:
Vintage Our Gang Comedy Short Party Fever plus Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in the Looney Tunes Classic The Daffy Doc
Vintage Our Gang Comedy Short Dog Daze and Classic MGM Cartoon Jitterbug Follies
Disc 4: "Go West" and "The Big Store" (double feature)
Special Features:
Vintage Shorts, Pete Smith Specialty Quicker 'N A Wink and Fitzpatrick Traveltalk Cavalcade Of San Francisco
Vintage Cartoon, The Milky Way
Leo Is On The Air Radio Promo
Vintage MGM Short Flicker Memories and Vintage MGM Cartoon Officer Pooch
Audio Musical Outtake: Where There's Music
Disc 5: "A Night in Casablanca"
Special Features:
Bugs Bunny in the Looney Tunes cartoon classic Acrobatty Bunny
Vintage Joe McDoakes Short So You Think You're A Nervous Wreck
A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, and A Night in Casablanca are also available separately.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilarious funny
Published 2 days ago by Bjorn Barsby
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent Clarity
Best Marx Bros movies for $19.
Published 5 days ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless comedy
When you can get a teenager to sit and watch old black and white movies that were old when my father was a teenager, you've done something remarkable. The humor never gets stale. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Robbin Huckelberry
5.0 out of 5 stars i fell in love with them when i was a little girl
Marx Bros are iconic... i fell in love with them when i was a little girl.. nothing has changed
Published 25 days ago by Brooke White
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 1 month ago by Robert P Kashishian
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performances, laugh aloud comedy that keeps coming and ...
Superb performances, laugh aloud comedy that keeps coming and some memorable musical, song, and dance numbers - high class in fact! The movies are Classics! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wayne Sinclair
4.0 out of 5 stars The movies were great, especially the "Night of the Opera" and "A ...
The movies were great, especially the "Night of the Opera" and "A Day at the Races." One of the movies, "Room Service" was not so great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jay1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like to laugh, watch these dvds form the zany Marx Brothers
Published 2 months ago by William R. Colosi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love these guys
Published 2 months ago by Bruno
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Prompt delivery. Product as advertised.
Published 2 months ago by Frank
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