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The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (1929)

Groucho Marx , Harpo Marx , Victor Heerman , Norman Z. McLeod  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Chico Marx, Margaret Dumont
  • Directors: Victor Heerman, Norman Z. McLeod, Joseph Santley, Robert Florey, Leo McCarey
  • Writers: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  • Producers: Herman J. Mankiewicz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Run Time: 407 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BOM98PG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,845 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Disc 1 - Animal Crackers:
  • Today Show Interview with Harpo Marx (1961)
  • Today Show Interview with Groucho Marx (1963)
  • Today Show Interview with William Marx (1985)

  • Editorial Reviews

    The Marx Brothers – Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo – are the reigning kings of comedy and remain one of the most iconic comic teams of all time. From their early days on Vaudeville and Broadway through their wildly popular motion pictures, the Marx Brothers kept audiences of all ages laughing out loud with some of the most hilarious routines ever imagined. The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection captures the very best of the comedy team and includes the only five movies to feature all four brothers. Filled with unforgettable comedy sketches, musical numbers, witty dialogue and plenty of gags, this must-own collection includes The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and their most popular film, Duck Soup.

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    467 of 478 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Marx Brothers not classy presentation November 11, 2004
    The Marx Brothers hit their peak with "Duck Soup". Sure, "A Night at the Opera" and "A Day at the Races" were both bigger box office hits and, while both those latter films have their moments they just can't quite compete with the inspired anarchy of "Duck Soup". Let's start with the positives first. It doesn't look like most of the films have any footage missing as near as I can tell. Sure, some of the editing still looks ragged but most of their early films (and films from that era for that matter) have that "look". The first three movies are a bit static looking (since the first two were based on their stage plays that's not a surprise--they look like photographed stage plays). With "Monkey Business" and "Horse Feathers" The Marx Brothers began to develop a style that was a bit more cinematic. All five films are essential for fans.

    Now the bad news. Universal has been slapping together boxed sets lately of older films and TV series with little to no extras and without any effort at restoration. They're where Warner Brothers was about 6 years ago. The prints often don't look as sharp as they could and there's plenty of analog blemishes to muddy up the picture as well. Digitally many of these flaws could easily be corrected on these prints. Since the original negatives are long gone (they were shot on nitrate stock. Nitrate stock is quite unstable begins to disintegrate and shrink after a couple of decades). Unfortunately, we're left with prints that are several generations removed from the original negatives which means that these will probably never look perfect. Could they look better? Absolutely as there's been minimal effort to clean them up and none of them look as if there has been an effort to restore them.
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    86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Stars are for the movies, with no help from Universal November 16, 2004
    In summary, I will echo what's been said already about this collection. The films are worth having, because after 70+ years of existence, this is apparently the best Universal will do with the classic Marx Brothers performances of their day.

    Now I will heap on some gripes of my own. First, there's just over six hours of material spread over six DVDs. You do the math--they're obviously NOT TRYING VERY HARD here. They could have easily fit this all on 3 discs, or fewer. It's not like there's a COMMENTARY TRACK or even a RESTORED PRINT that would make each film worthy of its own disc. Universal did the BARE MINIMUM knowing that real fans would buy these crappy prints anyway, and will pay again if they release restored and augmented versions later. (The Warner Collection beats this one hands down, but with different titles. Hell, even Universal's treatment of ABBOTT & COSTELLO was done better.)

    The "exclusive book" is fluff; it has credits and pictures but NOTHING you can't get elsewhere (like IMDB). And the "extras" disc is pitiful. The Today Show interviews of Harpo and Groucho are so brief, and in need of restoration themselves, they're actually cruel to watch. C'mon Universal, this is the BEST STUFF you could find? It's not like you were limited to supplemental material from the 1930s. These interviews are from the '60s and '70s!

    The only thing that remotely redeems this collection is the price--the Amazon price, not the retail price. Buy this for the movies if you love them, but this is a collection that ONLY MINNIE (the Marx Brothers' mother) should love.
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    188 of 197 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars No Restoration, Weak Extras, but ***** Movies! November 11, 2004
    If you already own the previous DVD or Laserdisc releases of these great classic movies, you may want to think twice about investing more money for only 15 minutes total of "Today Show" interviews with Harpo, Groucho, and Harpo's son promoting their books. There is some fun here, but you want to kick the Today Show Director when they interrupt Groucho's story, after only 5 minutes, because they have other things to get to. Groucho really looks stunned and put out that he was stopped.

    There are also 3 trailers (Cocoanuts & Monkey Business have none) strangely tagged at the end to promote the MCA 1980's Home Video Tape release.

    I guess Universal forgot that they own the rights to the Marx Brothers half-hour 1950's TV special "THE INCREDIBLE JEWEL ROBBERY". This would have been a great addition to the box set! I have never seen this except for the old Castle Films home movie clip.

    Restoration? Well, Universal never used that word in their description, and they certainly didn't do it.

    The choppy splices are still there in several movies.

    The missing footage is still NOT there.

    Some reels are still out of focus.

    Some reels are still many generations away from the original negative and look very contrasty.

    Some reels still have a bouncy picture (warped negative).

    About 75% of the time the films do look good.

    This really looks like a quick patch-together box set by Universal (Owned by NBC, that is why their Today Show clips are used) to keep up with the competition (WB's DVD Box Set).

    BUT, if you never got the previously released DVDs or Laserdiscs, then this is a Must-Get box set!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great quality and well packaged.
    Published 2 days ago by Connoisseur
    5.0 out of 5 stars Which Marx Brothers films to buy...Single DVD's or the Box Sets?
    Marx Brothers Question please...I've been thinking of purchasing every film, I see some films are available as single DVD and then there's the Box Sets like this one.... Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Clinton Jeffrey
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 15 days ago by Joseph Rosselli
    5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
    One word: brilliant!
    Published 20 days ago by Allen Beck
    5.0 out of 5 stars better looking
    this 2 dvd set is much better looking than the 6 dvd set put out some years earlier.
    Published 27 days ago by LOU, N.J.
    1.0 out of 5 stars I love the Marx brothers
    I love the Marx brothers. I am writing this late review to warn people that this compilation contained multiples of Monkey Business and did NOT contain a copy of Duck Soup. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by willard2
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 1 month ago by MIchael C. DeMao
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2-Disc Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection
    I'm so glad I bought this set. Instead of the previously released Universal 6-Disc Collection (which costs more), this set is a 2-disc set with all five of the Marx Brothers'... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by viewer
    5.0 out of 5 stars just brilliant, hilarious wordplay and sight gags
    No sex, no violence, no car chases, no explosions, just brilliant, hilarious wordplay and sight gags.
    Published 1 month ago by R D Benz
    5.0 out of 5 stars marx brothers dvd.still funny after all these years!!!
    if youre a marx brothers fan.... this is a great buy. funny!!
    Published 2 months ago by lorraine gillespie
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