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A Night at the Opera (2004)

Chico Marx , Groucho Marx , Sam Wood  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Margaret Dumont
  • Directors: Sam Wood
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001HAINQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Absolutely one of the most hilarious movies ever made, this classic farce featuring the outrageous genius of the Marx Brothers is a chance to see some of their best bits woven together seamlessly in a story of high society, matchmaking, and chaos. In order to bring two young lovers together, brothers Groucho, Chico, and Harpo must sabotage an opera performance even as they try to pass themselves off as stuffed shirts. Featuring the classic sequence where Groucho piles as many people as possible into a ship's stateroom, A Night at the Opera is a deliciously zany romp worth watching again and again. --Robert Lane

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A near riot on a ship, a New York scandal and an evening of insanity in a concert hall are just some of the fall out from Groucho's outrageous business schemes to bring Milan's finest opera stars to Manhattan. Year: 1935 Director: Sam Wood Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Warner's DVD edition May 9, 2004
The 1935 comedy A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is a grab bag of a movie that includes physical gags, verbal gags, a romantic subplot, backstage intrigue, an operatic aria, an elaborate dance number, stunts, absurdity, and sentimentality. The main attraction is, of course, the patented zaniness of The Marx Brothers -- the acerbic Groucho, the mute Harpo, and the dim-witted Chico -- whose unique brand of comedy is often edgy, subversive, and even surreal and other-worldly. Count me as one of those who thinks that such style of comedy loses some edge in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, where the comic trio seem out of place in a methodical plot, realistic settings, and among ordinary people. These mundane elements are also, surprisingly, engrossing enough to often upstage the comedians. Groucho's usual anti-establishment stance also seems softened in order to give way to crowd-pleasing sentimentality. The Marx Brothers, like Jacques Tati, are creators of their own comic universes, and that's where they need to inhabit, such as in the whimsical delight DUCK SOUP, the Brothers' previous film, where their presence is more dominant. With that said, A NIGHT AT THE OPERA does have some of most memorable gags in the Brothers' history. A verbal confusion with Santa Claus, a tiny room cramped with 15 people, mixing opera with baseball, and Harpo's stunts with the ropes are some of the highlights.

The new Warner DVD of A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is encoded for Region 1 and 4, and has a cleaner video transfer than I expected considering the age of the film. Obviously, a video restoration has been done, as were the cases for many of recent Warner DVDs of old movies. The original mono audio is fine, save for some age-related hisses in the background.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Many have argued that A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is the Marx Brother's finest film, pointing out that it combined the best of the Brother's comedy with the biggest and boldest in MGM production values. Personally, while I really like the film, I wouldn't quite put it in the top slot. Any of the sequences containing the Marx Brothers themselves are gold, but I find that I'm not as enamored with the romantic subplot and singing as other reviewers have been (notably Leonard Maltin in this DVD's commentary). Still, arguing about which one of the fine films is actually the best is a little pointless. This is a great movie, regardless with how it compares to the others.
The biggest thing this film has going for it (outside of the wonderful Marx Brothers themselves, of course) is the big production values that MGM splashed out on. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it's nice to have some great big sets for the Brothers to clown around in (Harpo's stunt double swinging through the rafters is great), but all things considered, I think I prefer the tongue-in-cheek send-up of the big dance numbers (as done in DUCK SOUP) to the production dances which are played straight here.
Margaret Dumont is underused, which is a shame since her dignified outrage usually accounted for big laughs. She gets a good scene at the beginning, and a handful of opportunities to look indignant later in the film, but she isn't the constant presence that she had been in other films.
Still, while I can pick out a few flaws here and there, this is overall a hilarious and fun movie.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last, the return of the Marx Brothers to DVD. February 12, 2004
"A Night at the Opera" was released on DVD back in the late 90s by Image. Image had licensed the film from WB, and once that licence expired the disc was pulled. Since then that OOP DVD has fetched in the hundreds on Ebay. Finally WB has released it as a special edition.
Extra features are as follows:
Commentary by Leonard Maltin
All-New Documentary "Remarks On Marx"
The Hy Gardner Show (1/1/61) excerpt featuring Groucho Marx
Theatrical Trailer
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
WB is releasing 6 other Marx Brother's films all at the same time. Universal also is preparing to release their Marx Brothers films this year, including "Duck Soup."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Notes September 6, 1999
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According to film lore, Louis B. Mayer (head of M.G.M. film studios) loathed the Marx Brothers and particularly disliked this film, which takes aim at the high-class world of opera-- a world Mayer believed should be sancrosact.
Although the film lacks the hard-edged hysteria of earlier Marx Brothers films made a Paramount, it does benefit from a solid dose of M.G.M. gloss: never had a Marx Brothers film LOOKED so good in a purely cinematic sense. Unfortunately, this gloss included a heaping helping of romantic subplot which has the effect of undercutting the brothers' screen time, as well as several insignificant musical scenes; this, however, is merely a fly in an otherwise balmy ointment.
Whether you prefer the Marx Brothers work at Paramount to their work at M.G.M. is largely a matter of individual taste. Both styles have much to offer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Marx movie
great fun!
keeps you laughing!
plays smoothly and has good sound.
if you're unsure about Marx Bros comedy, "A Night at the Opera" is a great place to... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ellonce
5.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Marx Brothers, but full of laughs
I prefer the earlier Marx Brothers films, like Horse Feathers and Monkey Business, but these guys were still at the top of their form in this one. Read more
Published 21 days ago by A. J. Sneed
5.0 out of 5 stars Always funny! I've seen this movie 50 times!
I've seen this movie 50 times! I still love it. I think I know it by heart at this point.
Published 21 days ago by M. Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Whacky fun
I can remember when I could watch the Marz Brothers movies on TV, usually on Saturday when I was doing the ironing. Okay, I remember when clothes had to be ironed, too. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Old Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars watch it again!
I have seen 'A Night at the Opera' over 20 times since my childhood, (in the '60's). If you haven't seen it in a decade or more watch it again and appreciate just how great it is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Toby Everett
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a favorite!
This Marx brothers movie, along with "A Day at the Races" will always be my favorites. Simple slapstick comedy and classic one line comebacks are Great!
Published 1 month ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Marx brothers
I was so happy that this movie came in time to give to my husband for a special occasion. Definitely recommend
Published 1 month ago by Bernadette Getierrez
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL FUNNY!
Still hilarious in 2014. This movie is Laugh Out Loud Funny! This is a must see. I wish they had more movies.
Published 2 months ago by Mable
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't fool me! There ain't no Sanity Claus!
This movie could use one. It's insanely funny in between musical numbers. Sometimes the music and comedy mix. A classic movie and my favorite Marx Brothers comedy.
Published 2 months ago by William D. Jempty Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Marx Brothers madness at its best!
Brilliant, brilliant comedy. Yeah, they don't write 'em like they used to. This is a movie you quote and that you come back
to time after time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jazz Fan
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