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Watching It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World


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Initial post: Dec 3, 2012 8:56:13 PM PST
On Blu ray, for the first time.

For the first time, overall, since 1991 or 1992.

The picture looks brilliant.

The menu is kinda cheap, though.

The movie starts automatically.

The theme music starts, no picture. I suppose the original film started that way.

It was shot on 70mm film, apparently. Like 2001.

There are extras, too. Mainly, 1 hour of extra footage. I think this is what was cut from the original theatrical release, for time.

I have not looked at them, yet.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 7:49:38 AM PST
H. Snyder says:
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World looks great on Blu-ray. The extras include some worthwhile interviews, but the "extra scenes" are mostly cutting room trimmings. As a kid, I didn't think very highly of this film; it was merely "okay". But with the passage of time, and as these giants of cinema comedy disappear from the scene, Mad World becomes better and better. Definitely worth a look if you have fond memories of the sixties or of the many, many featured actors in this film.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 8:55:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2012 8:57:04 PM PST
carceo says:
I LOVE this movie!!!! Star studded cast!! Spencer Tracy's last movie if I remember corectly and maybe Jimmy Durante's also. Johnathan Winters is my favorite tho. Great movie, and it looks, sounds beautiful on Blu!! Now if we could just get "The Great Race" :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 5:40:21 AM PST
Schalk says:
Steve,
Yes, the original 70mm film started with the 'overture'. (music theme, no picture.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 1:20:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 10, 2012 1:25:06 PM PST
Actually, the original film did have a picture during the overture music. It consisted of a white background with the cartoon globe of the world. The globe would be in one spot, then would suddenly jump to another spot on the screen. With each jump, the globe would change to a different, bright color. The last time I saw this was on the extended version of the film contained in the laser disc box set. Unfortunately, the additonal scenes were of much poorer quality, noticeable on laser disc, and so would be painfully noticeable if seen in blu ray. If they ever get the money for a total restoration, we may see these scenes again.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 5:46:25 AM PST
Clark Kent says:
Thanks Phillip. I've still got the LD. Great to see the whole movie.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 6:36:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2012 6:37:22 AM PST
Cavaradossi says:
I, too, have the LD and have never considered buying the movie again in one of the newer formats. If the DVD and BD versions are shorter than the LD edition, I'm glad I didn't repurchase the movie.

I saw the film in the theater when it was new. What a laugh riot! I remember critics weren't too kind to Mad World back then, but this was another instance of them not being on the same wave length as audiences. Critics complained about the excess of it all, somehow missing that excess was the point.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 1:40:03 PM PST
pattycake says:
GREAT MOVIE SAW THIS MANY TIMES.
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