It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
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Stanley Kramer followed his Oscar-winning Judgment at Nuremberg with this sobering investigation of American greed. Ah, who are we kidding? It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure, is the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners performed by a nonpareil cast, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, and a boatload of other playing-to-the-rafters comedy legends. For sheer scale of silliness, Kramer's wildly uncharacteristic film is unlike any other, an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery. DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New, restored 4K digital film transfer of the general release version of the film, with 5.1 surround Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray New high-definition digital transfer of a 202-minute extended version of the film, reconstructed and restored by Robert A. Harris using visual and audio material from the longer original road-show version-including some scenes that have been returned to the film here for the first time-with 5.1 surround Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray New audio commentary featuring It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World aficionados Mark Evanier, Michael Schlesinger, and Paul Scrabo New documentary on the film's visual and sound effects, featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage of the crew at work and interviews with visual-effects specialist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Talk show from 1974 hosted by director Stanley Kramer and featuring Mad World actors Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, and Jonathan Winters Press interview from 1963 featuring Kramer and members of the film's cast Interviews recorded for the 2000 AFI program 100 Years . . . 100 Laughs, featuring comedians and actors discussing the influence of the film Two-part 1963 episode of the CBC television program Telescope that follows the film's press junket and premiere The Last 70mm Film Festival, a program from 2012 featuring cast and crew members from Mad World at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, hosted by Billy Crystal Selection of humorist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg's original TV and radio advertisements for the film, with a new introduction by Freberg Original and rerelease trailers, and rerelease radio spots Two Blu-rays and three DVDs, with all content available in both formats PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Lou Lumenick. Aspect ratio: 2.76:1.
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I got a kick out of the 197-minute extended version and I recommend it to anyone who knows and appreciates this movie already. I thought many of the added scenes in the really did bring value to the movie; some of them nicely filled in some continuity gaps that exist in the shorter releases.
However, I think that the extended version should NOT be the one you show to friends who have never seen the movie before - because of the variable quality of the material that Robert Harris and his team had to work with, some of the inserts are just too jarring if you're not already familiar with the movie. Show them the 154 minute, more polished version first.
Note that the extended version includes the original overture, intermission, entr'acte, and exit music. During part of the intermission, there is a time where the screen is totally black for several minutes, but police radio calls are played periodically on audio only. This was (and still is) intended to keep the audience posted on the action that is continuing to happen in the timeline of the film during intermission. It's great because, again, it provides better continuity - for example, you hear that Finch (Berle) and Hawthorne (Terry-Thomas) have stopped at an Avis location and rented a blue Chevy, which explains how they ended up with that that new blue car after intermission. (Ahh, product placement even back then! :-) But it is a bit unnerving, because there are longish periods of black screen with no sound at all, and your impulse is to think something went wrong with your Blu-Ray player or TV. Just relax, all is well :-)
I bought this on Amazon under the "multi format" DVD which was $20 cheaper than the one listed as a Blu-ray. This confused me a little because the multiformat one is listed as a Blu-Ray as well. I received a single Blu-ray in the case with the 160 minute version of the movie. Halfway through, the intermission does pop up for a second but then disappears and returns to the scene with a fuse leading to Dynamite. It does have a couple extended features And an interview but I did not watch them.
I was really looking for the long version of the movie (191 minutes) and this was not it and this was not it. I know & remember from my childhood scenes that are not included in this Edition.
It is a Blu-ray, the picture was great the sound was great even some surround sound effects came through & it is in a ultra wide format on my TV.
I'm still looking for the long version of the movie.
Before dying in a car crash, a crook (Jimmy Durante) tells some travelers about the existence of a suitcase filled with $350,000 of cash, hidden in Santa Rosita Park under a big "W". The gloves come off and the race is on as Sid Caesar and Edie Adams; Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney; Jonathan Winters; and Milton Berle, Dorothy Provine and Ethel Merman try to get the cash. Others join in along the way for a fun joyride.
The film (both versions) are shown in the original Ultra Panavision 70 aspect ratio; the roadshow version is the original high definition negative scan with the added roadshow footage. The added footage has not been taken care of over the years so there is a noticeable difference in color and the often warped image; where sound elements are available without image stills have been inserted. Where image was available but no sound subtitles are added. Still, this is the most complete version of the film available and restored by Robert Harris.
Highly recommended and thoroughly enjoyable!