Marx Brothers Collection
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Marx Brothers Collection (DVD) (5-Pack) (Rpkg)
Includes 7 of only 13 Marx. Bros. films ever made! Bonus Extras including Commentary by Leonard Maltin. Collection includes: A Night at the Opera - The Marx Brothers turn Mrs. Claypool's opera into chaos in their efforts to help two young hopefuls get a break. It contains the famous scene where Groucho, Chico and Harpo cram a ship's stateroom with wall-to-wall people, gags, one-liners, musical riffs and two hard-boiled eggs. A Day at the Races (1937) - Groucho stars as Hugo Z. Hackenbush, a horse veterinarian dispensing horse pills and quips with equal glee. Chico selling racing tips, Harpo destroying a piano to turn it into a harp and favorite foil actress Margaret Dumont make this thoroughbred comedy wall-to-wall hilarity. A Night in Casablanca (1946) - This parody of the Bogart/Bergman 1943 classic features the Nazis vs. the "nutsies" as the Marx Brothers foil Axis criminals when they find stolen jewels and paintings Nazis have hidden in a hotel. Room Service/At the Circus - These two films are combined on one disc to provide double doses of laughter. In Room Service (1938), Lucille Ball and Ann Miller provide comic co-star support while the Marx Brothers play producers trying to keep their show above water and a hotel room over their head. In At the Circus (1939) Groucho stars as professional shyster lawyer J. Cheever Loophole in the middle of big-top bedlam as the boys try to save the circus and look to Margaret Dumont for the money to do so. Groucho sings one of his famous songs, "Lydia the Tattooed Lady." Go West/The Big Store - Another Marx Brothers twin bill makes this a hilarious comedy "two-fer." In the first, the Marxmen Go West (1940) to the land of outlaws and Indians where the fun never stops and where they outwit a land grabber. In The Big Store (1941), Groucho plays Attorney Wolf J. Flywheel who with sidekick Wacky (Harpo) and bodyguard Ravelli (Chico) are investigating the shady dealings of a crooked department store owner.]]>
Top customer reviews
As usual, these Marx Borthers movies consist of commedic segments, often having little to do with the thinly plotted movie. They are skits we've all seen before, but sometimes with a twist, usually referring back to the main movie. Over all, a fun set. They will NOT make more.... These are to be enjoyed!
"Go West" (1940) which is often underrated and is also funny especially when Groucho gets swindled at the beginning of the movie by Chico and his brother Rusty (Harpo)for money for a train ticket.The other funny scenes includes the chopping up of the train passenger cars to supply more fuel for the train engine. Even as late as 1940 in "Go West", the Marx Brothers still look young and fresh (Even though they were in their early to mid 50's in age). "Room Store" (1938) is a departure from their usual comedy of the Marx Brothers and is not too funny. "At The Circus" (1939) seems to return them to the usual zany comedy, but the laughs are less. "Go West" sees them return (about comparable to "Day At The Races"). "The Big Store" (1941) is a weaker effort than "Go West", but still is enjoyable as an afternoon movie with a few chuckles and laughs. "Night In Casablanca" (1947) has a return of the laughs and mayhem, but you can see the Marx Brothers are getting older.
I was a little disappointed by Warner Brothers lack of packaging for these films. It would have been nice to have had a small booklet giving a brief history of the Marx Brothers. I know the movie is the most important, but still, it would have been nice.
I read the reviewers who moan about the perfect set should include "Animal Crackers/Duck Soup/Horse Feathers/Monkey Business along with "Night At The Opera", but those films (AC,DS,HF & MB) are under Univeral Pictures and were released on DVD back in 1999-2001. They can't be included for obvious reasons.
Someone being introduced to the Marx Brothers for the first time in this set, "Night At The Opera" is the best to start out with and go from there with "Day at The Races and Go West". Other than the packaging, the set completes their best movies on film (including the Universal films--Animal Crackers, Duck Soup, Horse Feathers). If you have the Universal films and this set, "You're set". Its great to have the Marx Brothers on DVD. Hopefully, future generations will enjoy them.