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It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - The Criterion Collection
  • Description

    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 hare-brained 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 playingto-the-rafters comedy legends. For sheer scale of silliness, Kramer’s wildly uncharacteristic film is unlike any other, an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery.

    TWO BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

    • Restored 4K digital film transfer of the general release version of the film, with 5.1
    • surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
    • New high-definition digital transfer of a 197-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
    • 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-thescenes
    • footage of the crew at work and interviews with visual-effects specialist Craig
    • Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt
    • 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 humourist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg’s original TV and radio
    • advertisements for the film, with a new introduction by Freberg
    • Original and re-release trailers, and re-release radio spots
    • PLUS: An essay by film critic Lou Lumenick and illustrations by legendary cartoonist
    • Jack Davis
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    U
    Actor:
    Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney
    Director:
    Stanley Kramer
    Region:
    2
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    English
    Run Time:
    205 mins approx.
    studio:
    CRITERION COLLECTION
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1963

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  • Description

    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 hare-brained 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 playingto-the-rafters comedy legends. For sheer scale of silliness, Kramer’s wildly uncharacteristic film is unlike any other, an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery.

    TWO BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

    • Restored 4K digital film transfer of the general release version of the film, with 5.1
    • surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
    • New high-definition digital transfer of a 197-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
    • 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-thescenes
    • footage of the crew at work and interviews with visual-effects specialist Craig
    • Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt
    • 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
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    • from Mad World at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, hosted by Billy
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    • Selection of humourist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg’s original TV and radio
    • advertisements for the film, with a new introduction by Freberg
    • Original and re-release trailers, and re-release radio spots
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    • Jack Davis
  • Product Details
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    U
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    Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney
    Director:
    Stanley Kramer
    Region:
    2
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    English
    Run Time:
    205 mins approx.
    studio:
    CRITERION COLLECTION
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1963
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