It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - The Criterion Collection Blu-ray


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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 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.


  • 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

  • U
  • Spencer Tracy,
  • Milton Berle,
  • Sid Caesar,
  • Buddy Hackett,
  • Ethel Merman,
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Stanley Kramer
  • 2
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Main Language:
  • English
Run Time:
  • 205 mins approx.
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1963

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