Each of the participants of spontaneous race wants to get the money the deceased gangster and does not want to share with others. You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app. As for the film itself? I think this is one of the funniest campy comedies that I've ever seen. While the putative stars of the film might be regarded as either B-listers or at least past their A-list prime, they include such indisputable comic geniuses as Milton Berle, Sid Caesar and Jonathan Winters in what is perhaps his best film showcase. This is such a classic comedy with a cast that included everybody that was anybody at the time. Gradually, the number of gold diggers increases - to the new members join the race: missile officers from England Hottorn, Sylvester, Otto Meyer and two taxi drivers. There is already a lot of speculation that the film's looming 50th anniversary may well occasion a new Blu-ray release which may may get the film as close to its original Roadshow length as we're ever going to see.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Screenshots. All-star epics in 1963 weren't quite the rage they would soon become for better or worse with everything from George Stevens' mammoth The Greatest Story Ever Told to a slew of actual, as opposed to unintentional, and yes, I am talking about the Stevens film disaster flicks like Airport and The Towering Inferno. The wider than ever aspect ratio argues against a 35mm source element from a technical standpoint, but there is also online information indicating a new high-res scan of a 65mm source element was made of this film some time ago, and I personally believe that is what must have been used for this transfer, so solid and at times mind bogglingly detailed is this new Blu-ray. Though this is far from an immersive mix, some discrete channelization has been applied, with individual moments of effects and even dialogue discretely placed in the soundfield. There is no egregious hiss apparent here, and dialogue is clear if not especially forcefully mixed.
And now Russell Finch, traveling in a car with his wife and mother-in, two best friends and Benji Dinghy, Mr. A brief listing includes such legendary names as Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Buddy Hackett, Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Stan Freberg, Sterling Holloway, Edward Everett Horton, Buster Keaton, Don Knotts, ZaSu Pitts, Carl Reiner, Jesse White and, just for good measure, The Three Stooges. Driving recklessly he dangerously passes a number of cars before his car flies off of a cliff. This was a film that quite simply featured virtually every big name comedy star of its day, either in starring roles or in any number of funny and sometimes odd cameos. I wrote the following for the Criterion Edition of this very movie on my Amazon review page: I never had the opportunity to see this grand old film on that big ass screen as in Cinerama big-ass and not even in a standard movie theater! Director: Writers: , Starring: , , , , , Producer: » It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Blu-ray Review Stanley Kramer's epic comedy debuts on Blu. However, they must contend with Captain T.
The film may not be as funny, it is as, if not more, crazy and spectacular as its ads loudly proclaim! Spencer Tracy heads a hilariously zany cast that stars Hollywood's greatest comedians Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas and Jonathan Winters and features cameo appearances by every joker and jester in the business from Don Knotts and Jerry Lewis to The Three Stooges. But dig a little deeper into the supporting cast and cameos, and the riches soon become apparent. Hoping to get to their destination first heroes suit each other intrigues and go to all kinds of extremes. . This score to one of the last great 1960s epic comedies is a lighthearted effort by composer , who chose to impart a circus-band atmosphere to the music. It seems obvious to me this was sourced from a 65mm element for a number of reasons. This stunning new Blu-ray should help continue that propensity for at least another generation.
The drivers can't decide what to do with the valuable information they've just obtained so an all out race begins, winner takes all to whoever finds the treasure first! There are a few as in a very few blemishes sprinkled throughout the film, but they are so minor as to almost warrant no comment. On a winding desert highway, eight vacation-bound motorists share an experience that alters their plans and their lives! Here are just Smayleru not destined to reach the city - lost control on hard cornering, the offender gets into an accident. The simple fact is that, generally speaking you anal-retentive types can skip the next part, thanks very much , It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has only been seen by the public at large as opposed to preview screening audiences in two versions, an approximately 192 minute version which played for a short while at the film's initial roadshow Cinerama engagements, and then, more familiarly, an edited approximately 154 to 163 minute version depending on how much extra-curricular music, a la Overture and Entr'Acte, was used , which was the general release version and the one that by far the most people have seen and which has become seared on the collective memory. You will get a notification at the top of the site as soon as the current price equals or falls below your price. The disc is a fine example of remastering, with noise reduced to a minimum, and a great dynamic range. Year: 1963 Genre: Struggle, Comedy, Criminal, Adventures Country: United States Director: Stanley Kramer Actors: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn Description Grogan Bezbashenny gangster nicknamed Smayler tries to escape from justice and is racing in a car on the highway of California, leading to the beckoning lights of Las Vegas.
After a mysterious stranger divulges the location of a stolen fortune, they each speed off in a mind-bending, car-bashing race for the loot and the most side-splitting laughfest in history. The apps are synchronized with your account at Blu-ray. This is a film which captures a certain screwball ethos and radically reimagines it for the jet set age of the early 1960's. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is very like a live action cartoon and now close to 50 years after its original release is still able, like the best cartoons, to delight children of all ages. This is one of those films which may not be the overt masterpiece its most ardent aficionados insist it is, but which is so distinctive and downright lovable that it becomes easy to overlook its occasional flaws.
It's a testament to producer-director Stanley Kramer and scenarist William Rose that despite the film's gargantuan length even in its general release form , It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World rarely feels bloated or padded. For more about It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and the It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Blu-ray release, see published by Jeffrey Kauffman on July 9, 2011 where this Blu-ray release scored 4. It was Kramer's particular genius to be able to envision a big budget, all-star comedy, something that had probably never even entered the minds of very many Hollywood bigwigs, let alone made it to the greenlighting stage. Crump and Lennie Pike - the driver of a furniture van - become real competitors in the pursuit of treasure. My personal favorites happen to be Ethel Merman, in one of her very few film roles, as the harridan mother-in-law of a hapless Milton Berle, but I also have great fondness for the Tex Avery-esque destruction of a desert gas station at the hands of an out of control Jonathan Winters and note the wonderful contributions from Marvin Kaplan and Arnold Stang as the hapless attendants victimized by Winters' increasing rage. Thus begins the adventure crime film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - the classic American road movie where the action is concentrated on the road, and all the characters are in constant motion. More importantly and to the point, however, is that all-star comedy epics were simply unheard of, and the cast list of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World may have indeed been what lured audiences in droves to the film.
If there's rampant confusion about the different versions of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, chances are they'll pale in comparison to what may be coming with regard to the source elements used for this new Blu-ray release. It's also incredible fun to see Spencer Tracy's button down detective suddenly go completely batty in the last act of the film and start acting just as desperately looney-tunes as the rest of the motley crew has been for the preceding two hours. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has an incredibly loyal legion of fans, many of whom saw the film or at least they claim to have on its original release. Eagle eyed viewers may notice some very minor edge enhancement in a few shots, but it's not troubling. Meanwhile, the state police is well aware - the servants of the law control the situation, but on the orders of his captain temporarily staying away. Fine detail is often staggering, offering clearer resolution on everything from the mundane at last the credits are readable to somewhat more meaningful Jimmy Durante's wisps of white hair are now clearly visible against the rocky desert background early in the film.
If I'm proven wrong about this, I will happily post an update to the review. Dimensionality and depth of field in the many outdoor shots is stupendous. Depending upon the viewer's age, a lot of funny references may be lost, but it's a great long laugh out loud film! Best of all, typical bugaboos like close cropped costume patterns and foliage never devolve into shimmering aliasing. Colors pop splendidly and are lusciously saturated throughout the film. This is quite simply one of the best looking catalog releases in recent memory, all the more remarkable for being a budget priced Walmart exclusive at least as of the writing of this review. Yet, despite the considerable screen size issue, the film exploded all over the box before my wider eyes and ears like Godzilla dirty dancing through Tokyo! Be that as it may, why throw out the baby with the bathwater, especially when this budget priced Blu-ray looks so spectacular? The extra footage is culled from a 70mm work print and so the image quality can be quite spotty at times.
Unfortunately, this is the sort of thing that can work very badly against a film of this type -- the music often seems as though it's attempting to be funnier than the film itself in the case of It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World it's a fact that the music is often a lot funnier than the events onscreen. And so let's just cut to the chase no pun intended, considering the plot of this film and state outright that this Blu-ray is the general release version, sans complete Entr'Acte music, and therefore runs 159 minutes and 29 seconds, but who's counting? And some even bet - who first gets to the buried treasure. This vintage featurette is a treasure trove of information, and features tons of great interviews with a number of the cast and crew, several of whom have since gone on to their reward. In black and white and color, this isn't just a trailer per se, but includes a brief prelude evidently culled from a newsreel. This is largely due to the creators' brilliant decision to never stay with any given group for very long, giving us one great set up and punch line visual or otherwise and then moving right along to the next. It is in fact something akin to screwball on steroids, and Kramer's firm and technically near perfect directorial hand guides the incredible cast through their paces with what seems like complete and utter ease.