It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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Director: Stanley Kramer

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar

     
 

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Long before Rat Race, director Stanley Kramer put together a cast of notable comic talents and sent them on a madcap chase around the country looking for lost loot. Now, MGM has seen fit to release It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in a solid DVD package that's sure to satisfy fans of the film. The picture is presented in a 16 x 9 widescreen transfer. AsSee more details below

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Overview

Long before Rat Race, director Stanley Kramer put together a cast of notable comic talents and sent them on a madcap chase around the country looking for lost loot. Now, MGM has seen fit to release It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in a solid DVD package that's sure to satisfy fans of the film. The picture is presented in a 16 x 9 widescreen transfer. As this is an older film, the print has a bit of wear and tear, though nothing to get upset over. It's certainly better than most VHS editions. Sound is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is a worthy treatment, though nothing earth-shaking. Extras include a lengthy documentary on the making of the film, a truckload of extended scenes, and a pair of trailers. With such a fine cast, many of whom are still living, a commentary track would have been welcome. However, even without it, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is offered in a fine DVD edition and is certainly worth owning.

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Only the super-wide screen Cinerama format could hold all of the comedy stars in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, not to mention the title itself. Just as the bloated Cinerama feature How the West Was Won sought to outdo any Western before it, World fancied itself the comedy to end all comedies. It paraded an unparalleled list of famous comics across the screen, in both feature roles and cameos: Jimmy Durante, Milton Berle, Buster Keaton, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Peter Falk, Jonathan Winters, Jack Benny, Carl Reiner, Jerry Lewis, Dick Shawn, The Three Stooges, and many more. The film operates under the belief that having all of these funny people on screen is enough to get laughs, and occasionally, World can't help but crash under the strain of its frenetic pace and oppressive running time. Director Stanley Kramer smartly puts the most solid of Hollywood stars, Spencer Tracy, at the heart of all the slapstick madness. This was quite a radical departure for Kramer and Tracy, considering their previous two films together had been the dramas Inherit the Wind and Judgment at Nuremberg.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
UPC:
0027616902740
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
G
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:41:00
Sales rank:
11

Special Features

Closed Caption; English and French 5.1 surround; English, French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Capt. C.G. Culpepper
Milton Berle J. Russell Finch
Sid Caesar Melville Crump
Buddy Hackett Benjy Benjamin
Mickey Rooney Ding Bell
Ethel Merman Mrs. Marcus
Phil Silvers Otto Meyer
Dick Shawn Sylvester Marcus
Jimmy Durante Smiler Grogan
Buster Keaton Jimmy the Crook
Jonathan Winters Lennie Pike
Edie Adams Monica Crump
Dorothy Provine Emmeline Finch
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Cab Driver
Jim Backus Tyler Fitzgerald
Ben Blue Airplane Pilot
Alan Carney Police Sergeant
Barrie Chase Mrs. Haliburton
William Demarest Chief of Police
Peter Falk Cab Driver
Paul Ford Col. Wilberforce
Leo Gorcey Cab Driver
Edward Everett Horton Dinckler
Don Knotts Nervous Man
Carl Reiner Tower Control
Andy Devine Sheriff Mason
Sterling Holloway Fire Chief
Marvin Kaplan Irwin
Charles Lane Airport Manager
Charles McGraw Lieutenant
ZaSu Pitts Switchboard Operator
Madlyn Rhue Police Secretary
Arnold Stang Ray
Jesse White Radio Tower Operator
Lloyd Corrigan Mayor
Selma Diamond Culpeper's Wife
Stan Freberg Deputy Sheriff
Louise Glenn Billie Sue
Ben Lessy George, the Steward
Bobo Lewis Pilot's Wife
Nick Stewart Truck Driver
Sammee Tong Chinese Laundryman
Norman Fell Detective
Nicholas Georgiade Detective
Paul Birch Patrolman
Chick Chandler Actor
Stanley Clements Actor
Howard Da Silva Airport Officer
Roy Engel Actor
Don C. Harvey Helicopter Observer
Allen Jenkins Police Officer
Tom Kennedy Traffic Cop
Harry Lauter Radio Operator
Cliff Norton Actor
Barbara Pepper Actor
Roy Roberts Actor
Eddie Ryder Tower Radioman
Doodles Weaver Salesman
Terry-Thomas J. Algernon Hawthorne
Joe E. Brown Union Official
Mike Mazurki Sarge
Jerry Lewis Mad Driver
Minta Durfee Actor
Larry Fine Fireman
Moe Howard Fireman
Curly Joe DeRita Fireman
John Zaccaro Actor

Technical Credits
Stanley Kramer Director,Producer
Mack David Songwriter
Linwood G. Dunn Special Effects
Walter G. Elliott Sound/Sound Designer
Gene Fowler Editor
Ernest Gold Score Composer,Songwriter
Gordon Gurnell Art Director
Robert Jones Editor
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Frederic Knudtson Editor
George Lane Makeup
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Danny Lee Special Effects
Carey Loftin Stunts
Lynn Reynolds Makeup
Tania Rose Screenwriter
William Rose Screenwriter
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin Willens Stunts

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [4:20]
2. Big Dubya [4:55]
3. Mum's the Word [5:16]
4. Head Games [5:20]
5. Captain Culpepper [2:07]
6. Splits [6:48]
7. Reckless [4:13]
8. Other Means [5:58]
9. Piece of the Pie [4:25]
10. Dirty Lies [6:07]
11. Demolition [4:03]
12. Shake It Up [5:37]
13. Full Circle [5:31]
14. Downhill [4:26]
15. Equal Treatment [4:17]
16. Mixed Nuts [4:51]
17. Big Bang [1:44]
18. High Tension [4:31]
19. Intermission [:43]
20. Out of Control [4:22]
21. Emergency Priority [4:01]
22. Loopy [5:10]
23. Out Alive [7:07]
24. Arrival [6:03]
25. W [5:34]
26. The Dig [:26]
27. To the Police [7:10]
28. Leniency [4:28]
29. Crooked Cop [2:50]
30. Mad for Money [2:39]
31. Airborne Hag [3:31]
32. The End [8:17]

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