Mad Monster Party

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A cult classic if there ever was one is Rankin and Bass' animated Halloween hit Mad Monster Party. Anchor Bay's work on this 1.33:1 full frame transfer is very nice. Making sure that the colors appear bold and the black levels solid, the studio has put forth much effort into producing the best-looking transfer available of Mad Monster Party. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono and is not nearly has exciting as the video portions of this disc. While the audio is generally free of any defects or ...
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A cult classic if there ever was one is Rankin and Bass' animated Halloween hit Mad Monster Party. Anchor Bay's work on this 1.33:1 full frame transfer is very nice. Making sure that the colors appear bold and the black levels solid, the studio has put forth much effort into producing the best-looking transfer available of Mad Monster Party. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono and is not nearly has exciting as the video portions of this disc. While the audio is generally free of any defects or imperfections, overall the mix is confined only the front center speaker and nowhere else. No alternate subtitles are available on this disc. The extra features are thin enough to wake the dead; the only supplements to peruse though are two still galleries (one for production art and another for posters and stills) and a theatrical trailer for the film.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-frame presentation; Production art gallery; Theatrical trailer; Poster and still gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it barely registered a blip at the box office, Mad Monster Party? has developed a bit of a cult status, especially among fans of monster movies and animated films. (Tim Burton, for one, has cited it as an influence on his work.) Technically primitive by modern standards, the stop-motion "animagic" still has a peculiar and indefinable charm; while it is never really believable, it creates a reality of its own, so that even when a viewer laughs at the cruder moments, he still is drawn in by it. Of course, how willing a viewer is to go along with the process determines how much he enjoys Monster Party. It also helps to have a fondness for the bizarrely silly, as well as jokes that cause groans (many most likely contributed by co-scenarist Harvey Kurtzman, co-creator of Mad Magazine.). Fans of strong scripts (and especially of strong, well-motivated plots) should look elsewhere, as should fans of well-integrated musical numbers. The score is schlock, but it's tremendously enjoyable schlock, and very much of its period; the title song (quite well sung by Ethel Ennis) has to be heard to be believed (although the varying sound quality makes hearing much of the film difficult). Despite all its flaws, Monster Party is oddly appealing; much credit must go to its tiny but well-used vocal cast, as well as to the sense of fun that pervades the film. This is one movie that is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • UPC: 013131211894
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ethel Ennis Voice Only
Gale Garnett Voice Only
Boris Karloff Voice Only
Allen Swift Voice Only
Phyllis Diller Voice Only
Technical Credits
Jules Bass Director, Songwriter
Forrest J. Ackerman Screenwriter
Len Korobkin Screenwriter
Harvey Kurtzman Screenwriter
Maury Laws Songwriter
Joseph E. Levine Executive Producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/The Secret of Destruction [3:49]
2. Main Titles [2:39]
3. Felix Flankin [3:34]
4. The Monster and His Mate [2:32]
5. R.S.V.P. [3:34]
6. S.S. Herring [3:00]
7. Monsters Below Deck [3:32]
8. Abandon Ship [1:41]
9. Lecturing the Staff [3:53]
10. The Gang's All Here [4:33]
11. The World's Best Chef [4:45]
12. Baron Frankenstein's Discovery [2:15]
13. Dance Party of the Dead [2:24]
14. Dracula and Francesca [5:31]
15. Mad Monster Party [2:52]
16. Restless Night [3:21]
17. Welcome, Felix [2:48]
18. Springing a Trap [3:56]
19. Family Business [2:18]
20. Stay One Step Ahead [3:29]
21. Double-Cross [5:01]
22. Hate at First Sight [5:27]
23. Monster's Rebellion [3:33]
24. Jungle Hunt [2:45]
25. The Wrath of Kong [2:55]
26. Francesca's Suitors [1:40]
27. Rescue [4:31]
28. The Secret [2:32]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Trailer
      Poster & Still Gallery
      Production Art Gallery
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definite Classic

    Am so glad this came to DVD, always loved it when I was young and it was on TV. Great for a "sit back and relax" horror comedy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth 4+

    Pay The Last Review No Mind...If Our friend had checked up on his subject..(http://www.dvdtoons.com/reviews/74) He would have read..'In the late 90s (and apparently under ¿suspicious¿ circumstances) Columbia TriStar located a pristine 35mm color print, and it¿s from this that the Anchor Bay version has been cleaned up and mastered. You¿ve never seen the Party looking this good. Colors are fresh, strong and clean. Presented in its original and correct aspect ratio of full-screen 1.33:1, the depth has been restored to many scenes with careful use of contrasting and if you didn¿t know the age of the movie, you¿d think it was brand new!' Otherwise..Great Fun and worth 13 Bux!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What the heck is this???

    This was a widescreen movie (I believe 2.35:1, if not it was at least 1.85:1). What is the deal with the DVD being only 1.33:1? It was a fun film with some effective model animation, but no WAY is it worth buying on DVD with basically half the picture hacked off! Once the company releases it in its original aspect ratio, THEN I'd give it 4 stars (but NOT until then!)

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    Posted December 20, 2009

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    Posted June 22, 2010

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