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Criterion to release 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!'
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:24:51 PM »
I'm literally going insane at the thought of this!
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http://www.criterion.com/films/28579-it-s-a-mad-mad-mad-mad-world
21 Jan 2014

DUAL FORMAT
BLU-RAY/DVD
5 Discs
SRP: $49.95
Criterion Store price: $39.96
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 harebrained 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 playing-to-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 Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* 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—with 5.1 surround Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* 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-the-scenes 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 humorist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg’s original TV and radio advertisements for the film, with a new introduction by Freberg
* Original and rerelease trailers, and rerelease radio spots
* Two Blu-rays and three DVDs, with all content available in both formats
* PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Lou Lumenick


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Re: Criterion to release 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!'
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2013, 04:58:38 PM »
Wouldn't mind having it, but I think I'll wait for a sale.
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Re: Criterion to release 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!'
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2013, 05:18:32 PM »
I'm sure we'll see some cheaper prices on this before January.

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Re: Criterion to release 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!'
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2013, 10:19:57 AM »
Damn funny movie.  I'll probably get this

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Re: Criterion to release 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!'
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2014, 10:59:54 AM »
Offers starting at $23.98 on Amazon.

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Re: Criterion to release 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!'
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 08:46:25 PM »
The revelation of this cut was the segment where Spencer Tracy is talking to Buster Keaton to get the boat ready, and they'd head off to Mexico.  By themselves.

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Re: Criterion to release 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!'
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2017, 07:31:10 PM »
Locations, then and now.  Pretty cool.  I didn't realize so many Long Beach locations still existed (the alleyway and the stairs out of the alley).  It makes me want to hunt those down now. 

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Re: Criterion to release 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!'
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2017, 09:21:11 PM »
I love then and now movie locations! That was a good one. Thanks!
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