Stanley Kramer’s It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World with one of the largest cast ever assembled on the big screen. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World 50th Anniversary Criterion edition REVIEW. From Criterion: "The general release version of 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.76:1. James / January 29th, 2014. But thankfully it was recorded so we are able to hear from the people who were there when the film was made. Then the regular theatrical version that had a running time of 161 minutes.

United Artists hired legendary artist Jack Davis to the artwork for the posters. Unless you were lucky enough to see this 70mm film in its original theatrical release, then be very clear; you have not really and truly seen this film. It is mind-boggling how he was able to keep everything going considering that the film was shot for over eight months. Optional English subtitles have been included during the entire "general release" version on Disc 1, although Disc 2's "alternate" version limits the subtitles to notes and captions regarding the added scenes only. The excerpt from the AFI program are good but it’s really hard to believe that it was number 40 on the list.

It should have at the very least been in the top 10. Stanley Kramer's It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World passed the half-century mark last year, but Criterion's fantastic five-disc "Dual-Format" edition feels anything but late to the party. UPDATED: Criterion has posted a video of locations then and now. Even though the film was made in 1963 it’s a very timeless film.

Ernest Gold's lively score occupies almost every channel at one time or another, the front-loaded dialogue is crisp and the film's slapstick-heavy action enjoys a fair amount of panning and channel separation.

Even the Simpsons paid homage to the film in the episode in the fifth season episode “Homer the Vigilante”. This loose and enjoyable track actually serves up quite a number of enjoyable stories, trivia bits and loads and context for those unfamiliar with all of the key players. UPDATED: Criterion has posted a video of locations then and now. For the 1970 re-release there are 3 radio ads and a theatrical trailer. Published. This has been out for a week now, but I just finally got mine in the mail yesterday. It feels more like a conversation at his home with guest and they filmed it. This is probably one of the best historical commentaries ever recorded.

Edition introduction to It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. For sheer scale of silliness, Kramer’s wildly uncharacteristic film is unlike any other, an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery.

Though technically presented as an extra, Criterion's package also includes a 192-minute Extended Cut on Disc 2. There was a preview version of the film that had a running time of 210 minutes. Here’s a treat for all you It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World superfans. Stanley Kramer's It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World passed the half-century mark last year, but Criterion's fantastic five-disc "Dual-Format" edition feels anything but late to the party. Cinerama was a process that used 3 cameras to record the film. We decided that it was best not to spend much time on any cast and crew bio that a fan could easily find.

In years past, separate VHS and laserdisc releases have attempted---with the director's input, no less---to do the same, resulting in a 182-minute "Special Edition" that remains exclusive to those formats. It’s pretty sad watching the Last 70mm Film Festival because a number of people who were there have now passed away. While the roadshow version ran 192 minutes there are a few scenes that were excised from the preview version that have been restored to this new version. Get info about new releases, essays and interviews on the Current, Top 10 lists, and sales. Not only is the film funny but has some of the most amazing stunts ever put on film. Randy Miller III is an affable office monkey by day and film reviewer by night. Then watch the longer version with the commentary first. From 1963 there are 6 radio ads and 4 television ads from Freberg. Three brand new supplements have been produced by Criterion for this release, leading off with a highly enjoyable "Sound and Vision" Documentary (36 minutes) featuring visual effects expert Craig Barron, sound effects expert Ben Burtt and a collection of rarely-seen behind-the-scenes photos and clips. Unfortunately, though, none of these supplements include optional English subtitles or Closed Captions of any kind. Featuring a cast of over 100 comedians (including starring roles for Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Sid Caesar, Edie Adams, Ethel Merman and newcomer Jonathan Winters, among others), Stanley Kramer's monumental It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) is a raucous, chaotic comedy that's maintained a rabid following over the past 50 years. The only thing that I feel could have made this the perfect edition is if there was a commentary on the theatrical edition of the film with any of the surviving cast or crew to give insight. It’s one of those few films that you can watch multiple times and always seem to find new things with it. He also does freelance design work, teaches art classes and runs a website or two. First is the general release version that runs 161 minutes with 5.1 DTS-MA. Grammy-winning director and cinematographer Doug Nichol’s documentary feature debut, California Typewriter, is now playing in theaters. In comparing this new version to the previous MGM Blu-Ray release it seems that the source film elements are the same with Criterion doing a new mastering of it. Next up is "The Last 70mm Festival" (28 minutes), a Q&A with several remaining members of the film's cast and crew including Winters, Rooney, Reiner, Karen Kramer and Stan Freberg. The Criterion Collection edition of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" is a game-changer. Thank you so much for your nice remarks about the commentary. There are so many thing that you will learn from this commentary that it’s like watching the film for the first time. I watched the extended version last night. thanks again! The madcap main feature has held up quite nicely over the years...and though its target audience has dwindled a bit since then, it remains a popular favorite among those with a soft spot for chaotic, free-wheeling comedy. The script was sent to Kramer and the location was changed to America. The Stan Freberg ads for the film are very ingenious for their time. It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World Criterion Blu-Ray Review. More modern supplements are included as well, including "AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs" (11 minutes), an excerpt from the 2000 special featuring Berle, Rooney, Carl Reiner and a gaggle of actors, directors and other celebrities that make up a small portion of the film's growing fan base. Those new to the film (or those who haven't seen it in a while) will want to start with the "general release" version on Disc 1, and then maybe even check out a new restoration demo produced by Criterion as a supplement for this release. "Throw everything at the wall to see what sticks" seemed to pay off...and whether it's a countless number of celebrity cameos (including but not limited to Jack Benny, Norman Fell, Stan Freberg, Buster Keaton, Don Knotts, Jerry Lewis, Carl Reiner, The Shirelles, Arnold Stang, Sammee Tong and The Three Stooges), varied locations or a continuous barrage of slapstick, the unpredictable and kinetic end result is truly something to behold. January 20, 2014 Comments. There are only eight films that were shot in the 3 strip process. If you don't crack a smile when Lennie Pike (Winters) destroys a gas station piece by piece, turn it off immediately. The script is really tight and while the film is long by today standards, it really is the perfect length. Either way, you should try out the extended cut at least once to see if "too much of a good thing" applies in this case.

More often than not, this track speeds along nicely...and that's saying something, considering it's well over three hours long. Likewise, the DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track (available on both Blu-ray discs) is a real winner. Stanley Kramer followed his Oscar-winning Judgment at Nuremberg with this sobering investigation of American greed. I was lucky enough to see a screening a number of years ago at the Hollywood Cinerama Dome and they played this audio during the intermission. DVD Talk Collector Series. Evanier, Schlesinger and Scrabo are not only exceptionally informative about the film and how it was made but, you can also feel their love for the film as fans. The good news is that the audio for this version is quite good. Of course, the longer "reconstructed" version (on Disc 2) is a bit less consistent, though it's entirely due to the condition of the source material...and in any case, the majority of this 192-minute alternate presentation still originates from the 4K "general release" transfer. Written by William and Tania Rose was originally conceived as a comic chase through Scotland. The video is a new 4K digital mastering of the film. Monitoring every move that the fortune hunters make is a scrupulously honest police detective (Spencer Tracy). This film is what defines the term “lightning in a bottle” because the main cast in the film is simply amazing. Probably one of the most fascinating special features is the Restoration Demonstration that show how they put together the restored version of the film and how challenging it was. In 2011 Fantagraphics Groth interviewed Davis about the artwork and he said, Jack Davis became the go to guy, the most in-demand artist of comedy film posters throughout the sixties and seventies, arguably the most successful and popular film poster artist of all time, and undoubtedly, the master of the chaotic, over- crowded crowd scene. So while the theatrical presentation is a slight upgrade from the previous Blu-Ray edition the second Blu-Ray disc is where the real treat of the Criterion release is.