31 comments

  • By Vinman3rd
    January 20, 2014
    09:24 PM

    Those are three great reasons!!!!!!!! This is one of my favorite movies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • By Guess Who
    January 20, 2014
    09:56 PM

    Because 50 years later products can be made out of Jimmy "The Smiler" Durante's car. (Now that's MAD!)
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  • By Guess Who
    January 20, 2014
    09:58 PM

    Because here is where you can get products made out of Jimmy "The Smiler" Durante's car: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DaveWoodmanArt?ref=ss_profile
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  • By James N. Smith
    January 20, 2014
    09:58 PM

    1. Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett and Jim Backus in an airplane. 2. Ethel Merman slipping on a banana peel. 3. Dick Shawn's twist.
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    • By Tony
      February 24, 2014
      04:59 PM

      Echoing #3 Mr. Smith! As a failed actor and comic, I can only dream of going out the way Dr. Shawn did: On stage, in front of a packed house in Southern Cali, doing what he did. To paraphrase Barrie Chase answering the telephone, "Sylvester, it's your maker."
  • By Guess Who
    January 20, 2014
    10:00 PM

    Because 50 years later, folks still laugh through almost 3 hours.......and love Jimmy "The Smiler" Durante's car crash.
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    • By Tony
      February 24, 2014
      04:53 PM

      You mean the way he "went sailing right out there"? Berlinger has never been more subdued, and he's awesome selling canned seaweed.
  • By TomFromTheNews
    January 21, 2014
    11:05 AM

    Because of that "BIG Double-yuh!"
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  • By Roger G
    January 22, 2014
    12:31 PM

    I was in the film.
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    • By Tony
      February 24, 2014
      04:34 PM

      No way, Roger! Were do I see you?
  • By dasboot4211
    January 23, 2014
    11:25 PM

    1- I'M COMIN' TO GET YOU MAMA!!! 2-Spencer Tracey in the middle of this chaos, he is brilliant. 3-Because the film makes you hurt when you laugh so much and that is thanks to everyone, cast and crew, that worked on the film. Thank you Stanley Kramer for your genius. DOWN THERE!!! YOU WANT ME TO GO DOWN THERE!!!- Phil Silvers
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    • By Tony
      February 24, 2014
      04:41 PM

      DOWN THERE? Brilliant, dasboot! I just love that Silvers sees fit to pick up that huge car door and put it in his beast of a sedan. Ya think that half of this stuff was in the screenplay? "Sylvester, it's your mom."
  • By ljgranberry
    January 24, 2014
    08:35 AM

    "Even businessmen that rob, and steal, and cheat from people every day - even they have to pay taxes!"
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  • By Steve
    January 24, 2014
    01:12 PM

    1. The Giant W. 2. Ethel Merman, World's Worst Mother-in-Law. 3. "Everybody gets a share!"
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  • By ljgranberry
    January 24, 2014
    04:11 PM

    1. Because a god named Jonathan Winters once walked the earth. 2. Unbelievable stunt work. 3. The greatest collection of comic talent. Anytime. Anywhere.
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    • By NAME
      February 12, 2014
      01:47 PM

      What ljgranberry said about Jonathan Winters - I can't agree more.
  • By Dan
    January 24, 2014
    07:42 PM

    Love the Movie.. When I first saw it when it came out. It was great then and still is .... Can anyone tell me is the new DVD has... Closed Caption are SDH in English for the hard of hearing.... segarolow86@gmail.com Thanks..
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  • By Dan
    January 24, 2014
    07:43 PM

    I tell you. It's under the BIG W.... The Big W... !!!
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  • By Chetman
    January 26, 2014
    05:29 PM

    The best Christmas present one could ever hope for at the end of the typically crummy, ass-whippingly cold, post holiday let down month of January! Joy to the World! This raucous, loud-mouthed, obnoxious, unapologetically gargantuan, three ring Hollywood circus remains the epitome of those old school, "everyone running around, throwing things and chewing miles of scenery" slapstick movies that while you might be afraid to admit you've seen to some, you can totally recite from childhood memory when nobody's listening! Like chestnuts roasting on an open bon fire of my aunt's god awful fruitcake, this great big package from the good folks at Criterion warms my heart! It makes me want to give money to orphanages or "mail-order-adopt" a couple of those sad kids for 20 bucks a month that Sally Struthers and Alyssa Milano present on those informercials. Yes, it's Christmas in January but it's better because there's no annoying relatives and you don't have to go to church. I'm calling in sick to work, ordering out for a Chinese feast and unscrewing the top off a fresh gallon of Cosco's Vineyard select to catch up with all these great comics like Berle, Winters, Merman and so many others. I can finally retire my 1991 laser disc with the 193 minute restoration version from my safety deposit box and send it to that special island where all the old laserdiscs go in their silver years! THANK YOU CRITERION! You've outdone yourself with a spectacular transfer, fun packaging and the perfect holiday gift for us shut-ins! Late Merry Christmas to you and yours Criterion and God bless us, each and every one!
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    • By Tony
      February 24, 2014
      04:32 PM

      Chetman, you are the king! I get the feeling that you may have some family issues to resolve, and although "Mad to the Fourth" may not be the film to do it ("Sylllllvesterrrrrr! Will you just shut up and listen?!!!!!), it warms my cockles to know that there are others who won't mind cozying up with a fifth of Kirkland Signature after writing a cheque for $20 for 193 minutes with Alyssa Milano. Or maybe I just read that post wrong. Either way, it's gonna be "Is he kiddin'? You move me, I'm gonna break up inta liddle pieces." Cheers, Chetman!
  • By bernard brewster
    February 06, 2014
    10:25 AM

    I think it's the funniest move of all times, It's to bad more fun moves aren't made anymore, The art has been lost for enery . To to bad. Bernard Brewster.
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    • By Abe Schwartz
      June 17, 2014
      03:14 AM

      It's certainly one of the funniest ever. But for someone named Brewster, I would have thought your favorite would be "Arsenic and Old Lace" with Cary Grant (aks Mortimer Brewster) and the funniest, oldest serial killers in history.
  • By Tony
    February 24, 2014
    12:46 PM

    Two things: I saw this at Cinerama in Seattle, complete with Intermission radio calls. You have to know that the entire house cracked up all through the movie.From the moment that Ethel Merman dissed Russell's condition "Ahhh" to her "Syllllllvesrer! Will you just shut up and liiiiiiiiisten?!", well, you had me at bellow. Second, I have an MGM DVD running 2 hours,41 minutes. The colour is gorgeous, but has no extras. What does Criterion have extra? OK, a third: If screenwriters William and Tania Rose can wrangle this group of comics, plus Oscar-winner Stanley Kramer, what can this couple NOT do? Where are they?
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  • By Jim
    April 13, 2014
    01:49 PM

    it's a big dubbaya, i tell ya ;p
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  • By Dennis Polifroni
    April 15, 2014
    10:53 AM

    3. Because, despite it's comedy pinning's, IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD is, like all of Kramer's other films (JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, INHERIT THE WIND, THE DEFIANT ONES), a social commentary about the wrongs in this world. Greed, and the insane lengths we will go to be greedy, is the motive here. 2. Aside from the gimmick of having just about every great comic alive in the cast, the production is top tier in EVERY department. From cinematography (Ernest Laszlo's warm colors and elegant shadows are a sight to behold-reminiscent of the color palettes of a Chuck Jones "Roadrunner" cartoon), to editing (the trio of Frederick Knudtson, Robert Jones and Gene Fowler deserved an Oscar for reigning in miles and miles of raw footage and making sense of the whole thing), to Music (Ernest Gold's massive score-which runs for, practically, the entire film, adds a weight and a dramatic prestige, that becomes almost operatic, to the lunacy of the script and performances and the epic structure of the stunts) to the wonderful screenplay by William and Tania Rose that keeps the plot simple so the focus can level on the amazing and blazingly funny dialogue that has become one of the hallmarks of comedy (Ethel Merman's dialogue, in particular, is a stand-out)... 1. The Cast. Balanced by Spencer Tracy's wonderfully loopy performance as a good man forced into desperate acts, the cast is an inspired collection of comics that are allowed to show off what they do best. Milton Berle is shakily annoying as the neurotic husband corralled by the women in his life. Sid Caesar is a giant as the tough guy who tries to make sense of everything and failing. Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett will rattle your brain with confusion as best friends who have been together so long that they know every foible and quirk about each other. Ethel Merman is an absolute scream as the feminist, loud-mouth mother-in-law who could shatter glass with her voice. Phil Silvers induces aching laughter as the greedy passerby that turns con-man. Finally, and best of all, Jonathan Winters will floor you as the hapless mover who is just an inch away from cracking up and then pushed so far into madness that he snaps (his single-handed destruction of the gas-station might be THE highlight of a film with so many highlights-and Winter's eats the sequence and the character up-in real life, he'd just come out of a mental institution after a nervous breakdown and saw this film as good therapy for him-word is that the other comics and actors were in awe of his split second timing and talent). Comic performances on screen don't get better than in this film... An under-appreciated masterpiece of side-splitting slapstick and razor-sharp dialogue. It's one of the great comedies of all-time!!!!! Thank you, CRITERION, for bringing this one into the collection!!!!!
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  • By Abe Schwartz
    June 17, 2014
    03:17 AM

    1. Spencer Tracy. 2. Spencer Tracy. 3. Spencer Tracy. For all the countless superstar comedians assembled here, he did more with a wink and smirk than many of them did with shouts and hollers and boisterous slapstick.
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  • By Vince C.
    July 24, 2014
    11:57 PM

    My three biggest laughs when I was a kid at the movies: (1) Winters and the filling station; (2) Dick Shawn in tears behind the wheel; and (3) the kid waving goodbye as Phil Silvers' car sinks in the river.
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