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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Stanley Kramer

 
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • United States
  • 1963
  • 163 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.76:1
  • English
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  • Spine #692

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.

Cast

Captain T. G. CulpeperSpencer Tracy
J. Russell FinchMilton Berle
Melville CrumpSid Caesar
Benjy BenjaminBuddy Hackett
Mrs. MarcusEthel Merman
Ding BellMickey Rooney
Sylvester MarcusDick Shawn
Otto MeyerPhil Silvers
J. Algernon HawthorneTerry-Thomas
Lennie PikeJonathan Winters
Monica CrumpEdie Adams
Emeline FinchDorothy Provine
CabdriverEddie “Rochester” Anderson
Tyler FitzgeraldJim Backus
Man driving in the desertJack Benny
Union officialJoe E. Brown
Biplane pilotBen Blue
Police sergeantAlan Carney
DetectiveChick Chandler
Mrs. HalliburtonBarrie Chase
MayorLloyd Corrigan
Police chiefWilliam Demarest
Sheriff of Crocket CountyAndy Devine
Ginger Culpeper (voice)Selma Diamond
CabdriverPeter Falk
DetectiveNormal Fell
Colonel WilberforcePaul Ford
Deputy sheriffStan Freberg
Billie Sue Culpeper (voice)Louise Glenn
CabdriverLeo Gorcey
Fire chiefSterling Holloway
Mr. DincklerEdward Everett Horton
IrwinMarvin Kaplan
Jimmy the CookBuster Keaton
Nervous motoristDon Knotts
Airport managerCharles Lane
Man driving over hatJerry Lewis
MinerMike Mazurki
Lieutenant MatthewsCharles McGraw
Switchboard operatorZasu Pitts
Tower controlCarl Reiner
Police secretaryMadlyn Rhue
PolicemanRoy Roberts
RayArnold Stang
Truck driverNick Stewart
FiremenThe Three Stooges
Chinese laundrymanSammee Tong
Radio tower operatorJesse White

Credits

Disc Features

  • Restored 4K digital film transfer of the general release version of the film, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD 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 DTS-HD 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 interviews with visual-effects specialist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt
  • Excerpt from a 1974 talk show hosted by director Stanley Kramer and featuring Mad World actors Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, and Jonathan Winters
  • Press interview from 1963 featuring Kramer and cast members
  • Excerpts about the influence of the film from the 2000 AFI program 100 Years . . . 100 Laughs
  • Two-part 1963 episode of the TV program Telescope that follows the film’s press junket and premiere
  • The Last 70mm Film Festival, a 2012 program featuring Mad World cast and crew, hosted by actor Billy Crystal
  • Selection of humorist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg’s original TV and radio ads for the film, with a new introduction by Freberg
  • Trailers and radio spots
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Lou Lumenick and new illustrations by legendary cartoonist Jack Davis, along with a map of the shooting locations by artist Dave Woodman

    Original poster illustration by Jack Davis

Film Essays

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Nothing Succeeds Like Excess

By Lou LumenickJanuary 21, 2014

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My Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Nothing Succeeds Like Excess

By Lou LumenickJanuary 21, 2014

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