It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world
(DVD)

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Published:
Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2003.
Physical Desc:
1 videodisc (ca. 161 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Rating:
MPAA rating: G.
Status:
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DVD FICTION IT'S A MAD
Description
With this all-star Cinerama epic, producer/director Stanley Kramer vowed to make "the comedy that would end all comedies." The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante), who, before (literally) kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he's buried a fortune in stolen loot, "under the Big W." The various motorists setting out on a mad scramble include a dentist (Sid Caesar) and his wife (Edie Adams); a henpecked husband (Milton Berle) accompanied by his mother-in-law (Ethel Merman) and his beatnik brother-in-law (Dick Shawn); a pair of comedy writers (Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney); and a variety of assorted nuts including a slow-wit (Jonathan Winters), a wheeler-dealer (Phil Silvers), and a pair of covetous cabdrivers (Peter Falk and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson). Monitoring every move that the fortune hunters make is a scrupulously honest police detective (Spencer Tracy). Virtually every lead, supporting, and bit part in the picture is filled by a well-known comic actor: the laughspinning lineup also includes Carl Reiner, Terry-Thomas, Arnold Stang, Buster Keaton, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, and The Three Stooges, who get one of the picture's biggest laughs by standing stock still and uttering not a word. Two prominent comedians are conspicuous by their absence: Groucho Marx refused to appear when Kramer couldn't meet his price, while Stan Laurel declined because he felt he was too old-looking to be funny. Available for years in its 154-minute general release version, the film was restored to its roadshow length of 175 minutes on home video; the search goes on for a missing Buster Keaton routine, reportedly excised on the eve of the picture's premiere. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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ISBN:
0792859138 :
UPC:
027616902740

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General Note
Widescreen format (aspect ratio: 2.55:1).
General Note
Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.
Creation/Production Credits
Director of photography, Ernest Laszlo ; editors, Gene Fowler, Jr., Robert C. Jones, Frederic Knudtson ; music, Ernest Gold.
Participants/Performers
Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters.
Description
When a goofy assortment of motorists unexpectedly learn the whereabouts of a stolen fortune, they speed off on a side-splitting, car-bashing race for the loot.
Target Audience
MPAA rating: G.
System Details
DVD.
Language
English: 5.1 surround ; French 5.1 surround ; English, French & Spanish language subtitles ; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Awards
Academy Award, 1964: Best Effects, Sound Effects (Walter Elliott)
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