"It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I dunno, there's something that's just plain funny about the whole enterprise. Could it be that deep down inside, I think explosions and car crashes are funny? Maybe I like watching over-the-hill celebrities beat each other up. Or the abundance of cameos (Don Knotts, The Three Stooges, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Jimmy Durante, Rochester, Buster Keaton, a million others) or the stellar leading cast (Milton Berle, Dick Shawn, Terry-Thomas, Phil Silvers, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Ethel Merman, Sid Caeser). There's just something funny about this movie.
There's something wonderful about this DVD, too. It's presented in an absolutely gorgeous widescreen (2.35:1) trasfer. Great colours, sharp picture, almost no scratches. It beats the heck out of my old, faded, pan and scan videotape.
It's also got several extras that fans might like. "Something A Little Less Serious" is a one hour documentary about the making of the film, with interviews from important folks like Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett, Sid Caeser and Stanley Kramer, as well as people like Jerry Lewis and Arnold Stang (who made very short guest appearances). There are also some fairly worthless extended scenes (which were all cut for a reason.) Rounding out the extras are a very good theatrical trailer and a very good re-release trailer.