It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
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Stanley Kramer's sprawling 1963 comedy about a search for buried treasure by at least a dozen people--all played by well-known entertainers of their day--is the kind of mass comedy that Hollywood hasn't made in many years. (Another example from around the same time is Blake Edwards's The Great Race.) After a number of strangers (including Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, and others) witness a dying stranger (Jimmy Durante) identify the location of hidden money, a conflict-ridden hunt begins, watched over carefully by a suspicious cop (Spencer Tracy). The ensuing two and a half hours of mayhem has its ups and downs--some bits and performers are certainly funnier than others. But Kramer, who is better known for socially conscious, serious cinema (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?), is in a mood for broad comic characterization, and some of his jokes are so intentionally obvious (Durante literally kicks a bucket when he dies), they'd have a place in Airplane! Watch for lots of cameo appearances, including Jerry Lewis (who had called Kramer and asked him why he hadn't been invited to participate). --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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MAD WORLD was a big event when it was first released and I don't think any star studded comedy since has matched it for talent on either side of the camera. It's a big movie ( that's movie - not special effects convention ) the likes of which can never be made again because the world has junked clean humor and replaced movie stars with "Celebs".
If you know anything about the stars of the past the list of names here will astound you. The best part is that they are all on top of their game at the same time in this film. They are a vanished breed : the incredibbly seasoned pro. There are no wasted words, no flat gags and no throw away scenes. Even the shots of the cars driving from point to point are spectacular.
The plot concerns a group of motorists who witness an accident and stop to help. They learn from the crash victim that he was on the way to recoup a burried treasure of stolen loot. The race is on to be the first to locate the prize and assorted situations lead to comic results before the wild climax RAT RACE is based on the same idea if not an out and out remake so if you liked that movie you should try this one.
Now . . . none of this will work for you if you are tunnel visioned on the present. This is from an era when studios did not offend audiences. This is a movie that was made to be seen not just by you but by you and your son or daughter. There are no winks - no nods.
If you won't watch Citizen Kane because it's in black and white - see ya!Read more ›
Great camera work, fantastic scenery and "classic humour" are all featured in this "road race" for hidden treasure.
A great gift for someone who grew up with great stars like Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Ceaser and Phil Silvers. Hilarious!!!
One thing this DVD does have is the hilarious and informative documentary "Something A Little Less Serious." If MGM releases the extended version on DVD, I hope they remember the documentary, too.
Just finished watching the movie on Turner TV. The narrator came on after the movie and said that THE ORIGINAL WAS 5 HOURS long(Just too much "good stuff"). The movie studio had it edited to the shortened current version of three hours.
Back in '63 it was a terrific movie-In '04 it is still a terrific 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.
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Every actor in the comedy universe appears in this roadshow as it is discovered that a trea$ure is buried under an object. They are all in a big race to get to the treasure. Read morePublished 24 days ago by ellison
One of the wackiest chase movies ever, just makes you giggle and guffaw from start to finish. If you're older like me you'll enjoy spotting all the cameos by famous film stars and... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Snowy Angel's Mom
It's an old classic.
Nice to be able to find a copy to watch for old time sake
Watched move 40 years ago with my sister and laughed so hard that our bellies hurt. Had the same effect once again. Thank you Amazon for making our day. 😀Published 5 months ago by angie clark
This is one of my all time favorite comedies . A must see for the younger gen.Published 6 months ago by mad mal