It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World [VHS]
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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

Spencer Tracy heads a hilariously zany cast that stars Hollywood's greatest comedians (Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas andJonathan Winters) and features cameo appearances by every joker and jester in the business from DonKnotts and Jerry Lewis to The Three Stooges. Nominated* for 6 Oscars(r), It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is "an explosive motion picture experience" (Variety)! On a winding desert highway, eight vacation-bound motorists share an experience that alters their plansand their lives! After a mysterious stranger divulges the location of a stolen fortune, they each speed off in a mind-bending, car-bashing race for the lootand the most side-splitting laughfest in history. *1963: Sound Effects (won), Cinematography, Sound, Song, Score, Film Editing.

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  • It's wild, wild!
    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Stanley Kramer, 1963)

    Of Stanley Kramer's major films, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has probably been the most neglected, and that's a shame. It is truly epic in scope, it's much deeper than it first seems, and if you're looking for an all-star cast, it's pretty hard to beat this one; there are at least twenty well-known actors (not all of them comics) credited, and if you watch closely, you may well see another twenty people you recognize in cameos (Jack Benny, Minta Durfee, and Jerry Lewis are just the best-known of the bunch). Adam Baldwin once said of the movie that everyone who was anyone in comedy in 1963 is represented in this movie, and it's pretty hard to come up with anyone they overlooked.

    The wafer-thin plot centers around $350,000 buried by Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante). After a road accident, Grogan kicks the bucket (quite literally, one of the movie's least subtle, and yet best, sight gags), but not before revealing the location of the treasure to a number of people who'd stopped to help him-- Russell Finch (Milton Berle), Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett), Dingy Bell (Mickey Rooney), Melville Crump (Sid Caesar), and Lennie Pike (Jonathan Winters). These five, along with a number of female travelling companions (the finest of whom is Finch's mother-in-law, played by Ethel Merman in a truly grand performance), begin an every-man-for-himself race to the treasure, all the while tracked by the police chief (Spencer Tracy) of the town whose cops were tailing Grogan originally. Along the way, others get roped into the chase, and the whole thing takes on a monstrous, Rube Goldbergian mien.

    Running just shy of three hours, this is a movie that, on the surface, stands out simply because it runs just shy of three hours-- who on earth would make a three-hour comedy, and worse, a three-hour comedy that's all slapstick and sight gags? (And Kramer's previous film was Judgment at Nuremberg, to give you some historical context.) Everything about this movie screams "hate me," which is why it's even more intriguing that it's so very likable-- I can't tell you the number of people I know, or whose reviews I've read, that have said something like "this movie encapsulates everything about American big-budget comedy, and yet it's hysterical." Indeed. The reason for this is that this isn't your basic Three Stooges short-- there's far more under the hood in this movie than it's often given credit for. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is Erich von Stroheim's Greed with a nasty Sterno addiction living on skid row. Like most of the comedies I truly adore, this movie is, at its core, mean to the point of brutality. From the moment the five men and their respective companions decide to stop working together, the movie takes on a tinge of bitterness that, one feels, were it unearthed would paint a wide black swath over the celluloid. These characters, to a one, including those who get roped in later (the sole exception is Sylvester, the rather simpleminded son of Merman's character, played wonderfully by Dickie Shawn), show themselves for the morally bankrupt swine they are, and thus, when the inevitable denouement occurs, we can heartily cheer. Because we're not supposed to like these people, though we do. Topping it all off is Ernest Gold's wonderfully chaotic Oscar-nominated soundtrack, which is all the punctuation this movie needs.

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a great film. Great, I tell you, great. **** ?
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    We watch this movie at least once a year, many times when we have family reunions! We love it, and never tire of it!...more info
  • Hilarious and Downright Funny for the Whole Family!!
    I first saw the movie version of 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World! on TV when I was 17 and with the DVD, it is still classic. For a movie released in 1963, the colours are vivid and sound clear. Some scripts have tried to emulate 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World!', taking the same line of thinking, to no avail ... they just come short. The movie is long and has many actors. However, analyzing each character individually, you will come to appreciate the characters in each of the actors as they all head to one place where the loot is hidden - Santa Rosita. The mother-and-son in-law, The English chap, the dentist, Russell ... Hey! this is hilarious and downright funny for the whole family!! This is definitely a classic to buy....more info
  • One of the Funniest Movies Ever!
    Not to be missed, this star studded film provides laughs aplenty as they search for a dad convicts stolen loot (350 Gees!). So many great lines, like Milton Berle about his brother-in-law "Be careful of him...he's not normal!"Or Jim Backus "Now I'll make some old fashions the old fashion way, just like dear old grand-dad!".Or Buddy Hackett regarding the bumbling air traffic controller "I don't think he's gunna help us!"For a long movie, every second is a treasure!...more info
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    This version of the film has been edited, leaving some of the nice little gags out, such as the man popping off Phil Silvers' steering wheel, and Mickey Rooney dumping water on Buddy Hackett in the airplane...suddenly the cut back to the scene, Buddy is wet but you don't know why if you haven't seen the uncut version before. This is not the version for the true fans of this flick. I don't understand why the company who transferred the film chose to cut out little funny scenes but kept the tedious intermission with it's blank screen and theme music...omitting this instead could have saved the original humour and flow of the film.
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  • good review
    Product arrived within a few days of ordering it. The
    DVD was sold as new and it was. I am very satisfied
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  • Great Comedy
    This product brings out the survival instinct in all of us in a very hilarous way....more info
  • Need to see this one!
    Must see movie! Better than the later "copy cat"! Sad that the actors have passed on for the most part. This is hilarious!...more info
  • Mad x 4 World = BIG W = WONDERFUL. Simply priceless.
    Made over 40 years ago, twice as long as any comedy should be, it is a non-stop, mad fun, and a very beautiful and well crafted movie to that, the true achievement by Mr. Stanley Kramer. Did I mention the feast of stunts? As stunt coordinator Carey Loftin claims, "You name a stunt, we did it - in airplanes, automobiles, tractors, trucks, fire engines". It never slows down. It was funny 40 years ago when I saw it in the theater in Moscow with my friend, and we , two teenage girls laughed so much that we could not breathe. It is still funny. What a great monument to the American famous comedians who gathered in the movie. I've always been a subscriber to the opinion that the best comedies are short, swift, and fast. As the saying goes, dying is easy, comedy is hard. One can only wonder how hard it was to make a Colossus of the comedy 195 minutes long, to gather dozens of the best and most famous comedians of their time, and to give them all the moments to shine. What did it take to send them all in the mad, mad, mad, mad race for the buried treasure that require them to drive, to fly, to swim, to run, to crawl, to fight, to cheat, and to fall hard from fire escapes, ladders, palm trees, and building tops under the watchful eye of the police chief Spencer Tracy (famous dramatic actor happened to be very funny, too) on his retirement day, and to have as the result the film that never hangs or runs out of breath - now this is a BIG W - WONDERFUL. Every actor/actress in a big role or the small cameo deserves praise and admiration, and it is simply impossible to even try to mention them all but for me it was Ethel Merman, the loud, obnoxious , pushy mother-in-law from hell who stole the show. As for the small cameos, uncredited Jerry Lewis with the idiotically happy look at his face driving over Tracy's hat in the beginning of the film and Peter Falk as the easily irritated cab driver in the end make me laugh as I am writing it. Well, whom am I kidding? Everyone was funny and everything was memorable in the mad, loud, huge, great - one and only Mad x 4 World

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  • Super Funny!!
    With a cast of characters which is a veritable list of who's who from the comedy world, this movie doesn't disappoint! Hilarious from start to finish. I've seen it many times and it's still funny!...more info
  • It's a MAD, MAD....World
    It's a very funny film! It was in great shape and I received it in a timely fashion. Thanks....more info
  • Great cast at their best
    What a treat to see the finest comedic talent that we will ever see together in a hilarious production. Each of these legendary performers are marvelous and none of them overact. There is no competition between them, but a wonderful blending of talent that is from the better days of entertainment....more info
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    Great movie saw it when I was a kid. What a cast!!!! Good old fashion FUNNY!


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  • It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
    I was very satisfied with this order. The item shipped quickly and was is perfect condition....more info
  • Great Comedy!
    What can you say about the BEST comedians ever! This is a great family movie and it sure brought back memories of the 60's and 70's. They sure don't make movies like this anymore!!! ...more info
  • Love it!
    I've loved this movie since I was a kid. Full of non-stop action & laughter. It's a must see & a must have for anyone who loves comedy....more info
  • Disapointed in tape.
    I ordered the movie "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World on tape because it was supposed to have closed captions. The tape version was the closest to the original movie. it was a 2-tape set. My wife requires closed captions. Tape #1 was without closed captions. # 2 had it. The seller tried to make things right by sending another copy of tape #1. It too, was without closed captions. My wife and I have been wanting to see this movie in it's entirety for a long time. The DVD's are missing almost 30 minutes from the original. The tape are only missing 11 minutes from the original. My only chance to see the entire movie will be when it comes on TCM again, don't know when.... The problems were NOT the fault of the seller. rather the people who made the tapes. Thank you....more info
  • Just push the button marked BOOZE!
    What can I say? It's an epic adventure and comedy rolled into one! It's been my #1 all-time favorite film since childhood, which says a lot. I was surprised to find out how underrated it is. Critics always talk about how it stars so many famous comedians. The novelty overshadows the movie itself. Like I said, I saw this at a very young age, and didn't know who all these actors were. This is the movie that introduced me to them.

    It also gets downplayed, being labeled as "slapstick." But that's cutting it short. There's a lot of subtleness in there too. The performances are outstanding. I've never seen a movie that has so many memorable characters all in one.

    Each of them go on their own adventure, inter-cutting along the way, as they each have to overcome their own obstacles and meet other characters on their journey. It's like several movies all intertwined together, and most of it happens in real time. The 2 1/2 hour run time feels appropriate and passes like nothing. Every second is entertaining, which is the greatest accomplishment for a motion picture to achieve.

    The film resonates with me on a deeper level. All these characters met on the side of the road. They were just ordinary hard working people who had nothing in common, except for one dream. That unreachable fantasy. They all wanted the money so bad. They weren't happy with their lives. They wanted a change, and they would do anything to beat each other. They're overcome by greed which becomes their overlying problem.

    Fantastic movie! Full of hilarious moments, and a great story!...more info
    Product ad did not specify that it was widescreen. Very few customers own media centers, and widescreen looks ridiculous on a tv. All DVDs should specify widescreen or full....more info
  • It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
    This is a great movie with major stars. I laugh so much until I cried. ...more info
  • Greatest Comedy of all Time
    This movie is really funny. I saw it the first time on my first date in the 60s. I laughed so hard I was really embarrased. Now I watch it with my grandchild who really enjoys it. Great cast. Great directing. The script is terrific as the story keeps building to an outlandish finale....more info
  • Funny and clean
    I love this movie! It's long but all of the different stories that are unfolding keep you interested. The entire time new characters are being introduced and it is humerous throughout. ...more info
  • Better than the remake!
    I didn't even know that Rat Race was a remake of this movie. The original was great!...more info
  • It's a mad mad mad world
    Funniest movie I've ever watched.I think I busted a rib laughing.

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  • No movie is funnier.
    No matter how many times we watch this movie, the laughter is still the same. One of the best - if not THE best - classic comedies ever made....more info
  • Scattershot Laughs In Cinemascope Comic Epic
    "It's A Mad, Mad,Mad ,Mad World" is a curio for sure. With it's sheer size and scope things could have either gone entirely right or completely awry. Steven Spielberg's "1941" comes to mind. The large cast of comics on hand are more than adequate but with everybody elbowing each other for space nobody truly distinguishes themselves. Despite some good large scale set pieces, Jonathan Winters demolishing a garage, Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett piloting an out of control airplane, Sid Caesar and Edie Adams destroying a hardware store, the two funniest moments are a banana peel joke and a kick-the-bucket gag. It was inspired to cast the taciturn Spencer Tracy to anchor the comic mayhem. The ultimate fun in this film is spotting the talent on hand, either featured or in cameos. I particularly got a kick out of identifying the voice of George O'Hanlon on a police intercom. O'Hanlon later was the voice of George on "The Jetsons"....more info
  • Nice quality
    It came fast and works great. The only downside is that it's missing a few parts. It's a shortened edition. Other then that it's great though....more info
  • review for mad mad world
    this 60's classic is 1 of a kind. I lost count on the number of comics from the 40's, 50's and 60's that star in this wonderfull comedy.

    I recommend it to anywone who enjoys watching older movies that enjoy light comedy. I also recommend it for families of all ages.
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  • The Funniest Old Movie EVER!
    This is, in my opinion, undoubtedly the funniest slapstick comedy ever! You'll never see this many great actors and comedians in the same movie again! This is a classic!...more info
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World DVD
    Excellent price and fast shipping. Movie is a classic with all those old time comedy stars and it's hilarious. Can watch again and again and it gets funnier each time. Thanks for a great product and excellent service. ...more info
  • I wish they made movies like this today.
    Fun. Clean. Ornate. I love it. Please make more like this....more info
  • "An all-time comedy classic"
    Even though this movie was released 46 years ago,it has held up rather well-You had a veritable who's who of comedy:Milton Berle,Phil Silvers,Buddy Hackett,& Jonathan Winters just to name a few-Loved the cameo appearances of folks such as Jack Benny,Jerry Lewis,& The Three Stooges-This is definitely family-friendly & age appropriate....more info
  • oldie but goodie
    A great fan of older movies and this is a gem to ad to my collection. Delivered promptly....more info
  • Loved it as a teen, Loved it as a retiree
    I saw this film the week it was released at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The walls of the theater literally vibrated with the laughter. I watched it again last week on DVD, 44 years later, but laughed in the same spots. Plot? What plot - a bunch of wacky 50's & 60's comedians try to best each other on a treasure hunt. The lot of them thrown together is what the word "Juxtaposition" was invented for. Who would think of casting Ethel Merman, Terry Thomas, Spencer Tracy and the Three Stooges in the same film? But it works! info
  • It's a mad mad mad mad world
    Loved this movie when i was a kid and still do. One of the all time classics. Filled with many of the stars of the time. Several cameo's of big name stars also....more info