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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World [Widescreen]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 09/18/2001
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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

Side #1 --

1. Main Title [4:20]
2. Big Dubya [4:55]
3. Mum's the Word [5:16]
4. Head Games [5:20]
5. Captain Culpepper [2:07]
6. Splits [6:48]
7. Reckless [4:13]
8. Other Means [5:58]
9. Piece of the Pie [4:25]
10. Dirty Lies [6:07]
11. Demolition [4:03]
12. Shake It Up [5:37]
13. Full Circle [5:31]
14. Downhill [4:26]
15. Equal Treatment [4:17]
16. Mixed Nuts [4:51]
17. Big Bang [1:44]
18. High Tension [4:31]
19. Intermission [:43]
20. Out of Control [4:22]
21. Emergency Priority [4:01]
22. Loopy [5:10]
23. Out Alive [7:07]
24. Arrival [6:03]
25. W [5:34]
26. The Dig [:26]
27. To the Police [7:10]
28. Leniency [4:28]
29. Crooked Cop [2:50]
30. Mad for Money [2:39]
31. Airborne Hag [3:31]
32. The End [8:17]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: September 18, 2001
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: MGM
  • Length: 161 minutes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Format: Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9)
  • Discs: 1
  • Languages: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • UPC: 027616865915
  • Product ID: 2088360
  • Genre: Comedy

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