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Criterion Press Release: It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Dual Format)

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    IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD-DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITION
    Stanley Kramer followed his Oscar-winning Judgment at Nuremberg with this sobering investigation of American greed. Ah, who are we kidding? It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure, is the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners performed by a nonpareil cast, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, and a boatload of other playing-to-the-rafters comedy legends. For sheer scale of silliness, Kramer’s wildly uncharacteristic film is unlike any other, an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery.
     
    1963 • 159 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.76:1 aspect ratio
     
    DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New, restored 4K digital film transfer of the general release version of the film, with 5.1 surround Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New high-definition digital transfer of a 197-minute extended version of the film, reconstructed and restored by Robert A. Harris using visual and audio material from the longer original road-show version—including some scenes that have been returned to the film here for the first time—with 5.1 surround Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New audio commentary featuring It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World aficionados Mark Evanier, Michael Schlesinger, and Paul Scrabo
    • New documentary on the film’s visual and sound effects, featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage of the crew at work and interviews with visual-effects specialist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt
    • Talk show from 1974 hosted by director Stanley Kramer and featuring Mad World actors Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, and Jonathan Winters
    • Press interview from 1963 featuring Kramer and members of the film’s cast
    • Interviews recorded for the 2000 AFI program 100 Years . . . 100 Laughs, featuring comedians and actors discussing the influence of the film
    • Two-part 1963 episode of the CBC television program Telescope that follows the film’s press junket and premiere
    • The Last 70mm Film Festival, a program from 2012 featuring cast and crew members from Mad World at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, hosted by Billy Crystal
    • Selection of humorist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg’s original TV and radio advertisements for the film, with a new introduction by Freberg
    • Original and rerelease trailers, and rerelease radio spots
    • Two Blu-rays and three DVDs, with all content available in both formats
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Lou Lumenick
     
    TITLE: IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2331BDDVD
    UPC: 7-15515-11201-7
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-799-9
    SRP: $49.95
    PREBOOK: 12/24/13
    STREET: 1/21/14
     
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    I will be restructuring the above post as back cover art becomes available.

    I just wanted to say that I have been aware of how much was being put back
    into this film for a bit of time now.

    I think Robert Harris deserves the final word on what has and has not been
    restored from the laserdisc. However, if I am correct, everything that was on
    that laserdisc will be on this Blu-ray sans one small insignificant sequence.

    As the press release states, there is additional material we have not seen before.
     
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    This is the best part "New high-definition digital transfer of a 197-minute extended version of the film, reconstructed and restored by Robert A. Harris using visual and audio material from the longer original road-show version—including some scenes that have been returned to the film here for the first time—with 5.1 surround Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray"Also 5 discs for $39.99. They are doing this right. It will take days to go through the extras.Now, for an Old Fashioned.
     
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    Are there radio calls or deleted scenes? Sounds like we should hang onto the MGM version for the doc at least--
     
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    Again, hoping Mr. Harris will chime in, but my understanding is radio calls will be included.
     
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    At last we finally have it. 50 years was well worth the wait.
     
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    Wa-hao, this one is jam-packed with extras. Day one purchase right here.
     
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    Hope so, this sounds like the version he's been working on for many years!
     
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    This looks simply AWESOME!! Well worth the short wait. These days I buy pretty much all of my Criterions during the various 50% off sales, but this one may be a Day One purchase.
     
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    Undoubtably. I never pay full price for Criterion. This will be the exception.
     
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    Oh hell yes.
     
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    $50 list price for 5 discs with lots of extras is a great deal. Looks like many fans will be happy about this release.
     
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    What concerns me a bit is the listing on Critereon's page for this on the aspect ratio. It is listed as 2:35:1. is the the intended AR for this film in the general release? or should it be 2:76:1 as is already released on the current MGM disc? Also if this is the case, what will be the AR of the 197 min. version?
     
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    In the land of Sazeraces and absinthes, this is the best they could do but is is an Old Fashion. Cheers to good news.
     

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    More than I could have hoped for!! :)

    I may just have buy some new Wilsonart Designer White 5' x 12' laminate material to construct a new Ultra Panavision screen for the event.

    IAMMMMW PARTY anyone????
     
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    Looking forward to this one!
     
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    Finally!! I've never seen the laserdisc version, so I am eager to finally see a longer version.
     
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    No question with me either.
     
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    I just nerded all over the floor. Do we have a release date?
     

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