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It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - 7/5 (Another Wal-Mart Exclusive) (1 Viewer)

Peter Neski

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Gee I just Download this from the sony Store,the same excellent transfer as MGM HD ,Road show music,no intermission scenes ,and I don't think its any longer,those laser disc

scenes aren't included

I think that this will be a Bare Bones ed. with maybe a full SE ed showing up latter

I would wait till I knew what if any extras are on Fish called Wanda,since the dvd SE had a lot
 

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You know, the Wal-Mart bashing gets a little old. Big-box stores will always be with us, whether they're named Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Sports Authority, Safeway or something else. And yes, small stores will suffer when they try to compete on price alone, but when those same stores compete using customer service (as opposed to going bare-bones on staff), they can do quite well. We have a Wal-Mart here, and a K-Mart too, though K-Mart is run so badly their days are probably numbered. Sometimes I shop there, and sometimes I don't, but I have no qualms, moral or otherwise, about shopping there. I shop there for the same reason I use Amazon -- there's a pretty good chance they have what I want to buy.


Yes, Wal-Mart has treated employees badly at times. So? Are you going to never vote for a Kennedy again because several Kennedys have done immoral, illegal or otherwise objectionable acts? Plan to never attend a Roman Polansky or Woody Allen movie again?


Don't want to sully your hands by making a purchase at Wal-Mart? Fine; go with God. But don't make like it's some Great Moral Crusade That Will Improve The World -- especially when the crusade doesn't include the inconvenience of waiting for the exclusive to end and the Blu-ray appears on Amazon.
 

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Not interested in IMMMW. Frankly it's almost cultish status totally escapes me
 

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Originally Posted by Rick Thompson

You know, the Wal-Mart bashing gets a little old. Big-box stores will always be with us, whether they're named Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Sports Authority, Safeway or something else. And yes, small stores will suffer when they try to compete on price alone, but when those same stores compete using customer service (as opposed to going bare-bones on staff), they can do quite well. We have a Wal-Mart here, and a K-Mart too, though K-Mart is run so badly their days are probably numbered. Sometimes I shop there, and sometimes I don't, but I have no qualms, moral or otherwise, about shopping there. I shop there for the same reason I use Amazon -- there's a pretty good chance they have what I want to buy.


Yes, Wal-Mart has treated employees badly at times. So? Are you going to never vote for a Kennedy again because several Kennedy's have done immoral, illegal or otherwise objectionable acts? Plan to never attend a Roman Polansky or Woody Allen movie again?


Don't want to sully your hands by making a purchase at Wal-Mart? Fine; go with God. But don't make like it's some Great Moral Crusade That Will Improve The World -- especially when the crusade doesn't include the inconvenience of waiting for the exclusive to end and the Blu-ray appears on Amazon.


Each to there own. The world would be very dull place if everyone thought and acted alike. But comparing not shopping at Wal-Mart to the Kennedy's (and I have never had a chance to vote for one but that is because I don't live in MA) Polanski (I did enjoy The Ghost Writer) and Allen (right now I haven't seen a Woody Allen film lately for they don't interest me) is just hilarious. I don't shop Wal-Mart because they don't have anything I want and the selection is limited, except an exclusive title. Not sure when the last time I was in a K-Mart for again, they don't carry what I want. I am not shopping Best Buy much now, because they don't have anything I want most of the time. I had rather give my money to a local store to keep in the community and not to the Internet, but they are not carrying items I want in the local stores. No it is not a GREAT MORAL CRUSADE to not buy at Wal-Mart it is a choice because I do not like what they carry, nothing more sinister than that.

I think the conversation was about Wal-Mart using the exclusive titles to bring in store traffic. I was just pointing out that it brought me in to buy the Blu-ray, but nothing else so it was a win for me and a sort of win for Wal-Mart for I did make a purchase. And I will be back to get a couple more of the exclusive titles when they come out in July.
 

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Rick, who are you talking to with that off the rails rant?
 

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With all these great catalog titles being released as Best Buy and Walmart exclusives, I might have to consider getting on a plane to the US


I've noticed that some of these titles are coming out in Germany and France and are available from Amazon. Not sure about region coding, but The Big Country is out in Germany and Maverick, A Fish Called Wanda, When Harry Met Sally, Casino Royale, Wild Wild West, Four Weddings, Midnight Cowboy and Get Shorty are out in France. No sign of these titles in the UK, but I wouldnt expect that.
 

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Originally Posted by Chas in CT

I suppose this has to be done...

Even though it can't help but go down as a missed opportunity, since it isn't the release we all continue to wait and live for...


I think so too, but this movie is so often revisited on home video that I don't believe it's the final word. But no one seems to be in possession of enough discarded footage to make a proper restoration in the first place. There's still plenty of scenes missing. So the argument is actually pointless. We could wait all our lives for them to find the missing footage and then we'd never have this film on blu-ray.


I also believe that the Wal-mart exclusives will be positive in the long run. Even though they're cheapies, the price point is attractive enough to get casual shoppers to want to upgrade to blu. And the more people that go blu, the more blu titles will keep popping up.
 

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Sure sucks that MGM cares so little for this classic to treat it like a throwaway to the creeps at Walmart. Absolutely sad and sickening, and those of you rushing to scap it up just to have it on any form are reinforcing their beliefs. I'm guilty of it too, I bought it for $6 at Costco after swearing I wouldn't buy it, but no blu for me till they do it RIGHT
 

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Originally Posted by ahollis






Did the MGMHD showing have the Overture, Intermission, Entr'acte and Exit Music? I really missed the Overture and Exit Music on the DVD. I will pick this up for this is one of my favorite films, but I still hope for a restoration of the film to include the cut scenes at some time. Until them the Laser will still spin.

I just caught a few minutes in the middle of the film to see how it looked.

I realize big fans of the film will be disappointed to not get fully loaded SEs off the bat, especially when the material has already been on other editions in other mediums- but I'm just happy to see MGM finally casting it's net wide and kicking out catalog from all eras (or at least from early widescreen on up). There have been a ton of great films that have shown up on MGMHD that I would love to see in a simple bare bones $10 release. I could finally retire all those crappy non-anamorphic discs still on my shelves.
 

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Originally Posted by Sam Posten

Sure sucks that MGM cares so little for this classic to treat it like a throwaway to the creeps at Walmart.

Absolutely sad and sickening, and those of you rushing to scap it up just to have it on any form are reinforcing their beliefs. I'm guilty of it too, I bought it for $6 at Costco after swearing I wouldn't buy it, but no blu for me till they do it RIGHT


Well, as I said, to "do it right" they'd have to somehow track down footage that's been missing for almost 50 years and restore the movie to its Roadshow length. And that's impossible at present; in fact, it may never happen. So why can't some of us have a decent high-def copy in the meantime? I don't understand your logic.
 

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funny, this is one of the most respectful forums on the net, and still this hatred for Walmart, i don't like it,but a house fire and starting over from nothing, well, i do shop there when price is an issue, Target, Best Buy, all have worked out some exclusives, just the way the business end is changing, best buy prices have gone up since they don't have circuit city to keep them in check. this is a win/win for MGM/Fox it still releases and gets titles out to the masses, and trust me Walmart is the masses even at two in the morning it still has people shopping,


you know if it get one person to watch a decent catalog title instead of the latest mindless Hollywood fiasco, i am OK with that. and usually they have it set up so that it gets pretty much the same treatment as the big blockbusters


then comes the fact that these are at a decent price point, some of these bargain releases haven't been the best, Nimh comes to mind, could have been better, but still has a film-like appearance, but most are good to great, Big Country just looks so good.


all this sort of bashing, makes me wonder, how exclusive do people really want what they buy to be, do you have to go to some obscure web site and order from there, case in point The Egyptian, no complaints that it is an exclusive, and limited run, meaning if you want it you better damn well pre-order quick or you might not get it at all; makes the limited collectors edition label actually mean something there.
 

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Its really a shame it takes so long for new blue rays to come out .of older films,Vudu ,the Sony Store all have nice HD Transfers of films from the big Studios which are not on Blue Ray

The MGM/UA stuff is just started coming out,I am sure we will see a Bunch of titles soon,I would have thought MAD would be a special ED,but that might still happen,The old

Doc is 1:33,and the cut scenes aren't HD ,so if thats all they would add ,who cares
 

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Originally Posted by Sumnernor

If the reasoning by Walmart is to get people in the store - why are they allowing mail order????

Not only that but why are a majority of these Walmart movies ONLY AVAILABLE as mail order?
 

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I don't find Walmart to be the specific problem per se, though
the larger the store, the bigger the hassle.


In this case, Walmart made this simple by offering mail-order.


The real problem with these "exclusives" is that in most cases,

I actually have to go to a store to buy these titles.


Anytime I can't shop from home, that's an inconvenience.


Take the recent MGM Best Buy exclusives, for instance.

Had get in my car, deal with traffic, then get to the store and

find product not in stock. In this case, the product was actually

in stock but I didn't find that out until the second trip I had to make

the following day when I discovered the title was not in the promo

bin but in the general population.


I guess I have become so spoiled with ordering movies from

Amazon. If I go to a electronics store but twice a year, that's

a lot. And, when I go, I quickly realize how much I dislike the

experience.
 

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Originally Posted by dana martin

funny, this is one of the most respectful forums on the net, and still this hatred for Walmart, i don't like it,but a house fire and starting over from nothing, well, i do shop there when price is an issue, Target, Best Buy, all have worked out some exclusives, just the way the business end is changing, best buy prices have gone up since they don't have circuit city to keep them in check. this is a win/win for MGM/Fox it still releases and gets titles out to the masses, and trust me Walmart is the masses even at two in the morning it still has people shopping,


you know if it get one person to watch a decent catalog title instead of the latest mindless Hollywood fiasco, i am OK with that. and usually they have it set up so that it gets pretty much the same treatment as the big blockbusters


then comes the fact that these are at a decent price point, some of these bargain releases haven't been the best, Nimh comes to mind, could have been better, but still has a film-like appearance, but most are good to great, Big Country just looks so good.


all this sort of bashing, makes me wonder, how exclusive do people really want what they buy to be, do you have to go to some obscure web site and order from there, case in point The Egyptian, no complaints that it is an exclusive, and limited run, meaning if you want it you better damn well pre-order quick or you might not get it at all; makes the limited collectors edition label actually mean something there.


My complaint isnt that walmart is selling these but the how they are selling these.


I know there are a slim group who are finding these movies in the actual store but a large majority of the walmarts are not putting these on the shelf and one can only get these from the .com walmart.

This is extremely limiting considering there are probably more walmart locations then just about any other store on earth.
 

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OK now that i got my pre order for the Egyptian out of the way, have to really watch the checkbook, but the wife humored me on my passion for this hobby, for those who haven't done it, best buy exclusive, if you pull up the best buy web site and get it to your local store, you can do a stock check from home, to see if they actually have it, you can also have them pull one, buy and pick up, walmart has ship to site (store) that normally is free, so all you really are paying for is the title.


my rub in all of this, and for our friends across the pond, is great titles released outside the united states that we are still waiting on, much like those outside the states waiting on titles release only in the US,


no matter what this is really turning into a year of catalog, a serious year of catalog!
 

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Here in the UK, I can't understand the disapprobation shown towards Walmart. As far as I'm concerned they're the parent company of Asda, who in the UK supermarket wars are the "good guys" compared with Tesco's bad guys. I'd desperately love a Blu-ray of IAMMMMW (and one of Blake Edwards' The Great Race for that matter), and I'm hoping the disc won't be region locked but I'm not holding my breath...
 

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Judging from the MGMHD showing, I think MAD WORLD looks superb. My little qualm with the MGMHD showing may be with their tinkering, but they left off the Intermission music, and the Overture was too close to the opening credits. They need to leave a beat or two once that is over and the Main Title starts, but like I said, I think this was the cable stations decision. I know the police calls are on the 70mm print I saw, so hopefully, they will be on the BluRay. They give a 161 minute running time, but wouldn't that be without the Overture, Intermission and Exit msic. I hope so. Anyway, I preordered it.
 

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