Rent It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

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2h 34min
Rent It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (aka It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
On a winding desert highway eight vacation-bound motorist share an experience that alters their plans and 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 loot and the most side-splitting laugh fest in history.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Stanley Kramer
Voiced By:
Selma Diamond, Louise Glenn, Morey Amsterdam, Stacy Harris, Tyler McVey, Elliott Reid, Lennie Weinrib
Writers:
William Rose, Tania Rose
Others:
Robert C. Jones, Gene Fowler Jr., Ernest Laszlo, Ernest Gold, Mack David, Gordon E. Sawyer, Frederic Knudtson, Walter G. Elliott
Aka:
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Children & Family, Classics, Comedy
Awards:

1964 Oscar Best Sound Effects

BBFC:
Release Date:
12/01/2001
Run Time:
154 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German Hard of Hearing, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/09/2017
Run Time:
163 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.76:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 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 interviews with visual-effects specialist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt
  • Excerpt from a 1974 talk show hosted by director Stanley Kramer and featuring Mad World actors Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, and Jonathan Winters
  • Press interview from 1963 featuring Kramer and cast members
  • Excerpts about the influence of the film from the 2000 AFI program 100 Years...100 Laughs
  • Two-part 1963 episode of the TV program Telescope that follows the film's press junket and premiere
  • The Last 70 mm Film Festival, a 2012 program featuring Mad World cast and crew, hosted by actor Billy Crystal
  • Selection of humorist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg's original TV and radio ads for the film, with a 2013 introduction by Freberg
  • Trailers and Radio Spots
  • An essay by film critic Lou Lumenick and illustrations by legendary cartoonist Jack Davis
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features

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Reviews (2) of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Vintage humour keeps a good taste - It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World review by JD

Spoiler Alert
16/03/2010

I am quite happy to try films from any decade and do not subscribe to the opinion that old films should be revered or modern films are better because of high-tech effects. This film is brilliantly directed and the acting is side-splittingly funny. It just shows that good humour is timeless. A pretty star studded cast, a recommended oldie.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

A museum piece at best - It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World review by DB

Spoiler Alert
05/05/2022

I chose this because it was described as one of the funniest films ever made, it followed a tried and tested formula, and included some big names in American comedy. It may well have been viewed very differently in 1963, although the Oscar nominations were for sound, music, editing, and cinematography, not for the writers, director, or actors. The dialogue is not funny, or if it is meant to be, its humour relies on sexism and characters being rude to each other. They don't seem to be able to have a conversation without poking, slapping, and pushing each other with every phrase. Destruction and demolition feature heavily. When an African-American couple strayed into the path of the protagonists, I was bracing myself for offensive racial stereotypes. Mercifully that scene didn't go as badly as it might have done, but it does not redeem a film that is not funny and badly dated.

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