The most grandly harebrained movie ever made, Stanley Kramer's 1963 classic gets the loving care it deserves in this Criterion release. The jaw-dropping cast including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters and many more. Reissue features a restored 4K digital transfer of the general release, a high-def digital transfer of a 197-min. extended version, and many extras. 3 hrs, 3 DVDs or 2 Blu ray discs.
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● Restored 4K digital transfer of the general release version of the film, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
● 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, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
● 2013 audio commentary featuring It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World aficionados Mark Evanier, Michael Schlesinger, and Paul Scrabo.
● 2013 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.
● PLUS: An essay by film critic Lou Lumenick and illustrations by legendary cartoonist Jack Davis.
Run Time: 163 minutes
Number of discs: 3 DVD and 2 blu-ray discs
Foreign Language Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color
SDH: ENGLISH SDH
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.76:1
Audio Format: 5.1 SURROUND
● Milton Berle
● Sid Caesar
● Ethel Merman
● Mickey Rooney
● Spencer Tracy
● Jonathan Winters