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Offline BeAStooge

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The rumored Criterion Collection treatment for IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963) is true, due out on January 21, 2014.  Packaged in a dual format with 2 BD and 3 DVD.

In addition to the restored 159-minute general release version, a 197-minute version equivalent to its 1963 roadshow version will be included.  Years of pain-staking research and archival digging has turned up the most complete collection of extant material that [can probably] be expected.  We are still waiting on more detailed information, but hopefully long-sought scenes will include the phone conversation with Buster Keaton & Spencer Tracy, plus additional footage featuring Don Knotts & Barbara Pepper, Allen Jenkins, Howard DaSilva, Cliff Norton, etc., all seen for the first time in 50 years.

From The Criterion Collection website...

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.

 •   United States
 •   1963
 •   159 minutes
 •   Color
 •   2.76:1
 •   English

Disc Features
 •   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

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Re: 197-Minute MAD MAD WORLD on Criterion BluRay, Jan. 21 2014
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2013, 08:53:48 PM »
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  • This sounds awesome - I'm sold!
    If there's no other place around the place, I reckon this must be the place, I reckon.

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    Re: 197-Minute MAD MAD WORLD on Criterion BluRay, Jan. 21 2014
    « Reply #2 on: October 29, 2013, 08:36:16 AM »
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  • About 25 years ago a VHS version came out that featured extra footage.  It was not the actual missing scenes from the road show version, but alternate, inferior takes of most of the missing footage.  Footage mentioned of Keaton, and Knotts was not on that version.  I am assuming these inferior takes of the missing footage is what is included on this new blu-ray.  I have always heard rumors through the years that a Canadian businessman has a print of the road show version.
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    Re: 197-Minute MAD MAD WORLD on Criterion BluRay, Jan. 21 2014
    « Reply #3 on: January 11, 2014, 04:30:08 PM »
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  • Unfortunately, this release will have those awful cardboard sleeves.



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