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Marx Brothers Box Set [DVD]

The Marx Brothers , Thelma Todd , David Miller , Robert Florey    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: The Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd, Rockcliffe Fellowes, Ruth Hall, Louis Calhern
  • Directors: David Miller, Robert Florey, William A. Seiter, Victor Heerman, Norman Z. McLeod
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FFJVGO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,881 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A collection of 8 classic Marx Brothers films. 'The Cocoanuts' (1929) sees the four Marx brothers - Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo - make their big screen debut with this adaptation of their Broadway hit; 'Animal Crackers' (1930) also stars Margaret Dumont; 'Monkey Business' (1931) was their first original screenplay and features them as stowaways aboard a luxury ocean liner; 'Horse Feathers' (1932) sees them creating havoc on the campus of a high school college; 'Duck Soup' (1933) is a zany political satire, which so offended Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini that the film was banned in Italy; 'Room Service' (1938) also starred Lucille Ball and Ann Miller; 'Love Happy' (1949) featured an aspiring starlet, Marilyn Monroe; and 'A Girl in Every Port' (1952) was Groucho Marx's second solo outing for RKO and his third feature without Chico and Harpo.

Synopsis

Features eight Marx Brothers films, including Animal Crackers, The Cocoanuts, Duck Soup, A Girl in Every Port, Horse Feathers, Love Happy, Monkey Business, and Room Service.


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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM ENGLAND TO CANADA! (and well worth it!) 25 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
Yep! This second set completes the Marx brothers catologue.
I live in Canada, and whilst looking up the Laurel & Hardy 21-disc boxset, (which I eventually got, and glad I did!), I happened to have found this set. (Had to get a Cambridge Audio DVD99 dvd player to play both regions over here, though, but a great machine nonetheless!).
I got this boxset on sale, and when the bill came in (plus what Canada Post dinged me for), it came to just over $50-something dollars which is still anywhere from $10 to $20 less than the earlier 6-disc Silver Screen collection we have on this side of the Atlantic! I've noticed you have that one as well, but obviously I'm going to go for this 8-disc set.
I was initially attracted by the black cover, which has some attractive computer/lithograph photo/painting type colour pictures inside the fold out sleeves. One, in fact, looks so good, (I think from "Horsefeathers" with a funny shot of Harpo being held up from collapsing in the background), that I really wouldn't mind trying to get it enlarged and printed on a black t-shirt!
As far as the movies go, they pretty much all look, and sound great! I once read a review about "The Cocoanuts" from someone who had purchased the "Silver Screen" edition, complaining that the picture quality was poor. Well, either Universal cleaned it up for this edition, or the fellow didn't watch it long enough to notice that after the first few minutes, the picture gets better and better. Hell, what do you want for 1929?! And, if you have trouble understanding Groucho's quick banter on this one, just throw on the subtitles.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marx Brothers Mayhem! 20 Mar 2011
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If you love the Marx Brothers you can hardly get better value for money than this. The eight movies come on 8 picture-disc single-sided discs, not those awful American flippers, so expect them to playable for many years to come. This set actually has 7 Marx Brothers films and 1 Groucho Marx film. It contains: The Coconuts, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Desk Front, Love Happy (often called the worst Marx Brothers film, having never seen it before I loved this film), and A Girl In Every Port (Groucho Marx Only). Seven of the best Marx Brothers films plus an excellent, much unfairly criticised Groucho Marx film. And great value for money too. It's a shame the set with the other Marx Brothers films is so expensive.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant surprise 14 Mar 2009
By Neonaki
Format:DVD
I already had the box set with the most known films and only bought this one to complete the collection with Duck Soup. But the included movies were really a surprise! The stories, direction, faces, everything so interestingly different, gives a good sense of how the Marx Bros legend started and a feeling of evolution of their amazing sense of humour. I strongly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars you can learn a lot from Lydia 27 Dec 2013
Format:DVD
In a lot of ways the cleverness, cynicism and strangeness of the Marx Brothers suit modern tastes. Many people say they're their favourite pre-war film comedians - but I always suspect they are isolating individual moments and not watching the films in their entirety. Because as films, they are rubbish. They really fall between two stools - feeling obliged to provide some kind of tedious romantic plot, but not even attempting to integrate it with the comic routines. As a result these are as random and pointless as the slapstick skits in a pantomime. Groucho's wordplay, Chico's organ-grinder schtick, Harpo's general weirdness and Zeppo's...whatever he does*: they enter, they exit, on to the next unconnected bit of business. Then an arbour scene between the romantic leads, followed by some second rate cast 'number' and a dance routine.

Now, don't get me wrong: some of the Brothers' bits are very good, but it's not enough. The best films, like Duck Soup and Horse Feathers, do have a degree of coherence; but great comedy also needs meaning - not a message, but to have truth behind it - and it needs a heart. The Marxes, as characters, have no heart; they're like demons. Madness in their eyes, they prey mercilessly on everyone around them - until the denouement requires a bout of schmaltzy sentimentality to make sure the audience don't go off and have nightmares.

I don't know why this set doesn't include Day at the Races (my favourite) or Night at the Opera - but obviously without them it can't be seen as remotely definitive.

*To be fair, Zeppo was a pretty good singer; but that's not exactly what the act was most in need of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marx Brothers Films 3 Jan 2013
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Excellent set of films from the Marx Brothers. Ideal replacement for my defunct videos. They are my favourite comedy group and these DVDs give hours of fun and laughter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marx Brothers Compendium 29 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
This is a very thorough collection of Marx Brothers films - all the familiar ones are here, as well as a few I have never heard of (usually with good reason).The picture and sound quality is generally excellent, and the price is very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 6 classic movies, two duds 13 Dec 2011
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The first of two box sets of Marx Brothers films, the other box is the films they made for MGM so this means you get their first 6 films up to Duck Soup (which bombed and the studio dropped them) and two late career duds that don't fit anywhere else... The first two films, Animal Crackers and Cocoanuts may seem a little stagey but that is because they are adaptations of their popular Broadway shows. Rounding out the box set is two films they made late in their careers, Love Happy sees the 3 Marx Brothers take on an exceptional bad script, not dreadful but uninspired and thin on the laughs, but A Girl In Every Port is truly bad and seems completely devoid of humour, I say that having got to about 11 minutes before I could take no more. Curiously these are the only two films where Groucho grew a real moustache, spooky huh?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some classics, some filler
If you like the Marx Brothers then you are going to enjoy the great films in this collection. The sound and filming in the early ones (especially the Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers)... Read more
Published 14 days ago by dewi
5.0 out of 5 stars Love happy
Happy collection for all of us Marxists. Gives Marx from the early works to the last one, with Haro as central character, and a young Vera Ellen dancing our heartsaway
Published 2 months ago by Veit G:son Berg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great roundup of Marx Brothers films if you dont have any on DVD
Good inexpensive box set , well presented. Missed a couple of films I wanted out of the collection hence only 4 stars, but the films themselves are wonderful - terrible plots,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. T. Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 films, bargain price
This is a bargain set at the current price of 15GBP. That is little under 2GBP per film.

Given the years that these films were produced, the transfer to DVD is top... Read more
Published 3 months ago by SBno1
3.0 out of 5 stars Marx Brothers.
Not the best of the Marx Brothers films in this Box Set.
They seemed funny years ago, but have lost their sparkle, as they seem so dated. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The Marx Brithers never fail to amuse and this box set contains a lot of their best films. It used to be tradition to watch their films on terrestrial tv over the Christmas period. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Geoff Swann
5.0 out of 5 stars great present
bought as present. recipient loves it. it has a good cross section of the marx brothers films. came well packed and on time, would recommend.
Published 4 months ago by Sarah Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Marx Bros box set
Can't really give a proper review as yet. Saving them for the Christmas period when hopefully the whole family can watch and enjoy comedy as it should be. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barry 'marx'
5.0 out of 5 stars marx out of 5
this was a gift for my brother, and he loved it. he has watched most oof the films, thank you.
Published 6 months ago by tubs
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like that any more......
Had already bought this box set a few years ago & watch it regularly as I love the Marx Brothers, even my 11 year old niece has become an 'Addict' . Read more
Published 6 months ago by MR KEVIN STOKES
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