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Marx Brothers Box Set [DVD]


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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 (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FFJVGO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,485 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.

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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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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Joseph W. Szilagy on 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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Philip Roberts on 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 44 people found the following review helpful By Neonaki on 14 Mar 2009
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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 By TERRY HISCOCK on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Majorgeneral on 29 Dec 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tranquillity on 2 July 2013
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An enjoyable collection of light hearted comedy films. Watching them it made me realize that the actual genius of the Marx Brothers was not Groucho as everybody thinks but Harpo. It' only when he features in them that the films are truly funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 27 Dec 2013
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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.
The best couple of films in our opinion are not here, they are A night at the Opera and A Day at the Races.
These two films are the only ones that we recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris the fish on 29 Mar 2013
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cant stop laughing when the brothers are on, such great lines and so ahead of themselves for their genre. love it
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