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Marx Brothers Collection: A Night At The Opera / A Day At The Races / At The Circus / Go West / The Big Store / A Night In Casablanca [DVD]

The Marx Brothers , Groucho Marx , Sam Wood , Edward Buzzell    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: The Marx Brothers, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Margaret Dumont
  • Directors: Sam Wood, Edward Buzzell, Charles Reisner
  • Producers: Irving Thalberg, Lawrence Weingarten, Mervyn le Roy, Jack Cummings, Louis K. Sidney
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 529 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002GZ9ZS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,967 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Box set containing six classic Marx Brothers films. In 'A Night at the Opera', Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) is an irreverent shyster attempting to persuade the wealthy Mrs Claypool (Margaret Dumont) to invest in an opera company who are putting on a production of 'La Traviata'. His dealings are thwarted by the attempts of stagehands Fiorelli (Chico Marx) and Tomasso (Harpo Marx) to advance the careers of two young singers in the company (Allan Jones and Kitty Carlisle). 'A Day at the Races' sees sanitarium owner Judy (Maureen O'Sullivan) employing Dr Hugo Z. Hackenbush (Groucho), a favourite of wealthy patient Mrs Upjohn (Dumont), in an attempt to save her business. Unfortunately, Hackenbush is in fact a horse doctor, but help is at hand in the form of sanitarium chauffeur Tony (Chico) and his jockey friend Stuffy (Harpo), who attempt to revive Judy's flagging fortunes by winning the local Derby. The comic mayhem continues in 'At the Circus', when shyster lawyer J. Cheever Loophole (Groucho) sweeps to the rescue after bungling circus attendants Pirelli (Chico) and Punchy (Harpo) warn him of a plot by a devious loan shark to swindle their kindly employers. The inept trio soon find themselves up against the circus strongman and beautiful but devious starlet Peerless Pauline (Eve Arden), fitting in songs such as 'Lydia the Tattooed Lady' along the way. 'Go West' sees the zany trio galavanting in the Wild West, while in 'The Big Store' Groucho plays a detective investigating the running of a department store and saving the place from thieves at the same time.


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289 of 299 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
To make it clear to everybody: These are not movies. It is about 4+ hours (not 5, as it says on the pack) of supplemental material, something you might otherwise find in the "bonus material" of a DVD edition. Alas, the actual Marx Bros. movies that have been published so far as a DVD box (one in region 2, another one only in region 1 so far) contain hardly any bonus material, and so, at extra cost, you get what's missing in those boxes. It is not high art but it could be worse. In any case, it is material that might be hard to find anywhere else, and it provides some insight into the work of the Marx Brothers – individually or as a group – beyond the movies. If you don't expect too much, this box is a great supplement – no more, no less.
What annoyed me most about the material is that most of it contains a "Marx Brothers Collection" logo in the bottom right corner. While this might be meant to deter illegal copies, more subtle methods are certainly available these days. After all, it used to be one of the advantages of watching a DVD that you don't have to deal with those annoying logos that many TV networks use to deter bootlegging.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous 9 Mar 2007
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
At its current Amazon price ([...]) this is an absolute steal and well worth getting. On six DVD's you get two of their best ever films "A Night At The Opera" and "A Day at the Races" plus another four which whilst not as good still have some great moments.

In A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races Grouchos' funny lines come out in a non-stop stream and they are endlessly quoteable:

"Mrs. Claypool: Are you sure you have everything, Otis?
Otis B. Driftwood: Well, I haven't had any complaints yet."
(remember this was made in 1935 and to get this past the censors was quite an achievement)

"Dr. Hackenbush: Emily, I have a confession to make. I really am a horse doctor. But marry me, and I'll never look at another horse."

The extras are pretty good, the best being a chance to see a rare interview with Groucho Marx in January 1961. There are a number of extra short films, commentaries and even some looney tunes cartoons.

Absolutely brilliant!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars madness on the silver screen............... 5 July 2007
Format:DVD
Have been a marx bros fan for about 20 years but its taken until this week to finally sit down and watch 3 of their later films: at the circus / go west / the big store - having always been put off by generally negative reviews.. (thankfully amazon are selling the box set for an amazingly reduced price now so its an excellent time to purchase folks - instead of the 61 price tag at HMV!!!).....

I've come to the conclusion at long last that people shouldn't take reviews too seriously as at the end of the day its about personal choice and critics dont possess special powers other than being handy with a pen....

My favourite marx bros films are Horsefeathers (1932), Duck Soup (1933) & A Day at the Races (1937). I think A Night at the Opera is very good but quite overrated and not as good as ADATR ... The early films Animal Crackers (1930) and Monkey Business (1931) are very enjoyable and full of great moments....anyway, to get back to this box set, this is how I'd rate them:

A Night at the Opera (1935) ****
A day at the Races (1937) *****
At the Circus (1939) ***
Go West (1940) ****
The Big Store (1941) ****
A Night in Casablanca (1946) ****

so the 'weakest' film IMHO is 'At the Circus' and although thoroughly enjoyable and with some great moments I can understand the general synopsis - the brothers were simply let down by a lackluster script. On the other hand 'The Big Store' had me in hysterics with many truly fine moments - I believed I was gonna have a heart attack I was laughing so much (what a way to go eh..) and the pace was kept up throughout...The film is marred slightly by the sickly vocalising of Tony Martin.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mama Marx should be proud of her lads! 20 July 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Why a Duck? Why not! The Marx Brothers were such a timeless delight and it's such a thrill to have these marvellous movies all in one bundle. DVD is really so great for collectors, being able to have whole television series, or as in this having several movies in the group. This one is loaded with Groucho, Harpo and Chico.
This set (and I presume there will be a second set!) has seven of their films. I loved the lesser favourite of "A Night in Casablanca" - the packing suitcase scene with Harpo is a riot! "A Day at the Race" with Groucho as Hugo Hackenbush is full of charm and the brothers horse around. "At the Circus" is another gem with poor Margaret Dumont running in circles "keeping up appearances" and of course, you cannot forget Groucho's rendition of Lydia the Tattooed Lady. And in "The Big Store" I love Harpo's climbing through the top of the elevation in the big store and finding the harp to play Liszt! There are just so many fun moments it's hard to list them all.
So if you're a Marx Brothers' fan, you must get this super collection and this wonderful price.
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, but pricey... 3 Nov 2004
Format:DVD
I've already commented on US Amazon about this.
I'd just like to say if you have a multi - region player (repeat, IF YOU HAVE A MULTI - REGION PLAYER!!!) Then do what I did and buy the US edition instead.
A lot cheaper and you get 'Room Service' as well which has curiously been chopped for this UK set...
Still a great set though...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars there are no movies as stated on this box set ...
there are no movies as stated on this box set.
Published 22 days ago by george austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
Many Thanks, Very Good!
Published 25 days ago by Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so glad that I can watch my old friends again
Despite what others have written, this does not work on all DVD players in Europe. I did manage to play it on an old PC. (I switched the DVD player to region 1 (USA). Read more
Published 26 days ago by Renata Krok-P
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Films
6 of the great Marx Brothers films packed into one box. Timeless classics and always a good for a laugh. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SBno1
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy from Amazon.com
I bought the 7 disc set (judging from other reviews it's only the 7 disc set that has all the movies plus the extra material - there's one movie per disc) direct from Amazon USA... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Quilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining!
A great collection of Marx Bros classics - and many evenings of nostalgia, as they were great favourites of my father, so we were brought up on their films. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Adcock
5.0 out of 5 stars only had video collection.
We received excellent service by the suppliers, the box set was delivered the following day of order, when we were told to expect delivery between Aug 01-Aug 13. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Les Hirsch
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value box set
Firstly,if you have multi-region player,this is better value than region 2 set.All discs play well.Only concern is that 4 of the movies are on 2 discs. Read more
Published 12 months ago by trickymickey52
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable!
Classic comedy, delivered as no other comedians could!

Nothing has come by since to compare these guys with!

Unbeatable!

Funny!

Classic!
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Kenneth Reid
1.0 out of 5 stars A RIP OFF
VERY EXCITED WHEN THIS ARRIVED 5 DAYS BEFORE EXPECTED DATE. NOT SO HAPPY WHEN 3 OUT OF THE 6 DVD'S WON'T PLAY, STATING PLAY BACK PROHIBITED BY AREA LIMITATION. Read more
Published 18 months ago by SUSIE
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