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Tcm Greatest Classic Films: Marx Brothers [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Groucho Marx , Chico Marx , Archie Mayo , Edward Buzzell    DVD
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  • Actors: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kenny Baker, Florence Rice
  • Directors: Archie Mayo, Edward Buzzell, Sam Wood, William A. Seiter
  • Writers: Al Boasberg, Allen Boretz, Buster Keaton, Frank Tashlin
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 359 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,874 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good collection but why no "night at the opera?" 29 Jun 2012
i was rather disappointed to discover that "a night at the opera" had been omitted from this marx brothers collection. in my opinion, that film represents some of the team's greatest comedy. it's mainly for that reason that i give this dvd set 4 stars instead of 5.
however, the inclusion of "a day at the races" partially compensates. i'd nominate that film as being by far the best out of the 4 films here. the sheer madness of the sketches and the energy in which they are executed, along with the brilliant climax, help make this one an enduring classic of film comedy. "room service" and "at the circus" have some good scenes but on the whole, both the marx brothers and the material were starting to wear a bit thin. i personally hated "a night in casablanca," the magic just wasn't there anymore. the plot and direction were practically non-existent.
there aren't any special features with this set but that doesn't really matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TCM Greatest Classic films:Marx bros 20 Oct 2013
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This is a laugh a minute series of class act comedy. Some material does not age well. However the Marx bros does. Borne out by our 17 yr-old daughter; and our other offsprings...this comedy has stood the test of time. Alongside the likes of Laurel and Hardy, and other Classic material...including Alf Garnette...and - Dad's Army. As fresh today; as it ever was - Brilliant!
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1.0 out of 5 stars VERY POOR 22 Oct 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars How could they omit A Night at the Opera? 31 Oct 2009
By calvinnme - Published on
The two really great films that the Marx Brothers did after they left Paramount were "A Night at the Opera" (the best IMHO) and "A Day at the Races". These two have Margaret Dumont sparring with Groucho as usual. "Races" and "Opera" were the two films that boy genius Irving Thalberg supervised after personally wooing the Marx's to come to MGM in the first place. Louis B. Mayer really had no use for the brothers, and it shows in the kinds of films they were given after Thalberg died in 1936. The best of the Marx Brothers are what they did at Paramount, still with us in The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (The Cocoanuts / Animal Crackers / Monkey Business / Horse Feathers / Duck Soup). The Marx Brothers were iconoclasts at heart, and after the production code began to be enforced they really had no home in motion pictures. I think Irving Thalberg was wrong to think that the problem was that the brothers never helped anyone in their movies, but the formula he came up with in "Opera" and "Races" did make their comedy work in the age of the code.

"At the Circus" and "A Night in Casablanca" are OK. On the bright side "At the Circus" has Margaret Dumont. On the not so bright side it is infected with musical numbers that are, quite frankly, boring. "A Night in Casablanca" almost gets the boys back to the quality they had in the mid 30's under Thalberg, so it is worthwhile viewing, although it does lend a generosity to the boys that simply does not fit their brand of humor.

"Room Service" (1938) is actually an RKO film, so for once no musical numbers. This script was not written especially for the brothers, it was one of the few films they did with adapted material. The humor is OK, but it just doesn't seem like a Marx Brothers film.

In my opinion The Marx Brothers Collection (A Night at The Opera/A Day at The Races/A Night in Casablanca/Room Service/At the Circus/Go West/The Big Store) is a more complete picture of the film career of the Marx Brothers after the code. It has plenty of extra features and it is often on sale for about the same price as this set, plus you get seven films, not just four.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bargain. Like going to an old time movie theatre. 30 Dec 2010
By Robert G. Martinez - Published on
How can you go wrong with 4 Marx brothers classics. I watched the first one last night "Room Service" and it is still one of my favorites. I was skeptical at first when I saw that four movies were bundled together, but I found the quality of the prints to be surprisingly clean, plus you also get wacky cartoons like The Daffy Doc (1938) with a young and crazy Daffy Duck & Porky Pig and Our Gang comedies as well along with movie trailers. An excellent bargain for the price. The reason A Night At The Opera is not included was probably because it is a major movie and that one in itself is full of various extra features as well. You can buy that one at bargain prices as well. Stop complaining! People used to pay $25 for one movie 25 years ago. This buy is well worth it at approx. half that old price and with four times as much and with better quality.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quartet of Comic Mayhem 22 April 2010
By The Movie Man - Published on
"TCM Classic Films Collection: The Marx Brothers" contains four feature films: "A Day at the Races," "A Night in Casablanca," "Room Service," and "At the Circus."

In "A Day at the Races" (1937), Groucho is Dr. Hackenbush, the epitome of quackery whose special patient is Mrs. Emily Upjohn (Margaret Dumont). There was never a better comic foil than Ms. Dumont and she is in great form here, especially when she undergoes a medical examination that includes a shoeshine, manicure, and shave. Groucho and Chico engage in a seven-minute routine in which Chico, hawking "tutsi-fruitsi ice cream," sells Groucho a racing tip which requires a succession of books to decode.

"At the Circus" (1939) is memorable mostly for Groucho's rendition of "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady," which became one of his signature songs. Margaret Dumont is on hand again, this time as Mrs. Dukesbury to Groucho's J. Cheever Loophole, and Eve Arden contributes her comic talents as Peerless Pauline, a shady acrobat.
5.0 out of 5 stars dads gift 6 Jan 2014
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bought this movie set for my dad as a gift & to give him a break from watching sports & game shows!
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 31 Dec 2013
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Wow! These are good movies. I think the price is good, and the movies are excellent. What a great celection, and takes up very little space for four movies.
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