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  • Actors: Joe Brown, Susan Maughan, Marty Wilde, Harry H. Corbett, Avis Bunnage
  • Directors: Michael Carreras
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2014
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I5I1QFC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,977 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Joe Brown stars as a likeable young dreamer who finds himself with a hit on his hands in this wonderfully endearing musical drama. Also starring Harry H. Corbett and featuring songs from Joe and his Bruvvers, Marty Wilde, Susan Maughan and Freddie and the Dreamers, What a Crazy World is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Against the background of London's East End is set the story of Alf Hitchins, an unemployed lad whose life revolves around dance halls, amusements arcades and cafes any place to escape from the family home, where his father, mother and sister are deeply preoccupied with dog racing, bingo, and courting respectively. Alf's cynical but cheerful acceptance of life expresses itself in the song he casually composes one night and the results take everyone by surprise!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pismotality on 8 July 2014
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The stage version of What a Crazy World came about in 1962 when Gerry Raffles heard Joe Brown sing Alan Klein's song of that name on TV and commissioned him to write a musical for Theatre Workshop. Klein had tired of singing exclusively American songs during a stint at Butlins and wrote a song in the style of George Formby which didn't try to emulate the subject matter of American songs.

The resulting musical was a popular success despite some adverse critical reaction. Robert Stigwood offered to put it on in the West End with Mike Sarne in the lead but Klein opted for Michael Carreras' offer to make a film of it because "a film's gonna be there forever." And thank goodness he did, because now, more than fifty years on, we can still enjoy it on this Network DVD.

Existing fans of the film can be reassured that the restoration is fine. It's a joy to see such sharpness and clarity compared to the ropey off-air copy I have had to make do with until now. True, when the film begins, and at a few other points like a conversation between Joe Brown and Harry H Corbett, you hear a little faint scratchiness, but that's far preferable to overprocessing of sound. So to anyone who has been hesitating, worry no more - it's worth getting. And the film deserves a whole new generation of fans.

A Hard Day's Night has also recently been issued in a newly restored version. It was the film whose release suddenly made the film of What a Crazy World look like a period piece, according to Klein, but now both films can be seen and appreciated without any need for comparison.

Alan Klein says of What a Crazy World, "It was a document of its time ... All I was doing was saying what people felt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fussy Bloke on 18 Aug. 2014
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This film was made in cinemascope. Unfortunately,as with the Charlie drake film, "Petticoat Pirates," also released by Network, it doesn't display properly, the edges of the picture are missing. I've checked it on my computer and on that it DOES display properly. So it seems that the overscanning issue mentioned in the reviews for, "Petticoat Pirates," applies here as well. Oh dear, Network, who are you getting to author these discs for you? They're not doing them the best way are they? We have other cinemascope films that display properly so obviously there is no need to do them they way they are. You need to put this right for us please.

Having said that this is a nice piece of nostalgia. See the way the girls used to dress in those days, the lovely Susan Maughn wearing dresses flared from the waist with fitted bodices and high heeled shoes. Hair, not quite a beehive in this film but still high. Then there's Joe's suit and tie. Yep, I remember those days - showing my age now arn't I? Plenty of songs in this one, the main one being, "What a Crazy World." Marty Wilde is here as is Michael Ripper playing multiple roles, remember him? He was always an innkeeper or a policeman or a peasant in the Hammer films. Freddie and the Dreamers are here too, singing, "We Wear Short Shorts."

I have the LP...yes, I said LP, for those of you who don't know that stands for long player...it's a vinyl record now seen in museums. Anyway the back of the record lists a song by Michael Goodman called, "I Sure Know a Lot About Love." which does not appear in the movie. Perhaps those of you who are more familliar with this film could tell us if it has been cut or was this a bonus song for the LP, like we used to get on Elvis soundtracks?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scottish gentleman. on 11 July 2014
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Magic ! Just as good as the day it was released.
Hell's Geriatric.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pauly on 19 July 2014
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A great 60s musical and although it is stuck in a timewarp is still good.Joe Brown and Marty Wilde are still touring to this day and are just as good as they ever were.Harry Corbett and the supporting cast including Susan Maughan are good and the movie is highly recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By gary nuttall on 9 May 2014
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in response to the earlier question.......i've purchased many network releases and they have always been of the
highest possible quality. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By karrie t. on 7 Aug. 2014
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Absolutely great . I read reviews on how the quality was poor but they have either reproduced the film or with our dvd players and tv*s it was 100% better than old versions.. i would say it's worth it and value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin Wardrop on 3 Sept. 2014
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I had seen this film on TV some years ago. For anyone into 60's London nostalgia this is for you. Almost completely filmed on location with many familiar old faces of the music world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pegleg on 24 July 2014
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A brilliant journey back to the 60's
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