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good collection but why no "night at the opera?"
on 29 June 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.