|Out on:||Blu-Ray 15th May 2017|
The Marx Brothers – Chico, Groucho, Harpo and Zeppo – are one of the cornerstones of American comedy. Starting out in vaudeville, they conquered Broadway and the big screen in their own inimitable style, at once innovative, irreverent, anarchic, physical, musical, ludicrous and hilarious.
With the advent of the ‘talkies’, the Brothers signed to Paramount Pictures and brought their stage act to cinema audiences. They made five films in five years, all of which are collected here: The Cocoanuts (1929), Animal Crackers (1930), Monkey Business (1931), Horse Feathers (1932) and one of the greatest comedies of all time, Duck Soup (1933).
The Paramount era represents the Marx Brothers at their absolute finest, retaining all of the energy and controlled chaos of their stage shows. Plots are unimportant – it’s the gags, set-pieces and one-liners that matter: “Why a duck?”, “Hello, I Must Be Going”, “Hooray for Captain Spaulding”, “That’s the bunk!”, Horse Feathers’ “Swordfish” scene and classic mirror sequence in Duck Soup.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all five features, transferred from original film elements by Universal
Original 1.0 mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Commentary on The Cocoanuts by film scholar Anthony Slide
Commentary on Animal Crackers by film historian Jeffrey Vance
Commentary on Monkey Business by Marx Brothers historian Robert S Bader and Bill Marx, son of Harpo Marx
Commentary on Horse Feathers by film critic FX Feeney
Commentary on Duck Soup by Bader and film critic Leonard Maltin
The Marx Brothers: Hollywood’s Kings of Chaos, a feature-length documentary containing interviews with Leonard Maltin, Dick Cavett and others
Three excerpts from NBC’s The Today Show featuring interviews with Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx and Bill Marx
MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Reversible sleeve featuring two pieces based on artwork from the films’ original release
First pressing only: Perfect-bound book featuring new and archival writing on the films
Duration: 84 mins / 99 mins / 78 mins / 68 mins / 69 mins
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Mono 1.0
Black & White
Directed by: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley, Victor Heerman, Norman Z McLeod, Leo McCarey
Starring: The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Thelma Todd
UK Cat No: FCD1508
UK Barcode: 5027035016771