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Monday, August 25, 2014

MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD, WORLD Monday # 1


    As evident by the title of this blog, I'm a huge IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD fanatic. To be honest I've lost count of many times it's been watched and unfailing it always makes me smile and laugh out loud at lines that have been memorized for decades.
   The recently released Criterion DVD/Blu-Ray edition reconstructs the 197 min. roadshow version of the film incorporating footage as audio only w/ stills (or footage with no audio), some with burned in Asian subtitles and film stock of varying degrees of quality (some of which was used in the old laser disc edition).
  Although 163 min version (also included) works the best overall (especially for first timers), the reconstruction is fascinating viewing and full of little surprises. One of those cool surprises for me was this sequence (represented by stills with overlaid audio) of Sylvester Marcus (the great Dick Shawn) as he bolts out his tiki and bamboo festooned apt. to join in the race to the "Big W" (and anytime you can get more Dick Shawn, it's a good thing). The fascinating insight here is that Sylvester's seemingly zonked out black bikini clad girlfriend (Barrie Chase) actually speaks (!) and that the car he jumps into (and later destroys - as is practically ever other vehicle involved here) belongs to Barrie's husband and she's been stepping out with Dick Shawn's crazy beach bum on the side.
  Barrie was reportedly unhappy with her appearance in MAD WORLD as she has just given birth and thought her body was not up to be dancing around in a bikini (for which I beg to differ).

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