Editorial review of The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (The Cocoanuts / Animal Crackers / Monkey Business / Horse Feathers / Duck Soup), starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx (courtesy of Amazon.com )
There will be a debate of which 2004 DVD collection of Marx Brothers films was better. This Universal release of the better known Paramount-produced films are the only ones starring all four brothers: Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo. The Warner collection contains less-vital films, but is loaded with extras and commentaries. The Universal collection contains only 20 minutes of interviews from NBC’s Today Show interesting but short with Harpo, Groucho, and Harpo’s son Bill from the ‘60s and ‘70s. All of the films in this collection were released on DVD by Image Entertainment in 2000 and the prints look the same, which isn’t necessarily bad; one just wishes a major restoration had been undertaken. (more…)
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)
A five DVD set, containing seven of the Marx Brothers’ movies (A Night at The Opera, A Day at The Races, A Night in Casablanca, Room Service, At the Circus, Go West, The Big Store). Check out the individual reviews of the various movies. If you plan to buy more than one of any of those, save yourself money and buy the collection instead. Two of their best movies are included (A Night at The Opera, A Day at The Races), two good although underestimated films (A Night in Casablanca, At the Circus), with the rest being mediocre, although with good moments.
There are lots of extras included, such as Leonard Maltin’s commentary on A Night at The Opera, various shorts, trailers, etc. In short, it’s strongly recommended for any Marx Brothers fan. (more…)