Animal Crackers (1930, 97 min.) - In their second film, those madcap masters of mayhem, the Marx Brothers, are at it again in a zany laughfest. When a valuable painting turns up missing at a party, the Marx boys are right ... more »in the middle of it all, gumming up the works at every turn. As pseudo-adventurer Captain Spaulding, Groucho shoots an elephant in his pajamas and sings his classic song "Hooray for Captain Spaulding." "Horse Feathers" (1932, 67 min.) - The quintessential Marx Brothers comedy. The four brothers are at their manic peak in this uproariously anarchic parody of college life, including the funniest football game in the history of film. Also starring the luminescent Thelma Todd. And remember, the secret password is "swordfish." "Duck Soup" (1933, 68 min.) - The Marx Brothers are at their hilarious best in this insanely political satire. Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo too set international relations on its ear--and puts the audience in stitches--with their rapid-fire wit and comedic hijinks. English:Mono.« less
"Five stars for the films, no doubt about that. But even if I consider the age of these flicks, the DVD-quality is the WORST I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!
At times you can hardly make out what is happening on screen. I think they have used an old video taped version, cut out the commercials and transferred the film to DVD.
Shame on the makers of these DVD's! My advice is not to buy them: they are too expensive for what they offer."
DO NOT BUY!
Chris Bassett | Palm Bay, FL | 10/15/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"As usual, you have some people trying to rip you off here, charging $305 for 3 DVDs. And they probably call themselves fans of American comedy. Ha!There's a 5 DVD "Marx Bros Collection" coming out in November 03, and the price will be about $25. So preorder it, and spend the other $280 on your kids!"
Stick with VHS!
Sophia Burns | 05/21/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"These films are all 5-star classics so surely they deserve better treatment than has been meted out here. The picture quality is appalling, the synchronisation poor, and the sound barely audible. Also since there are no extra features, the price being charged is ridiculously high as the 3 films could fit comfortably onto a single dual-layer disc."
Post - Chaplin, Pre - Python Lunacy
Steev Proteus | nowhere in particular | 11/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't believe that nobody has ever reviewed this one. If you haven't seen it I urge you to do so. In it, Groucho becomes president; that's all you need to know. Gone are the unnecessary diversions of other Marx Bros. films -- there are no harp solos (Harpo's trademark), no piano solos (Chico's bag), and no vacuous "nice-couple" romantic subplots. The only musical numbers to be seen here are appropriately ludicrous; here is an excerpt of the song Groucho sings after being elected president of Freedonia: "The last guy nearly ruined this place, he didn't know what to do with it / If you think this country's bad-off now, just wait'll I get through with it. . . If any man should come between a husband and his bride / we find out which one she prefers by letting her decide / If she prefers the other man the husband steps outside / we stand him up against the wall and POP! goes the weasel. . ." If that doesn't make you laugh, you could use a prescription for Prozac. This film is a must for anyone interested in the history of great American comedy. Along with W.C. Fields' IT'S A GIFT and IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, it's one of the best screwball comedies of the '30s and is a definite precursor to such later nonsense-comedies as AIRPLANE! and MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. Just watch it."
Steev Proteus | 07/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Marx Brothers up to old antics as usual. I myself love a good, smart comedy, and that is what these two golden comedies offer. Duck soup takes place as groucho takes over Freedonia, while he hires Harpo and Cheeko as spies. In Animal crackers, they pretty much ruin the estate of a wealthy young woman."