Warner announce 7 films from the Marx Brothers in May

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of seven of the funniest and most popular films from one of the world's most beloved comedy teams, the Marx Brothers. Arriving on 4th May 2004 these films, A Night at the Opera (1935), A Day at the Races (1937), Room Service (1938), At the Circus (1939), Go West (1940), The Big Store (1941) and A Night in Casablanca (1946) are being released on R1 DVD for the very first time, as part of The Marx Brothers Collection, a deluxe five DVD gift set priced at $59.92. A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, and A Night in Casablanca will also be available separately priced at $19.97 SRP.

All the films will be presented in their standard version formats, preserving the aspect ration of their original theatrical exhibition. English Mono soundtracks will be accompanied by optional English, French and Spanish subtitles. Synopses and details on the bonus features follow...

A Night at the Opera - In this 1935 comic masterpiece, the Marx Brothers turn Mrs. Claypool's opera into chaos in their efforts to help two young hopefuls get a break. It contains the famous scene where Groucho, Chico and Harpo cram a ship's stateroom with wall-to-wall people, gags, one-liners, musical riffs and two hard-boiled eggs.

  • Commentary by Leonard Maltin
  • All-New Documentary Remarks On Marx
  • The Hy Gardner Show (1/1/61) excerpt featuring Groucho Marx
  • Three Vintage MGM Shorts:
    • Fitzpatrick Traveltalk's Los Angeles: Wonder City Of The World
    • Sunday Night At The Trocadero
    • Robert Benchley's Academy Award -Winning How To Sleep
  • Theatrical Trailer
A Day at the Races (1937) - Groucho stars as Hugo Z. Hackenbush, a horse veterinarian dispensing horse pills and quips with equal glee. Chico selling racing tips, Harpo destroying a piano to turn it into a harp and favourite foil actress Margaret Dumont make this thoroughbred comedy wall-to-wall hilarity. Many of the sequences in the film were performed by the Marx Brothers on a special road tour of live engagements before making it to the screen.
  • Commentary by The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia Author Glenn Mitchell
  • All-New Documentary On Your Marx, Get Set, Go!
  • Four Vintage Shorts: Robert Benchley's Oscar Nominated A Night At The Movies plus the rarely-seen MGM Cartoons Gallopin' Gals, Mama's New Hat and Old Smokey
  • Audio-Only Treasures: Musical Outtake A Message From The Man In The Moon (performed by Allan Jones) and an MGM Radio Promo Leo Is On The Air
  • Theatrical Trailer
Room Service/At the Circus - These two films are combined on one disc to provide double doses of laughter. In Room Service (1938), Lucille Ball and Ann Miller provide comic co-star support while the Marx Brothers play producers trying to keep their show above water and a hotel room over their head. In At the Circus (1939) Groucho stars as professional shyster lawyer J. Cheever Loophole in the middle of big-top bedlam as the boys try to save the circus and look to Margaret Dumont for the money to do so. Groucho sings one of his famous songs, "Lydia the Tattooed Lady."
  • Vintage Our Gang Comedy Short Party Fever plus Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in the Looney Tunes Classic The Daffy Doc
  • Vintage Our Gang Comedy Short Dog Daze and Classic MGM Cartoon Jitterbug Follies
Go West/The Big Store - Another Marx Brothers twin bill makes this a hilarious comedy "two-fer." In the first, the Marxmen Go West (1940) to the land of outlaws and Indians where the fun never stops and where they outwit a land grabber. Highlights include Chico and Harpo bellying up to the bar, the $1 scam, the stagecoach ride and the brilliant train chase finale. In The Big Store (1941), Groucho plays Attorney Wolf J. Flywheel who with sidekick Wacky (Harpo) and bodyguard Ravelli (Chico) are investigating the shady dealings of a crooked department store owner. This is the last of nine films in which Margaret Dumont would appear with the Marx Brothers.
  • Vintage Shorts, Pete Smith Specialty Quicker 'N A Wink and Fitzpatrick Traveltalk Cavalcade Of San Francisco
  • Vintage Cartoon, The Milky Way
  • Leo Is On The Air Radio Promo
  • Vintage MGM Short Flicker Memories and Vintage MGM Cartoon Officer Pooch
  • Audio Musical Outtake: Where There's Music
A Night in Casablanca (1946) - This parody of the Bogart/Bergman 1943 classic features the Nazis vs. the "nutsies" as the Marx Brothers foil Axis criminals when they find stolen jewels and paintings Nazis have hidden in a hotel. Playing Ronald Kornblow, Groucho is the manager of the Hotel Casablanca swirling with intrigue, while Chico is his bodyguard and Harpo plays a not- so-loyal valet to the villain.
  • Bugs Bunny in the Looney Tunes cartoon classic Acrobatty Bunny
  • Vintage Joe McDoakes Short So You Think You're A Nervous Wreck

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