Marx Brothers: Swordfish Collection - 1930 Animal Crackers

Marx Brothers: Swordfish Collection - 1930 Animal Crackers

 
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Marx Brothers: Swordfish Collection - 1930 Animal Crackers
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Tagline:
The Swordfish Collection - A complete reworking of The Marx Brothers cinematic legacy
Original Movie Title:
Genre:
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Original Release Date:
1930
Original Running Time:
97
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
93
Time Cut:
4
Brief Synopsis:
I've been a lifelong Marx Brothers fan from my earliest memories. I could debate with myself all day about which of their 13 films is the best ('A Day At The Races'?). But I can say with no doubt that most of their films come with certain baggage...

Due to the commercial neccesities of the time and due to the radical nature of their comedy they usually peppered the popular songs of the day throughout the films, to keep people happy. At the time, this formula was boxoffice dynamite but some of these songs have not aged well and I almost always fast-forward through them (Other songs are
still masterpieces, 'Cosi-Cosa' for example). Also sometimes the plots, subplots and supporting talent isn't up to the match of The Brothers' firecracker humour. But fast-forwarding through that material isn't really possible, so wouldn't it be wonderful to have a collection of these films with all the killer and none of the filler?
Intention:
These edits should be a fun diversion for me, from more time consuming and challenging edits. This 13 film project will be a long time in the making. I'll be editing through their filmography in chronological order. I will not be cutting out any of the comedy and as I move towards their mid-career films, I'll be cutting less and less. But their last 6 films will require the most editing with the final film 'Love Happy' being drastically recut.

I want these edits to feel like nothing is missing (or nothing that you will miss anyway!), just pure comedy magic.
Additional Notes:
In the year since the success of 'The Cocoanuts' sound recording technology had come on alot meaning the camera is a little more free in 'Animal Crackers'. However the irection is still limited by modern and pre-sound standards and the edited is often poor. I've done my best to clean up a few edits here and there but there are still noticable jump cuts inherent in the source. The image quality is also variable and I've applied some sharpening to try and compensate. Of course none of these problems make the movie any less funny.
Other Sources:
The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection - Region 1 DVD Boxset
Special Thanks:
Thanks of course go to Chico, Harpo, Groucho and Zeppo for a lifetime of laughs. Plus to those of the FE.org community that offeried words of encouragement when this DVD kept going wrong (This is the 3rd time I did this edit from scratch).
Release Information
NTSC DVD-5
Special Features
Menus and the trailer for 'Monkey Business'
Editing Details:
The goal of the edit was to keep all the comedy but to streamline and fix all the other material. However due to this being basically a masterpiece the edit isfairly light compaed to what I will be doing with the later films.
Cuts and Additions:
- Minimal trims to the 'Stolen painting' subplot. Without removing any of the Brothers.
- Cut the two 'Stolen painting' scenes back together to highlight their farcical nature
- Sharpened the image throughout (The print is of a variable quality)
- Smoothed out some of the primitive cuts and shots where possible. While still preserving the look of a film from this period.

00.00.00 Added TM2YC and Swordfish idents
00.00.12 Adjusted framing of opening credits to match rest of film
00.16.01 Fade to black shortened and Groucho/Rittenhouse scene brought forward
00.21.20 Hives' dialogue shortened
00.24.58 POV shot of painting added
00.25.00 2nd half of painting discussion blended back in
00.26.05 POV shot of painting removed and two shot recropped
00.26.30 Strange camera pan removed
00.47.10 Partially smoothed out the rough cut from Chico/Harpo to Mrs Rittenhouse
00.57.21 Hives sneaking and intro to unveiling shortened
00.57.41 Partially smoothed out the rough sound cut from painting to couple
00.57.45 Exposition dialogue trimmed
00.59.10 Start of scheming scene trimmed
01.00.22 Hives' final line and start of painting search trimmed
01.00.57 Lovers' song removed
01.04.23 Fade to black shortened
01.26.43 Introduction to Rittenhouse/Chandler scene trimmed
01.33.09 Trailer for 'Monkey Business' added to the end

Original Length: 97 minutes
FanEdit Length: 93 minutes
Removed: 4 minutes
Cover art by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE) image

"Take a letter to my lawyers!" - 5 minutes from 'Animal Crackers'

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Overall rating 
 
9.5
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10.0  (2)
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I'm a Big fan of the Marx Brothers. Unfortunately as TM2YC knows the production quality of the majority of their films was lacking. It's all hit or miss with the Marx Brothers all across the board. Their editing was mostly sub par. Their sound suffered greatly over the years from neglect or even possibly it was never all that great to begin with. The stories in The Marx Brothers early movies are mostly their Vaudeville Acts connected together with a loose or sometimes non-existent story line. Animal Crackers is another example of this.

TM2YC did a wonderful job in cleaning up Vol 1 and 2 of this Swordfish Collection. He tightened up the editing and cleaned up the musical numbers. The DVD menu screen is classy and a wonderful presentation for these two movies.

You accomplished exactly what you set out to do with Vol. 1 and 2, and did a great job of it too.

This is probably the best presentation of Animal Crackers anyone can see today. It's as coherent and logically put together as a it can ever hope to be. I'm very happy I got to see this version of it.

Animal Crackers seems to receive more love by other Marx Brothers fans than what I believe it deserves. I just don't get it. Animal Crackers is a fun movie just not one of my favorites.

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Having not seen this Marx Brothers film in particular, this seemed like a great opportunity to do so.
I can't actually tell that anything has been edited so you've clearly done a good and seamless job.
The audio and video are clear and it sounds and looks good so what you did must have worked.
This feels very professional and nothing feels missing and the film flowed naturally.
You've clearly taken a lot of time and care to editing this film and I hope you do more of these,
as it's the best quality version of their films we'll probably ever see.
I eagerly wait the rest of the collection.

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