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(aka "Blühender Blödsinn" or "Plumes de cheval" or "I fratelli Marx al college" or "Halløj på universitetet" )

directed by Norman Z. McLeod
USA 1932

The title means bunk or baloney, a fitting epithet for the Brothers' second screen original for Paramount, where the lads and their writers threw sanity to the winds with a wildly disorganised parody of academic life. Groucho is president of Huxley College, where no student appears to be under thirty-five. Chief subjects on the curriculum seem to be football, sex, the delivery of heinous puns (haddock/headache) and the refurbishing of old vaudeville routines (the biology lecture). The Brothers have never been so chaotic or so aggressively funny.

Excerpt from Timeout located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 10 August 1932 - USA

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Comparison:

Universal (The Marx Brothers 6 disc - Silver Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Universal - Region 2,4,5 - PAL vs. Arrow Films (Limited Edition) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman and Ole Kofoed for all the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Universal (The Marx Brothers 6 disc - Silver Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Universal - Region 2,4,5 - PAL THIRD

4) Arrow (Limited Edition - 2017) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Arrow's The Marx Brothers at Paramount Blu-ray Collection includes The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup!

Also available in Universal's The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Blu-ray Collection (The Cocoanuts / Animal Crackers / Monkey Business / Horse Feathers / Duck Soup)

  

Distribution

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Image Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal
Region 2,4,5 - PAL
Arrow (Limited Edition - 2017) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:06:42 1:06:36 1:03:58 (4% PAL speedup) 1:07:08.024
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.51 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.46 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Disc Size: 47,328,408,739 bytes

Feature: 14,250,541,056 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080p / 23.976 fps

Total Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Universal

Bitrate:

Image Entertainment

 

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Universal

 

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Arrow (Limited Edition - 2017) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Audio English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono , DUB: Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 mono PCM 2.0 mono.

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, dubs in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none None. English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish and none. English (SDH), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (1.15 m)
• Boxset also includes The Cocoanuts / Animal Crackers / Monkey Business / and Horse Feathers
• Contains five films plus a disc of extras and an exclusive book

DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
Digipack (in the Boxset)

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
Snapper

Chapters 16
 

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (1:15).

 

DVD Release Date: November 10, 2003 (UK)
Keep Case

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow Films

 

Disc Size: 47,328,408,739 bytes

Feature: 14,250,541,056 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080p / 23.976 fps

Total Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• 
Commentary on The Cocoanuts by film scholar Anthony Slide
• Commentary on Animal Crackers by film historian Jeffrey Vance
• Commentary on Monkey Business by Marx Brothers historian Robert S Bader and Bill Marx, son of Harpo Marx
• Commentary on Horse Feathers by film critic FX Feeney
• Commentary on Duck Soup by Bader and film critic Leonard Maltin
• The Marx Brothers: Hollywood's Kings of Chaos, a feature-length documentary containing interviews with Leonard Maltin, Dick Cavett and others (1:19:57)

• Sibling Revelry - Video Essay by David Cairns (19:50)

• MONKEYNUTCRACKERDUCKFEATHERS video essay by David Cairns (27:21)
• Three excerpts from NBC s The Today Show featuring interviews with Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx (7:13) and Bill Marx (4:35) (total = 16:37)
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Perfect-bound book featuring new and archival writing on the films

Blu-ray Release Date: June 26th, 2017

Custom case (see below)
Chapters 1
2

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Arrow (Limited Edition 2017) - Region 'B' Blu-ray - June 2017':  Arrow include the same 5 films as found in Universal's The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Blu-ray Collection (The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup!) released in October of 2016 - which I don't own to further compare although we suspect the image quality to be very similar if not exactly the same.

 

Two key attributes of the Blu-ray visuals, and their superiority over the , relatively poor, DVDs - are contrast and grain support. It's a massive difference as the SDs had artifacts and generally produced a poor presentation. This 1080P, while still having vertical scratches, has lush, pleasing texture. It's like seeing the films anew.

 

Arrow use a linear PCM audio transfer (16-bit) and it supports the frequent effects and bouncy score by John Leipold (The Flying Deuces). Dialogue is clearly audible but a factor of the original production. Arrow add optional English (SDH) subtitles - see sample below - and their three Blu-ray discs of the package are region 'B'-locked.

 

Commentaries for every film - on Horse Feathers by film critic FX Feeney plus this dual-layered disc is shared by Monkey Business and we get the feature-length documentary The Marx Brothers: Hollywood's Kings of Chaos containing interviews with Leonard Maltin, Dick Cavett and others. There are other extras that I will discuss in upcoming reviews of the specific films. For the first-pressings the package does contain a perfect-bound book featuring new and archival writing on the films.

 

Looks like an amazing Blu-ray package and I am just starting to watch Duck Soup. Stay tuned or more!

   

 

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ADDITION: (Silver Screen - May 2005) - Well, the newer Silver Screen edition has less noticeable damage marks, however they are still prevalent. At times it can look slightly less sharp than the Image Entertainment disc, but the grey-scale on the Silver Screen is far superior. I'm still not 100% happy with the DVD representation of this film, but barring a full restoration, this is as good as we will see at present... which is a shame.

Gary Tooze

*****

What bad shape this great comedy is in, especially one reel where there are damage lines running, cigarette burns etc. It seems like both releases are from the same print, but Universal has done a bad job converting it to PAL with lots of ghosting when there is movement in the picture. The Image Entertainment DVD is also a bit sharper and has more nuances in the B/W colors. Don't trade your old for new in this case.

 - Ole Kofoed

 


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(Universal (The Marx Brothers 6 disc - Silver Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT vs. Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Universal - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

 

 

 

Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 


 

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Subtitle Sample  Arrow (Limited Edition - 2017) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 

1) Universal (The Marx Brothers 6 disc - Silver Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Universal - Region 2,4,5 - PAL THIRD

4) Arrow (Limited Edition - 2017) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Universal (The Marx Brothers 6 disc - Silver Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Universal - Region 2,4,5 - PAL THIRD

4) Arrow (Limited Edition - 2017) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Universal (The Marx Brothers 6 disc - Silver Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Universal - Region 2,4,5 - PAL THIRD

4) Arrow (Limited Edition - 2017) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Universal (The Marx Brothers 6 disc - Silver Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Universal - Region 2,4,5 - PAL THIRD

4) Arrow (Limited Edition - 2017) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Universal (The Marx Brothers 6 disc - Silver Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Universal - Region 2,4,5 - PAL THIRD

4) Arrow (Limited Edition - 2017) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

We could not match this capture on the Silver Screen edition - they probably removed it.

 


 

Box Covers

 

  

 

Arrow's The Marx Brothers at Paramount Blu-ray Collection includes The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup!

Also available in Universal's The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Blu-ray Collection (The Cocoanuts / Animal Crackers / Monkey Business / Horse Feathers / Duck Soup)

  

Distribution

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Image Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal
Region 2,4,5 - PAL
Arrow (Limited Edition - 2017) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 


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