Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles

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Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens

     
 

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One of the funniest films of all time, Blazing Saddles, is awarded an excellent 30th anniversary DVD release by Warner Bros., a company that has often shown great care to the important titles in its vault. The film itself is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack has beenSee more details below

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Overview

One of the funniest films of all time, Blazing Saddles, is awarded an excellent 30th anniversary DVD release by Warner Bros., a company that has often shown great care to the important titles in its vault. The film itself is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, which makes it seem like one is hearing the infamous farting scene for the very first time. There is a healthy amount of quality extra materials, including a commentary by director Mel Brooks. Although it seems as if he was simply recorded while talking about the film (he never once refers to what is happening onscreen, and the commentary ends only an hour into the film), he recollections are amusing and enlightening. He discusses in detail how the various behind-the-scenes people as well as the cast came together. The other five-star nugget included on this disc is the pilot for the television spin-off Black Bart. Starring Louis Gossett Jr., the show is as amazingly unfunny as the movie is uproarious, but one may be struck by the crudity of the comedy that would have been telecast in the mid-'70s. A making-of documentary and a section from a special on the late great Madeline Kahn help make this DVD a must-own for comedy enthusiasts.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The face of movie comedy was changed forever by Mel Brooks’s raucous but affectionate spoof of old-fashioned Hollywood westerns, and for that reason alone Blazing Saddles belongs in every DVD home library. Writer-director Brooks not only lampooned the hoariest horse opera clichés in this 1974 romp, he also challenged the self-censorial political correctness then just beginning to creep into Hollywood films. The justifiably notorious campfire scene, which some critics decried as unnecessarily coarse and vulgar, heralded a veritable flood of movie gags involving bodily functions. By today’s standards, the flatulent frontiersmen seem pretty tame. But after 30 years, what still startles is the frequent and all-too-casual use of the n-word to describe Cleavon Little’s character, the former railroad worker appointed as sheriff of Rock Ridge, a town beset by rustlers and bad guys working for a corrupt government official (Harvey Korman). Racial slurs aside, the laughs come fast and furious as the sheriff combats range ruffians with the aid of a drunken gunfighter (Gene Wilder, stealing nearly every scene he’s in) and a leggy femme fatale (Madeline Kahn, in a hilarious takeoff on the saloon girl played by Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides Again). Blazing Saddles and its successor, the Brooks-directed Young Frankenstein, forever changed the way Hollywood looked at itself. These no-holds-barred comedies, with their sophomoric innuendoes and self-referential excesses, remain templates for filmmakers who specialize in parody. Blazing Saddles, the first and more daring of the two, still has the power to raise eyebrows and drop jaws, three decades after its big-screen debut. Based on what has followed in its wake, that’s pretty amazing.
All Movie Guide
Mel Brooks at his ribald, tasteless best, Blazing Saddles stands out as one of the all-time great film spoofs. Sparing no one from his outrageous brand of humor, Brooks proved he was an egalitarian when it came to making fun of people, regardless of skin color or religious persuasion: where blacks may come off as stereotypical, whites are seen as just plain stupid and ignorant. Beyond its over-the-top humor and genre revision of the Western, Blazing Saddles boasts some great performances, with Madeline Kahn, Gene Wilder, and Slim Pickens doing some of the best work of their careers. It also features a number of scenes that have elevated the film into the realm of the comedy classic, perhaps most infamously the one involving beans, a campfire, and the most gratuitous display of flatulence ever to cloud a movie screen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
UPC:
0085391895923
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
10,713

Special Features

All-new 30th anniversary digital transfer; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Scene specific commentary by Mel Brooks; Documentaries: "Back in the Saddle" and "Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn" (excerpt); Black Bart: 1975 pilot episode of the proposed TV series spin-off; Additional scenes; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Español; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cleavon Little Bart
Gene Wilder Jim, the Waco Kid
Slim Pickens Taggart
Harvey Korman Hedley Lamarr
David Huddleston Olson Johnson
Mel Brooks Governor Lepetomane,Indian Chief
Alex Karras Mongo
Madeline Kahn Lili Von Shtupp
Burton Gilliam Lyle
Carol Arthur Harriett Johnson
Richard Collier Dr. Sam Johnson
Charles McGregor Charlie
Robyn Hilton Miss Stein
Dom DeLuise Buddy Bizarre
Don Megowan Gum-chewer
Liam Dunn Reverend Johnson
John Hillerman Howard Johnson
George Furth Van Johnson
Claude Ennis Starrett Gabby Johnson
Darrell Sandeen Actor

Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Andrew Bergman Original Story,Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Danford B. Greene Editor
Michael Hertzberg Producer
Morrie Hoffman Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Horvitch Editor
John C. Howard Editor
Alan Johnson Choreography
Terry Miles Makeup
John Morris Score Composer,Songwriter
Vittorio Nino Novarese Costumes/Costume Designer
C. Timothy O'Meara Editor
Richard Pryor Screenwriter
Norman Steinberg Screenwriter
Alan Uger Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Peter W. Wooley Producer,Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:16]
2. Workin' on the Railroad [3:41]
3. Quicksand [2:50]
4. Hedley Lamaar [4:18]
5. Church Meeting [5:14]
6. The Governor [3:21]
7. New Sheriff [3:29]
8. Rock Ridge Welcome [5:06]
9. Message to the Governor [1:38]
10. The Waco Kid [8:51]
11. Beanfest [2:10]
12. Mongo Goes Boom [5:23]
13. Where's Froggy? [1:36]
14. Lili Von Shtupp [2:43]
15. I'm Tired [5:34]
16. Wet Sauerkraut in Her Hands [3:02]
17. Snoopin' Around [5:47]
18. Equal Opportunity Employer [4:41]
19. "Where are all the White Women At?" [1:35]
20. Fake Rock Ridge [3:53]
21. Do the Voodoo You do [2:06]
22. Exact Change [1:09]
23. Showtime? [2:47]
24. "I Work for Mel Brooks" [4:14]
25. Happy Ending [4:34]
26. End Credits [:37]

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