History of the World -- Part I

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Mel Brooks' hysterical take on ancient history, History of the World Pt. I, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a decent enough disc from 20th Century Fox, but having Brooks deliver a commentary track would have made it truly ...
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Mel Brooks' hysterical take on ancient history, History of the World Pt. I, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a decent enough disc from 20th Century Fox, but having Brooks deliver a commentary track would have made it truly something special.
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Special Features

Widescreen format (aspect ratio: 2.35:1); Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailer; Languages: English Mono, French Mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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History of the World Part I is the kind of uneven comedy whose bad parts are so unworthy of its good parts that it creates a state of total schizophrenia. As those who shook their heads at the sputtering ending of Blazing Saddles will attest, Mel Brooks can be brilliant in stretches, but he often fills the gaps with eye-rolling idiocy, or simply ceases to try. Give him credit for making an ambitious parody with dozens of familiar faces hamming it up, but then take some away for the indifferent execution that falls away progressively as the movie moves forward. As usual with Brooks, the silly puns and other obvious jokes are sometimes quite winning; in a prime example, the director wrings genuine laughs from a scene in which a confused Jesus Christ keeps responding to the modern usage of his last name as an expletive. But he milks the winners for way too long. As the king in the French Revolution piece, Brooks winks at the audience and pronounces, "It's good to be the king" after engaging in one act of kingly lasciviousness after another. At first it's funny, but as the segment drags out interminably, it quickly becomes desperate, and groans soon follow. The film is worth a look for what it does right, including a priceless sequence in which the inimitable Madeline Kahn, as the Brooksian-named Empress Nympho, does a sing-songy selection between studs on the basis of their endowment. Still, it's definitely best that Brooks never tried a Part II.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/28/1999
  • UPC: 086162128905
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Brooks Comicus, Jacques, King Lou, Moses, Torquemada
Dom DeLuise Nero
Madeline Kahn Empress Nympho
Harvey Korman Count de Monet
Cloris Leachman Madame de Farge
Ron Carey Swiftus
Gregory Hines Josephus
Andréas Voutsinas Bearnaise
Shecky Green Marcus Vindictus
Sid Caesar Chief Caveman
Howard Morris Court Spokesman
Rudy de Luca Capt. Mucus
Orson Welles Voice Only
Charlie Callas Soothsayer
Paul Mazursky Roman Officer
Art Metrano Leonardo Da Vinci
Diane Day Caladonia
Henny Youngman Chemist
Fritz Feld Maitre d'
Hugh Hefner Entrepreneur
Patty McCormick Plumbing Salesman
John Hurt Jesus Christ
Jackie Mason Jew
Phil Leeds Chief Monk
Jack Carter Rat Vendor
Jan Murray Nothing Vendor
Spike Milligan Monsieur Rimbaud
John Hillerman Rich Man
Sidney Lassick Applecore Vendor
Jonathan Cecil Poppinjay
Andrew Sachs Gerard
John Gavin Marche
Ronny Graham Oedipus
Spencer Henderson
John King
Richard Lewis
Stan Mazin
Dennon Rawles
Lori Sutton
Richard Karron
Molly Basler
Royce Mills
Mike Cottrell
Cleo Rocos
Pamela Stephenson Mademoiselle Rimbaud
Mary-Margaret Humes Miriam
Leigh French Prehistoric Man
Sammy Shore Prehistoric Man
J.J. Barry Prehistoric Man
Earl Finn Disciple
Suzanne Kent Prehistoric Man
Michael Champion Prehistoric Man
Dena Dietrich Competence
Ron Clark Stoned Soldier
Jack Riley Stoned Soldier
Barry Levinson Column Salesman
Sid Gould Barber
Jim Steck Gladiator
John Myhers Senate Leader
Lee Delano Wagon Driver
Alan U. Schwartz Senator #2
Ira Miller Roman Citizen
Johnny Silver Small Liar
Charles Thomas Murphy Auctioneer
Eileen Saki Slave
Henry Kaiser Disciple
Zale Kessler Disciple
Anthony Messina Disciple
Howard Mann Disciple
Sandy Helberg Disciple
Mitchell Bock Disciple
Jeana Tomasina Vestal Virgin
Lisa Welch Vestal Virgin
Heidi Sorenson Vestal Virgin
Fiona Richmond Queen
Nigel Hawthorne Official
Geoffrey Larder Footman
Michael Miller Coming Attraction
Royce D. Applegate Coming Attraction
Bea Arthur Clerk
Hunter Von Leer Lt. Bob
Sean Barry-Weske Insolent Flunkey
Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Steve Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Cornfeld Associate Producer
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Daniel Gluck Set Decoration/Design
Robert C. Goldstein Set Decoration/Design
Ronny Graham Screenwriter
John C. Howard Editor
Alan Johnson Associate Producer
Marci Liroff Casting
Daniel Maltese Set Decoration/Design
Harold Michelson Production Designer
Anthony Mondello Set Decoration/Design
John Morris Score Composer
Norman Newberry Production Designer
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Woody Omens Cinematographer
Gregory Pickrell Set Decoration/Design
Robert W. Welch III Set Decoration/Design
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Paul Wilson Cinematographer
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles: Our Forefathers [2:47]
2. The Stone Age [5:16]
3. The Old Testament [1:10]
4. The Roman Empire [2:09]
5. Comicus: Stand-Up Philosopher [:53]
6. Caesar's Palace [8:13]
7. A Performance to Die For [4:49]
8. Among the Virgins [:15]
9. The Eunuch Test [5:40]
10. Escape From Rome [3:11]
11. Armed With Mighty Joint [2:55]
12. New Jobs; The Last Supper [2:38]
13. The Spanish Inquisition [4:35]
14. The French Revolution [4:53]
15. Count de Monet [3:13]
16. It's Good to Be the King [8:38]
17. A Double in Case of Trouble [3:25]
18. The Big Ending [:40]
19. Coming Soon; End Credits [1:30]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Language Selection
      Languages: English Mono
      Languages: French Mono
      Captions: English
      Captions: Spanish
      Captions: None
   Theatrical Trailer
   Play Movie
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay, But Not Mel Brooks Best!

    I'm a huge fan of Mel Brooks and I just watched History of the World Part 1 for the first time and while the movie had some funny parts it also had a lot of parts that just weren't all that funny and were kind of lame and it is my least favorite Mel Brooks movie. Definitely doesn't live up to classics like Young Frankenstein, The Producers and Blazing Saddles!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I met Mel Brooks!!!!

    I love all his films and think that they are some of the best ever. He is a the best writer/director ever!!!!!! This is my favorite because of the historical aspect thye best is the part about the ten commandments!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mel Brook's strikes gold!

    If you are are fan of other Mel Brooks' movies, this is just another one, but it stands out beyond the others, it is by far the funniest. The film tells the story of History, through the eyes of the comedic genious Mel Brooks. He starts off with a fairly crude 2001: A space odyssey joke and then weaves into the Caveman age. In this part are some truy primitive but hilarious jokes about artists and a dinosaur. After that short part, there is the longest part, the Roman empire. Dom Deluise is great as the Caeser and after many religious, racial, and a particulary insane drug joke, the Spanish inquisition scene opens, which is basically one big song with swimming nuns and tortured prisoners. And finally, the fourth and final part the French revolution, is truly hilarious. After some jokes about French working class...'' Apple cores, get your apple cores! Rats!Dead rats! I'm selling nothing! Absolutely nothing!'' The part is full with jokes like that. After a very lewd chess game and the boy with the bucket,(I won't tell you what it is for, but the bucket is disgusting!) the Revolution begins and a big mix-up almost gets a commoner beheaded. Then their is a phony ad for Part II with viking funerals, hitler on ice, and hews in space. So that is mel brooks' greatest comedy in my eyes. If your into religious, crude, scatalogical, raunchy, drug, and violent humor, this is definitely a movie for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brooks, Brilliant

    Funny Jews are Funnier than any other Creed. Hands down. Proud to be a part of the Tribe. If you feel your history's a bit shabby, and tired of friends putting you down because of it, remember that Brooks is there to rescue you. Truly a Brilliant piece in the tradition of Citizen Kane, Laurence of Arabia and... Animal House. With a dishevelled and cruel world, at least there is Brooks (and others in History of the World I) to put smiles on our faces.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellant

    If you enjoy history and want to look at it from another view. Watch this movie you wont regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best

    mel brooks at his finest. and most off colour! i've peroused the world over for humour and this is as good as it gets. it is unfit for any one under 18, over 60, prudish, or anyone else with a pulse. you'll love this one!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HOLY $&%T

    THIS HAS TO BE MEL BROOKS AT HIS BEST. THE WAY THAT HE EMBRACES HISTORY AND BRINGS IT INTO A FUNNY OUTLINE IS THE BEST. THIS MOVIE IS A MUST FOR ANY ONE THAT LIKES MEL BROOKS WORK OR LOVES COMEDY.

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