Mel Brooks Collection

Mel Brooks Collection

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Director: Mel Brooks

Cast: Mel Brooks

     
 

Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman,… See more details below

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Overview

Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and Madeline Kahn as a chanteuse modelled on Marlene Dietrich. As in Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), and High Anxiety (1977), director/writer Mel Brooks gives a burlesque spin to a classic Hollywood movie genre; in his own manic, Borscht Belt way, Brooks was a central player in revising classic genres in light of Seventies values and attitudes, an effort most often associated with such directors as Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich . Some of this film's sequences, notably a gaseous bean dinner around a campfire, have become comedy classics.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This deluxe set compiles eight comedies directed -- and in most cases written or co-written -- by funnyman Mel Brooks, whose apprenticeship included stints with Your Show of Shows in the 1950s and a performing partnership with Carl Reiner. The collection is a mixed bag, composed more or less equally of classics, solid entertainments, and disappointing mediocrities. Mel’s second directorial effort, The Twelve Chairs (1970), was deemed a disappointment by many, although it enjoys a better reputation today. His two 1974 films, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, are widely considered to be his best, and in truth they hold up better than many of the others in this box. Silent Movie (1976), a fascinating but flawed attempt to replicate the slapstick comedy of yore, was Mel’s first as leading man as well as writer-director. He also took the starring role in High Anxiety (1977), an intermittently hilarious parody of Hitchcockian thrillers, then took a hiatus of several years before returning as part of an ensemble cast in The History of the World, Part I (1981), which showed a reliance on trite gags but managed to generate some good laughs nonetheless (the French Revolution segment, in particular). To Be or Not to Be (1983), Brooks’s remake of the 1942 Ernst Lubitsch classic (which starred Jack Benny and Carole Lombard), was a dream project: Brooks cast himself in the Benny role and wife Anne Bancroft in Lombard’s part, but the remake lacked the original’s savoir-faire. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) returned to the genre spoof Brooks popularized with Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, and with talented Cary Elwes in the title role, it marked a return to form. A few entries from the Brooks C.V., due to rights issues, are not included: the original Producers and its new musical version; Spaceballs, his late-to-the-table Star Wars parody; the My Man Godfrey-inspired Life Stinks; and Dracula: Dead and Loving It, featuring Leslie Nielsen as the titular bloodsucker. Still, this is a formidable dose of Brooks, and a must for devotees of his comic genius.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
UPC:
0024543167495
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
12:52:00
Sales rank:
2,257

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disk 1 "Blazing Saddles" (Warner Brothers); Commentary by Mel Brooks, Back in the Saddle, Segments from Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn, & TV Pilot: Black Bart; ; Disk 2 "High Anxiety"; Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: Robinhood Men in Tights, Silent Movie, To Be or Not To Be, & Young Frankenstein; ; Disk 3 "History of the World Part I" ; Brain Soup & Original Theatrical Trailer; ; Disk 4 "Robinhood Men in Tights"; HBO Special, Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: High Anxiety, Silent Movie, To Be or Not To Be, & Young Frankenstein; ; Disk 5 "Silent Movie"; Theatrical Trailer, Spanish Trailer, Portuguese Trailer, Fox Flix: High Anxiety, Robinhood Men in Tights, & To Be or Not To Be; ; Disk 6 "To Be or Not to Be"; Featurette, Profile: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, & Theatrical Trailer; ; Disk 7 "Twelve Chairs"; Mel Brooks Theatre: High Anxiety, History of the World Part I, Robinhood Men in Tights, Silent Movie, & To Be or Not To Be; ; Disk 8 "Young Frankenstein"; Widescreen Feature with optional Mel Brooks Commentary, 36 minute documentary: "Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein" out takes/bloopers & deleted scenes, Trailers: Showrama A, B, International, and Re-Release, TV Spots: 1:60, 3:30, & 5:10, Mexican Interviews with Leachman, Feldman and Wilder, Production Stills, and Theatrical Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits

Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Blazing Saddles: Full Screen
1. Credits and Title Song [2:13]
2. Workin' on the Railroad [3:41]
3. Quicksand [2:50]
4. Hedley Lamarr: "Land... See 'Snatch'" [4:18]
5. Cruelty in Rock Ridge; Church Meeting [5:14]
6. The Gov: "Work, Work, Work!" [3:22]
7. The New Sheriff [3:27]
8. (Un)Welcome to Rock Ridge [5:06]
9. Message to the Governor [1:38]
10. The Waco Kid [8:51]
11. Beanfest [2:11]
12. Winning Them Over; Mongo Goes Boom! [5:22]
13. "Where's Froggy?!" [1:36]
14. Lili von Shtupp [8:17]
15. Wet Sauerkraut in Her Hands [3:04]
16. Snoopin' Around at the Railroad [5:45]
17. An Equal Opportunity Employer [4:41]
18. "Where Are the White Women At?" [1:35]
19. A Fake Rock Ridge [3:52]
20. "Go Do the Voodoo That You Do" [2:06]
21. Exact Change [1:09]
22. Showtime? [2:47]
23. "I Work for Mel Brooks!" [4:14]
24. A Happy Ending [4:27]
25. End Credits [:43]
Disc #1, Side B -- Blazing Saddles: Widescreen
1. Credits and Title Song [2:13]
2. Workin' on the Railroad [3:41]
3. Quicksand [2:50]
4. Hedley Lamarr: "Land... See 'Snatch'" [4:18]
5. Cruelty in Rock Ridge; Church Meeting [5:14]
6. The Gov: "Work, Work, Work!" [3:22]
7. The New Sheriff [3:27]
8. (Un)Welcome to Rock Ridge [5:06]
9. Message to the Governor [1:38]
10. The Waco Kid [8:51]
11. Beanfest [2:11]
12. Winning Them Over; Mongo Goes Boom! [5:22]
13. "Where's Froggy?!" [1:36]
14. Lili von Shtupp [8:17]
15. Wet Sauerkraut in Her Hands [3:04]
16. Snoopin' Around at the Railroad [5:45]
17. An Equal Opportunity Employer [4:41]
18. "Where Are the White Women At?" [1:35]
19. A Fake Rock Ridge [3:52]
20. "Go Do the Voodoo That You Do" [2:06]
21. Exact Change [1:09]
22. Showtime? [2:47]
23. "I Work for Mel Brooks!" [4:14]
24. A Happy Ending [4:27]
25. End Credits [:43]
Disc #2 -- High Anxiety
1. A Dramatic Airport (Titles)
2. A Driver and Sidekick
3. Brophy's Suspicions
4. The New Head Shrink
5. Professor Lilloman
6. Thorndyke's Problem
7. Dinner at Eight
8. Weird Noises
9. Mr. Cartwright's Case
10. The Flashing
11. Fight Your Fears
12. Arthur Brisbane
13. Caught in a Web
14. Off to San Francisco
15. Straight to the Top
16. The Psycho Bellhop
17. The Cocker's Daughter
18. Thorndyke's Speech
19. Drinks With Victoria
20. High Anxiety
21. Something's Wrong
22. Doctor Death
23. For the Birds
24. Proof in the Picture
25. Kill Thorndyke!
26. Loud and Annoying
27. The North Wing
28. The Tower
29. The Real Problem
30. Over the Top
31. Mr. and Mrs. Doctor
32. End Titles
Disc #3 -- History of the World: Part I
1. Main Titles: Our Forefathers
2. The Stone Age
3. The Old Testament
4. The Roman Empire
5. Comicus: Stand-Up Philosopher
6. Caesar's Palace
7. A Performance to Die For
8. Among the Virgins
9. The Eunich Test
10. Escape From Rome
11. Armed With Mighty Joint
12. New Jobs: The Last Supper
13. The Spanish Inquisition
14. The French Revolution
15. Count de Monet
16. It's Good to Be the King
17. A Double in Case of Trouble
18. The Big Ending
19. Coming Soon: End Credits
Disc #4 -- Robin Hood: Men in Tights
1. Main Titles
2. Sherwood Forest Rap
3. Le Dungeon
4. The Journey Home
5. Ahchoo
6. It's Good to Be Home
7. The Sheriff of Rottingham
8. Marian
9. Bad News
10. Latrine
11. Little John
12. Will Scarlet O'Hara
13. The Prince's Party
14. The Party Gets Rough
15. From Royalty to Recycling
16. Noble Words
17. Basic Training
18. The Secret Weapon
19. Rabbi Tuckman
20. Don Giovanni's Plan
21. Warning Robin
22. Men in Tights
23. The Night Is Young and You're So Beautiful
24. The Archery Contest
25. One More Shot
26. Under Arrest
27. The Wedding
28. Revolution
29. The Fight Scene
30. The Magic Pill
31. King Richard's Return
32. End Titles
Disc #5 -- Silent Movie
1. A Pregnant Pause
2. Main Titles
3. Funn, Eggs and Bell
4. The Studio Chief
5. Bothering Burt Reynolds
6. Convincing James Caan
7. Engulf and Devour
8. The Wrong Dog
9. Save the Studio!
10. Lunching With Liza Minnelli
11. The Coat Crisis
12. Asking Anne Bancroft
13. The Real Thing
14. In the Hospital
15. Marcel Marceau
16. Pursuing Paul Newman
17. A Night Out
18. Vilma Kaplan
19. Funn With Vilma
20. Back to the Bottle
21. Sobering Up
22. The Stolen Film
23. It's a Hit!
24. End Titles
Disc #6 -- The Twelve Chairs
1. Deathbed Secret
2. Main Titles/Hope for the Best
3. Miracle Man
4. The Revolution
5. Better Times
6. A Personal Matter
7. Plan of Attack
8. Finders Keepers
9. Bureau of Chairs
10. Museum Display
11. The One That Got Away
12. In Siberia
13. Acting Noble
14. Expect the Worst
15. Negotiations
16. Beach Picnic
17. The Luxury of Pride
18. Frustration
19. High Wire Act
20. Answered Prayer
21. 3,000 Miles
22. Grand Opening
23. The Twelfth Chair
24. Give/End Titles
Disc #7 -- To Be or Not to Be
1. Main Titles
2. The Bronski Theatre
3. A Secret Admirer
4. Naughty Nazis
5. An Assignation
6. It's War!
7. Messages to Poland
8. Something Is Wrong
9. Nazi Headquarters
10. Sweetheart
11. The Gestapo
12. Another Siletski
13. Sasha
14. Back to Nazi H.Q.
15. An Imposter
16. A Command Performance
17. Another Suitor
18. At the Airport
19. Is This England?
20. End Titles
Disc #8 -- Young Frankenstein
1. The Baron's Coffin (Main Titles)
2. Dr. Frankenstein's Class
3. Elizabeth & Frederick Say Goodbye
4. Transylvania Station
5. The Castle
6. Frederick's Nightmare
7. The Laboratory and Private Library
8. Blueprints for the Monster
9. The Body
10. The Brain
11. The Creation/Failure
12. The Town Meeting
13. "Dinner, Mmmmmmm"
14. It's Alive
15. Inspector Kemp's Visit
16. The Monster Escapes
17. The Little Girl
18. The Blind Hermit
19. Rehabilitating the Monster
20. Theatre Show/Puttin' on the Ritz
21. Frederick & Inga's Interlude
22. Elizabeth's Arrival
23. The Town Riot
24. Elizabeth & Frederick's Chat
25. Elizabeth's Abduction
26. The Monster Returns
27. Final Transformation
28. Epilogue/End Titles
1. Making FrankenSense of Young Frankenstein
2. Script
3. Scenes
4. Cast of Characters
5. In Black and White
6. Sets and Lighting
7. Mel
8. Tricks of the Trade
9. Fine Tuning
10. A Classic

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