Mel Brooks Collection

Mel Brooks Collection

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Director: Alan Johnson, Mel Brooks, Cary Elwes, Cleavon Little

Cast: Alan Johnson, Mel Brooks, Cary Elwes, Cleavon Little

     
 

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This collection of nine films from revered comic director Mel Brooks includes The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, his Hitchcock pastiche High Anxiety, History of the World Part I, his remake of To Be or Not to Be, the Star Wars spoof Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men In Tights.

Overview

This collection of nine films from revered comic director Mel Brooks includes The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, his Hitchcock pastiche High Anxiety, History of the World Part I, his remake of To Be or Not to Be, the Star Wars spoof Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men In Tights.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2012
UPC:
0024543816010
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Sales rank:
2,975

Special Features

Disc 1: The Twelve Chairs
Disc 2: Blazing Saddles
Disc 3: Young Frankenstein
Disc 4: Silent Movie
Disc 5: High Anxiety
Disc 6: History of the World - Part 1
Disc 7: To Be or Not to Be
Disc 8: Spaceballs
Disc 9: Robin Hood: Men in Tights
7 featurettes plus 6 blu-ray exclusive featurettes; 4 trivia tracks; 5 isolated score tracks; Commentaries; Interviews; Documentaries; Still galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Brooks Actor,Comicus,Frederick Bronski,Mel Funn,President Skroob,Richard H. Thorndyke,Jacques,Yogurt,King Lou,Tikon,Moses,Torquemada,Governor Lepetomane,Indian Chief
Cary Elwes Robin Hood
Cleavon Little Bart
Gene Wilder Dr. Frederick Frankenstein,Jim, the Waco Kid
Ron Moody Vorobyaninov
Anne Bancroft Anna Bronski
Frank Langella Ostap Bender
Madeline Kahn Victoria Brisbane,Elizabeth,Empress Nympho,Lili Von Shtupp
Marty Feldman Marty Eggs,Igor
Peter Boyle Monster
Richard Lewis Prince John
Charles Durning Col. Erhardt
Cloris Leachman Nurse Charlotte Diesel,Frau Bluecher,Madame de Farge
Dom DeLuise Dom Bell,Father Fyodor,Nero
John Candy Barf the Mawg, Co-Pilot
Roger Rees Sheriff of Rottingham
Slim Pickens Taggart
Amy Yasbeck Maid Marian
Bernadette Peters Vilma Kaplan
Harvey Korman Dr. Charles Montague,Hedley Lamarr,Count de Monet
Rick Moranis Lord Dark Helmet
Teri Garr Inga
Tim Matheson Lt. Andre Sobinski
Andréas Voutsinas Nikolai Sestrin
Bill Pullman Lone Starr, Space Bum
Dave Chappelle Ahchoo
David Huddleston Olson Johnson
José Ferrer Prof. Siletski
Ron Carey Brophy
Sid Caesar Studio Chief
Daphne Zuniga Princess Vespa
Tracey Ullman Latrine
Vlada Petric Savitsky
Alex Karras Mongo

Technical Credits
Alan Johnson Director
Mel Brooks Director

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my husband as a gift, but my son and I enjoy it just as much. Classic comedy that we can watch as a family. Sometimes we quote lines from Mel Brooks movies and a favorite line is "It's good to be the king" and this collection of dvds also includes a book with that title! I recommend this as a great gift to give.
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