Mel Brooks Collection

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Mel Brooks, one of the greatest comedic minds ever to make movies finds nine of his films collected in this ornate box set. In addition to The Twelve Chairs, Blazzing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World - Part 1, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men In Tights - each of which boasting a smattering of behind-the-scenes extras -- this release boasts a hardcover book detailing his remarkable career from gag writer for Sid Caesar to becoming the toast of ...
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Mel Brooks, one of the greatest comedic minds ever to make movies finds nine of his films collected in this ornate box set. In addition to The Twelve Chairs, Blazzing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World - Part 1, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men In Tights - each of which boasting a smattering of behind-the-scenes extras -- this release boasts a hardcover book detailing his remarkable career from gag writer for Sid Caesar to becoming the toast of Broadway with his stage adaptation of The Producers.
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Special Features

7 Featurettes Plus 6-All-New Featurettes Exclusive to Blu-ray; ; 4 All-New Trivia Tracks; 5 Isolated Score Tracks; ; Plus Commentaries, Interviews, Documentaries, Still Galleries
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2009
  • UPC: 024543627944
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Time: 14:31:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

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Mel Brooks
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great fun!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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