Spaceballs

Spaceballs

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Director: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman

Cast: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman

     
 

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MGM brings Mel Brooks' science fiction farce Spaceballs to DVD with both widescreen and standard versions on the same disc, and 5.1 Surround Sound, though the movie's lackluster production values make it difficult to discern the quality of the transfer. Still, for fans of actor/writer/director Brooks, the full-length commentary (originally recorded for the

Overview

MGM brings Mel Brooks' science fiction farce Spaceballs to DVD with both widescreen and standard versions on the same disc, and 5.1 Surround Sound, though the movie's lackluster production values make it difficult to discern the quality of the transfer. Still, for fans of actor/writer/director Brooks, the full-length commentary (originally recorded for the laserdisc release) includes his trademark quips and a genuine appreciation of the actors and other collaborators on the film. He has an amazing memory for the details of their careers before and after working with him. It's also refreshing for a director to mock his own work, as well as laugh at the comic bits he has undoubtedly seen dozens of times. In a brief behind-the-scenes featurette, cast members John Candy, Rick Moranis, and others talk about the pleasure of working with Brooks and share stories of on-set goofiness. Basically, for fans of Brooks' unique comic sensibilities, the DVD makes a worthwhile evening's entertainment.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
By the time Spaceballs rolled around, Mel Brooks' brand of zany slapstick and genre parody had long since begun to wear out its welcome. And by 1987, Star Wars was a positively ancient target for satire. It's no surprise, then, that this collection or hoary puns and cheesy sight gags smelled strongly of mothballs even during its initial run. Despite the assembled talent, from John Candy to John Hurt, writer/director Brooks seems more capable of eliciting groans than laughs with his endless sight gags and pointless running jokes. Joan Rivers is actually a hoot as the voice of robot prude Dot Matrix. But it doesn't say much for the rest of the picture that the best acting -- and funniest jokes -- come from a performer who's heard but never seen. With his royal drag and practically dreadlocked fright wig, Dick Van Patten is worth a laugh or two as the hapless King Roland. Brooks also works in a few decent set pieces and swipes at other sci-fi films. But the puns, from "Druish Princess" to "Pizza the Hut," belong in the warmup monologue of a talk show, not the script of a Hollywood feature. And the jokes are even worse when they fall outside the confines of Mad Magazine-style send-ups. The scene in which the characters watch the video of their own movie to find out what happens next is only one example of the labored hamminess on display. In fact, the only consistently funny element is John Morris's score, which takes deadly aim at the bombast of John Williams -- and scores a direct hit.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
UPC:
0027616810021
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Audio commentary by Mel Brooks; Special behind-the-scenes footage; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Brooks President Skroob,Yogurt
John Candy Barf the Mawg, Co-Pilot
Rick Moranis Lord Dark Helmet
Bill Pullman Lone Starr, Space Bum
Daphne Zuniga Princess Vespa
John Hurt Himself
Dick Van Patten King Roland, Ruler of Druidia
George Wyner Col. Sandurz
Michael Winslow Radar Technician
Joan Rivers Dot Matrix
Lorene Yarnell Dot Matrix, Droid Maid
Sal Viscuso Radio Operator
Ronny Graham Minister
Jim J. Bullock Prince Valium
Leslie Bevis Commanderette Zircon
Jim Jackman Maj. Asshole
Denise Gallup Charlene
Sandy Helberg Dr. Schlotkin
Jack Riley TV Newsman
Tom Dreeson Megamaid Guard
Rudy DeLuca Vinnie
Deanna Booher Bearded Lady
Dom DeLuise Pizza the Hutt
Michael Pniewski Laser Gunner
Stephen Tobolowsky Captain of the Guard
Jeff MacGregor Snotty
Henry Kaiser Magnetic Beam Operator
Gail Barle Waitress
Dey Young Waitress
Rhonda Shear Woman in Diner
Robert Prescott Sand Cruiser Driver
Tony Griffin Prison Guard
Rick Ducommun Prison Guard
Ken Olfson Head Usher
Bryan O'Byrne Organist
Wayne Wilson Trucker in Cap
Ira Miller Short Order Cook
Earl Finn Guard with Captain
Mitchell Bock Video Operator
Tommy Swerdlow Troop Leader
Tim Russ Trooper
Ed Gale Dink #1
Felix Silla The Dinks
Tony Cox The Dinks
Arturo Gil The Dinks
Johnny Silver Caddy
Brenda Strong Nurse

Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director,Songwriter,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Albiez Special Effects
Percy Angress Special Effects
Dick Bauerle Songwriter
Craig Boyajian Special Effects
Steve Bridge Camera Operator
Robert Latham Brown Production Manager
Conrad Buff Editor
Don Coufal Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Diaz Makeup
Peter Donen Special Effects Supervisor
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Feld Executive Producer
John Franco Set Decoration/Design
Ronny Graham Screenwriter
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Jon Bon Jovi Songwriter
Peter Kelly Set Decoration/Design
Dan Kolsrud Asst. Director
Rick Lazzarini Special Effects
Melanie Elaine Levitt Makeup
Clyde Lieberman Songwriter
George Llerena Camera Operator
Lenny Macaluso Songwriter
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Grant McCune Special Effects
Richard McKenzie Set Decoration/Design
Nick McLean Cinematographer
Thomas Meehan Screenwriter
Harold Michelson Art Director
John Morris Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Michael D. O'Shea Camera Operator
Jeff Pescetto Songwriter
Jerry Pooler Camera Operator
Apogee Productions Special Effects
Richard Ratliff Special Effects
David Rubin Casting
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Richie Sambora Songwriter
Robert Shepherd Special Effects
Gloria Sklerov Songwriter
Nicholas C. Smith Editor
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Jim Stuebe Sound/Sound Designer
Ezra Swerdlow Co-producer
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Jacques Valin Set Decoration/Design
Dianne I. Wager Art Director
Richard Warlock Stunts
Mike Washlake Stunts
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Main Title [1:50]
2. Over His Helmet [5:20]
3. Runaway Bride [2:25]
4. Pizza Wants Dough [4:07]
5. Presidential Headache [3:12]
6. Family Of Expletives [1:26]
7. Making A Deal [1:25]
8. Jammed [2:50]
9. Getting Princess Vespa [4:09]
10. Ludicrous Speed [3:26]
11. Sandy Stop [2:37]
12. The Bare Necessities [2:00]
13. Instant Replay [2:18]
14. Living Without Love [3:37]
15. Li'L Red Desert Hoods [2:55]
16. Keeper Of The Schwartz [3:12]
17. Combing The Desert [1:04]
18. Schwartz Training [1:52]
19. The Lure [2:37]
20. Yogurt'S Gift [:58]
21. Dolls, A Love Story [1:26]
22. A Devious Plan [3:23]
23. Trouble She'S Seen [5:28]
24. Mega Maid! [3:20]
25. The Ear Of The Storm [3:29]
26. I'Ll Show You Mine [5:47]
27. How Self-Destructive [3:43]
28. Last Call For Pizza [1:31]
29. "He Had The Special" [2:43]
30. "A Certified Prince" [3:35]
31. Stop That Wedding [2:34]
32. End Credits [5:32]
Side #2-- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Main Title [:04]
2. Over His Helmet [1:50]
3. Runaway Bride [5:20]
4. Pizza Wants Dough [2:24]
5. Presidential Headache [4:07]
6. Family Of Explatives [3:12]
7. Making A Deal [1:25]
8. Jammed [1:25]
9. Getting Princess Vespa [2:50]
10. Ludicrous Speed [4:09]
11. Sandy Stop [3:26]
12. The Bare Necessities [2:37]
13. Instant Replay [2:00]
14. Living Without Love [2:18]
15. Li'L Red Desert Hoods [3:37]
16. Keeper Of The Schwartz [2:55]
17. Combing The Desert [3:12]
18. Schwartz Training [1:04]
19. The Lure [1:52]
20. Yogurt'S Gift [2:37]
21. Dolls, A Love Story [:58]
22. A Devious Plan [1:26]
23. Trouble She'S Seen [3:23]
24. Mega Maid! [5:28]
25. The Ear Of The Storm [3:20]
26. I'Ll Show You Mine [3:28]
27. How Self-Destructive [5:47]
28. Last Call For Pizza [3:43]
29. "He Had The Special" [1:31]
30. "A Certified Prince" [2:43]
31. Stop That Wedding [3:35]
32. End Credits [2:34]

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Spaceballs 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Mel Brooks feature.  Not as good as Young Frankenstein or Blazing Saddles, but still has some great zany scenes.  Mel and Rick M are great in this.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
Except for lovely Daphne Zuniga to leer at, this stupid, written-for-5-year-olds, Star Wars rip off "satire" is stomach turning. Another crude inept mess from the meat grinder Mel Brooks, who thinks he's funny appearing in his own pathetic movies. Plain "Yogurt" indeed, with the flavor of an 8mm flick made by Jr. High Schoolers, and is past its expiration date. (I look forward to meeting his hit man at my door.)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Spaceballs is one of the funniest movies i have ever seen. Every aspect of it is clever, yet completely stupid. This makes Spaceballs a very fun movie to watch over and over again! The movie also includes, many scenes that you will never forget and that will make you laugh for hours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great, and funny. Watch it a couple times to catch some of the stuff they do and some of the jokes and I promise you won't be watching another movie at the next party!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best comedies I've seen since Mofia! If you like stupid humor, like me, this movie is one of the best out there. Its funny no matter how many times you see it. It's worth buying!!
DJ327 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those stupid movies Mel Brooks does based off of a movie. Stupid, but funny. This movie is Mel Brooks's take on Star Wars. It has Darth Vader, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and princess Leia. Their names are almost the same, Dark Helmet, Lone Star, Barf and Princess Vespa. The movie is funny, and weird. If you love stupid comedies, then you have to watch it. This is one of my favorite 80's comedy movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is simply hilarious of the way they make fun of Star Wars. Entertaining too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb." -Dark Helmet- Watch this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was stupid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i memorized this movie!! as you can tell by the headline! and Bill Pullman is a hottie and a half!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was so funny it had alot of good actors and even know i have seen it 30 times i still love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I generally concur with all the previous kind remarks about this, but I was appalled that the reviewer from All Movie Guide missed the word-for-word dialogue homage, in and prior to the marriage scene, from "It Happened One Night," the mid-30s Oscar-winning comedy with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. That made the scene for me and cracked me up totally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen! I only have one problem with this picture: For being rated PG it sure is suggestive... Still it's really funny. I love the Spaceballs theme song!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh did I ever enjoy this movie! I accidentally taped it... ...and now I watch like 50 times year! I will warn you, you have to kind of watch it a couple of times before you get some of the jokes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent movie that keeps you involved and laughing throughout it. The characters and their lines are both memorable. I believe that this is a must for all star wars fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its just to funny to explain in mere words, Space Balls is the work of a genious, a legend maybe...who cares...spend every dollar you have on Space Balls merchandising...i got the flamethrower!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the most funny movies i have ever seen. please make a spaceballs2. this movie is worth enery penny!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
its the funniest movie i have ever seen
Guest More than 1 year ago
the funniest and best movie i have seen. It is no. 1 in all the movies I've seen. I have seen at least 20 times and it's still very funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
dear mel brooks, I like that movie and I think you should make spaceballs2 the search for money and its rated pg and no bad words and fetures lizzie mcguire and friends Miranda, Grodo , and Matt and Lanny and I love the movie hope you make that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best spoof movies ever made!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago