Spaceballs

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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 4/25/2000
  • UPC: 027616810021
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Full Frame / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 481

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 Voice Only
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 de Luca Vinnie
Deanna Booher Bearded Lady
Dom DeLuise Voice Only
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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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
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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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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary By Mel Brooks
      Behind-The-Scenes Footage
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         FranÇais
         EspaÑol
      Subtitles
         FranÇais
         EspaÑol
Side #2-- Standard
   Play
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary By Mel Brooks
      Behind-The-Scenes Footage
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         FranÇais
         EspaÑol
      Subtitles
         FranÇais
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Another great Mel Brooks feature.  Not as good as Young Frankens

    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.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

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    Except for lovely Daphne Zuniga to leer at, this stupid, written

    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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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    You must buy this!!!

    After watching the movie Spaceballs I can honestly say that it puts the comedy in comedy. This spoof/comedy version of the original Star Wars is a masterpiece. The director of this movie is Mel Brooks, not only is he the director but he also acts in the movie. Mel Brooks is mainly known for his work in movies such as The Electric Company, The Producers, and Blazing Saddles. The movie Spaceballs was based off of the novel Spaceballs. The author of the book Spaceballs is also Mel Brooks and the book is said to be as funny if not funnier than the movie. The movie as well as the book really targets mature audiences mainly because of all the profanity used. Another reason that the book and the movie really targets mature audiences is the fact that it is a spoof film therefore it makes a lot of comical references to other movies that younger individuals may not pick up on. If you liked movies like Galaxy Quest, Men In Black, and Back to the Future then you will absolutely love this movie for it shares the same classical comedy that the rest of these movies do. For those people who love musical artist such as Van Halen or Bon Jovi this movie have musical selections from both of the talented artists. In the movie you can here the song "Good Enough" by Van Halen and the song "Raise Your hands" by Bon Jovi and many other songs from various artists. After my first time watching the movie it really made me have a different perspective on the way I view comedy. My favorite scene by far is when Lord Dark Helmet decides to send the ship into Ludicrous Speed, having no idea exactly how fast it is he ends up holding on for dear life begging for the emergency brakes to be pulled and ends up going air born headfirst into the front of the ship. By far my favorite idea used in the movie was the huge spaceship named Spaceball One. The one aspect that I really enjoyed about it was all the different speeds it had. It has a "sub-light" speed, "ridiculous speed," and "ludicrous speed." When traveling at Ludicrous Speed it is essential that all crewmembers use a seat belt for safety. Ludicrous speed leaves a trail of plaid. The main actors/actresses in the movie are Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, and Joan Rivers, the main characters in this movie are Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga), King Roland (Dick Van Patten), Lone Star (Bill Pullman), Barf (John Candy), Lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis), Yogurt (Mel Brooks), and President Skroob (Mel Brooks). Customers that have previously purchased this movie they gave it 4 ½ stars and I personally give it 5 stars but it really depends on your take towards comedy movies. They say that the movie is unforgettable, funny, and the performances were stellar, I couldn't agree more. If you enjoyed this then it is definitely worth your time to invest in the movie and watch it. Personally I really wish they would have sequels to this movie mocking the rest of the Star Wars collection. Although it borrows most of its plot from the Star Wars series, Spaceballs also pokes fun at Star Trek, Snow White, and Planet of the Apes. This is definitely a laughter-filled video that will keep you coming back for more, don't miss out on a classic comedy. Just like the world's greatest monuments this movie is just something that you have to see for yourself. Purchase this movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Stupidly Funny in Space

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing x ten

    When i saw this movie i laughed and laughed. I wouldn't show this to little kids even tough it is a PG rated movie because of some suggestive scenes. (the scenes that are suggestive to me but it will take your own judgment to let your kids watch it. You can alos watch it before you show it to kids.)
    I like this because its got a mixture of STAR TREK and STARWARS its got both in them! Over all i like the movie and it will knock your socks off! if you like a bit of humor and all the shows or movies you will like this very much!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mel Brooks!

    My favorite Mel Brooks Spoof! Just know this will be stupidly hilarious!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another must have

    If you haven't seen this, crawl out from under your rock and get ready to laugh. This movie is aboslutely a must in the collection of anyone with a funny bone. It is a relentless mocking of Star Wars and Star Trek.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ROLL ON THE FLOOR HILARIOUS (ok maybe not)

    This movie is so funny... Its a hilarious spoof of Star Wars! It had one Wizard of Oz element when the group goes to see 'yogurt' but thats the only other bit from other movies that i recognized. Sure to entertain teens and adults alike!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    "Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb." -Dark Helmet- Watch this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good, Better than Robin Hood

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious!

    I'm a huge fan of Mel Brooks, and I have found most of his movies to be very funny and Spaceballs is definitely one of his funniest movies. It is a hilarious spoof of sci-fi that spoofs Star Wars, Star Trek, 2001 A Space Oddyssey, The Plane of The Apes, etc and I find it to be a great movie to watch when you are sick or just feeling a little stressed and need some hilarious humour to cheer you up! The While cast is great but I especially like Bill Pullman, John Candy, Mel Brooks Rick Moranis and Daphne Zuniga and besides that there are alot of great scenes with some of the supporting cast like there is a very funny scene with Michael Winslow from the Police Academy movies and there are lots of other funny scenes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    you'll just laugh, and laugh and....

    this movie is pure comedy. whether you're obsessed with starwars or not, this movie is HILARIOUS!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hahaha...

    spaceballs is a total rip-off of star wars, but in a hilarious way! omg! this movie cracks me up from start to finish.... not to mention that ugly looking chewbaca there!!! lol. i love this movie. it's great. you'll definentally laugh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spaceballs

    This movie is simply hilarious of the way they make fun of Star Wars. Entertaining too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is the best creation ever done that involves schwartz

    This was incredible! any that says that says other wise is a fool who doesn't know their movies. This is a star wars spoof that was extremely funny and had me laughing for days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FFUUNNNNYY! HA HA HA

    this movie is so funny!I almost laughed at every scene especialy when the robot goes its either the forth of july or someone is trying to kill us!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spaceballs Is the Best Movie ever

    I have seen Spaceballs so many times I lost track of how many times its been. I'll put it to you this way I have seen it so many times when I watch the movie I can say every line in it. I love this movie and I would reccomend it to anybody how is a MEl Brooks fan ( Brooks=Skoorb)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Once you see this movie you will laugh for the rest of your life!!!

    I think it has a bit 2-much dirty words, but other than that it is a realy realy funny movie with a great sense-of-humor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You got to see this movie

    I like this movie. And sees this movie so many time. Every time see this movie I love it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Want to watch is again and again

    This movie is absolutely awsome, full of entertainment. I hope they come out with Space Balls - 2 :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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