Producers

Producers

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Director: Mel Brooks

Cast: Mel Brooks, Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars

     
 

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Since Mel Brooks' Broadway adaptation of his first feature film, The Producers, has become one of the biggest stage successes of recent memory, it's no great surprise that the original movie has been given a release on DVD, and if this edition from MGM Home Entertainment is short on frills, it's still an attractive presentation of a great comedy. This releaseSee more details below

Overview

Since Mel Brooks' Broadway adaptation of his first feature film, The Producers, has become one of the biggest stage successes of recent memory, it's no great surprise that the original movie has been given a release on DVD, and if this edition from MGM Home Entertainment is short on frills, it's still an attractive presentation of a great comedy. This release of The Producers allows viewers to choose between a letterboxed transfer at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1 (which is enhanced for 16 x 9 monitors) and a pan-and-scan version at 1.33:1; the letterboxed version is roomier, but the full-screen transfer is still watchable, and the image as clean and accurate to the film's original color scheme throughout. The original English-language soundtrack has been remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1, while the original mix also appears in Dolby Digital Mono; optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish are included as well. No bonus materials have been included, but the transfer looks great, the new mix sounds fine, and the menus and copious chapter stops help make this the best home-video presentation of this movie to date, and it's priced right to boot. (A fleshed-out special edition DVD of The Producers is also available.)

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The Producers, Mel Brooks's wildly hilarious directorial debut and the source for his Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, soars with savage satire and one of the most perfect pairings in movie history: Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Mostel portrays a grandiose but washed-up Broadway producer who teams up with Wilder's timid accountant to produce the worst show ever written, as part of a scheme to defraud investors. The chemistry between the two leads bubbles with animosity, affection, and mutually enabling dementia. Mostel reaches unimaginable heights of wide-eyed mania in scenes where he seduces a bevy of adoring octogenarians in order to bilk them out of their money. And in his first great role, the inimitable Wilder incorporates both his perpetual smirk and his patented hysterical rants into a multilayered portrayal of a of a man who is at first cajoled and bullied into -- but finally embraces -- a crazy dream. To top it all off is the play itself, "Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden," which stars Dick Shawn as a hepcat Hitler who grooves his way through the Great War. An over-the-top exercise in bad taste, it combines tap-dancing and goose-stepping with shameless glee. But let the viewer beware: the title song, "Springtime for Hitler," is a genuinely catchy tune that, once heard, is difficult to shake. This legendary comedy classic simply has to be seen to be believed.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
The Producers received two Oscar nominations: one went to Gene Wilder for Best Supporting Actor and the second went to Mel Brooks, who won for Best Original Screenplay in his hilarious feature-film debut. With an opening number that ranks among comic cinema's greatest, and boasting zesty tongue-in-cheek performances by Zero Mostel, Wilder, and Dick Shawn, The Producers is a delightful parody of the old Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney "let's put on a show in the old barn" comedies. The film also is a not-so-subtly veiled assault on the dubious ethics at work in the business side of the Hollywood movie industry. It's filled with some of the funniest dialogue in the entire Mel Brooks' canon, combined with some of the most outrageous musical numbers -- made all the more effective due to their compositional authenticity -- in film history, including the immortal production of "Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva." Who else but Mel Brooks would have the audacity to turn Hitler into the object of his comedy? The movie does not depend upon the rapid anarchic pacing of a Marx Brothers' film to grab the audience. Brooks almost purposefully slows the story down so we can enjoy the comic repartee between the wonderfully cast Mostel and Wilder. The Producers is one of those rare comedies that actually manages to be greater than the sum of its many very funny comedic parts.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
This is one of the funniest movies ever made.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0027616902733
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zero Mostel Max Bialystock
Gene Wilder Leo Bloom
Kenneth Mars Franz Liebkind
Estelle Winwood Old Lady
Renee Taylor Eva Braun
Christopher Hewett Roger De Bris
Dick Shawn L.S.D
Andréas Voutsinas Carmen Giya
Lee Meredith Ulla
Bernie Allen Actor
Diana Eden Showgirl
Josip Elic Violinist
David Evans Lead Dancer
Zale Kessler Actor
Barney Martin German Officer in Play
Arthur Rubin Actor
Tucker Smith Actor
Madelyn Cates Woman at Window
David Patch Actor
Shimen Ruskin Actor
Frank Campanella Bartender
Anne Ives Ladie
Michael Davis Production Tenor
Mel Brooks Actor
William Hickey Drunk in Theater Bar
Frank Shaw Actor
Margery Beddow Dancer

Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Irving Buchman Makeup
Joseph Coffey Cinematographer
Gene Coffin Costumes/Costume Designer
James Dalton Set Decoration/Design
Sidney Glazier Producer
Jack Grossberg Producer
Alan Johnson Choreography
Brian Morris Musical Direction/Supervision
John Morris Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfa-Betty Olsen Casting
Charles Rosen Art Director
Ralph Rosenblum Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/"Hold Me Touch Me" [:22]
2. Landlord and Loiterer [7:41]
3. The Creative Accountant [2:21]
4. Lunch Al Fresco [11:34]
5. "I'll Do It!" [2:14]
6. Whither the Worst Play? [1:47]
7. The Conci-Urge [2:25]
8. Yankee Doodle Nazi [1:09]
9. The Hitler We Never Knew [1:57]
10. Little-Old-Lady-Land [2:20]
11. Bialy Bilks the Biddies [2:21]
12. 25,000 Percent Invested! [1:30]
13. Ulla-La! [1:19]
14. A Tight Squeeze [4:15]
15. A Vision of De Bris [2:08]
16. Singing Hitlers Only [4:18]
17. Love Power [3:19]
18. Pre-Curtain Titters [4:15]
19. Springtime for Hitler [2:29]
20. 2nd Chance for the 1st Act [3:43]
21. A Teast to Being Toast [4:12]
22. The Flop Flips [1:38]
23. "I Love My Little Joe" [1:49]
24. "Where Did I Go Right?" [2:28]
25. A Very Sour Kraut [2:56]
26. Bombing on Broadway [3:50]
27. Liar, Cheat, Humanitarian [2:51]
28. Prisoners of Love/Credits [3:14]

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