Twelve Chairs

Twelve Chairs

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Cast: Mel Brooks, Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise

     
 

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Mel Brooks' follow-up to The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a fineSee more details below

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Mel Brooks' follow-up to The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from Image that would be of interest to any Brooks fan.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The very amusing The Twelve Chairs is probably Mel Brooks' least demented comedy. Fans looking for the same off-the-wall sensibility that pervades Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein might be a little disappointed, although there certainly are moments that should please them (such as when Dom DeLuise opens his window after pulling into a Siberian train station to confront a mountain of snow or the chase sequence that leaves him stranded atop a mountain with no way down). But on the whole, Chairs is in a more standard-comedy mode, and those who approach it with this in mind should find plenty to keep them entertained. As director, Brooks is in as measured a mood as Brooks the writer, and that (relatively) relaxed feeling gives Chairs some surprisingly leisurely moments. Rather than letting the energy sag, this gives the viewer some time to concentrate more on the characters than the jokes. Unfortunately, this is one of Chairs' weaknesses; the characters are not poorly drawn, but they could use a tad more depth to really engage the viewer. Fortunately, Brooks has rounded up an appealing cast that more than makes up for this little deficiency. If Frank Langella lacks the comic energy that one associates with Brooks, he still has the commanding presence required by the part. Ron Moody is in fine form as the former owner of the title chairs, making the most of his predicament when told to sit by Langella and pulling off the difficult ending with great skill. And DeLuise, given the showiest part, takes full advantage of that fact. If Chairs does not reach lunatic heights, it still is disarming and enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2000
UPC:
0014381917420
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
G
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:34:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Moody Vorobyaninov
Frank Langella Ostap Bender
Mel Brooks Tikon
Dom DeLuise Father Fyodor
Andréas Voutsinas Nikolai Sestrin
Vlada Petric Savitsky
David Lander Engineer Bruns
Diana Coupland Mme. Bruns
Elaine Garreau Claudia Ivanova
Will Stampe Watchman
Peter Banicevic Sergeant
Robert Bernal Curator
Bridget Brice Young Woman
Mavid Popovic Makko
Nicholas Smith First Actor
Aca Stojkovic Capt. Scriabin
Paul Wheeler Kolya
Branka Veselinovc Natasha

Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Bato Cengic Asst. Director
Sidney Glazier Producer
Alan Heim Editor
Michael Hertzberg Producer
John Morris Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Sutton Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan Tunick Musical Direction/Supervision

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