Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and Madeline Kahn as a chanteuse modelled on Marlene Dietrich. As in Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), and High Anxiety (1977), director/writer Mel Brooks gives a burlesque spin to a classic Hollywood movie genre; in his own manic, Borscht Belt way, Brooks was a central player in revising classic genres in light of Seventies values and attitudes, an effort most often associated with such directors as Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich . Some of this film's sequences, notably a gaseous bean dinner around a campfire, have become comedy classics.
Closed Caption; Disk 1 "Blazing Saddles" (Warner Brothers); Commentary by Mel Brooks, Back in the Saddle, Segments from Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn, & TV Pilot: Black Bart; ; Disk 2 "High Anxiety"; Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: Robinhood Men in Tights, Silent Movie, To Be or Not To Be, & Young Frankenstein; ; Disk 3 "History of the World Part I" ; Brain Soup & Original Theatrical Trailer; ; Disk 4 "Robinhood Men in Tights"; HBO Special, Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: High Anxiety, Silent Movie, To Be or Not To Be, & Young Frankenstein; ; Disk 5 "Silent Movie"; Theatrical Trailer, Spanish Trailer, Portuguese Trailer, Fox Flix: High Anxiety, Robinhood Men in Tights, & To Be or Not To Be; ; Disk 6 "To Be or Not to Be"; Featurette, Profile: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, & Theatrical Trailer; ; Disk 7 "Twelve Chairs"; Mel Brooks Theatre: High Anxiety, History of the World Part I, Robinhood Men in Tights, Silent Movie, & To Be or Not To Be; ; Disk 8 "Young Frankenstein"; Widescreen Feature with optional Mel Brooks Commentary, 36 minute documentary: "Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein" out takes/bloopers & deleted scenes, Trailers: Showrama A, B, International, and Re-Release, TV Spots: 1:60, 3:30, & 5:10, Mexican Interviews with Leachman, Feldman and Wilder, Production Stills, and Theatrical Trailer
Disc #1, Side A -- Blazing Saddles: Full Screen 1. Credits and Title Song [2:13] 2. Workin' on the Railroad [3:41] 3. Quicksand [2:50] 4. Hedley Lamarr: "Land... See 'Snatch'" [4:18] 5. Cruelty in Rock Ridge; Church Meeting [5:14] 6. The Gov: "Work, Work, Work!" [3:22] 7. The New Sheriff [3:27] 8. (Un)Welcome to Rock Ridge [5:06] 9. Message to the Governor [1:38] 10. The Waco Kid [8:51] 11. Beanfest [2:11] 12. Winning Them Over; Mongo Goes Boom! [5:22] 13. "Where's Froggy?!" [1:36] 14. Lili von Shtupp [8:17] 15. Wet Sauerkraut in Her Hands [3:04] 16. Snoopin' Around at the Railroad [5:45] 17. An Equal Opportunity Employer [4:41] 18. "Where Are the White Women At?" [1:35] 19. A Fake Rock Ridge [3:52] 20. "Go Do the Voodoo That You Do" [2:06] 21. Exact Change [1:09] 22. Showtime? [2:47] 23. "I Work for Mel Brooks!" [4:14] 24. A Happy Ending [4:27] 25. End Credits [:43] Disc #1, Side B -- Blazing Saddles: Widescreen 1. Credits and Title Song [2:13] 2. Workin' on the Railroad [3:41] 3. Quicksand [2:50] 4. Hedley Lamarr: "Land... See 'Snatch'" [4:18] 5. Cruelty in Rock Ridge; Church Meeting [5:14] 6. The Gov: "Work, Work, Work!" [3:22] 7. The New Sheriff [3:27] 8. (Un)Welcome to Rock Ridge [5:06] 9. Message to the Governor [1:38] 10. The Waco Kid [8:51] 11. Beanfest [2:11] 12. Winning Them Over; Mongo Goes Boom! [5:22] 13. "Where's Froggy?!" [1:36] 14. Lili von Shtupp [8:17] 15. Wet Sauerkraut in Her Hands [3:04] 16. Snoopin' Around at the Railroad [5:45] 17. An Equal Opportunity Employer [4:41] 18. "Where Are the White Women At?" [1:35] 19. A Fake Rock Ridge [3:52] 20. "Go Do the Voodoo That You Do" [2:06] 21. Exact Change [1:09] 22. Showtime? [2:47] 23. "I Work for Mel Brooks!" [4:14] 24. A Happy Ending [4:27] 25. End Credits [:43] Disc #2 -- High Anxiety 1. A Dramatic Airport (Titles) 2. A Driver and Sidekick 3. Brophy's Suspicions 4. The New Head Shrink 5. Professor Lilloman 6. Thorndyke's Problem 7. Dinner at Eight 8. Weird Noises 9. Mr. Cartwright's Case 10. The Flashing 11. Fight Your Fears 12. Arthur Brisbane 13. Caught in a Web 14. Off to San Francisco 15. Straight to the Top 16. The Psycho Bellhop 17. The Cocker's Daughter 18. Thorndyke's Speech 19. Drinks With Victoria 20. High Anxiety 21. Something's Wrong 22. Doctor Death 23. For the Birds 24. Proof in the Picture 25. Kill Thorndyke! 26. Loud and Annoying 27. The North Wing 28. The Tower 29. The Real Problem 30. Over the Top 31. Mr. and Mrs. Doctor 32. End Titles Disc #3 -- History of the World: Part I 1. Main Titles: Our Forefathers 2. The Stone Age 3. The Old Testament 4. The Roman Empire 5. Comicus: Stand-Up Philosopher 6. Caesar's Palace 7. A Performance to Die For 8. Among the Virgins 9. The Eunich Test 10. Escape From Rome 11. Armed With Mighty Joint 12. New Jobs: The Last Supper 13. The Spanish Inquisition 14. The French Revolution 15. Count de Monet 16. It's Good to Be the King 17. A Double in Case of Trouble 18. The Big Ending 19. Coming Soon: End Credits Disc #4 -- Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1. Main Titles 2. Sherwood Forest Rap 3. Le Dungeon 4. The Journey Home 5. Ahchoo 6. It's Good to Be Home 7. The Sheriff of Rottingham 8. Marian 9. Bad News 10. Latrine 11. Little John 12. Will Scarlet O'Hara 13. The Prince's Party 14. The Party Gets Rough 15. From Royalty to Recycling 16. Noble Words 17. Basic Training 18. The Secret Weapon 19. Rabbi Tuckman 20. Don Giovanni's Plan 21. Warning Robin 22. Men in Tights 23. The Night Is Young and You're So Beautiful 24. The Archery Contest 25. One More Shot 26. Under Arrest 27. The Wedding 28. Revolution 29. The Fight Scene 30. The Magic Pill 31. King Richard's Return 32. End Titles Disc #5 -- Silent Movie 1. A Pregnant Pause 2. Main Titles 3. Funn, Eggs and Bell 4. The Studio Chief 5. Bothering Burt Reynolds 6. Convincing James Caan 7. Engulf and Devour 8. The Wrong Dog 9. Save the Studio! 10. Lunching With Liza Minnelli 11. The Coat Crisis 12. Asking Anne Bancroft 13. The Real Thing 14. In the Hospital 15. Marcel Marceau 16. Pursuing Paul Newman 17. A Night Out 18. Vilma Kaplan 19. Funn With Vilma 20. Back to the Bottle 21. Sobering Up 22. The Stolen Film 23. It's a Hit! 24. End Titles Disc #6 -- The Twelve Chairs 1. Deathbed Secret 2. Main Titles/Hope for the Best 3. Miracle Man 4. The Revolution 5. Better Times 6. A Personal Matter 7. Plan of Attack 8. Finders Keepers 9. Bureau of Chairs 10. Museum Display 11. The One That Got Away 12. In Siberia 13. Acting Noble 14. Expect the Worst 15. Negotiations 16. Beach Picnic 17. The Luxury of Pride 18. Frustration 19. High Wire Act 20. Answered Prayer 21. 3,000 Miles 22. Grand Opening 23. The Twelfth Chair 24. Give/End Titles Disc #7 -- To Be or Not to Be 1. Main Titles 2. The Bronski Theatre 3. A Secret Admirer 4. Naughty Nazis 5. An Assignation 6. It's War! 7. Messages to Poland 8. Something Is Wrong 9. Nazi Headquarters 10. Sweetheart 11. The Gestapo 12. Another Siletski 13. Sasha 14. Back to Nazi H.Q. 15. An Imposter 16. A Command Performance 17. Another Suitor 18. At the Airport 19. Is This England? 20. End Titles Disc #8 -- Young Frankenstein 1. The Baron's Coffin (Main Titles) 2. Dr. Frankenstein's Class 3. Elizabeth & Frederick Say Goodbye 4. Transylvania Station 5. The Castle 6. Frederick's Nightmare 7. The Laboratory and Private Library 8. Blueprints for the Monster 9. The Body 10. The Brain 11. The Creation/Failure 12. The Town Meeting 13. "Dinner, Mmmmmmm" 14. It's Alive 15. Inspector Kemp's Visit 16. The Monster Escapes 17. The Little Girl 18. The Blind Hermit 19. Rehabilitating the Monster 20. Theatre Show/Puttin' on the Ritz 21. Frederick & Inga's Interlude 22. Elizabeth's Arrival 23. The Town Riot 24. Elizabeth & Frederick's Chat 25. Elizabeth's Abduction 26. The Monster Returns 27. Final Transformation 28. Epilogue/End Titles 1. Making FrankenSense of Young Frankenstein 2. Script 3. Scenes 4. Cast of Characters 5. In Black and White 6. Sets and Lighting 7. Mel 8. Tricks of the Trade 9. Fine Tuning 10. A Classic
Disc #1, Side A -- Blazing Saddles: Full Screen Jump to a Scene Cast Cleavon Little - Bart Gene Wilder - Jim Slim Pickens - Taggart David Huddleston - Olson Johnson Mel Brooks - Gov. Lepetomane and Indian Chief Harvey Korman - Hedley Lamarr Madeline Kahn - Lil Von Shtupp Directed by Mel Brooks Production Notes Interview With Mel Brooks Theatrical Trailer Film Flash Languages English Français Español Subtitles English Français Español Subtitles: Off Disc #1, Side B -- Blazing Saddles: Widescreen Jump to a Scene Cast Cleavon Little - Bart Gene Wilder - Jim Slim Pickens - Taggart David Huddleston - Olson Johnson Mel Brooks - Gov. Lepetomane and Indian Chief Harvey Korman - Hedley Lamarr Madeline Kahn - Lil Von Shtupp Directed by Mel Brooks Production Notes Interview With Mel Brooks Theatrical Trailer Film Flash Languages English Français Español Subtitles English Français Español Subtitles: Off Disc #2 -- High Anxiety Play Language Selection Languages: English Stereo Languages: French Mono Languages: Spanish Mono Captions and Subtitles: English Captions and Subtitles: Spanish Captions and Subtitles: None Scene Selection Trailers Theatrical Trailer Fox Flix - Robin Hood: Men in Tights Fox Flix - Silent Movie Fox Flix - To Be or Not to Be Fox Flix - Young Frankenstein Disc #3 -- History of the World: Part I Language Selection Languages: English Mono Languages: French Mono Captions: English Captions: Spanish Captions: None Scene Selection Theatrical Trailer Play Movie Disc #4 -- Robin Hood: Men in Tights Play Language Selection Languages: English Dolby Surround Languages: French Dolby Surround Languages: Spanish Dolby Surround Subtitles: English Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles: None Scene Selection Disc #5 -- Silent Movie Play Scene Selection Language Selection Languages: English Dolby Surround Stereo Languages: French Dolby Surround Stereo Languages: Spanish Dolby Surround Stereo Subtitles: English Subtitles: None Theatrical Trailers Silent Movie Theatrical Trailer Silent Movie Spanish Trailer Silent Movie Portuguese Trailer High Anxiety Robin Hood: Men in Tights To Be or Not to Be Young Frankenstein Disc #6 -- The Twelve Chairs Play Language Selection Languages: English Stereo Languages: English Mono Languages: Spanish Mono Subtitles: English Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles: None Scene Selection Mel Brooks Theater High Anxiety History of the World Part 1 Robin Hood: Men in Tights Silent Movie To Be or Not to Be Young Frankenstein Disc #7 -- To Be or Not to Be Play Scene Selection Language Selection Languages: English Stereo Languages: French Mono Languages: Spanish Mono Subtitles: English Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles: None Special Features Featurette Profiles: Mel Brooks Profiles: Anne Bancroft Profiles: Charles Durning Theatrical Trailers Theatrical Trailer Portuguese Trailer Fox Flix - High Anxiety Fox Flix - Robin Hood: Men in Tights Fox Flix - Silent Movie Fox Flix - Young Frankenstein Disc #8 -- Young Frankenstein Language Selection Languages: English Languages: French Languages: Spanish Captions & Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired Captions & Subtitles: None Director's Commentary Scene Selection Extra Features Making FrankenSense of Young Frankenstein (Documentary 36 Minutes) Play Documentary Select Specific Scene Trailers Showrama Trailer Trailer A Trailer B International Trailer Re-Release Trailer TV Spots 60 Second Spot 30 Second Spots 10 Second Spots Deleted Scenes The Reading of the Will The Street Violinist Inspector Kemp's Arrival Jack Sprat, the Highwayman Frederick & Inga's Intellectual Discussion Frederick's Late Night Visit to Inga's Room The Actors' Parade Mexican Interviews Marty Feldman Gene Wilder and Cloris Leachman Outtakes Production Photographs The Reading of the Will The Classroom Transylvania Station Frederick's Arrival at the Castle The Master's Bedroom Discovering the Private Laboratory The Brain Depository The Creation Charades The Monster & the Hermit Elizabeth's Arrival Puttin' on the Ritz The Monster and the Little Girl Serenading the Monster The Final Transformation The Actor's Parade Set Design Makeup Off the Set at Lunch Play
Mel Brooks Collection 3.9 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Mel Brooks' comedy movies and I just recently bought this boxset collection which has 8 of his movies. The only movie in the set that I already had on DVD is Young Frankenstein and the only movie in the set that I had never seen was History of the World Part 1. My favorite movies in the set are Silent Movie, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, Blazing Saddles, and Robin Hood Men in Tights which are all very funny, and I also like The Twelve Chairs, and To Be Or Not to Be. My least favorite movie in the set is History of the World Part 1 which I actually just watched tonight for the first time and while the movie had some funny parts it also had some unfunny parts, but I like all of the other movies and this boxset was worth buying!
More than 1 year ago
It's about time that Mel Brooks got his collection released as a box set, included in this are several movies that have until now never been available on DVD. Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Silent Movie being classic examples. While not all of his titles are represented in this set (Spaceballs, The Producers, Dracula: Dead and Loving It...), it does include most of the best. I for one am truly looking forward to putting this up on my shelf as the standard of timeless comic movies. Finally one of the greatest comic directors gets his due.
More than 1 year ago
I have not seen some of the movies in the box before but about 2/3 I have seen at least parts of and found them to be very funny. I feel that they should include some of his later work to include Space balls and one of his older works The Producers. With Zero Mostel. The movies are unforgetable I find myself doing the dialog with the characters and find it funny every time. Seeing these movies several times is a must to get the full effect of Mel's comedy genius.
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