Blazing Saddles (30th Anniversary Special Edition)
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The railroad's got to run through the town of Rock Ridge. How do you drive out the townfolk in order to steal their land? Send in the toughest gang you've got...and name a new sheriff who'll last about 24 hours. But that's not really the plot of Blazing Saddles, just the pretext. Once Mel Brooks' lunatic film many call his best gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns, howlers, growlers and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all. Cleavon Little as the new lawman, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid, Brooks himself as a dim-witted politico and Madeline Kahn in her Marlene Dietrich send-up that earned an Academy Award nomination all give this sagebrush saga their lunatic best. And when Blazing Saddles can't contain itself at the finale, it just proves the Old West will never be the same!]]>
- All-new digital transfer and remastered Dolby 5.1 sound
- Scene-specific commentary by director/co-writer Mel Brooks
- Cast/Crew Reunion documentary "Back in the Saddle"
- Excerpt of "Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn Remembers"
- "Black Bart" 1975 TV Pilot that inspired the film
- Additional scenes
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The plot of "Blazing Saddles", as I eluded to in my review opening, takes place primarily in the fictional old-west town of Rock Ridge, whose residents seemingly all have the same last name and who have been mercilessly besieged by a group of thugs who are lead by a man named Taggart (Slim Pickens, 1919-1983). After the thugs kill the sheriff of Rock Ridge, the residents send an urgent plea to Gov. LePetomaine to immediately appoint a new sheriff. Gov. LePetomaine delegates the appointment to his assistant Hedley Lamarr, whose nefarious secret agenda is the destruction of Rock Ridge to make way for a new railroad line. Lamarr devises what he believes will be the final, unconscionable inducement to the residents of Rock Ridge for them to vacate: the appointment of a black sheriff, Black Bart (Cleavon Little, 1939-1992).Read more ›
This is too bad because Blazing Saddles shows that such language, given the right context, can actually combat bigotry by showing how stupid it really is. Cleavon Little, as Sheriff Bart, and Gene Wilder, as The Waco Kid, are presented as islands of sanity in a sea of ignorant, racist townspeople. The 'n' word is thrown out repeatedly, but is intended as an insult to the people who say it rather than a slur against blacks. Mel Brooks, a very liberal Democrat, recognized that racism is offensive and nasty in nature and showed it in its true light in Blazing Saddles. As a result, the film does more to ridicule racism and bigotry than most serious "message films" on the same subject ever could.
Unfortunately, the corporate suits who now run the big studios are more worried about image and profits than producing quality movies. As long as a film offends as few people as possible and appeals to as many members of the general public as possible (preferably between the ages of 18 and 35), the executives like it -- even if the film has no originality or artistic merit at all. As a result, films like Blazing Saddles and TV shows like All in the Family are taboo these days. Hollywood has lost a lot of daring and courage since 1974. See Blazing Saddles and you will realize just how much.
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This is one of my all time favorite Mel Brooks movie! Hilarious! This was when you could be un-P.C. in a movie and it was funny!Published 2 days ago by Andrea Tyree
Great Classic! Highly recommend it (except for the ending that is)Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I don't buy movies often...who wants to watch a movie more than once..but this movie is a classic comedy..pop this in the DVD and you are sure to laugh..Published 4 days ago by shortyjan
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A television pilot was produced for CBS based on Andrew Bergman's initial story, titled Black Bart, which was the original title of the film. It featured Louis Gossett, Jr. as Bart and Steve Landesberg as the drunk sidekick. Mel Brooks had little if anything to do with the pilot, as writer Andrew... Read More
May 8, 2011 by teacher tim | See all 3 posts
|blazing saddles 30th anniversary||
all the not too taste full parts are included as well as the fantastic farts. all hail mel brooks!
Oct 13, 2009 by TONY ARNOLD | See all 3 posts
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I totally agree. I came here expecting to order this and "Unforgiven," but not at these prices. Too bad -- I've ordered most of my other HD DVDs from Amazon, but if this is how they're going to price them now, I won't be back.
May 23, 2006 by Royman | See all 3 posts
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