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The earliest film, The Twelve Chairs (1970), is the least known, but is one of the funniest, helped greatly by a good story (adapted from a 1920s Russian tale) and the casting of Ron Moody and Frank Langella as treasure hunters. Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles followed in 1974. The former, a spoof of horror films, is easily one of the top two or three funniest movies of all time, and the latter is justly famous for its often-tasteless send-up of Western cliches. Silent Movie (1976) is just what the title describes, with its only word of dialogue spoken from the least-likely source, and High Anxiety (1977) pays tribute to the work of Alfred Hitchcock. History of the World, Part 1 (1981) mocks historical events and epics, and To Be or Not to Be (1983) is a remake of Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 classic of the same name (it's also the only film in the set for which Brooks didn't receive writing and directing credit). By this time, Brooks was more actively taking the leading roles himself (rather than the bit parts), and unfortunately relying less on his topnotch ensemble of recurring players, which included Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, and Dom DeLuise. But he does use a new ensemble (including Cary Elwes and, in his film debut, Dave Chappelle), for Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), the feature-length spin on the same hero Brooks had spoofed in his short-lived 1975 television series When Things Were Rotten.
Bonus features are minor. In addition to an HBO featurette on Men in Tights, there's a featurette and interviews on To Be or Not to Be and all the features (Brooks commentary, deleted scenes, interviews, etc.) that were on the original release of Young Frankenstein. Note that while rights issues kept The Producers, Spaceballs, and other films out of this set, 20th Century Fox was able to use Warner Bros.' Blazing Saddles. The features on that disc, however, are the ones that were on the 1997 DVD release, not the 2004 anniversary reissue. Regardless, the set's price for this many films is low, and because it has so many films new to DVD, Brooks fans will want to pick this up faster than they can say... "Frau Blücher!" --David Horiuchi
The transfer quality of the movies to DVD is less than I expected.Published 3 days ago by Jon Moulthrop
Forgot just how amazingly intellectually funny Mel Brooks movies are.Published 4 days ago by Kathryn Carole Ellison
This is a very nice package deal from Amazon. "Blazing Saddles" is all there. Check to see if it's the (circa)1974 version if that's what want. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rotor Wash
Originally, this package was $30 plus. Then I saw where the price went below $10! Such a good buy. I love Mel Brooks. He is a hoot. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jennifer Laborde
Love Mel Brooks! This is an awesome collection of some of his best work!Published 13 days ago by D Cyr
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what can I do if I have not received my order? I look everywhere to send and email or inform amazon about this, but I can't find anything...
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They have one of those 'Frequently Bought Together' things with the "Spaceballs" DVD, both for $49.98, as a bundle with todays Gold Box deal. Not a bad price at all.
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I ordered 10 bottles of raspberry keytone,they were to be delivered by 10/15/2010 I am still waiting!they have been paid for also,where or how can I talk to someone give them my order number and go from there?
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I have received mine. Actually, it was one of the quickest deliveries I have enjoyed!
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