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The Producers (Deluxe Edition) (1968)

Zero Mostel , Gene Wilder , Mel Brooks  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Christopher Hewett, William Hickey, Anne Ives
  • Directors: Mel Brooks
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BMY2LU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Producers (Deluxe Edition)" on IMDb

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A "startling, stunning, outrageous [and] breathtaking debut" (Los Angeles Times) from acclaimed writer/director Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs), this Oscar®-winning* comedy combines "pure pell-Mel lunacy [and] wild, ad-lib energy [into an] uproariously funny" (Time) film! Low-rent Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and his high-strung accountant, Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), discover that, with the help of a few gullible investors, they can make more money on a flop than on a hit! Armed with the worst show ever written ("Springtime for Hitler") and an equally horrific cast, this double-dealing duo is banking on disaster. But when their sure-to-offend musical becomes a surprise smash hit, they find themselves in the middleof a Broadway blitzkrieg! *1968: Original Screenplay

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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Where did I go right?" January 8, 2006
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This is it! The source, THE PRODUCERS, the 1968 release with screenplay and direction by Mel Brooks, juicy parts by Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars and others, and a well-deserved reputation as one of the funniest movie comedies ever. Filmed on a pittance (less than $1 million, cheap even by Sixties standards), THE PRODUCERS almost died unrecognized until it became a cult hit in New York, L.A., Chicago and then, everywhere.

SPOILER GRAF: The plot is brilliantly diabolical: a corrupt Broadway producer (Zero Mostel) and his nebbishy accountant assistant (Gene Wilder) deliberately oversell a play with the design to create a flop and keep the proceeds. They hire the worst possible playwright, director, and choreographer and deliberately insult the drama critics. But the play is so hilariously awful it becomes awfully hilarious. The essence of 1960s camp: It's good because it's so bad.

It's hard to overstate just how good Mel Brooks' first movie is. The low budget forced a lot of outside shooting in New York City, and as a result the movie looks fresh, not cosmetized. The premise of a play about "Adolf and Eva in a gay romp at Berchtesgaden" was, if anything, more offensive just 23 years after the end of the Second World War than it is today. A big gamble on Brooks' part, but it played.

This edition is well worth the extra couple of dollars over the "movie only" version. It includes a second CD, apparently put together about the time of the 2001 Broadway musical, and contains stills, bios, and an engaging documentary about the film's making and reception. The last is especially fun since all the principals involved (except the late Zero Mostel) are alive and active and possessed of strong memories of that "kooky" classic-in-the-making.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS THE UNEDITED VERSION OF "THE PRODUCERS" ? September 6, 2006
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CAUTION: MAJOR SPOILERS CONTAINED HEREIN...I have been a big fan of the original theatrical cut (circa 1968) for nearly 40 years. My biggest disappointment is that there is no video format that has ever kept that original vision intact. This classic comedy had been hacked up on network TV long before commercial video formats ever existed. By the time it was released to laserdisc, two terrific scenes were edited down or out (probably for reasons of pacing and flow). My personal feeling is THOSE SCENES WORKED BETTER left as originally conceived. The "INTERMISSION" sequence actually sets up the original ending for the film. Max buys the drunk at the bar his drink, makes a toast "TO TOAST", then ambles over to the jukebox. Max then invites Leo and the Drunk to sing-along
to "By The Light of the Silvery Moon". The truncated (video) version shows them already in the middle of the tune when the "Springtime" theater patrons rush in. Secondly, in the original version Franz stomps out "THE QUICK FUSE!" before the theater blows up. Perhaps Mel thought the scene played out funnier having the playhouse blow-up after their terrified screams. To me it doesn't. It is way too obvious and cliche. The original vision has Franz wiring the dynamite to the plunger box whereon the drunk from the bar completes the circuit, mistaking it for a shoe shine box. "OKAY BOYS", he declares. "SHINE 'EM UP"...KABOOM!!! This was unexpected and very very funny. I was hoping this new two disc release would restore the original vision of the film. Sadly it does not. I understand there is a deleted scene in this package. But the deleted scene was not deleted from the movie...it has been deleted from the video presentation. I agree with those individuals who balk at FORCED commercials, products or trailers on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mel Brooks' First-And Best December 30, 2002
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"The Producers", which has gained newfound fame due to the Musical Comedy that Mel Brooks created based on this, his first movie, is also the best thing Brooks has ever done. "Blazing Saddles" was a gag-a-minute take on the Western, and "Young Frankenstein" was Brooks' spoof on horror, but in "The Producers", Brooks' made something that was entirely his own: a madcap, hilarious, perfectly cast satire of life on the seedier side of Broadway.
The late, great Zero Mostel stars as Max Bilalystock, a former big-time Broadway producer who has been reduced to seducing old ladies for checks to fund flops. Into his sad life comes accountant Leo Bloom(Gene Wilder in the first of several Brooks' collaborations). Bloom is a nebbishly high-strung auditor who offhandedly mentions to Max that a producer could make more money from a flop than a hit. This launches one of the most hilarious movies ever made, as Bloom and Bialystock scheme to find the worst sript, worst director, and worst actors to make the most tasteless and awful play ever.
The humor here is some of Brooks' finest. He expertley skewers Broadway egos, Nazis's, and greed as he tells the tale of the production of "Springtime for Hitler", written by an ex-Nazi who still holds onto the idea that Hitler was a great man. What keeps it from becoming an offensive movie is that the play is so hopelessly miscast and directed that it is just a big joke, and the fact that the audience knows that the Nazi is being taken advantage of steers the film away from the dark aspects of that ideology and makes fun of everything Hitler was trying to create.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great comedy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Although the 2005 stage to screen is fantastic, especially with the...
Although the 2005 stage to screen is fantastic,especially with the added prison scenes & musical numbers. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Keith E. Hunsucker
1.0 out of 5 stars El Stinko to the max.
El Stinko acting from two of the best. There is no excuse except for horrible direction.
Published 7 days ago by Edward Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars The First And BEST Version With Plum Extras
The movie is a new favorite of mine and you marvel as the absurd pieces are put into place one by one in hilarious and wrenching detail. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Robert M. Stuendel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent classic.
Published 14 days ago by T. Landis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great movie. I really love these old movie and this one is really a classic. Truly worth watching and having.
Published 15 days ago by Dream_Catcher_male
5.0 out of 5 stars Mel Brooks is a favorite and this was an original
I have always wanted this film. Mel Brooks is a favorite and this was an original, funny and great story with great songs with really satirical lyrics. Like Mr. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Lark2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great Mel Brooks Movie and triple-Oscar-®-winning explosion of pure comic lunacy about low-rent Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and his high-strung accountant Leo... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward Kirven
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest movies of all time
Please, even if you saw the musical, don't miss this original version. Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel at their very best and Mel Brooks, who decades later revived it as a wonderful... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jorge G. Hugony
5.0 out of 5 stars The Producers (Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder)
This is one of my favorite movies. Wonderful cast, terrific songs, insane but funny plot. Mel Brooks is a genius.
Published 2 months ago by messyd
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