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Product Details

  • Actors: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Roger Bart
  • Directors: Kathy Dougherty, Susan Froemke
  • Writers: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan
  • Producers: Douglas Graves, Frederic H. Mayerson, Lynn Landis, Paul Cremo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCJO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,664 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Recording "The Producers" - A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Bonus footage
  • Photo gallery

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Product Description

The exuberant atmosphere of the Broadway blockbuster is captured in "Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks," a new 85-minute film from the Emmy Award-winning director Susan Froemke and Maysles Films. The documentary candidly captures the excitement of translating the show into a complete experience for the recording's audience.

Additional Features

The DVD includes 13 minutes of interviews and backstage discussions not seen on PBS, but no musical performances. In the funniest sequence, Nathan Lane and the cast discuss Elaine Stritch's role in the first Broadway making-of documentary, Original Cast Album: Company. In other segments, Lane and Matthew Broderick discuss how they got involved in The Producers, and they, Mel Brooks, and director Susan Stroman offer mutual praise. There's also a photo gallery that shows scenes from the stage production. While most DVD photo galleries consist of humdrum stills from the film you've already seen, this one is invaluable; because the documentary takes place in the recording studio, the photo gallery provides the only glimpse of the costumes and sets that made the show sparkle. It's a pleasant surprise that the DVD offers the option of Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

I love Mel Brooks' sense of humor, and I admire his intelligence.
Philip Michaels
It showcases the talent of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick and the rest of the Broadway cast.
M. J. George
This DVD can be enjoyed by anyone who loves a big old fashioned Broadway musical.
D. Clancy

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on August 27, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Originally shown on PBS, this is a documentary of the recording of "The Producers" cast album. "The Producers," the hit Broadway show that made a sweep at the Tony's, and continues to do so at the box office, has a lot of funny people involved - Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Mel Brooks - and this movie captures them in some candid moment. Fortunately, the editors are not the MTV music video-type; we get to see whole songs being recorded, which is often not the case in these behind-the-scenes videos. Many songs are included, as well as interviews with Mel Brooks, who talks about how the show came about, the plot, and the cast members. One can see what a warm person Brooks is. And for those who cannot afford tickets to the Broadway show, or have to wait for months for availability, this is the next best thing. This video contains footage of Broderick doing a Marlon Brando impression, Susan Stroman praising the cast members, and more. We also get to see Lane getting a little nervous in the recording studio - at one point, he complains of not being able to hear himself, and gets snippy (or is he just being funny?) with a woman working the equipment. An extremely enlightening look at the hectic recording (Mr. Brooks keeps remarking, astonished, "I can't believe we only get one day" - every hour of overtime means thousands of more dollars) of a cast album.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Since I won't be going to New York anytime soon, my chances of seeing The Producers on Broadway is zero. So I was delighted to get this DVD, a documentary and behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the cast album for The Producers. It contains nearly all the songs from The Producers and excerpts of Brooks, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in some candid (and funny) moments.
If you believe (as I do) that watching musical actors and actresses rehearse their songs is enlightening, intriguing and fascinating, you won't be disappointed by this. Of course, if you originally saw this on PBS and recorded it, you may feel you don't need another copy. But I found the sound quality of this DVD to be far superior to the typical home recording quality (and I missed it on PBS anyway). Also, be assured that the WHOLE songs are recorded here, not brief little excerpts. What fun it was to watch this one!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Kusumoto on December 7, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
SIMPLY SUPER!
Yes, this program aired on PBS, but it didn't have those precious extra minutes that are just as hilarious as the 85 minutes that make up the "centerpiece" of this DVD/video.
The wonderful thing about "Recording The 'Producers' - A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks," is instead of the usual stuff you get with backstage documentaries, here you get the cast and crew occasionally "turning to the camera," ad-libbing stuff that seems as "live" as the show itself. In several spots, they make jokes about the documentary itself, while at other times, they are oblivious to the camera while concentrating on what they're doing.
Yet after watching about an hour and 40 minutes of engrossing material (with the extra footage), this DVD/video, like the actual stage show itself (which runs about three hours including intermission), you still want more.
Perhaps my only gripe is you never see the players "on stage." Well this is, after all, a documentary about the recording of a cast album. But what you do see provides enough voltage that it makes you want to borrow a fortune to fly to New York and to pay whatever it takes to get a seat to see a show that will run forever -- but sadly -- not with this original award-winning cast. (...)
Best of all, what you get here that YOU DON'T GET in New York, is Mel Brooks, talking to the camera, explaining with tremendous charm and humor, EVERYTHING about how the show came to be, its plot, its songs and all of the elements the audience can't see unless they're sitting in the St. James Theater. He tells you everything in chronological order, even acting out the parts and dubbing in his one line into the cast album ("don't be dumb, be a smarty, come and join the Nazi party!").
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. J. on November 1, 2001
Format: DVD
For all of you who have seen this broadway show (I included in this group), you should need no reason to get this DVD. For those of you who have yet to see the show you can still enjoy this terrific "Musical Romp." The DVD has a fun tour of the show hosted by none other than the great Mel Brooks (Blazzing Saddles, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Producers, etc). You will also see songs from this Broadway hit sung by famous stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. In between the songs you'll see the cast making jokes and enjoying themselves which is also very entertaining. The benefit of the DVD is a long reel of cut scenes from the DVD; trust me, you'll want those cut scenes. However, for those of who own a program from the show have seen most of the pictures in the digital photo album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By StevenJM VINE VOICE on November 3, 2002
Format: DVD
I just saw the road company of The Producers several weeks ago in Pittsburgh. What a fantastic, hilarious musical! I didn't think it would be the same without Lane and Broderick but I was wrong.
Still, if you want to see the original and didn't make it to Broadway to see these two good actors, this DVD fits the bill.
The DVD is a fascinating behind the scenes look at the recording of a cast album - in this case from one of the funniest musicals ever. Mel adds to the fun with his stories and description of the action. Of course, seeing the play, costumes and sets are even better (there are a number of stills from the play to see on the DVD) but listening to the music makes up for it.
The best songs are the hit "Springtime for Hitler" and "Heil Myself," but all are very good.
If you can see the play - go! But if you can't - or if you did and want to relive a great experience - get this DVD. It will do until they, hopefully, put the play on film. What a great companion that would be to the Mostel/Wilder film version!
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