on March 9, 2001
Spaceballs is perhaps the best Sci-fi spoof of all time. It has already been mentioned that it spoofs Star Wars, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, but it really spoofs nearly every big Sci-fi movie ever. Star Wars, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey ("...they've gone to plaid!") and many more. Some of the best sequences are the "ludicruous speed" scene, the "instant video" scene, and the whole Yogurt part. Mel Brooks plays the spoof of Star Wars' Yoda who is the guardian of the Schwartz and is also heavily into Spaceballs Merchandising, including the Spaceballs flamethrower. ("The kids love this one.") Rick Moranis, of course, is the Darth Vader spoof, and I have to congradulate the casting department, because Rick Moranis and Darth Vader have to be as close to being polar opposites as you can come. Although I have heard it called unfunny and lame by others, I think it is a very funny movie and deserves to be watched not only by Sci-fi fans, but by anybody looking for a good laugh.
on July 17, 2009
Spaceballs is one of my all time favorite films and I eagerly awaited it's bluray release and even put in my preorder months in advance. Now that the bluray is here it is still one of my all time favorite films but i must admit the transfer is not demo material.
The transfer itself is solid and without any unnecessary tampering (digital noise reduction, edge enhancement, etc) and it is the best this film will probably ever look on home video however the film itself will never wow anyone with detail.
On the audio side we get a 5.1ch track that does it's job as well as the source material allows... just like the video it's not demo material but it's still a solid track. Also included is the original dolby stereo track along with a rather large collection of languages (and subtitles as well)
The bonus features are the same as the previous DVD edition, I haven't really dug into all of them but in Fox bluray tradition features that need a play all option (in this case the film flubs) don't get that much needed option.
The included DVD is the older flipper disc with the 4:3 pan&scan on one side and the non-anamorphic 1.85:1 version on the other.
I love the film so it was a no-brainer to get it for the store, and my slight disappointment is offset with showing what a high storage capacity can do for this product.
The package comes with both the BD and the standard def discs and included are all of the special features we know from the 2005 release. So what's changed? Nothing except for the languages: Dubbed in DTS for six languages (including Castilian, German, Italian and French) and Mono or Dolby for three others, and subtitled in nine languages (incl. Danish, Swedish and Norwegian). None of the supplements have been upgraded but that DTS always sounds awesome during the main feature. The picture has not been cleaned up from the transfer so there is plenty of artifact, hair and random film discolorations. I enjoyed watching some of the same special features again, including the John Candy memorial and the Mel Brooks conversation. The ludiricous speed is just as lame as before.
The menu is a killer if your player is not tuned up (or older). It becomes painful when trying to watch those flubs sequences as there is no play all option. It is Spaceballs, it is Mel Brooks - so it makes it a worthwhile purchase if you did not already upgrade a few years ago to that special edition DVD (especially with both included here). I would normally rate this lower but there is so much here I had to go up one.
on May 3, 2005
The movie itself is pure Mel Brooks. I really enjoy how Mel brings hilarious havoc to the sci-fi genre, spoofing movies from Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers to Star Trek and Star Wars. I am surprised that MPAA had originally given this movie a PG rating instead of a PG-13 rating since the movie is heavy on adult humor, language, and sexual innuendos - not exactly what I would call a flick for the whole family. Enough about the movie; this review is about the newly released Collector's Edition (CE), especially the bonus material.
The Dolby 5.1 sound quality has been enhanced compared to the original 2000 DVD release, but I will need to confirm this. I'm glad MGM offers a DTS track on disc 1. I have not yet compared Mel's commentary on the CE to the original release. I did make some limited comparisons of the picture quality: The colors are more vibrant (perhaps too much on the red?) and the picture is clearer to my eyes; the skin tones look correct to me. Since the video presentation is not THX quality, you will see some specks and film blemishes. The aspect ratio on the CE (1.85:1 for 16x9) is the same as the original 2000 release, but on my Sony monitor (4:3) the CE widescreen version is "slightly" zoomed in more than the 2000 widescreen released version.
I am disappointed in the Special Features. Why? For one reason, it does not include Rick Moranis. He is mentioned but is not interviewed at all - how can Mel not include Dark Helmet! In addition, you will not find any behind-the-scenes coverage (other than still photos) such as those found on the 2000 DVD release. Mel did not include any deleted scenes or bloopers (no, the film flubs don't count). However, there is a well-produced 29 minute documentary that includes the other main actors and crew members. You will learn that the actors and crew members had more laughs making this movie than the audience had watching it. If this is true, Mel should have included some of those comical moments in the Special Features. Also missing on this CE is a featurette about special-effects. The conversation between Mel and co-writer Thomas Meehan is rather boring, but the tribute to comical genius John Candy is commendable, touching, and about time.
The CE is a 2-disc DVD set. It is a shame that MGM and Mel could not/would not include more about this classic comedy. Overall I give the CE version a 3/5. The movie gets 4/5!
on February 14, 2003
Spaceballs was one of the truly towering movie experiences of my youth. Forced to read during one of those interminable home room "quiet reading" times of my sixth grade school year, I first encountered the novelization of this movie. It was pretty funny...but it was not the movie (which I later rented).
The comedy of Mel Brooks has always been sheer buckshot. There are no "smart bombs" in his arsenal. He throws everything he's got out there and if it hits, so be it.
Spaceballs hits consistently.
From Druish Princesses, Colonel Sanders, and Schwarz jokes (which inspired some pretty stupid crank calls-before caller I.D.) to Dark Helmet and Pizza the Hut-this movie is hilarious. Even Joan Rivers has some good lines.
This movie specializes in the kind of one-liner that you will find yourself quoting (often inappropriately) for years to come. I would place Spaceballs somewhere between Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Princess Bride in my Pantheon of "quotable" movies. I have never been able to confront plain yogurt without my thoughts drifting to this movie.
For those of you wondering whether you should upgrade from a VHS copy to a DVD the answer is a definite yes. The commentary alone is worth the price of admission. The menu screen is priceless.
Before I go, I must make a nod to Rick Moranis. Spaceballs is probably his second best movie after Strange Brew. The role of Dark Helmut shows him at the height of his comedic powers. The final battle with (as he says it) "Loooone Star" still leaves me rolling with laughter.
God has a sense of humor. Otherwise we wouldn't have movies as great as Spaceballs. Get a copy today and share in the cosmic laughter.
on January 16, 2016
Great movie, but "widescreen" means to waste half the screen with a huge black border on all sides. See the photo associated with my review. This DVD version deserves nothing more than a star.
on May 1, 2005
Following the multi-million-dollar success that George Lucas enjoyed with his original "Star Wars" trilogy of films released in 1977, 1980 and 1983, comedic actor/writer/director Mel Brooks was inspired to create one of his most outlandish films in 1987 entitled "Spaceballs". The film begins on the dark planet of Spaceball, which no longer has a breathable atmosphere. There, President Skroob (Mel Brooks) wants to steal another planet's atmosphere and transport it back to planet Spaceball, so he orders Colonel Sandurz (George Wyner) and Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis spoofing "Darth Vader") to take a giant military spaceship (much much larger than any of Lucas' spaceships, except for the Deathstar) to planet Druidia to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga spoofing "Princess Leia") and hold her for ransom. On planet Druidia, Princess Vespa is scheduled to marry the very boring Prince Valium (JM J. Bullock) as arranged by her father, King Roland (Dick Van Patten). However, when Princes Vespa has cold feet, she runs from the Druidic church with her android, Dot Matrix (voice of Joan Rivers spoofing "C3PO"), and takes off from planet Druidia in what was to be her honeymoon spaceship. In space, she is encountered by the giant Spaceball ship, but is rescued by the trader/smuggler Lone Starr (Bill Pullman spoofing "Han Solo") and his sidekick Barfolemew 'Barf' (John Candy, 1950-1994, spoofing "Chewbacca") in a space-worthy Winnebago RV. As with the constant love-hate relationship that Princess Leia and Han Solo had in Lucas' "Star Wars" trilogy, so too do Princess Vespa and Lone Starr have a similar relationship. Along the way though, Lone Starr finds out from a mysterious Yoda-like character named Yogurt (Mel Brooks again) that he's really a prince and sets out to rescue Princess Vespa who had eventually been captured by Dark Helmet. It is from Yogurt that we hear those immortal words, "May the schwartz be with you," spoofing Lucas' creation of the Force in "Star Wars".
With hilarious one-liners, a classic Mel Brooks storyline, good actors and reasonable special effects, "Spaceballs" is a truly funny comedic sci-fi spoof. Rick Moranis' portrayal of Dark Helmet is one of the funniest roles, especially since he can't always keep his visor open. Also funny are George Wyner and Joan Rivers. Overall, I rate "Spaceballs" with 4 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a great spoof by Mel Brooks, sci-fi and a good laugh. Even product merchandising isn't free of being spoofed by Mel Brooks in this hilarious film.
on May 8, 2015
The movie is classic awesomeness. I'm more disgruntled about the image pictured, thinking I'd be getting a nice display cover with the movie, as I did with other movies purchased on Amazon.
Nope. Instead I got a cheesy standard case, cheap artwork on paper insert, no collectors sleeve or printed disc.
Disappointed to say the least.
on August 15, 2000
Someone just had to say it. This film is a hilarious satire with tons of Star Wars references not to mention crude humor. Is there anything Mel Brooks can't do? He even makes the film feel like a serious sci-fi film at times, but then the mention of something like a maid "sucking and blowing" the air out of a planet sets you back into top comic wrap speed.
The cast is great with the quick zingers but mostly it is Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet. He's a finny little guy and his quick witty lines are cleverly timed. Let's get into the story which is leads us to the Planet Drewida where the Princess is about to be married off to an uncaring prince. At the same time planet of people know as the Spaceballs plan to take the air of the Planet. Leave it up to Bill Pullman and John Candy playing a Han Solo and Chewbacca like characters respectively to save the day. They decide to help the princess (played by Daphine Zaniga) and her sassy robot gal pal (voiced by Joan Rivers) out in order to get out of debt of Pizza the Hut. The insanity doesn't end there as the villains try to find out that the Princess has escaped the planet and to help their cause for stealing Drewida's air.
So there is the story. And basically a bunch of chaos insues, but the movie plays like an actually action movie with a few spoofs quality. The jokes are so adult (not necessarily sexual, but adult) that I think the film plays as a satire rather than a silly spoof with cheap little sight gags that kids will love. What surprises me is the fact that there is so much swearing and ethnic jokes and the movie only got a PG rating. Mel Brooks is a genius and his jokes of promotion of the movie in the movie are too funny and very typical of the timing of the release (1987). I must say that if you love silly stuff and are an adult, you're going to love this movie. Not those that are easily offended though.
on April 30, 2005
Spaceballs The Review
I love Spaceballs, It is one of my all time favourite comedy's. Mel Brooks puts together one of his finest achievements in this spoof on Star Wars, Star Trek, Space Odyssey, Buck Rogers, Planet of the Apes and the Wizard of Oz, just to name a few. And with a terrific cast of Bill Pullman as Lone Starr, the captain of Eagle 5 (which is a Winnebago with plane wings) and his pal Barf (No, not that. That's his name) played by John Candy. He is a Mawg, that's someone who is half man and half dog; he's his own best friend. Anyway, they're flying around in space and get a call from some space mobsters who tell them they owe Pizza The Hut a large amount of money. One million space bucks.... By tomorrow!!
But luckily Princess Vesper (Daphne something) and her droid Dot Matrix (voiced by Joan Rivers) decides she does not want to marry Prince Valium. So she takes off in her Space Mercedes into space. But soon she is under attack by the evildoers of the universe, The Spaceballs. Led by President Skroob (Mel Brooks) and Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) and his side kick Kernel Sandurz (George Wyner ) they soon catch up with Vesper and attempt to kidnap her. She calls her father, King Roland (D. Van Patten) to help. And the King calls Lone Starr and Barf to help rescue his daughter. Then the journey begins to get vesper home. Will Lone Starr get her home in one peace? Will Spaceball city ever have fresh air? Will the elevators at Spacemart ever work in both directions? Can you find Waldo? To the answer to at least one of these questions, you will have to see, Spaceballs the movie.
The new collectors edition I have to say I am a bit disappointed with. On disc 1 it has a really cool menu set up, parodying the star wars menus. For the first time ever I think, I actually watched the menu screens for about 10 minutes before doing anything else. It is really cool and funny. There is an audio commentary and an option to watch the film in ludicrous speed. There is also 2 eggs on there, not really worth looking at, but if you go to the sound options, just under the 5.1 in a bunch of languages, you'll see the last two have the word Mawg and Dink in them, click those to view them!
On disc 2 you'll find a surprisingly low budget and cheap menu compared to disc 1. No thought has been put into 3 pictures: One of the Winnebago, One of Spaceball one, and, one of Vespers Merc. You choose which craft display menu you wanna use, if you click the Winnebago, you sit in the pit of Eagle 5 and choose the option from there.... same with Vespers, and in space ball 1, you do it from Mr. Radar.
From inside you can access the newly made Spaceballs the documentary. It runs for about 30 minutes and has most of the cast talk about their memories of Spaceballs. There's a long interview with Mel and the other guy who wrote it, discussing how it all came about, And a tribute to the late John Candy (R.I.P).
Also, there is quotes, which you click on who you want, then choose there quote (I dunno why) and there is also a 25 question long trivia game, which was very easy, but at the end the results are not worth it. I thought it should have shown a clip or something. There is a bunch of photos and the storyboard comparison thing that no one ever watches.
The 3 things that disappointed me where.
1. I have the first DVD they brought out of spaceballs, and it had a behind the scenes extra on it. That extra is not anywhere on either of these two discs!
2. There are no deleted scenes.
3. There are no out-takes or bloopers.
So, I leave you with this final remark about this movie, that is one of the all-time greatest comedy's..... dink-dink, dink dink dink, dink-dink-dink dink dink. dink. dink! dink dink? dink dink dink-dink!!!