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Spaceballs (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I can't add anything more than what's already been said about this movie, so I will put in my two cents about this particular product's packaging. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Vaughn Supponnatime
Hilarious! If you're a Mel Brooks fan, you have to have it! I've never met anyone that didn't think Dark Helmet was funny.Published 7 days ago by Kim chatman
It's a classic with many memorable lines - but a lot of the jokes fall down as weak throughout the film; never quite as perfect as you remember it. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jeremy Kato
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Maybe Loverboy (1989)
Jul 23, 2008 by Jeremy G. Eagan | See all 7 posts
Finally, someone else who noticed the audio pitch anomaly other than myself. For the last six years, I've seen absolutely no complaints on the internet about the lower audio pitch. I've stopped watching it myself because of this; I have very sensitive ears and the lower pitch is grating, to say... Read More
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It may be "The Mothman Prophecies".
Aug 6, 2008 by D@niel | See all 5 posts
I was 10 when this came out, and saw this in the theater, and I turned out fine. PG stands for "Parental Guidance Suggested", so of course PG (and PG-13) ratings are case-by-case for each parent/child. PG films in the '80's were often much more lenient with the rating. They sometimes... Read More
Dec 14, 2011 by Ross J. Raniere | See all 6 posts
|Someone Please Explain Why Spaceballs Needed to be BluRayed?||
SPACEBALLS: THE BLU-RAY!!
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