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Still crazy after all these years!
on July 22, 2013
This film was listed at #10 on the American Film Institutes best comedies of all time. It should be at least in the Top 5. The punch lines never get old. I still crack up every time I see Leslie Nielsen say with a straight face, "I am serious....and don't call me Shirley!" The commentary track with producer Jon Davison, and the writers/directors Jerry and David Zucker and Jim Abrahams, add to the enjoyment with their "backstage" stories, and how the whole thing came about. They point out during the film small walk-on parts that were done by various family members and friends. Also they point out the different names that are used in the dialogue are actually friends from high school, people on their staff, etc.You can tell they are having a blast talking about making this hilarious film.. The disc also offers "pop-up trivia" with anecdotes throughout the film, but most of these are covered in the spoken commentary. The Blu-ray disc is excellent. Dazzling clarity and terrific surround sound. I strongly suggest, AFTER watching "Airplane!" to watch the 1957 film "Zero Hour!", on which "Airplane!" is based. At the time, a serious thriller about a commercial air plane in peril. But I guarantee you will laugh yourself silly.