The Mel Brooks Collection (Blazing Saddles / Young Frankenstein / Silent Movie / Robin Hood: Men in Tights / To Be or Not to Be / History of the World, Part 1 / The Twelve Chairs / High Anxiety)
No enhanced packaging
DVD | Box Set
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
INCLUDES: SILENT MOVIE, ROBIN HOOD-MEN IN TIGHTS, BLAZING SADDLES, HIGH ANXIETY, HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1, TO BE OR NOT TO BE, TWELVE CHAIRS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.
There are plenty of belly laughs in The Mel Brooks Collection, an eight-disc set of most of the director-writer-actor's best-known films. Four of them--Silent Movie, High Anxiety, To Be or Not to Be, and Robin Hood: Men with Tights--are making their debut on DVD, while a fifth, The Twelve Chairs, was briefly available as a non-anamorphic DVD from Image Entertainment (all the DVDs in this set are anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs). That means you can sample a 23-year stretch of Brooks's outrageous and affectionate spoofing of everything from movies to popular legends to movies to historical figures to, hey! more movies.
The earliest film, The Twelve Chairs (1970), is the least known, but is one of the funniest, helped greatly by a good story (adapted from a 1920s Russian tale) and the casting of Ron Moody and Frank Langella as treasure hunters. Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles followed in 1974. The former, a spoof of horror films, is easily one of the top two or three funniest movies of all time, and the latter is justly famous for its often-tasteless send-up of Western cliches. Silent Movie (1976) is just what the title describes, with its only word of dialogue spoken from the least-likely source, and High Anxiety (1977) pays tribute to the work of Alfred Hitchcock. History of the World, Part 1 (1981) mocks historical events and epics, and To Be or Not to Be (1983) is a remake of Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 classic of the same name (it's also the only film in the set for which Brooks didn't receive writing and directing credit). By this time, Brooks was more actively taking the leading roles himself (rather than the bit parts), and unfortunately relying less on his topnotch ensemble of recurring players, which included Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, and Dom DeLuise. But he does use a new ensemble (including Cary Elwes and, in his film debut, Dave Chappelle), for Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), the feature-length spin on the same hero Brooks had spoofed in his short-lived 1975 television series When Things Were Rotten.
Bonus features are minor. In addition to an HBO featurette on Men in Tights, there's a featurette and interviews on To Be or Not to Be and all the features (Brooks commentary, deleted scenes, interviews, etc.) that were on the original release of Young Frankenstein. Note that while rights issues kept The Producers, Spaceballs, and other films out of this set, 20th Century Fox was able to use Warner Bros.' Blazing Saddles. The features on that disc, however, are the ones that were on the 1997 DVD release, not the 2004 anniversary reissue. Regardless, the set's price for this many films is low, and because it has so many films new to DVD, Brooks fans will want to pick this up faster than they can say... "Frau Blücher!" --David Horiuchi
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
Here is the low down on the collection:
1) The Box and Packaging of the disks is very good. Includes a cover box and a plastic multi-disk case. (The disks did not shift out of their spot in shipping) Disks also go in and out of the case easily. The Silk Screening on the Box Art is well done. Great selection of Cover Art which is a picture of Mel Brooks as a "Director".
2) You receive quite a number of movies for the price. Silk Screening on the disks is clean and crisp.
3) The picture quality is better than DVD, but maybe not as good as I have seen with other box sets. But not to worry they do make good use of the extra room on the Blu-Ray with Extras.
4) I was impressed with the number of extras that were included, an Example of this is: In Young Frankenstein you get additional out-takes, interviews, bloopers, deleted Scenes, etc.
5) I would recommend exploring the extras - they are fun to watch and also give you some insight into the creative process and at times a bigger picture of the story. (I.E. in Young Frankenstein you get to view, as part of the deleted scenes, the reading of the Baron's Will)
6) Includes Trivia Tracks which are fun to play.
7) Downside is it does not contain all of his movies. It would be Nice to have a Volume 2 or 3 which would eventually bring all the features together under one consistently produced collection.
8) Makes a great gift!
I would recommend the collection. So start trading in your DVDs.
This Collection Includes the Following 9 Titles on a set of Blu-Ray Disks:
History of the World Part 1
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
To Be or Not To Be
The Twelve Chairs
Isolated Score Tracks
The comedy isn't heavy handed, but deft, and subtle. It is one of his best movies, and as much of a treat as "To Be or Not to Be." But it is in "Blazing Saddles" you see Mel Brooks unleashed. He leaves no one alone. Cleavon Little is cool, and a true sophisticate taking on the state of California and stereotypes. Mel Brooks is obnoxious, crude and wickedly funny. He leaves (for that time) no ethnic slur unsaid in his pursuit of comedy for all. The fact that he can't make this movie now is a witness to how far we have fallen away from the truth in comedy. Don't get this if you are easily offended. But if you want to belly laugh, you won't waste your money or time.
Blazing Saddles (Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn steal the show on this one)
Spaceballs (Even the hardest core Star Wars fans have to laugh at this spoof)
Young Frankenstein (Making Horror hysterically funny)
High Anxiety (The title says it all)
History Of The World Part 1 (wish they'd been able to continue it on to Part 2 - tons of big name stars in this one)
Robin Hood: Men In Tights (way ahead of its time in funny spoof of the R hood and his merry men)
Silent Movie (the younger generation don't get how funny this truly is)
To Be Or Not To Be and The Twelve Chairs (having friends over to rewatch 2 Be or Not and see 12 Chairs for the first time!)
I don't think you have to be a fan of every one of these movies to still find it a great value in getting all of them on Blu-Ray, give some to mom and dad, they will enjoy this type of 'regifting'.
OH! and be sure to watch the extras for each of the movie, in some cases funnier than the actual scenes in the movies.
Most recent customer reviews
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
Customers who bought this item also bought
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Boxed Sets > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Boxed Sets > Westerns
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Musicals
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Romance
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Westerns
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Musicals & Performing Arts > Musicals
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment > All Fox Titles
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment > Musicals > General
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment > Westerns