- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- VHS Release Date: July 1, 1997
- Run Time: 86 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (643 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 630179799X
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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History of the World Part 1 [VHS]
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Mel Brooks's 1981, three-part comedy--set in the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and the French Revolution--is pure guilty pleasure. Narrated by Orson Welles and featuring a lot of famous faces in guest appearances (beyond the official cast), the film opens well with Sid Caesar playing a caveman, then moves along to the unlikely but somehow hilarious juxtaposition of Caesar's soldiers (the other Caesar, not Sid) with pot humor, and ends on a dumb-funny note in the French bloodbath. This is a take-it-or-leave-it movie, and it works best if you're in a take-it-or-leave-it mood. --Tom Keogh
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Otherwise, it's the usual Mel Brooks comedy with lots of slapstick, puns, double entendres and a bit of fourth-wall breaking. If you like Mel Brooks movies in general, you'll like this one. Plus, you can't beat a movie with a musical number about the Spanish Inquisition.
But the bit that's probably the funniest is the coming attractions for "Part 2", with "Hitler on Ice", a Viking funeral & "Jews in Space" (Mel's spoofing of "Star Wars", years before "Spaceballs" came along).
This is a Brooks comedy that's pretty much a mixed offering: Some parts you'll like, and others, you'll dislike. It depends on your tastes.
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