The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection Of Unhinged Comedy
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Few legends loom as large over the landscape of American comedy as Mel Brooks. For 65 years, in every medium through which entertainment can possibly pass, he has made people laugh all over the world. A celebrated director, actor, producer, composer and writer, Brooks is one of only 11 people in history to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. With this unique, first of its kind collection, fans of this ferociously gifted entertainer will fall joyfully down a rabbit hole into a wonderland of television appearances, short films, documentaries, tributes, songs and genuine rarities.
Mel Brooks And Dick Cavett Together Again: The 2011 Emmy-nominated HBO TV Special
I Thought I Was Taller: A Short History Of Mel Brooks A wacky BBC documentary from 1981
An Audience With...Mel Brooks A 1984 episode of the UK Arena series, featuring stand-up, songs and cameos by Helen Mirren and Anne Bancroft
Excavating The 2000 Year Old Man The PBS documentary on the origin of one of comedys most celebrated routines.
Mel And His Movies, a New Five-Part Look Back
Vintage Appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Dick Cavett Show
Episodes of Get Smart, When Things Were Rotten and Mad About You
In The Beginning: The Caesar Years Mel takes us back to his colorful days as a writer for Your Show Of Shows. It features vintage sketches and clips from the 1996 PBS program Caesars Writers, including Neil Simon, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart.
Short Films, Tributes, Rarities and Much More Including his Oscar-winning short film The Critic
New Introductions by Mel
CD With Songs from Mels Movies and Long-Lost Comedy Bits from The Tonight Show, Open End With David Susskind
60-Page Book Featuring Rare Photos, Program Notes and Essays by Leonard Maltin, Gene Wilder, Bruce Jay Friedman and Robert Brustein
The new set shows Brooks at the top of his game. --Salon.com, November 13, 2012
Top Customer Reviews
While Shout Factory - a company formed by former Rhino exec Richard Foos - releases some great DVD and CD packages (with creative packaging too!) this time they partnered with Brooks' own company- Brooksfilm - and that gave them access to lots of rare material AND new introductions by Brooks himself. Look at the running time (11 hours!) and know that much of this material has either not been seen in the US ( The "Audience With..." comes from the BBC) or is newly created ("I Thought I was Taller.. A Short History of Mel Brooks", a new five-part "Mel and His Movies", which has Mel discussing every one of his films, or hasn't been seen in 50 years (the TV commercials he made with Dick Cavett. Speaking of Cavett, HBO showed an hour of Cavett and Brooks last year, but it's never been out on DVD, and here we get "bonus footage". Many MB fans know he created the TV show "Get Smart" and the "long forgotten" series "When Things Were Rotten" but we also get to see the pilot for "Inside Danny Barker" - written two years before "Get Smart", and directed by Arthur Hiller before HE became famous. It may be the only unfunny 25 minutes on this set - it's a domestic sitcom - but at least we get to see it.
In addition to the five DVDs there is a CD with the audio from two TV talk shows (David Susskind and Les Crane) plus the "songs" that we all know, and love, from MB's films. The discs are all packed in a 60 page hard-bound book with great essays and photos.Read more ›
I purchased this DVD collection for my father and have been lucky enough to enjoy it with him. I'm in my mid-20s, and to be able to see television clips of Mr. Brooks that would be otherwise unavailable to me is a precious treasure.
If you're wondering whether these 5 DVDs and a CD are worth the $60 you'll pay for them, the answer is "YES, YES, a million times yes!"
I love you, Mel Brooks. Never change.
So to hear him ruminate about his youthful takes/tapes is lovely, as is watching the formerly unavailable outtakes of films and early TV tapes I had no knowledge of. The 2000 Year Old Man introduced me to Brooks as a college freshman, and there was no turning back; especially as I began at a rather conservative college, his humor fortified my belief in myself as not insane because most exhortations to piety struck me as hilarious (at worst) and misguided (at best).
Speaking of which...doesn't Amazon discount, like, everything? For some reason they're only shaving off a whopping few cents. I ended up finding this for MUCH cheaper at dvdempire.com ($63.99!!)but even Barnes and Noble has it for $72.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Present for my husband. He will need to replay after the Picketty book he is slogging throughPublished 17 months ago by Jill
Husband is a huge fan. We have had many enjoyable hours of laughter.Published 21 months ago by Debbie Sweren
If you love Mel like I do, this is essential. The present day interviews show an old man with the manic energy of a teenager. And the wit and mind are as quick as ever.Published on February 3, 2014 by lwmjky