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The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection Of Unhinged Comedy

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Product Description

Welcome to the History of Mel Brooks, Part I


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.


Featuring:



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 comedy’s 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 Caesar’s 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 Mel’s 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

Review

The DVD set is a perfect companion to the Mel Brooks film box set that Fox produced, and it is a must own set for fans of comedy, Hollywood history, and exceptional human beings. --Nerdist, November 13, 2012

The new set shows Brooks at the top of his game. --Salon.com, November 13, 2012

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mel Brooks
  • Directors: Mel Brooks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008VIMLXM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 19, 2012
Format: DVD
I have spent the last week literally falling off my sofa watching this wonderful collection of Mel Brooks material - at least 75% of it new to me - and I'm a huge MB fan. This should NOT be confused with a set called The Mel Brooks Collection - which is a repackaging of all of Brooks' feature films.

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.
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If you think Mel Brooks' movies are hysterical, wait til you see him as himself. I had the pleasure to see him speak at a screening of Blazing Saddles a year or so ago and it was then that I realized how sharp the man was and still is. That sparked my interest in a collection like this, and I was so tickled when I saw him promoting it on Jimmy Kimmel's late night show.

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.
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I chose this rating because I am, at 71, a lifelong utter and avid Mel Brooks fan. Whole swaths of "Blazing Saddles" are in my memory, and it was racially so foresighted in sending up our prejudices but in a way humorous enough to be educational.
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).
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As a Mel Brooks fan, I am so grateful for this box (book, rather)of treasures, and I'm having such a good time watching it. It's just a delicous spread of lunacy and information about one of the funniest men alive. The amount of content and elegance of the packaging made the price much easier to swallow.

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.
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By parker on August 24, 2013
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Some funny and interesting parts but this drags on and on. Overall I was disappointed & am having difficulty finishing the last discs. You do get a feeling for Brooks' genius but at the cost of hours and hours of viewing.
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Gave us all the interviews & laughs that we wanted. Didn't give 5 stars because there was a little too much interviewing of others about Mel Brooks & not enough of his actual comedy. Also some pixilation noted on a few segments which lost the punchlines.
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Among the wonderful elements are the interviews with Brooks on his movies. Some new stories, some old, told in his inimitable style. But there are also a lot of fillers, including material that begs for further editing because a story from Disk 1 is retold for the umpteenth time by Disk 5. Still, it's a pleasure to immerse yourself in the mind and personality of a man who shows that it isn't just talent that predicts success, but the overwhelming chutzpah to convince others of your confidence in your talent.
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By Bruce Jones on January 4, 2013
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Not quite as expected. Too much repeat, a few scenes are repeated over and over. Could have been done much better.
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