The Mel Brooks Collection
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“Enjoy! Revel! Live!” as Mel says…and “have yourselves one sweetheart of a good time.” Presenting nine hugely popular films from one of cinema’s most celebrated, prolific and funniest filmmakers, Mel Brooks! The undisputed king of hilariously quotable films, Mel has delivered hit after hit after hit, each one as memorable as the next. This nine-disc Blu-rayTM collection includes some of the most sidesplitting, gut-busting, guffaw-inducing films ever made. It really is “good to be the king!”
Contains the films Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, History Of The World Part 1, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Silent Movie, To Be Or Not To Be and The Twelve Chairs.
Disc 2: Blazing Saddles
Disc 3: Young Frankenstein
Disc 4: Silent Movie
Disc 5: High Anxiety
Disc 6: History of the World - Part 1
Disc 7: To Be or Not to Be
Disc 8: Spaceballs
Disc 9: Robin Hood: Men in Tights
-7 Featurettes Plus 6 Blu-ray Exclusive Featurettes
-4 Trivia Tracks
-5 Isolated Score Tracks
-Commentaries, Interviews, Documentaries, Still Gallaries and more on selected films
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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
This is a collection worth getting. I cannot in all honesty say that I personally enjoyed every one of these movies to the fullest. But I can say in all honesty that I got well over 5 stars worth of total enjoyment from at least five of them. The other four were OK in my book but may easily be more than OK in yours. One thing is certain and that is that this is a five star collection. There is no way that 564 of us, to date, can be wrong.
The sound is another story. Since many of these were released in the 70's, when sound seems to be at a poor point for films, each movie has very different audio. Silent Movie is in full stereo, which I am grateful for since I love the John Morris score, one of his best. The quality is good, not like today's tracks, mind you, but for sure a step up from the DVD in quality.
Unfortunately, High Anxiety and History of the World are basically still mono. Now I am a big advocate of providing the original soundtrack, but these 2 films would have been great in stereo, and since Fox provides the isolated music score from the music stems (yes you can hear John Morris Q'ing the music), would it have been that hard to remix the films for stereo, at least the scores, since they provided a DTS MA 5.1 track? The sound on these score tracks is stunning, and it saddened me that Fox didn't go one extra step and remix the movies that were mono for stereo (while proving the original mono alongside). What is provided here for the 5.1 DTS MA is a simulated stereo. It's better than the mono track in fidelity, but certainly not as good as stereo would have been. The Inquisition would have been great in full stereo, as would much of the music in High Anxiety. Most of the other films are true stereo and the later films have the better soundtracks. Still, all of these movies sound better than they ever did due in part to the lossless audio. I guess the lack of true separated stereo music on the earlier films was the only downer for me with this set, but it certainly by no means indicates any problem because these films (High Anxiety, Young Frankenstein and History of the World) were never presented in stereo to begin with.
There are extras on every disc, and while I have not yet viewed them all, they are good 15-25 minute interviews and the like. I do wish there were a few more extras, but we do get 5 isolated music scores, something I love about many of Fox's releases.
There is nothing that should stop any fan of good comedy and of course fans of Mel Brooks from buying this set, it's wonderful, and to get all of these films at one time rather than wait for individual releases (like we did on DVD) is fantastic! I love the beautiful book included with stills behind-the-scenes I have never seen. A great addition. One problem-the section that holds the discs themselves does not stay securely glued to the backing. It's no problem, nothing tears or anything but something a little more sturdy would have been nice for that section. Buy this-the hours of laughs are priceless as is the quality.
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and actually is funny.