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The farce is with you in this "uproarious salute to science fiction" (The Hollywood Reporter) that teams comedy legend Mel Brooks with an all-star cast of cutups including John Candy (Splash), Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters) and Bill Pullman (Ruthless People)! When the evil Dark Helmet (Moranis) attempts to steal all the air from planet Druidia, a determined Druish Princess (Daphne Zuniga), a clueless rogue (Pullman) and a half-man/half-dog creature who's his own best friend (Candy) set out to stop him! But with the forces of darkness closing in on them at ludicrous speed, they'll need the help of a wise imp named Yogurt (Brooks) and the mystical power of "The Schwartz" to bring peaceand merchandising rights to the entire galaxy!
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Equally hackneyed are the "jokes" that rely on breaking the fourth wall (i.e. the actors acknowledging the audience) - there are several scenes where the characters make a big to-do about being in the middle of a movie called "Spaceballs" and it's all just pointless and obvious. I tried really hard to get into the "zaniness" of the Star Wars spoof, but it was just ... not funny.
The problem with this movie is that it tries way too hard to be funny and it is way too self-aware. The best parodies are the ones that are completely serious in delivering utterly absurd scenarios. But this movie felt like Mel Brooks was almost reminding the audience over and over that something funny was going on. If you have to be reminded to laugh, it ain't that funny.
The movie manages to cover some of the biggest Sci Fi movies ever made Star Wars, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Alien. Ludicrous Speed Go! This movie is full of great 1 liners. Spaceballs is a treat for the whole family and has aged very well over the years. The jokes are just as funny today as when I saw the film for the first time. This is one of those movies I would love to see a cast reunion to see what they think of the movie now. The late John Candy was excellent as “Barf” and was probably a blast to work with onset. “Give me Paw” if you have a sense of humor at all you have to enjoy this movie.
What’s the matter Colonel Sanders Chicken? I could go on forever this film is just a great movie period. The Schwartz is definitely with this movie. I don’t know how those so called film critics could give this movie a bad score, this film is classic. I can’t wait until my children are old enough to watch the movie and enjoy it as much as I do. I would rate Spaceballs 5 stars easily it is a riot for the whole family.
Nope. Instead I got a cheesy standard case, cheap artwork on paper insert, no collectors sleeve or printed disc.
Disappointed to say the least.
The Dolby 5.1 sound quality has been enhanced compared to the original 2000 DVD release, but I will need to confirm this. I'm glad MGM offers a DTS track on disc 1. I have not yet compared Mel's commentary on the CE to the original release. I did make some limited comparisons of the picture quality: The colors are more vibrant (perhaps too much on the red?) and the picture is clearer to my eyes; the skin tones look correct to me. Since the video presentation is not THX quality, you will see some specks and film blemishes. The aspect ratio on the CE (1.85:1 for 16x9) is the same as the original 2000 release, but on my Sony monitor (4:3) the CE widescreen version is "slightly" zoomed in more than the 2000 widescreen released version.
I am disappointed in the Special Features. Why? For one reason, it does not include Rick Moranis. He is mentioned but is not interviewed at all - how can Mel not include Dark Helmet! In addition, you will not find any behind-the-scenes coverage (other than still photos) such as those found on the 2000 DVD release. Mel did not include any deleted scenes or bloopers (no, the film flubs don't count). However, there is a well-produced 29 minute documentary that includes the other main actors and crew members. You will learn that the actors and crew members had more laughs making this movie than the audience had watching it. If this is true, Mel should have included some of those comical moments in the Special Features. Also missing on this CE is a featurette about special-effects. The conversation between Mel and co-writer Thomas Meehan is rather boring, but the tribute to comical genius John Candy is commendable, touching, and about time.
The CE is a 2-disc DVD set. It is a shame that MGM and Mel could not/would not include more about this classic comedy. Overall I give the CE version a 3/5. The movie gets 4/5!