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3.0 out of 5 stars We needed more Schwartz in the Collector's Edition!, May 3, 2005
This review is from: Spaceballs (Collector's Edition) (DVD)
The movie itself is pure Mel Brooks. I really enjoy how Mel brings hilarious havoc to the sci-fi genre, spoofing movies from Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers to Star Trek and Star Wars. I am surprised that MPAA had originally given this movie a PG rating instead of a PG-13 rating since the movie is heavy on adult humor, language, and sexual innuendos - not exactly what I would call a flick for the whole family. Enough about the movie; this review is about the newly released Collector's Edition (CE), especially the bonus material.

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!
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: May 20, 2009 6:16:33 PM PDT
In answer to one of your quibbles, Rick Moranis is retired and sits nearly all movie-related activites out.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 11:41:22 AM PST
Mike Brady says:
There was no such thing as PG-13 back in 1987, which is why it is just PG.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:39:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 18, 2014 8:39:42 AM PDT
Sure there was. Movies like "Temple of Doom" in 1983 led to the creation of the PG-13 rating a few months later, more than three years before the release of "Spaceballs".

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 3:13:46 PM PDT
After the death of his wife, Rick Moranis decided to dedicate his life to being with and raising his family. I think he felt great remorse at not spending more time with them prior to prior to Ann's passing. He effectively severed ties with films in the mid 90s, only doing a few voice parts afterwards. He wrote an article for a Canadian paper on life after stardom and he was thoroughly enjoying it. Don't expect him to return.
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