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Mel Brooks Box Set (1974)

Cast: Cleavon Little, Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, more...
Director: Mel Brooks, Mel Brooks
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Comedies, Classic Comedy
Running Time: 772 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and Madeline Kahn as a chanteuse modelled on Marlene Dietrich. As in Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), and High Anxiety (1977), director/writer Mel Brooks gives a burlesque spin to a classic Hollywood movie genre; in his own manic, Borscht Belt way, Brooks was a central player in revising classic genres in light of Seventies values and attitudes, an effort most often associated with such directors as Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich . Some of this film's sequences, notably a gaseous bean dinner around a campfire, have become comedy classics. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

Disk 1 "Blazing Saddles" (Warner Brothers) / Commentary by Mel Brooks, Back in the Saddle, Segments from Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn, & TV Pilot: Black Bart / Disk 2 "High Anxiety" / Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: Robinhood Men in Tights, Silent Movie, To Be or Not To Be, & Young Frankenstein / Disk 3 "History of the World Part I" / Brain Soup & Original Theatrical Trailer / Disk 4 "Robinhood Men in Tights" / HBO Special, Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: High Anxiety, Silent Movie, To Be or Not To Be, & Young Frankenstein / Disk 5 "Silent Movie" / Theatrical Trailer, Spanish Trailer, Portuguese Trailer, Fox Flix: High Anxiety, Robinhood Men in Tights, & To Be or Not To Be / Disk 6 "To Be or Not to Be" / Featurette, Profile: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, & Theatrical Trailer / Disk 7 "Twelve Chairs" / Mel Brooks Theatre: High Anxiety, History of the World Part I, Robinhood Men in Tights, Silent Movie, & To Be or Not To Be / Disk 8 "Young Frankenstein" / Widescreen Feature with optional Mel Brooks Commentary, 36 minute documentary: "Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein" out takes/bloopers & deleted scenes, Trailers: Showrama A, B, International, and Re-Release, TV Spots: 1:60, 3:30, & 5:10, Mexican Interviews with Leachman, Feldman and Wilder, Production Stills, and Theatrical Trailer

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