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Blazing Saddles (40th Anniversary) [Blu-ray]

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Mel Brooks scored his first commercial hit with this raucous Western spoof starring the late Cleavon Little as the newly hired (and conspicuously black) sheriff of Rock Ridge. Sheriff Bart teams up with deputy Jim (Gene Wilder) to foil the railroad-building scheme of the nefarious Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman). The simple plot is just an excuse for a steady stream of gags, many of them unabashedly tasteless, that Brooks and his wacky cast pull off with side-splitting success. The humor is so juvenile and crude that you just have to surrender to it; highlights abound, from the lunkheaded Alex Karras as the ox-riding Mongo to Madeline Kahn's uproarious send-up of Marlene Dietrich as saloon songstress Lili Von Shtupp. Adding to the comedic excess is the infamous campfire scene involving a bunch of hungry cowboys, heaping servings of baked beans and, well, you get the idea. --Jeff Shannon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Even the "Making-of" was recycled! July 18 2004
Five stars for the movie itself as well as the presentation. The movie looks and sounds great.
BUT--- as noted by many, the "30th Anniversary Edition" supplements are basically a hack job. This is easily one of the most influential comedies of all-time, it deserved to really be given the Special Edition treatment.
The "Commentary" is not a traditional commentary at all; not only is it simply the audio from a 55 minute interview with Brooks, it was issued on the previous dvd. This has been mentioned by many reviewers.
What hasn't been as well-reported is that even the half-hour retrospective doc has been recycled. The "Back in the Saddle" program, which is admittedly a decent if unspectacular show, was previously issued on the 2001 VHS edition! Basically, this featurette was issued on the 27th Anniversary video cassette release. Yes, this is the first time it has appeared on dvd, but still a rather lazy choice.
The "Additional Scenes" are, somewhat annoyingly, not accessible scene-by scene. They play as one approx. 10-minute piece. These scenes were added to the TV broadcast version. It's nice to have them, though most of them are shown in the "Back in the Saddle" featurette.
The only other significant supplement is the "Black Bart" pilot episode. This 24-minute show is a real curiousity, a great archival piece even though the show itself is excruciatingly BAD. Still, its interesting viewing, and very easy on the eyes. This show, quite simply, looks amazing! Very well preserved.
There are a couple other bits, like the trailer and an excerpt from a Madeline Kahn documentary (only about 4 minutes or so).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLAZING, FLAMING HILARITY, FARCE & SLAPSTICK! July 14 2004
By Nix Pix
"Blazing Saddles" has no plot - just pretext. It's that a railroad must come through the town of Rock Ridge and that the residence there must be driven from their land. To this end, the despicable Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) sends in a gang of desperadoes to assassinate the newly appointed sheriff (Cleavon Little). Gene Wilder cuts a hilarious swath as Deputy Jim, the Waco Kid, a dimwitted politico who can't help but muddle himself into one raging fiasco after another. Madeline Kahn as Lili Von Shtupp (a wicked spoof of Marlene Dietrich) is the town madam, whose song "I'm Tired" quite simply has to go down as one of the funniest bits of double entendre ever put on film. Once director, Mel Brooks gets started, logic is lost in a cavalcade of outrageous, wacky/tacky lunacy, so utterly juvenile and crude that one cannot help but willingly surrender to its audacity. There are just too many gags to mention and such a waste to spoil the full breadth of hilarious depravity in this film for the first time viewer. I'll not be the reviewer to ruin the experience of witnessing this masterwork of farce and slapstick. See it now and remember it forever more.
Blazing Saddles has been remastered for this 30th Anniversary Edition. While the prior release was marred by age related artifacts and a considerable amount of edge enhancement, this new release seems to have been minted from a pristine camera negative. Colors are rich, vibrant and startlingly three dimensional. Most of the scenes exhibit richness in fidelity that many films of the same vintage wholly lack. Truly, there is nothing to complain about here. Contrast and black levels are bang on. The picture is remarkably solid with limited film grain and NO digital anomalies for a very smooth visual presentation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brooks first major success! Nov. 6 2010
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
February/74 saw the release of Mel Brooks first major success with his release of "Blazing Saddles".As with televisions concurrently running "All in the Family" which broke many barriers,not the least of which was the subject most dealt with in this movie,race,Brooks took the concept and blew it wide open on the big screen to much critical and financial success.The movie starred Cleavon Little as Sheriff Bart,Gene Wilder as the Waco Kid,Harvey Korman as Hedly Lamarr,Madeline Kahn as Lili Von Shtupp and Slim Pickens as Taggart the boss.
The story,as slight as it is,involves Bart who escapes from a railroad work gang to become the town of Rock Ridge's new sheriff.For a black sheriff things are a little touch and go with the locals until one day Hedley Lamarr,who is closerthanthis to the governor(Mel Brooks)decides it is in his best interest and those of the railroad to demolish Rock Ridge.Taggart sends in Mongo(Alex Karras)to do the job personally but he ends up liking Bart and they become inseparable.Bart who has the legendary gunslinger the Waco Kid also working for him,devises a plan to build a fake Rock Ridge.When the crooks enter they blow them and the town to bits and finish off the stragglers.The townsfolk now love their new sheriff but he has higher and loftier plans and with the Waco Kid by his side,they ride into the sunset Mel Brooks style...in a limo.
Brooks,never known for his subtlety,throws every cliche' good and bad into the mix trying to expose prejudice in its most rawest form.In his quest he brings up many "in" references to people,characters and movies such as Bugs Bunny,Hedy Lamarr,Marlene Dietrich,Laurel and Hardy,Howard Johnson,Samuel Johnson,Olsen and Johnson,Cecil B.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny one of a kind movie
Published 10 days ago by Scott Giddings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gets better with each viewing. All the original lines with nothing cut/censored
Published 1 month ago by Sheri Plowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a classic. A true belly-buster.
Always a classic. A true belly-buster.
Published 1 month ago by Ken Wyant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Marrant comme tout... comme dirait mon beau-pere.
Published 2 months ago by JEAN MARC HOURIET
1.0 out of 5 stars won't work in Canada - Wrong region
Why would you even sell me this when its for a different region???????? Another waste of money and a pain for me to return....
Published 6 months ago by jett.smulan
5.0 out of 5 stars Blazing Saddles
This was actually bought for someone else who doesn't have a computer and she in turn sent it to a friend for her birthday. As far as I know, she loves it.
Published 7 months ago by Ellen Behar
5.0 out of 5 stars trop dôle!
un grand classique de Mel Brooks

pour ceux qui aiment les comédies satiriques

un film à voir et à revoir :)
Published 8 months ago by gad46
5.0 out of 5 stars brings me back!
i loved this show then and i love this show still, the fire scene reminds me of sitting around the fire with my family lol!
Published 9 months ago by dan borrowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fast shipping, good quality
The product arrived within a few days and was in perfect condition. The image and sound of the product were also of excellent quality.
Published on Oct. 9 2011 by Val
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasteless But Funny
Plays like an ennactment of one of those tasteless joke books set to a Western theme. Not for everyone. Even fans of this sort of thing have to be in a certain mood.
Published on July 19 2004 by J
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