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NEW High Anxiety - High Anxiety (Blu-ray)

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Jeans?... Ooh, I bet they're tight..." July 8 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Mel Brooks comedies are never very good when he's in the leading role (he plays too broadly for the camera), but this take-off of Hitchcock movies (particularly VERTIGO and SPELLBOUND) does have a few good things going for it. There are some wonderful sight gags, Cloris Leachman has her most memorable role ever as the kinky Nurse Diesel, and though the great Madeline Kahn doesn't have nearly enough to do, she has one of her best bits ever when Brooks calls her on the phone just before being attacked by a strangler, and she thinks his gasps for help are a heavy breather ("I'm going to hang up right now... so... what are you wearing?"). Keep your finger on the fast-forward, but this is still worth a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You have HIGH ANXIETY May 16 2010
Nobody is safe from satire, not even Alfred Hitchcock. But Mel Brooks straddles the line between parody and affectionate homage in "High Anxiety," a hysterical psychiatric comedy that deftly references all sorts of Hitch films -- while keeping in Brooks' trademark slapstick, hilarious dialogue, and weird characters.

Dr. Richard Thorndyke (Brooks) has just been hired as the director of Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous, after the sudden death of the previous administrator. Something odd seems to be going on -- screams are heard, a patient signals Thorndyke with a mirror, and Dr. Charles Montague (Harvey Korman) frightens a patient into fits. Then one of the doctors dies mysteriously, while trying to leave the conspiracy.

And when Thorndyke is lecturing at a psychiatry convention, the evil Nurse Diesel (Cloris Leachman) sends a hired killer (wearing a Thorndyke mask) to frame the doctor for murder. Now Thorndyke must elude the police and the killer, clear his name with the help of a mysterious blonde heiress (Madeleine Kahn), and overcome his crippling "high anxiety."

As a homage/spoof, this is gold. Brooks deftly weaves together elements and storylines from various Hitchock movies, including "Vertigo" and "Spellbound," with some nods to "Psycho," "North By Northwest" and "The Birds." There's dizzying looks down a wooden tower, newspaper "stabbings" in the shower, and Madeleine Kahn's strange not-so-icy blonde.

But it's also a great movie in its own right. Rather than outright slapstick as in some of his movies, Brooks instead crafts a clever thriller framed with delicious comedy -- he even makes fun of some standard filmmaking devices. For example, Thorndyke's hotel suite is switched for a top-floor room because of a call from... "a Mr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest comedy never released on dvd. July 14 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is without a doubt , one of the funniest Mel Brooks movies of all time. The cast is hilarious and the hitchcock parodies are a scream. The big question is..when will this movie be released on widescreen DVD? It is certainly, in my opinion, as funny as Blazing Saddles. I hope it will soon be rereleased so it can be discovered by a new generation of movie lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...That bell-boy ain't gettin' no tip!" May 29 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Mel Brooks at his very best. Together with his usual cast of cronies, Brooks spoofs the Hitchcock Thriller genre, delivering hilarious gags about films like "The Birds", "Psycho", "North by Northwest", and of course "Vertigo". A silly plot about a professor from "The Institute" wraps the whole idea into a plausible story. Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman and Harvey Korman are scene-stealers, as always. A comedy gem!*****
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By P B
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie is oh so Mel Brooks. You will find that you can keep seeing this movie over and over because of the laughs you get every-time you see it. I still find myself saying " I got it, I got it, I don't got it" and everyone who has seen this movie knows what I mean and where the statement came from.
The comedy actors collected in the roles are timeless with their role playing and perfect to bring this movie to the public and make them laugh. This is not a restricted type of humour and would be enjoyed by children over 8 years old.
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By falcon
this comedy/thriller actually works for me to a certain degree.it's a
spoof of Hitchcock films,and some of the comedic moments work well.i
actually laughed once in awhile.but what really works are the thriller
and suspense moments.Cloris Leachman is particularly effective as the
nurse from hell,Nurse Diesel.she really created a memorable
character,in my opinion.Mel Brooks was actually not bad in a semi
serious role.actually the acting was good all around.and i don't mind
saying i was on the edge of my seat quite a bit.this movie kept me
interested right to the end.i really found it quite suspenseful and
thrilling.i'd definitely watch it again.for me,High Anxiety is a 3/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars High Anxiety, You Win! May 25 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Certainly a great Mel Brooks classic complete with his usual zany cast with the likes of Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman and Madeline Kahn who have appeared in many of his other spoofs. Mel Brooks plays chief pshychiatrist Dr. Richard Harpo Thorndyke who had one severe phobia, and that was his fear of heights. Resident phsychiatrist Dr. Charles Montague (Korman) and head nurse Charlotte Diesel (Leachman) take advantage of this phobia, especially when Dr. Thorndyke goes to the phsychiatry convention at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco; "Seventeenth floor, can't get any higher."
This film is a parody on many of Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers such as "Vertigo" (the main theme), "Psycho", "The Birds" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much". Dr. Thorndyke teams up with Victoria Brisbane (Kahn) who was in search of her father Arthur Brisbane who had been held at the Institute for the Very, Very Nervous against his will along with many of the patients by Dr. Montague and Nurse Diesel who have also attempted plots on the life of Dr. Thorndyke. Like all of Mel Brooks films, this movie will make anyone roll on the floor in laughter from start to finish as a lot of the unexpected occurs throughout such as the rock with a note tied to it come smashing through Dr. Thorndyke's bathroom window from the violent ward at the institute while brushing his teeth or the filming crew doing silly things like breaking a window pane with the camera lens. One of the best parts was when Brooks and Kahn dress and act like an old Yiddish couple attempting to go through security screening with a loaded gun at San Francisco Airport, "I BEEPED! I BEEPED!" This movie is great for Mel Brooks fans and a film that is highly recommended. "High Anxiety, You Win!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars "I got it... I got it... I got it... I ain't got it!"
Nobody is safe from satire, not even Alfred Hitchcock. But Mel Brooks straddles the line between parody and affectionate homage in "High Anxiety," a hysterical psychiatric comedy... Read more
Published on April 23 2007 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful parody, hysterical film
For my money, the best Mel Brooks' movies are the ones that he doesn't appear or barely appears in, like THE TWELVE CHAIRS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and THE PRODUCERS. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
5.0 out of 5 stars Only the true Mel fan need apply....
If you have not seen most of Hitchcoks's movies don't bother with this one until you have. This is Mr. Brook's tribute to the Master, as only he can do it. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by John A. Oconnor
5.0 out of 5 stars Anxious for a DVD release
This is a spectacular movie! Typical Mel Brooks' humor, one of his best. But, where is the DVD version?
Published on Jan. 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars i got it, i got it, i dont got it
great mel brooks film with a lot of hilarious moments including my favorite part when that patient tells him he's dreaming about werewolfs and he has a pain in his neck. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by Michael Bolts
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooks & cast of Cronies do it again! - Hilarious Lunacy!
Mel Brooks' troupe of comedians are at it again. Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Chloris Leachman and other Brooks favorites are united again in this hilarious spoof of the thriller... Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2003 by Michael Mathena
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny but dated!
I lovd this movie when it came out in the 70's......it was enjoyable to see again, but some of the jokes are corny by today's standards.... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003
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