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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars "...That bell-boy ain't gettin' no tip!" May 29 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest comedy never released on dvd. July 14 2004
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars High Anxiety, You Win! May 25 2004
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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 Beautiful parody, hysterical film May 19 2004
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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. This film is one of the exceptions. Also, for my money, the best Mel Brooks' movies are those that are flat out parodies of film genres--like BLAZING SADDLES and SPACEBALLS. This film is the highest achievement of his parodic form.
HIGH ANXIETY is Alfred Hitchcock on goofballs. The references are wide-ranging: "Psycho", "The Birds", "Vertigo" (the main parody plot), "The Man Who Knew Too Much", "Notorious", etc. The result is out and out Brooks' mania, and, of course, a certain reverence to Hitchcock. My only negative comment isn't specific to this film but it does apply: most parodies run out of gas during the course of a feature length film. Once the novelty wears off, the film kind of lags. That's why the best film parodies are usually skits on variety or comedy television shows. Probably the only exception to my theory would be 1980's "Airplane". (See my review of that for a further explanation.) Still, HIGH ANXIETY has enough manic energy to sustain it for the most part. It's a clever film and extremely entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "I got it, I got it, I got it...I ain't got it!" Dec 16 2002
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As funny as anything Mel Brooks has ever done, if there's any drawback to this movie it's that it was preceded by his comic masterpieces 'The Producers', 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein'. Everything Brooks has done since then has been continuously compared to this zany trifecta and that is both unfortunate and unfair. His body of work is a frequent staple of late night cable television, a testament to his longevity; many of his spoofs that have followed are equally as humorous and inventive, with several of them still enduring to this day garnering admirers and enthusiasts among those just getting an introduction to him. A gem of a movie 'High Anxiety' is an affectionate spoof of the unchallenged cinematic Master Of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Brooks takes stabs at but never skewers the Master with his sharp satirical sword as he does everything and everyone else. He pushes the envelope as far he needs to in getting some genuine belly laughs out of Hitchcock's classic films, most notably 'Vertigo' and 'Spellbound' but managing to include references to nearly all of his works. Included here is an obvious parody of Jaws, the well-known villain from many Bond films; future film director Barry Levinson, who was also one of the screenplay's co-authors, as a bellboy who has taken one too many orders; comedian and actor Ron Carey as Brooks' chauffeur/sidekick Brophy; and of course Brooks movie regulars Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn and Howard Morris providing their usual excellent and hilarious comedic support. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will come away repeating many lines in this Movie
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by P B
4.0 out of 5 stars You have HIGH ANXIETY
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 May 16 2010 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars it was the thriller/suspense moments that worked the most for me
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. Read more
Published on March 2 2010 by falcon
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
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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