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  • Actors: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga
  • Directors: Mel Brooks
  • Writers: Mel Brooks, Ronny Graham, Thomas Meehan
  • Producers: Mel Brooks, Ezra Swerdlow
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: MGM Canada
  • Release Date: July 23 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007O38XU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,856 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Spaceballs (Collector's Edition

Mel Brooks's 1987 parody of the Star Wars trilogy is a jumble of jokes rather than a comic feature, and, predictably, some of those jokes work better than others. The cast, including Brooks in two roles, more or less mimics the principal characters from George Lucas's famous story line, and the director certainly gets a boost from new allies (SCTV graduates Rick Moranis and John Candy) as well as old ones (Dick Van Patten, Dom DeLuise). Watch this and wait for the sporadic inspiration--but don't be surprised if you find yourself yearning for those years when Brooks was a more complete filmmaker (Young Frankenstein). --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15 2004
Format: DVD
Spaceballs, a comic masterpiece directed by Mel Brooks, is one of the funniest movies that I have ever seen. I own the trilogy of Star Wars and I watched every movie in the trilogy before I viewed this movie. After I watched Spaceballs, I found myself in a state of pure laughter as I saw Mel Brooks and John Candy imitating the trilogy of Star Wars. Anyone that wants a good funny movie to view should buy Spaceballs today.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 15 2013
Format: DVD
I wouldn't rank Spaceballs up there with the likes of Blazing Saddles, but it's a vintage Mel Brooks spoof with a great cast and plenty of comedic elements. I don't think anyone else could get away with making so many really bad jokes, but Brooks always makes them work. Obviously, the film is a take-off of Star Wars, with its hero Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his sidekick Barf (John Candy) trying to rescue Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). The planet Druidia has all of the fresh air they could ever need locked inside a planetary shield, while Planet Spaceballs is quickly running out of breathable air. President Skroob (Mel Brooks) plans on kidnapping Princess Vespa and using her to blackmail the king of Druidia into revealing the combination to the planet's air stash. That's the plan, anyway. The satire doesn't stop with just Star Wars, though - there are countless in-jokes and spoofs taken from a wide range of other movies (e.g., Alien, The Wizard of Oz, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, etc.).

You know, you really can't describe a Mel Brooks film and do it any justice. You pretty much have to experience all of the one-liners, corny jokes, and physical humor for yourself. When it comes to Brooks' personal brand of humor, you'll either love it or hate it. For fans, there are some really ingenious bits playing off the craft of modern filmmaking and the marketing of film-related paraphernalia. There's even a high-brow joke or two that some viewers probably won't "get." Mostly, though, Spaceballs is chock full of good old-fashioned, corny jokes. It's the type of comedy that should hold up quite well for many years to come.
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although not a mel brooks masterpiece this film does not suffer solely from lack of comedic inspiration. in fact i find it to be one of his best. its main problem, in my opinion, was the shift in audiences. for the most part films such as Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein catered to an audience that was, by 1987, much older and focusing on family life. plus, brooks' comedic venom was now aimed at a less familiar target in Star Wars. intially, even i had a hard time time convincing myself it was worth seeing. but after repeated viewings i realized that it was as funny as many of brooks' best. now dont get me wrong, you wont laugh as often as you did for High Anxiety but you'll laugh none the less. sadly, the core players of previous films are missing here (Harvey Corman & Madeline Kahn) and it suffers becasue of it but the times were changing and so were the films. only later on did brooks really get into a stupor with Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Dracula: Dead and Lving It, starring the one dimensional Leslie Nielsen.
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Mel Brooks nails the sci-fi genre, particularly the Star Wars Trilogy, with this hilarious spoof. Brooks' movies have traditionally been hit-or-miss, but like Blazing Saddles and History of the World Part I, Brooks has his subject matter dead in his satirical sights.
Rick Moranis makes a perfect Dark Helmet, a young Bill Pullman pulls of a sufficiently roguish "Lone Star," and John Candy is well-suited as the Barf the Mawg. Joan Rivers also does the voice for "Dot Matrix," a robot who is vaguely reminiscent of another famous golden skinned druid. Brooks himself makes hilarious appearances as General Scroob and Yogurt, and every sight gag seems to perfectly poke fun at the Holy Trilogy, from "combing the desert" to "ludicrous speed." The film also takes smaller, but nonetheless obvious jabs at other classic sci-fi, including the transforming "Mega-Maid," obvious bows to "Planet of the Apes" and "Alien," and a faulty transporter a-la Star Trek.
As usual, only Brooks could get away with producing a movie featuring a spoiled "Druish princess," men fighting with light swords held in decidedly phallic positions, and jawa-like little people whose language consists of various inflections of "dink." Brooks makes us revel in the sheer political incorrectness of it all, for we know that this is unabashed theater of the absurd.
A hoot and a half from start to finish, this inexpensive DVD should be part of the collection of anyone who enjoys good science fiction or extremely silly but high quality spoof comedy.
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In Hollywood, parody is perhaps one of the more sincere forms of admiration, and every genre has inspired at least one satirical or at least zany parody, and for years Mel Brooks was the undisputed King of Kitsch.
Brooks' best films in this category are, of course, Blazing Saddles (a spoof of Westerns) and Young Frankenstein, his hilarious black-and-white take on Universal's 1930s "creature features." Both of these films launched frequent Brooks' player Gene Wilder into comic-leading man stardom for a while, and no other Brooks film since has been as successful or laugh-till-your-sides-ache funny, although a few of his later parody-driven films are still amusing and worth a look.
One of the few is 1987's Spaceballs, which takes on the sci-fi/space opera genre -- specifically, the Star Wars saga -- and takes every cliche and plot device ever used in those films. Starting with a Star Wars-like title crawl and taking comic license with the famous opening shot from Episode IV (a seemingly endless starship rumbles across the screen for what seems like an hour and sporting the cheeky bumper sticker "We Brake For Nobody") and climaxing with the obligatory final showdown between hero and villain, Spaceballs crams references from the Classic Star Wars Trilogy and tosses in bits of Star Trek, Alien and everything in between.
Bill Pullman (Lone Starr) fares well as the hero figure (who is a cross between Luke Skywalker and Han Solo), who flies across the stars on his Space Winnebago. His copilot and pal Barf (the late, great John Candy) is a "mog" -- half man, half dog -- who's his "own best friend." Together, this odd duo is caught up in the slight plot pitting the evil Spaceballs against the peaceful (if rather bland) inhabitants of Planet Druidia.
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