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  • Directors: Mel Brooks
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 8 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007H9CN4I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,938 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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There are plenty of belly laughs in The Mel Brooks Collection, an eight-disc set of most of the director-writer-actor's best-known films. Four of them--Silent Movie, High Anxiety, To Be or Not to Be, and Robin Hood: Men with Tights--are making their debut on DVD, while a fifth, The Twelve Chairs, was briefly available as a non-anamorphic DVD from Image Entertainment (all the DVDs in this set are anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs). That means you can sample a 23-year stretch of Brooks's outrageous and affectionate spoofing of everything from movies to popular legends to movies to historical figures to, hey! more movies.

The earliest film, The Twelve Chairs (1970), is the least known, but is one of the funniest, helped greatly by a good story (adapted from a 1920s Russian tale) and the casting of Ron Moody and Frank Langella as treasure hunters. Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles followed in 1974. The former, a spoof of horror films, is easily one of the top two or three funniest movies of all time, and the latter is justly famous for its often-tasteless send-up of Western cliches. Silent Movie (1976) is just what the title describes, with its only word of dialogue spoken from the least-likely source, and High Anxiety (1977) pays tribute to the work of Alfred Hitchcock. History of the World, Part 1 (1981) mocks historical events and epics, and To Be or Not to Be (1983) is a remake of Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 classic of the same name (it's also the only film in the set Brooks for which didn't receive writing and directing credit). By this time, Brooks was more actively taking the leading roles himself (rather than the bit parts), and unfortunately relying less on his topnotch ensemble of recurring players, which included Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, and Dom Deluise. But he does rely on a new ensemble (including Cary Elwes and, in his film debut, Dave Chappelle), for Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), the feature-length spin on the same hero Brooks had spoofed in his short-lived 1975 television series When Things Were Rotten.

Bonus features are minor. In addition to an HBO featurette on Men in Tights, there's a featurette and interviews on To Be or Not to Be and all the features (Brooks commentary, deleted scenes, interviews, etc.) that were on the original release of Young Frankenstein. Note that while rights issues kept The Producers, Spaceballs, and other films out of this set, 20th Century Fox was able to use Warner Bros.' Blazing Saddles. The features on that disc, however, are the ones that were on the 1997 DVD release, not the 2004 anniversary reissue. Regardless, the set's price for this many films is low, and because it has so many films new to DVD, Brooks fans will want to pick this up faster than they can say... "Frau Blücher!" --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • First time on DVD, and only available in this set: High Anxiety, To Be Or Not To Be, Silent Movie, Robin Hood: Men In Tights
  • Disc 1 "Blazing Saddles" (Warner Brothers)
  • Audio: English: 5.1 / French: 1.0 Mono / Castillian Spanish 1.0
  • Subtitled: English, Spanish, & French
  • Special Features: Interview with Mel Brooks, Back in the Saddle, Segments from Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn, & TV Pilot: Black Bart
  • Disc 2 "High Anxiety"
  • Widescreen - 1.85:1
  • Audio: English: Stereo / Spanish: Mono / French: Mono
  • Subtitled: English & Spanish
  • Special Features: Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: Robinhood Men in Tights, Silent Movie, To Be or Not To Be, & Young Frankenstein
  • Disc 3 "History of the World Part I"
  • Widescreen - 2.35:1
  • Audio: English & French: 2.0 Mono
  • Subtitled: English
  • Special Features: Menus: Brain Soup & Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc 4 "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"
  • Audio: English: Dolby Surround / Spanish: Dolby Surround / French: Dolby Surround
  • Special Features: HBO Special, Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: High Anxiety, Silent Movie, To Be or Not To Be, & Young Frankenstein
  • Disc 5 "Silent Movie"
  • Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Audio: English: Dolby Surround Stereo / Spanish: Dolby Surround Stereo / French: Dolby Surround Stereo
  • Subtitled: English & Spanish / Forced French Subtitled
  • Special Features: Theatrical Trailer, Spanish Trailer, Portuguese Trailer, Fox Flix: High Anxiety, Robinhood Men in Tights, & To Be or Not To Be
  • Disc 6 "To Be or Not to Be"
  • Subtitled: English & Spanish / Forced Spanish & French Subtitled
  • Special Features: Featurette, Profile: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, & Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc 7 "Twelve Chairs"
  • Audio: English: Stereo & Mono / Spanish: Mono
  • Subtitled: English / Forced Spanish Subtitled
  • Special Features: Mel Brooks Theatre: High Anxiety, History of the World Part I, Robinhood Men in Tights, Silent Movie, & To Be or Not To Be
  • Disc 8 "Young Frankenstein"
  • Audio: English: Stereo & Dolby 4.0 & French: Mono
  • Special Features: 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Butler on Feb. 15 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Well, This is a wonderful set HOWEVER, Amazon only mentions 8 of the films in the set not, the ninth, being SPACEBALLS, so in order to get my Free Super Saver Shipping, I purchased SPACEBALLS to go along with my collection- I was not very happy when the set arrived and it had the film in it and I purchased the extra Mel Brooks Movie for Nothing!!! Oh well.... C'est La Vie I guess!
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As mentioned by others, the collection does include Spaceballs, so 9 movies in total. The discs include special features like director commentaries. I had seen most of the movies but the special features have given me a new appreciation of the movies and especially the actors. For the price I payed on sale it is an amazing deal. For any price though, this is a great collection for lovers of Mel Brooks' work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chad Repko on June 14 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This box set is essential for any Mel Brooks fan. You can watch how the popular director of such classics as 'Spaceballs' and 'Young Frankenstein' perfected his comedy with these early works such as 'Tweleve Chairs' and 'Silent Movie' all the way up to his more recent work of 'Robin Hood: Men In Tight". This box set is filled with the most classic comedies of the century.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By powwowhappy on Jan. 17 2004
Format: VHS Tape
We all need movies, close at hand, that will make us laugh and fall off the chair!! That is what Mel Brooks does for me. So if you like funny, spoofy, sometimes silly and filled with inuindos, you will love this collection too. The description doesn't list it but Young Frankenstein is also in this collection.
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Mel's movies are classics in my humble opinion. Here you have his best with a couple that you likely haven't seen, like "To Be, or Not To Be" which is very witty and entertaining. The classic Mel Brooks movies are here so sit back and binge watch!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 31 2001
Format: VHS Tape
If you like Mel Brooks, buy this box set, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, The Producers, Life Stinks, and Dracula: Dead and loving it, and you have 11 of the best movies ever made. That's all I have to say, other that you should buy this box set if you like good humor...it's worth the money!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lauraine Schooley on Jan. 25 2014
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We've had a few of these movies over the years, but most were on VHS tapes and we wound up throwing them out when the tapes started to deteriorate and just never got around to replacing them on DVD or Blu-ray. We'd see one on TV every so often and be reminded just how great they were, so when I saw this set I thought it would be a perfect Christmas gift for my husband. He's watched them all now and I know we're going to watch them again and again. Mel Brooks is a man who doesn't worry about being "politically correct", and that makes these movies really great.
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By XLVIII on June 27 2015
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The amazing work of a very bright man! He lazers in on our most dismal human traits and skewers them; rendering them jokes and making them irrelevent.
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