Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary [Blu-ray]
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Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary (BD)
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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).Read more ›
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.Read 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.Read more ›
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Oldie but a goodie! No trace of political correctness(a reflection of its time), but enormously entertaining!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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