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History of the World Part 1 [Import]

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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: July 1 1997
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 630179799X
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Mel Brooks's 1981, three-part comedy--set in the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and the French Revolution--is pure guilty pleasure. Narrated by Orson Welles and featuring a lot of famous faces in guest appearances (beyond the official cast), the film opens well with Sid Caesar playing a caveman, then moves along to the unlikely but somehow hilarious juxtaposition of Caesar's soldiers (the other Caesar, not Sid) with pot humor, and ends on a dumb-funny note in the French bloodbath. This is a take-it-or-leave-it movie, and it works best if you're in a take-it-or-leave-it mood. --Tom Keogh

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One of Mel Brook's finest movies, in this one, he sets out to parody history, from the Stone Age, to the French Revolution. The first time period is the Stone Age, where we see the first homosapien and homosexual marriage, and discover how music was invented. Next, in a very short bit, we see Moses coming down from a mountain with the 15 commandments, until he drops one slab, and it becomes the 10 commandments. The next era is the Roman Empire, where after Philatipis[or something like that] gets a gig to do comedy for Caescar, he offends, the emporer, so him and his new found friend must fight each other to the death, but instead stop fighting and try to escape from Rome. The 4th era is by far the funniest, and the most offensive, The Spanish Inquisition. So in a musical extravaganza, we see how the Catholics tried to convert the Jews to become Catholics, and in the last part, we behold the French Revolution, and one of the greatest lines in this movie. So, see this hilarious movie, but if you are easily offended, then do not see this. The only thing that aggravates me was that Brooks had a part 2 planned out, but it was never released. At the end of the movie, we get a preview of the unreleased History of The World part 2.
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If your like me and you love these whacky comedys, then your sure to love this one!
This one, and SpaceBalls are my favorite comedys and you cant denie Mel isnt a comical genious with some things, and hillarious goofball in others! He is the King of this kind of comedy!
(...) Starting off from the dawn of time, Mel shows the evolution of man arising, and, well... doing somthing youll have to see for yourself. Then Caveman era with hilarious looks at how paintings where developed, Critics, Death, and Music. Then going into era's of Moses receiving the 15... i mean, 10 commandments ;) and venturing into the Roman times with hilarious lines from Mel, Dom Deluise, Madilin Cann and many more, that I wish i could write the lines here, but youd just see ***** **** *****'s everywhere! Moving through time up to the dark Inqwasition ages and French revolution, Mel has put together one of the funniest movies of all time, and it really should be more well known then this. Its a shame, because it is some of the best material Mel has ever come up with!
And its good to be the king! Mel is definitly the King of comedy! Thus movie prooving it! Maybe if this movie was a bit more known, then it would have come with some bonus features? But even without the extras, i still give it a well deserved 5 star for beeing one of the funnist movies I have ever seen!
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Quickly: still damn funny, even better with beer

Summary: Mel Brook's rather amusing look at the history of the world. Start with Cavemen, then Moses, go to Ancient Rome, then The Inquisition (what a show), then the French Revolution, end the film with Jews in Space.

The Good: this is the kind of movie I don't think they can make anymore. So pollitically incorrect. Nothing is sacred. Okay wait, they can make those, they are by those South Park Guys. The difference, this is somehow wholesome. It's not vulgar, brutal and disgusting and done just to shock people, it's done to make people laugh. I haven't laughed as hard at a movie in a long time. The number of quotes you will get from this movie will rival that of Holy Grail (and as a Fantasy gamer, that's saying something)

The Bad: Some of the jokes in this are groaners of the worse sort. Personally I still laughed, but man they were just BAD. This movie is dated. You can tell it's an early 80s movie about 5 mintues after putting it on. I personally find that the Roman scene drags on way way too long. It's friggin half the movie. Sure it's funny, but come on there have to be other periods of history they could have made fun of.

The Ugly: you can only take so much. The sheer amount of stupid comedy in this movie can be overwhealming. By that I mean, that by about the start of the French Revolution (or the End of the Roman Empire for some) it just isn't funny anymore. You have laughed at enough dumb jokes by then and aren't laughing anymore (well until Mel says "It's good to be the King"). Now I did find the cure for this, Alcohol. This was my first time watching this movie well drinking (it was the plan, "let's go rent History and get drunk") and I have to say it's much funnier and funny the whole way through.

Overall: A classic. Hilarious, Mel Brooks at his best. It may be too much for some people, but I don't know those people
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By A Customer on April 20 2004
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When you see this movie you will laugh, cry, fall to your knees and puke...well, maybe not cry, but close to it! We can all thank Mel Brooks for this great movie that can sumerize the life of man throughout our history. He is truly the greatest director ever in the history of the world. The world would be a better place if we all just bought this movie.
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When you have seen this movie, you can never turn back. Some movies have action, some horror, but this movie is just damn funny. If you like Spaceballs, Wayne's World, or Monty Pyton and the Holy Grail, you will like this movie even more! Only a miracle could bring a better movie than this.
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By A Customer on Dec 26 2001
Format: DVD
"Fresh from his glorious victory over the Cretins at Sparta--er, make that the Spartans at Crete"....
"Torquemada--do not implore him for mercy. Torquemada--let's face it, you can't talkimouda anything!"
"Don't get saucy with me, Bearnaise."
Lots of silly, campy lines make History of the World a real treat. As you'd expect with Mel Brooks, the cast is hilarious: Sid Caesar, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Dom DeLuise, Gregory Hines, Bea Arthur, and the funny albeit typecast Andreas Voutsinas (who played Carmen Ghia in The Producers) as the saucy Bearnaise. Cloris Leachman as Mme. Lafarge ("no, no, dumb shkum") is a hoot as she rouses the rabble and wannabe Maurice Chevaliers on the Rue de Merde. Not on the level of Young Frankenstein, but still 90 mins. of good plain fun!
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