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The Producers - Collector's Edition [Blu-ray + DVD]

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  • Actors: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars, Lee Meredith
  • Directors: Mel Brooks
  • Writers: Mel Brooks
  • Producers: Jack Grossberg, Joseph E. Levine, Sidney Glazier
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • Release Date: July 2 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00C7A8X4Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,881 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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From the endlessly funny mind of filmmaker Mel Brooks comes this triple-Oscar�-winning explosion of pure comic lunacy about low-rent Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and his high-strung accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder). They discover that, with the help of a few gullible investors, they can make more money on a flop than on a hit. So armed with the worst show ever written � �Springtime For Hitler� � and an equally horrific cast, this double-dealing duo is banking on disaster. But when their sure-to-offend musical becomes a surprise smash hit, they find themselves in the middle of a Broadway blitzkrieg!

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Mel Brooks's directorial debut remains both a career high point and a classic show business farce. Hinging on a crafty plot premise, which in turn unleashes a joyously insane onstage spoof, The Producers is powered by a clutch of over-the-top performances, capped by the odd couple pairing of the late Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, making his screen debut.

Mostel is Max Bialystock, a gone-to-seed Broadway producer who spends his days wheedling checks from his "investors," elderly women for whom Bialystock is only too willing to provide company. When wide-eyed auditor Leo Bloom (Wilder) comes to check the books, he unwittingly inspires the wild-eyed Max to hatch a sure-fire plan: sell 25,000 percent of his next show, produce a deliberate flop, then abscond with the proceeds. Unfortunately for the producers (but fortunately for us), their candidate for failure is Springtime for Hitler, a Brooksian conceit that envisions what Goebbels might have accomplished with a little help from Busby Berkeley.

Truly startling during its original 1968 release, The Producers does show signs of age in some peripheral scenes that make merry at the expense of gays and women. But the show's nifty cast (notably including the late Dick Shawn as LSD, the space cadet that snags the musical's title role, and Kenneth Mars as the helmeted playwright) clicks throughout, and the sight of Mostel fleecing his marks is irresistibly funny. Add Wilder's literally hysterical Bloom, and it's easy to understand the film's exalted status among late-'60s comedies. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I saw this movie at the cinema when I was in high school...many moons ago...and I laughed until I cried that evening...this movie holds up well with time and it is still hysterically funny...especially the wonderful performance by the Dick Shawn, as "LSD".
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The Producers is the best of Mel Brooks' trio of masterpieces, which includes Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. Who knows if this is one of the funniest movies of all time? It's on my list of the funniest, though. You either love Mel's work, or you think he's inane and over-the-top; or both. Gene Wilder's best work may be found in Mel's movies; and Zero Mostel would certainly have been a mainstay in Mel Brooks movies if not for his unfortunate demise. The Producers is full of funny one-liners, and outrageous sight gags. Even the aspects that seem "dated" are still funny, because they were played over-the-top ridiculous in the first place; their datedness just plays into their over-the-topness now.
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I love this film because it always makes me laugh, but also because it captures the genius of Zero Mostel, a performer who did some of his best work on stage ("Fiddler on the Roof" "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum"). The plot revolves around the New York theatre world and Mostel's down-and-out, has-been producer. And the thought of Mostel (quite the vision in his lounging robe and with his bad comb-over) playing "boy toy" to rich little old ladies in order to raise enough to produce bad show after bad show, rarely fails to get laughs. Add to the mix one of Gene Wilder's best performances, as Leo Bloom, the accountant who wanders into Mostel's world and who gets sucked into a "sure fire" scam, and you have enough laughs to fill ten comedies. I had the pleasure of seeing Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the musical version of this film when it opened on Broadway a few years ago, and while that show was fantastic, I still think back fondly to where it all started: with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, whose zaniness is forever preserved on film, always there to entertain us.
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Whether or not you've caught the hot Broadway remake of Mel Brooks' 1968 classic - 'The Producers,' anyone who appreciates satire along with Brooks' zany style of humour will find great enjoyment in this 90 minute ode to show business, hucksterism, broadway musicals and nazism. While the humour is somewhat dated at times, no one can deny the sheer comedic energy given off by the likes of Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, etc that will leave you laughing out loud every 6 mintues or so. Also of note is the craziness in the musical numbers themself that border on the fine line between absurd and offensive yet always manages to pull itself out brilliantly in the end.
For those planning on purchasing the DVD make sure that you get the 2002 released 'Special Edition' version. This edition includes over one hour of documentaries that actually manage to be viewable. Aside from the numerous other extras on this disc the video transfer is great (for an older movie) and a remastered 5.1 surround mix is included as well.
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I first saw this movie over thrity years ago. Although I was pretty young, I was drawn in by all the hysteria and screaming, all the slapstick and goofiness between Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Later in life, I realized how truly smart and truly side-splitting this movie is. And only now do I realize how risk-taking it must have been to make this movie. Can you imagine how a 1966 audience--just 20 years after WWII--reacted when they saw this movie and its "Springtime for Hitler" scene, and to have a Nazi with whom you can actually sympathize (played by the underrated Kenneth Marrs)? But Mel pulled it off back then, and the play is still holding up today.
I know the movie is approaching its 40th birthday, and that comedies just don't age as well as dramas or musicals. But DEFINITELY give this one a chance. It'll be worth the money just to watch Zero and Gene and Kenneth. And as an added bonus, for you New Yorkers out there, get ready for shots of midtown and the Village that are like a moving museum pieces.
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Brooks' feature film debut is often regarded as his best film to date! While I don't share that same strong feeling towards the film, I must admit, it is funny. It was with this film Brooks first set up the standard of absurdity that would later come in films like "Blazing Saddles", "Young Frankenstein", and "History Of The World pt.1". Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder ( Who got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor) are perfect on screen together creating an unforgettable, and truly hilarious comedy team. But beware, it's not just Mostel and Wilder who will leave you helpless, no, Brooks has created more un forgettable character. Lets take for instance, the worst director that ever lived, Roger Debris(played perfectly by Christopher Hewett), who seems to be a cross-dresser. I could be wrong, but when a man wears dresses, I assume that's what he is lol. Then there's the author of the now world famed play " Springtime For Hitler" Mr. Franz Liebkind. And wait there's more, there's L.S.D (Dick Shawn) and Andreas Voutsinas, who is Mr. Debris "PRIVATE" secretary. I wounder what that exactly means? lol. Brooks hits all the right spots to get to our funny bone, and once he gets there, he never lets up! It's just gag after gag. A wonderful, inventive screenplay, that definitely deserved to win an Oscar, though many at the time and even now disagree. But since I'm a Brooks fan, I think it was the right choice. Unforgettable songs include "Love Power", "Sringtime For Hitler", and "Prisoners Of Love". A definite comedy classic by one of the funniest man around in the comedy business today.
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