Blazing Saddles [30th Anniversary Special Edition] [DVD] [1974]

  • SKU: 6567217
  • Release Date: 06/29/2004
  • Rating: R
  • 4.8 (212)
One of the funniest films of all time, Blazing Saddles, is awarded an excellent 30th anniversary DVD release by Warner Bros., a company that has often shown great care to the important titles in its vault. The film itself is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, which makes it seem like one is hearing the infamous farting scene for the very first time. There is a healthy amount of quality extra materials, including a commentary by director Mel Brooks. Although it seems as if he was simply recorded while talking about the film (he never once refers to what is happening onscreen, and the commentary ends only an hour into the film), he recollections are amusing and enlightening. He discusses in detail how the various behind-the-scenes people as well as the cast came together. The other five-star nugget included on this disc is the pilot for the television spin-off Black Bart. Starring Louis Gossett Jr., the show is as amazingly unfunny as the movie is uproarious, but one may be struck by the crudity of the comedy that would have been telecast in the mid-'70s. A making-of documentary and a section from a special on the late great Madeline Kahn help make this DVD a must-own for comedy enthusiasts.
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Special Features

  • All-new 30th anniversary digital transfer
  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Scene specific commentary by Mel Brooks
  • Documentaries: "Back in the Saddle" and "Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn" (excerpt)
  • Black Bart: 1975 pilot episode of the proposed TV series spin-off
  • Additional scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Languages: English & Español
  • Subtitles: English, Français, & Español

Synopsis

Blazing Saddles
Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and Madeline Kahn as a chanteuse modelled on Marlene Dietrich. As in Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), and High Anxiety (1977), director/writer Mel Brooks gives a burlesque spin to a classic Hollywood movie genre; in his own manic, Borscht Belt way, Brooks was a central player in revising classic genres in light of Seventies values and attitudes, an effort most often associated with such directors as Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich . Some of this film's sequences, notably a gaseous bean dinner around a campfire, have become comedy classics. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Cleavon Little
    Cleavon Little - Bart
  • Gene Wilder
    Gene Wilder - Jim, the Waco Kid
  • Slim Pickens
    Slim Pickens - Taggart
  • Harvey Korman
    Harvey Korman - Hedley Lamarr
  • David Huddleston
    David Huddleston - Olson Johnson

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212 Reviews
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