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

  • SKU: 6567217
  • Release Date: 06/29/2004
  • Rating: R
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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (232 out of 233)

    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 233 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Great Update for a Great Classic

      Posted
      Leftoverchinese

      Blazzing Saddles on Blu-ray is a shining example of how a 30 year old film can be restored if given the proper care and concern. The transfer is taken from the high def. master that was produced for the 2003 re-issue of the film on DVD. To say that this release, along with the HD-DVD, is not a vast improvement over ALL previous releases is misleading. It is a 30 year old film and not a new computer generated comedy, so some film grain should be expected and not attributed to a poor transfer. Surprisingly enough, the film grain is rather sparse, even in commonly problematic dark colors. I only wish the film had lossless audio. That being said, buy with confidence if you are a fan of the film or are looking for a great representation of what an older film should look like in high definition.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not Really Worth It If You Already Have on DVD

      Posted
      kevman79

      This Blue-Ray version of 'Blazing Saddles' presents slightly upgraded picture quality, the only question being - is it that much better than standard dvd as to warrant spending the moeny if you already own it? Probably not. While this disc faithfully ports over all the special features from previous dvd edition, it really offers nothing new much new in terms of extras. So the bottom line is, do you feel like spending a good chunk of money for picture quality that will only be slightly noticeable when viewed on a high quality large widescreen HDTV? Unless you're a person who just has money to burn, I'd recommend just buying the special standard edition dvd and saving yourself about $20."

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A movie that was ahead of its time

      Posted
      tubaguy
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      This story is still relevant today. It illustrates the wickedness of collaboration by big business and corrupt politicians. If humor and boldness can be used against bullies we will all be better off. Gene Wilder is the sexiest man alive according to my wife. I'm not a very good judge of manly sexiness, so I'll leave this question to others better qualified to comment. I purchased the blu-ray disc as my free pick with the purchase of a new 3D player. It was from a bargain bin and well worth more. I believe I still own a large laser disc of this movie, but my really old player is too inconvenient to use.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great on Blu Ray!!

      Posted
      MrsBunn

      This is one of my husband's favorite movies from college days. We have it on DVD, but decided to upgrade. For a movie made in 1974, the blu ray quality is outstanding!! The sharpness and colors are wonderful. If you've never seen this movie, be prepared to listen to a lot of swear words, and political uncorrectness, but it's a mel brooks film, and it's all done in good humor. Definately worth the money on Blu ray!!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hilarious

      Posted
      Berg
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      This is the greatest Mel Brooks film ever! It is an all star cast of comedians who are sooooo politically incorrect on all levels, that you cannot help but die laughing. It is what every person should watch so they can learn to laugh at themselves and break down racial barriers. Life is too short to hate one another. Laugh in life and love one another so that the world can be a better place for all people to live in.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mel Brooks created a Blazing Masterpiece!

      Posted
      ABJF
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      Blazing Saddles is a winner. The cast (including Gene Wilder, Clevon Little, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, and Mel Brooks) is sensational in this comedy about the Old West. This DVD is a must both for those who saw it when it was originally released and want to watch it again as well as for the younger generation who now have the opportunity to see the genius of Mel Brooks.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great

      Posted
      Jonathan
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      This is one of the best comedies ever made. I bought this as a gift for a friend who loves this movie. It's a great blu-ray transfer, and has got special stuff in it they didn't even know existed, like the pilot episode for a potential TV series based on the film. If you like the film or know someone who does this is a definite buy.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      stupendously funny

      Posted
      integrav6
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      again if you do not think every second of this movie is hilarious then there is something seriously wrong with you and you need to seek help. don't feed the dog first, don't wait for the wife to get home, just go immediately to the nearest emergency room. Mel Brooks movies cannot be duplicated you will not be disappointed.

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