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High Anxiety [Blu-ray] [1977]

  • SKU: 6819307
  • Release Date: 05/11/2010
  • Rating: PG
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 14)

    Special Features


    • Hitchcock and Mel: Spoofing the master of suspense HD featurette
    • The "Am I Very, Very Nervous?" test
    • Don't get anxious! The trivia of Hitchcock trivia track
    • Isolated score track

    Synopsis


    High Anxiety
    This is Mel Brooks' spoof of over ten Alfred Hitchcock classics, including Psycho, Vertigo, and The Birds (Brooks actually used the bird trainer from that classic suspense movie in making his film). Brooks plays Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke, a renowned Harvard psychiatrist with a concealed fear of heights, or High Anxiety. Thorndyke takes over as the newest director of the PsychoNeurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous after the last director dies under suspicious circumstances. He soon finds himself to be in the company of some very strange colleagues, including longtime Brooks collaborators Cloris Leachman and Harvey Korman, with Madeline Kahn as Victoria Brisbane, the eccentric daughter of a patient at the institute and Thorndyke's love interest. Korman takes on the role of Dr. Charles Montague, a psychiatrist with a closeted habit of his own. Leachman plays Charlotte Diesel, a charge nurse with a dark sneer and tendency towards domination. As Thorndyke heads to a psychiatry conference, he is faced with saving the Institute, his reputation, and his own sanity. Although the film was not well-received by critics, it picked up a 1978 Golden Globe nomination for best picture (musical or comedy) and landed Brooks a nomination for best actor. The movie has a number of cameos, from a young Barry Levinson's spot as an unstable bellboy to a small part by Hitchcock's right-hand special effects man, Albert J. Whitlock, who plays Kahn's father. ~ Rachel Koetje, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Mel Brooks
      Mel Brooks - Richard H. Thorndyke
    • Madeline Kahn
      Madeline Kahn - Victoria Brisbane
    • Cloris Leachman
      Cloris Leachman - Nurse Charlotte Diesel
    • Harvey Korman
      Harvey Korman - Dr. Charles Montague
    • Ron Carey
      Ron Carey - Brophy



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      DVD about as expected, delivery was quick

      Posted
      MelFan
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      If you are a Mel Brooks fan and don't own this DVD already, this is not a bad way to go. As expected, the DVD has almost no extra features, but one can find lots of that stuff online. Able to see lots of visual gags for the first time, also some production glitches like the shadow of a boom microphone in a scene with Nurse Diesel and Dr. Montague. Package delivery was much quicker than expected and it was undamaged.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Second Tier Brooks, but Still Great!

      Posted
      pauleky
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      This is one of Mel Brooks' loopiest films. Though not as classic as "Young Frankenstein" or "Blazing Saddles" (but few comedies are!), it is still crazily funny. If you're at least a little bit familiar with Alfred Hitchcock's films, you'll get that it's a homage/spoof of his most famous ones. Brooks is good, but the supporting cast is great, particularly Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, and Madeline Kahn. Some of the jokes haven't aged well, but the majority of them have. Recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Prime Mel Brooks

      Posted
      Tardo317
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is a hilarious spoof of several Hitchcock films. The film wouldn't be as funny, if you hadn't seen some ofHhitchcock's films, including Psycho, the Birds, or Vertigo.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Comedy Classic!

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      Papaperp
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      Still funny after all these years! A joy to see again and again. Hard to pick just one good scene. There are so many throughout this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Just fun

      Posted
      watcher
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      If you enjoy Mel Brooks and Alfred Hitchcock you will enjoy this one. Its a bit dated and pretty silly at times but still fun

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Buy has it all!

      Posted
      Jimbeaux
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      This is a fun addition to my library, never would have found a used one... thanx BB

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mell Brooks

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      trejholec
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      I love Mel Brooks movies and this was a no Brainer. Always very funny stuff and very enjoyable movie to watch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      love this movie

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      l0r13ann
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      Wonderful movie. Have been wanting it on bluray and couldn't resist the price.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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