History of the World, Part I [Blu-ray] [1981]

  • SKU: 9942422
  • Release Date: 05/11/2010
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (89 out of 92)

Special Features


  • Musical Mel: Inventing "The Inquisition" HD Featurette
  • Making History: Mel Brooks on creating the world HD featurette
  • The real history of the World Trivia Track
  • Isolated score track

Synopsis


History of the World -- Part I
Mel Brooks produced, directed, wrote, and starred in this episodic comedy in the spirit of Monty Python and the 1957 studio travesty The Story of Mankind. The film is divided into five sequences that play like blue-toned Eddie Cantor vaudeville sketches -- "The Dawn of Man," "The Stone Age," The Spanish Inquisition," "The Bible," and "The Future." Also included is a Brooksian depiction of The Last Supper and a long-winded sequence about the French Revolution. The film starts with a 2001: A Space Odyssey parody, narrated by Orson Welles, in which a collection of ape-men learn to stand erect (in more ways than one). The Stone Age reveals the origins of both the first homo sapien and homosexual marriages. Brooks then appears in an Old Testament sequence as Moses, descending from Mount Sinai with three heavy stone tablets bearing the 15 Commandments; after he drops one of these tablets, the laws of God become 10 Commandments. The Roman period picks up with Brooks as Comicus, attempting to get a gig as a "stand-up philosopher" at Caesar's Palace. The Spanish Inquisition is a musical production number with monks torturing Jews to lively Broadway musical strains. The final French revolution section is a broad parody of The Man in the Iron Mask story. The film closes with coming attractions of "History of the World, Part II" that features a rousing Star Wars parody (anticipating Space Balls) called "Jews in Space" that includes a jaunty theme song. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Mel Brooks
    Mel Brooks - Comicus, Jacques, King Lou, Moses, Torquemada



Overall customer rating

4.7
97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No one Does It Better Than Mel Brooks

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    rick
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    Mel Brooks is a master of comedy (and truth that is covered in comedy). This is an awesome DVD I have seen before but wanted to add to my collection. He probably couldn't make this film under today's conditions of idiocy - nor Blazing Saddles nor Young Frankenstin. Its a shame, which makes it even more important to get this DVD before the Thought Police get it banned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    DVD quality is good

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    TYTYTY11
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    Best Buy offers a bin the size of an oil drum, where old movies are cheaply packaged sold for less than $5 each. I think these DVD's are bargains. The quality is pretty good, and if you're on a budget, you can still start a collection of classic old movies for under $30 --- enough to last thru a weekend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    History Re-imagined

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    DennisR
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    Mel Brooks literally took a new and very funny look at the history of the world, through the Mel Brooks comedy vision. Maybe it was the historians that got everything wrong and Mel Brooks was seeing the "real" story. This movie is great fun. The transfer to digital is very good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mel is Master

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    Greg
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    HOW provided Brooks with a great framework many gags and jokes. With a stellar comedic cast for its day, the story line moves thru a few time periods and related punch lines. Always good for true good humor and and genuine joy. Not as specifically scripted as Young Frankenstein or Blazing Saddles but really FUN to watch. Where is Part 2?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super funny movie!

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    Hillcountrykmf
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    I think this movie is absolutely hilarious! We owned this on laser disk and VHS when we kids. Now I have to own it on DVD! My son just turned 13 and is about old enough to watch it! Can't wait to watch him roll on the floor, just like we did when we were his age! This is definitely some of Mel Brooks finest slap-stick comedy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mel Brooks' finest

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    Princessbas
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    This classic movie is, in my opinion, Mel Brooks' best work. I've owned it on VHS for years, and now I own the DVD copy. It was great to find it at a bargain price at Best Buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A comedy classic comes to Blu-ray

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    iamjohnw
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    It's never going to win Blu-ray of the year, but it's a great film that deserves to be in any film fan's collection. Especially if you don't own the Brooks box set. These can be found for very cheap and will certainly be worth the 5 or 10 bucks you spend on it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of Mel Brooks!

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    JanaK
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    This is my favorite Mel Brooks movie. There's so much diversity in each story with a great culmination of all the characters at the end. Once you see it, you'll realize how often people quote it & you'll finally be in on the joke. It is definitely a must see.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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