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History of the World, Part I [DVD] [1981]

  • SKU: 7970975
  • Release Date: 09/05/2006
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (121 out of 124)

    Special Features


    • Closed Captioned

    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 124 reviews

    98%
    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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Doesn't get any funnier than Mel Brooks

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      amadeus
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      Mel Brooks takes an irreverent look at a time in history and causes side-splitting humor until you're in tears. A little bit of innuedo, not out and out crass like most of today's "humor", that adds to the film but is not the focal point to the point of shock value. Gregory Hines steals the show in my opinion.

      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.

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    • 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: 4 out of 5 stars

      It's Mel for God's sake!

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      snakeboy
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      There was a time in our culture when we use to laugh and have fun. Before the days of PC culture if you can believe it. This most fun watch is clearly in that time. If you don't laugh at "the jig is up' then do yourself a favor and buy this movie

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    • 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?

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Comedy classic

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      DocJ
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      One of Mel Brooks' earlier movies. An entertaining re-imagining of historical events featuring such comedy greats as Madeline Kahn, Harvey Koran, Dom DeLuise, and of course, Mel himself. A movie from a time before political correctness.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mel Brooks is AWESOME

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      Juggernaut
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      Many movies make the top of my list and this is one of them. Mel Brooks comedies are quirky, funny, a little non-politically correct, but a joy to watch. A must have for my collection and maybe yours. Check it out!

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