Blazing Saddles on VHS. Starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks. With Alex Karras, David Huddleston, Liam Dunn, John Hillerman, George Furth, Dom DeLuise. Directed by Mel Brooks. 1974.
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Never Give A Saga An Even Break!
The railroad’s got to run through the town of Rock Ridge. How do you drive out the townfolk in order to steal their land? Send in the toughest gang you got… and name a new sheriff who’ll last about 24 hours.
But that’s not really what Blazing Saddles is about. Once Mel Brooks’ lunatic film — #6 on the American Film Institute’s List of all-time Top 100 Comedy Movies — gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns, howlers, growlers and outrageous assaults on one’s funnybone.
Cleavon Little as the new lawman, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid, Brooks himself as a dimwitted governor, Harvey Korman as hissably corrupt Hedley Lamarr, Alex Karras as the bewildered Mongo and Madeline Kahn as saloon singer Lili Von Shtupp all give this sagebrush saga their lunatic best. And when Blazing Saddles can’t contain itself at the finale, it just proves the Old West will never be the same.
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High Anxiety on VHS. Starring Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman. With Dick Van Patten, Barry Levinson, Jack Riley, Charlie Callas. Directed by Mel Brooks. 1977.
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Ray Berwick, the same man who trained thousands of birds for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie, “The Birds,” one of the actual pictures Brooks is spoofing, also trained the 200 pigeons who pursue and attack Mel in “High Anxiety.”
Mel Brooks’ renowned spoof of the most famous Hitchcockian classics — “Vertigo,” “The Birds,” “Psycho” and “Spellbound” — is one of his most outrageous comedy classics. After a Harvard psychiatrist (Brooks) takes over the Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous, he realizes that his predecessor died under suspicious circumstances. When events take a murderous turn, he is accused of the crime and left with a full blown case of High Anxiety.
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Silent Movie on VHS. Starring Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Sid Caesar, Bernadette Peters. With Harold Gould, Ron Carey, Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Liza Minnelli, Anne Bancroft, Marcel Marceau, Paul Newman. Directed by Mel Brooks. 1976.
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Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise and Marty Feldman pay affectionate, hilarious tribute to Hollywood’s Silent Era in this classic parody of the movie business. Attempting to save his studio from the conglomerate “Engulf and Devour,” a has-been movie director (Brooks) casts some of the hottest movie stars in town (all of whom spoof themselves) in one huge blockbuster film.
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