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Mainstream - The Mel Brooks Collection Blu-ray

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The Mel Brooks Collection Blu-ray
9 films 9 Blu-ray discs
120 page book
Fox Home Entertainment 2010

You cannot possibly do better as a comedy box set than the Mel Brooks Collection Blu-ray set. Nine of the 2000 Year Old Man's best titles, including the classics on Blu-ray and a 120-page book about Mel Brooks, his co-stars, and the movies in this comedy set. The movies are comedy greats, the packaging less so. The coffee table book style packaging is a bit cumbersome. Slipping the Blu-ray discs in their cardboard sleeves is a bit on the annoying side.  Where this box set really fails is the book pages holding the discs tend to come unglued even before you open the box.

The Mel Brooks Collection 9 Blu-ray set includes The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, To Be or Not to Be and the Alfred Hitchcock homage and spoof High Anxiety. It also includes these other comedies

Silent Movie is a brilliant comedy and homage to the silent film era. There is a music soundtrack but only one word is only spoken. It is a movie within a movie as a washed out director (Mel Brooks) sells the idea of making a silent movie to a modern studio head (Sid Caesar). The movie includes, believe it or not, English subtitles.

Young Frankenstein stars Gene Wilder as a comic spoof and black and white homage to Universal's monster movies from the thirties and forties. It is also amazingly faithful to the Mary Shelley novel. It also stars Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, and

History of the World Part 1 is in my opinion a comparatively lesser comedy. Still Mel Brooks' take on the caveman, Moses, the Roman Empire and the Last Supper, and the French Revolution is pretty funny.

Robin Hood Men in Tights is a tip of the hat and spoof to the Errol Flynn classic. Spaceballs is a lesser comedy that pokes fun at Star Wars before it became a prequel sequel. The Twelve Chairs (1970) is Mel Brooks' second movie and his least known comedy.

To Be Or Not To Be has Brooks and Ann Bancroft playing a couple of theatre people in WW II Poland. The movie is hit and miss comedy wise.

Blu-Ray Disc Bonus Features:
Blazing Saddles: Additional Scenes,  Scene-Specific Commentary by Mel Brooks, Back in the Saddle, Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn (Excerpt), Black Bart: 1975 Pilot Episode Of The Proposed TV Series Spinoff, Theatrical Trailer

Spaceballs: Commentary by Mel Brooks, Spaceballs: The Documentary, In Conversation: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan, John Candy: Comic Spirit, Watch the movie in Ludicrous Speed, Still Galleries, Film Flubs, Storyboards-to-Film Comparison

Young Frankenstein: Commentary by Mel Brooks, Inside The Lab: Secret Formulas in the Making of Young Frankenstein, Deleted Scenes, It's Alive! Creating A Monster Classic, Making FrankenSense of Young Frankenstein, Transylvanian Lullaby: The Music of John Morris, The Franken-Track: A Monstrous Conglomeration of Trivia - Trivia Track, Blucher Button, Outtakes, Isolated Score Track (DTS MA)

High Anxiety: Hitchcock and Mel: Spoofing the Master of Suspense, The "Am I Very, Very Nervous?" Test, Dr. Thorndyke's Ink Blot Test, How Anxious Am I?, Don't Get Anxious! The Trivia of Hitchcock - Trivia Track, Isolated Score Track (DTS MA)

History of the World Part 1: Musical Mel: Inventing "The Inquisition", Making History: Mel Brooks on Creating the World, The Real History of the World - Trivia Track, Isolated Score Track (DTS MA)

Robin Hood Men In Tights: Funny Men In Tights: Three Generations of Comedy, HBO Special: Robin Hood: Men In Tights - "The Legend Had It Coming", LaserDisc Commentary by Mel Brooks, Isolated Score Track (DTS MA)

 Silent Movie: Silent Laughter: The Reel Inspirations of Silent Movie, Speak Up! Historical Hollywood - Trivia Track

To Be Or Not To Be: Brooks and Bancroft: A Perfect Pair, How Serious Can Mel Brooks Really Get?, Profiles of Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning, To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Trivia! - Trivia Track, Isolated Score Track (DTS MA)

Twelve Chairs - feature film

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