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Spaceballs [Blu-ray] by Directed by Mel Brooks
Review by Charles Mohapel
Fox Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B001UN1KVE
Date: 25 July 2009 List Price $29.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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I remember seeing Spaceballs with a group of like minded friends in the summer of 1987 and the audience was laughing so hard and making funny comments that entire scenes went by at what seemed like Warp Speed. Thank goodness for this Blu-ray/DVD combo because it brought back scenes like the humongous starship taking more than 90 seconds to pass majestically before the fixed camera. Other scenes that made me laugh so hard that my ribs hurt when Mel Brooks spoofed the original Planet of the Apes, Alien, and Michigan J. Frog from the Looney Tunes.

Spaceballs Blu-ray + DVD Combo Specs:

SPACEBALLS is presented in widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) on a 50GB dual-layer disc with English 5.1 DTS HD and French 5.1 DTS and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, along with English, French, and Spanish subtitles. BD special features include:

  • Commentary by Mel Brooks
    CM: Given that Mel Brooks has made the world laugh by lampooning genres with gems like Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Men In Tights, why should we be surprised that he chose to spoof Star Wars by bringing us Spaceballs? Before beginning filming, Brooks showed the script to George Lucas and asked him if anything offended him in the script. Lucas replied that he loved Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, so anything Brooks did was fine with him.

  • Additional Commentary Tracks:
    • Mawgese
    • Dinkese
    CM: For True "Spaceballs" Only

  • Spaceballs: The Documentary featurette (30:04)
    CM: Mel Brooks, Bill Pullman, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner, JM J. Bullock, Daphne Zuniga, Peter Donen (VFX Supervisor), Joan Rivers, Nick McLean (Director of Photography), Ben Nye Jr. (Makeup Designer), Rudy De Luca share their thoughts on the making of Spaceballs. This was a very enjoyable featurette.

  • In Conversation: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan featurette (20:30)
    CM: This is an excellent informal chat between two good friends and long time collaborators.

  • John Candy: Comic Spirit featurette (10:02)
    CM: A genuinely moving tribute to John Candy where Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, Bill Pullman, Joan Rivers, JM J. Bullock, George Wyner, Mel Brooks, Peter Donen, Martin Knelman (Candy's Biographer), Ben Nye Jr., Eugene Levy reminisce about John and his untimely death from a heart attack while shooting a film in Mexico.

  • Watch the Movie in Ludicrous Speed featurette (0:29)
    CM: You've heard of Speedreading - this is Speedviewing - the complete film flies by in 29 seconds.

  • Still Galleries:
    • Spaceballs: The Behind-the-Movie Photos
    • Spaceballs: The Costume Gallery
    • Spaceballs: The Art Gallery
      CM: Enjoy this fine selection of still photographs taken throughout the filming process.

  • Trailers
    • Exhibitor Trailer with Mel Brooks Introduction (2:12)
      CM: Okay.

    • Theatrical Trailer (2:30)
      CM: Made me want to see it again.

  • Film Flubs:
    • Edge of the Mirror
    • Grabs Himself Early
    • The Magic Reappearing Ring
    • More Than His Head
    • No End in Sight
    • Track Behind Dot
      CM: A nice little collection of film bloopers.

  • Storyboards-to-Film Comparison
    CM: This is a fine lesson for budding movie-makers.

  • Spaceballs DVD
    • Widescreen Feature Film (Side A)
      Audio Commentary by Mel Brooks
      Special Behind-the-Scenes Footage (8:46)
      CM: Shot in 1987 with Michael Winslow, this featurette is plagued by grainy video and abysmal audio.

      Original Theatrical Trailer (1:30)
      CM: Unfortunately this trailer is plagued by the same grainy video and abysmal audio problems as the above featurette.


    • Panscreen Feature Film (Side B)

    CM:The good thing about the Spaceballs DVD is that both the Widescreen and Standard versions of the film are great - it's only the bonus material that's messed up.

    Whether you're a fan of Mel Brooks and his distinctive brand of humor or have never even seen Spaceballs before, I'd strongly recommend treating yourself to this Blu-ray combo pack.

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