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Director: Mel Brooks     Starring: Gene Wilder Cleavon Little
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
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UPC: 012569828384
UPC 14: 00012569828384
Sales Rank: 1880
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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've got...and name a new sheriff who'll last about 24 hours. But that's not really the plot of Blazing Saddles, just the pretext. Once Mel Brooks' lunatic film - many call it his best - gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns, howlers, growlers and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all. Cleavon Little as the new lawman, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid, Brooks himself as a dim-witted politico and Madeline Kahn in her Marlene Dietrich send-up that earned an Academy Award nomination 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!System Requirements:Running Time: 93 MinutesFormat: BLU-RAY DISC

"Little and Wilder have impeccable comic timing, delightful chemistry, and some outrageous gags.  At-A-Glance Film Reviews
"Mel Brooks' funniest film. Cleavon Little's performance is priceless.  Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"The finale offers the most daring 15 minutes in cinema history.  Christopher Null, FilmCritic.com
"I can say with full confidence that this is one of the funniest movies ever made.  John Venable, SuperCala.com
"...a riotous Western spoof...None of Brooks's later films have topped this one for sheer belly laughs.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
A madcap spoof of the classic Hollywood Western, BLAZING SADDLES is also one of the most gleefully anti-P.C. films ever produced by a major studio. When the sheriff of a small frontier town is killed, convict Bart (Cleavon Little) is appointed the first black sheriff of all-white Rock Ridge by the evil Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman), who hopes this will chase the townspeople from their homes. The naive Sheriff Bart soon catches on, realizing from the less than cheery welcome that the townspeople (who all seem to be named Johnson) aren't prepared for a black sheriff and that he was never meant to succeed at all. Enlisting the help of the sensitive town drunk (Gene Wilder), formerly the Waco Kid, Bart embarks on a plan to save Rock Ridge. A scathing spoof that deals with racism, sexism, and bodily functions, BLAZING SADDLES offers a contrast between picture and words that is shocking, subversive, and hilarious. Director Mel Brooks makes two memorable appearances--as both the sleazy governor and a Yiddish-speaking Sioux Indian chief--while Madeline Kahn does a sidesplitting Marlene Dietrich imitation as the town floozy. Featuring fabulous comic turns by Alex Karras and Slim Pickens, BLAZING SADDLES is raunchy, lovable, and uproarious.
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/21/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1974
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 82838
Video UPC UPC: 00012569828384
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.40:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Blazing Saddles - DVD
By: Matt Paprocki Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 1/22/2007 3:17 AM
The greatest film comedy ever made gets a gorgeous video makeover. Mel Brooks is a comic genius. This undisputable fact is proven by Blazing Saddles, the sixth all-time greatest comedy according to the AFI and ninth when Bravo handed out their awards. Granted it wasn't Mel Brooks alone, but his ability to get past the hand of the censors was the key to this film's success then and it still is today....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Cleavon Little
Video Cast Info Dom DeLuise
Video Cast Info Gene Wilder
Video Cast Info Harvey Korman
Video Cast Info Madeline Kahn
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks
Video Cast Info Richard Farnsworth
Video Cast Info Slim Pickens
Video Cast Info Andrew Bergman - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Danford B. Greene - Editor
Video Cast Info John C. Howard - Editor
Video Cast Info John Morris - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Joseph F. Biroc - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks - Director
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Michael Hertzberg - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Wooley - Production Designer

Awards


Nominee (1975)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Cleavon Little, Best Newcomer
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Mel Brooks, et. al., Best Screenplay
   Video Award Name Oscar, Madeline Kahn, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, John Morris, Mel Brooks, Best Music, Original Song
   Video Award Name Oscar, John C. Howard, Danford B. Greene, Best Film Editing

Memorable Quotes

"It's not Hedy. It's Hedley. Hedley Lamarr"----Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman)|"What the hell are you worried about? This is 1874. You'll be able to sue her."----Governor Lepetomane (Mel Brooks)

"My name is Jim. But most people call me...Jim."----Jim (Gene Wilder) to Sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little)

"Yeah, but I shoot with this hand."----Jim

"If you shoot him, you'll just make him mad."----Jim to Sheriff Bart, about Mongo (Alex Karras)

"Excuse me while I whip this out."----Sheriff Bart

"I got it! I know how we can run everybody out of Rock Ridge...We'll kill the firstborn male child of every household."----Taggart (Slim Pickens)|"Too Jewish."----Lamarr

"Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!"----Mexican bandit

"You'd do it for Randolph Scott."----Sheriff Bart|"Randolph Scott!"----the townspeople

"I didn't get a 'harrumph' out of that guy!"----Governor Lepetomane|"Give the governor a 'harrumph!'"----Lamarr|"Harrumph!"----Reporter|"You watch your ass."----Governor

"Can't you see that's the last act of a desperate man?"----Sheriff Bart|"We don't care if it's the first act of HENRY V, we're leaving!"----villager

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...This cowboy-tweaking smash was great in its day..." 07/03/1997 p.3D

Entertainment Weekly
"...Brooks' success left an unmistakable scent on movies from AIRPLANE! To AMERICAN PIE..." 01/11/2002 p.36

Premiere
"[I]t's still unfailingly hilarious, and it's practically overflowing with real heart and warmth..." 07/01/2004 p.111

Sight and Sound
"Gene Wilder is ingenuous..." 09/01/2004 p.94

Widescreen Review
"In a hilarious assault on good taste, BLAZING SADDLES stars Cleavon Little as an unlikely sheriff and Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid..." 07/01/2006 p.64

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
There are some people who can literally get away with anything -- say anything, do anything -- and people will let them. Other people attempt a mildly dirty joke and bring total silence down on a party. Mel Brooks is not only a member of the first group, he is its lifetime president. At its best, his comedy operates in areas so far removed from taste that (to coin his own expression) it rises below vulgarity..."Blazing Saddles" is like that. It's a crazed grabbag of a movie that does everything to keep us laughing except hit us over the head with a rubber chicken. Mostly, it succeeds. It's an audience picture; it doesn't have a lot of classy polish and its structure is a total mess. But of course! What does that matter while Alex Karris is knocking a horse cold with a right cross to the jaw? - Roger Ebert

Reel.com 9 of 10
A singular mix of Borscht Belt shtick, good-natured parody, sly social commentary and the silly, "anything goes" humor of the classic Warner Bros. cartoons, Blazing Saddles has its fair share of jokes that fall flat. The timing on some of the gags could also be sharper. At this stage in his filmmaking career, Brooks was still honing and refining his directorial skills; Blazing Saddles was his third film, after The Producers (1968) and The Twelve Chairs (1970)...Yet for most of its running time, Blazing Saddles is hilariously inspired and features terrific performances from its entire cast, most notably the brilliant comedienne Madeline Kahn...Blazing Saddles is one of Mel Brooks' best films, right up there with The Producers and Young Frankenstein (1974). See it unless you're easily offended or humor-impaired. - Tim Knight

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Wilder,Gene
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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