History of the World-Part 1 (Blu-ray)

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Classic Comedy

by Michael on 3/28/2013

I love Mel Brooks movies, they're each special in their own way. I still even quote lines from the movies during my normal daily life. The video transfer of this blu-ray really brings the sets and colors to life; the audio is also crisp and clear. The extra features are pretty good but there's not much there. Read More

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Mel Brooks' uproarious version of history proves nothing is sacred as he takes us on a laugh-filled look at what really happened throughout time. His delirious romp features everything from a wild send-up of "2001" to the real stories behind the Roman Empire (Brooks portrays a stand-up philosopher at Caesar's Palace), the French Revolution (Brooks reigns as King Louis XVI) and the Spanish Inquisition (a splashy song-and-dance number with monks and swimming nuns.) It's Mel and company at their hilarious best.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 214439931
UPC 024543657927
UPC 14 00024543657927
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 3311
Keywords
Clips And Highlights
Musical Sequences
Satire
Spoof
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In this spoof of great moments in history from the dawn of humanity through the French Revolution, director Mel Brooks delivers a twisted history lesson through his signature satirical, madcap humor. Funny, vulgar, and narrated by the great Orson Welles, HISTORY OF THE WORLD - PART I tells the progress of humankind as cave dweller, tap-dancing slave, and biblical hero. The most famous bit in the film features Moses coming down from Mount Sinai. Other highlights include a hilarious "Hitler on Ice" sequence and other outrageous comic situations, unbelievably silly jokes, and inspired casting (Sid Caesar, Gregory Hines, and Madeline Kahn included), with the film itself mimicking several historical Hollywood epics, most notably THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, as well as a brilliant parody of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.
Reviews
Variety "...Chock full of amusing cameos..." 06/10/1981
Directors
Mel Brooks
Cast & Crew
Madeline Kahn - Star
Dom DeLuise - Star
Cloris Leachman - Star
Mel Brooks - Star
Harvey Korman - Star
Sid Caesar - Star
Mel Brooks - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
UPC 00024543657927
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 92 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review For much of his career, Mel Brooks has had the peculiar distinction of being simultaneously ahead of and behind the times...But Brooks' reputation largely rests on his genre parodies. Young Frankenstein (1974) and High Anxiety (1977) are as much loving homage as irreverent spoof. Anxiety is nearly as obsessive in recreating Alfred Hitchcock's visual style as Gus Van Sant's Psycho was, but to much greater effect...
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Reviewer Nathan Rabin
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review History of the World: Part I was fairly expensive to produce, but it exists on the level of quick, disposable, television. It thumbs its nose at icons that have lost their taboo value for most of us, and between the occasional good laughs, we're a little embarrassed that the movie is so dumb and predictable.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice ...plenty of belly-shaking laughs.

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