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Format: DVD
Sku: 202754467
UPC: 024543371625
UPC 14: 00024543371625
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Little Something to Offend Everyone...
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.

"...contains plenty of belly-shaking laughs...  Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
"...contains plenty of belly-shaking laughs...  "Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice"
"...plenty of belly-shaking laughs.  Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/5/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 92 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1981
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2237162
Video UPC UPC: 00024543371625
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dom DeLuise
Video Cast Info Gregory Hines
Video Cast Info Mary-Margaret Humes
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks
Video Cast Info John C. Howard - Editor
Video Cast Info John Morris - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks - Director
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks - Writer
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks - Producer
Video Cast Info Woody Omens - Cinematographer

Professional Reviews

"...Chock full of amusing cameos..." 06/10/1981

The Onion A.V. Club 8 of 10
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... - Nathan Rabin

Chicago Sun-Times 6 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Brooks,Mel
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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