WHV Press Release: Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Blazing Saddles:

    40th Anniversary Blu-ray™

     

    Comedy Classic Arrives May 6 with New Featurette by Mel Brooks and Collectibles

     

    Burbank, Calif., February 3, 2014 – On May 6, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will commemorate the four-decade birthday of the great comedy classic Blazing Saddles, by releasing a new 40th Anniversary Blu-ray highlighted by a new featurette Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West in which Mel Brooks reflects on his own movie-making chutzpah, Blazing Saddles' lasting cultural impact on audiences of all generations, and alongside co-stars Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn, proves why his film is, without a doubt, the funniest and most outrageous film ever made. Blazing Saddles 40thAnniversary Bu-ray will also include 10 quotable art cards with funny quotes and images from the film, plus vintage extra content including Brooks’ commentary, cast reunion documentary, and “Black Bart,” the 1975 television pilot inspired by the movie. The Blu-ray will be available for $24.98 SRP.

     

    The unforgettable Brooks comedy, one of Warner Bros.’ most successful ever, is listed as #6 on American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the best comedies of all time – “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs.”[1] First released in 1974, Blazing Saddles grossed nearly $120 million at the domestic box office and has sold more than 4.6 million DVDs. The Western film genre spoof is one of Brooks’ top commercially successful films, along with Young Frankenstein, also released that same year. Brooks’ other film highlights include The Producers, High AnxietySilent MovieHistory of the World: Part I and To Be or Not to Be.

     

    Mel Brooks is one of only seven people who have earned all four major entertainment prizes -- the Tony®, the Emmy®, the Grammy® and the Oscar®.

     

    Brooks started as a writer for Sid Caesar on “Your Show of Shows” in 1951. Later he created with Buck Henry the popular spy sitcom “Get Smart.”  Brooks received his first Emmy® Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy-Variety in 1967 for “The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special.” He later earned three more Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for “Mad About You.”

     

    In the ‘60s, Brooks teamed with Carl Reiner for their best-selling “2000 Year Old Man” comedy album series, which continued in various versions for the next four decades. It received two Grammy®nominations and one Grammy win.

     

    Brooks’ earned his Oscar® for The Producers, for Best Original Screenplay (1968). The film later became the basis for the hit Broadway musical of the same name, which won Brooks three Tony® Awards (2001 Musical Book, Original Musical Score and Musical) and two Grammy Awards (2001, Best Musical Show Album “The Producers” and Best Long Form Music Video “Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks”).

     

    In addition to his own films, which include The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History Of The World Part I, To Be or Not To Be, Spaceballs, Life Stinks, Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Dracula: Dead And Loving It,  Brooks has produced, under his own Brooksfilms Limited banner, The Elephant Man, The Fly, Frances and 84 Charing Cross Road, among others.

     

    In 2009 Brooks was one of the five recipients of The Kennedy Center Honors and in 2013 he received AFI’s Life Achievement Award.

     

    Blazing Saddles stars Cleavon Little as an unlikely sheriff in the town of Rock Ridge, Harvey Korman as the villain, Madeline Kahn as a Marlene Dietrich-style chanteuse, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid and Brooks himself as a dimwitted politico. Once the lunatic film gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards®-- Supporting Actress for Kahn, Best Editing and Best Song.

     

    DVD extra content includes:


    • Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West –All new!

     

    Vintage Elements:

    ·  Commentary by Mel Brooks


    • Back in the Saddle cast/crew reunion documentary
    • Black Bart - 1975 TV pilot inspired by the movie; starring Lou Gossett Jr. and Steve Landesberg
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Theatrical Trailer

     

    Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

     
    Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Blu-ray

    Street Date: May 6, 2014

    Order Due Date: April 1, 2014

    $24.98 SRP

    Rating: R

    Run Time: 93 minutes

    Cat/UPC: 1000408999/ 883929344581

     

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  2. Ethan Riley

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    Gotta wait to see if it's a new transfer. The current blu looks like a port from the LD.
     
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    You know, generally, if the press release doesn't say NEW TRANSFER....

    ...it isn't.

    Blazing Saddles already has been acclaimed as being a tremendous Blu-ray
    transfer, so I don't think the studio feels there is much room for improvement.

    ...but anything is possible.
     
  4. Charles Smith

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    My copy in the Blu-ray set looks fantastic. I love the film, but I don't see any need for improvement for my home viewing pleasure, and I see nothing new here requiring my attention.

    Which isn't always a bad thing. Just sayin'. Not to mention, such words now and then are music to my wallet's ears.
     
  5. Lord Dalek

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    Blazing Saddles looked pretty good on blu-ray already but it could seriously use a lossless soundtrack and/or the original mono.
     
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    I presume the commentary is not new? If you don't already own this (and why don't you? :) )this is a buy, but otherwise....
     
  7. Colin Jacobson

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    Can't agree with that - I thought the BD looked really good!
     
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    I am quite happy with the current version.

    "Mongo only pawn in game of life".
     
  9. Mark Cappelletty

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    Who the hell is going to buy this? I got mine in the Mel Brooks box-set and, as the standalone disc has been discounted as cheap as $5, this seems like a waste of time and resources on WB's part.
     
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    I think it looks and sounds acceptable on the current blu; I don't know...there's something weird about the grain, but I'd have to ask an expert. It would also be nice if they put Black Bart and the deleted scenes in hi-def; we'll see.
     
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    I skipped the original BD cause...

    I got the 30th Ann. DVD already. This will look good combined with that one(you knew a 40th was coming...).
     
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    Going to be a tough sell with the current Blu-Ray in the $5.00 bin at WalMart.
     
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    When the HD formats first arrived I bought Young Frankanstein and Blazing Saddles as soon as they appeared - fond memories of both from my youth.

    I loved re-watching Young Frankenstein, but I barely chuckled at Blazing Saddles. I'm not sure it has aged as well, though to me the comedy just didn't seem as...'clever'. Or maybe I was just in the wrong mood.

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    Just the opposite for me.

    Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are my two favorite Mel Brooks films.

    However I find Saddles to be much funnier.

    No two people will rarely pick the same Mel Brooks film as being the funniest.
     
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    Oh come on Ron, everyone knows it's 'The Elephant Man'. ;)
     
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    It's a good job we're not all the same, or the internet would grind to a halt.

    ;)

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    I think "saddles" and "Frankenstein" are his two best.
     
  18. Colin Jacobson

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    I'm with you - "YF" is much more consistent and clever and funny, IMO. "BS" has its moments but relies too much on cheap gags...
     
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    Cheap gags?When you spoof a genre, you spoof the way it was made.Frankenstein...no matter how you cut it, is a cerebral read/viewing experience.How many westerns are cerebral?
     
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    You barely chuckled at Blazing Saddles? In other words, you don't have a sense of humor.
     

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