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Spaceballs [Blu-ray] [1987] [Region Free]

Bill Pullman , John Candy , Mel Brooks    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bill Pullman, John Candy, Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, Joan Rivers
  • Directors: Mel Brooks
  • Writers: Mel Brooks
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Portuguese, Hungarian
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Portuguese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DD0G5M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,928 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



There’s plenty in the crosshairs of Mel Brooks’ cherished spoof, Spaceballs. Star Wars is clearly the main focus, but you’ll find happy nods to Star Trek, and a bunch of other science fiction productions. It’s an uneven film certainly, and always was, but the belly laughs remain plentiful. Heck, just the mere sight of Rick Moranis as Darth Helmet is generally enough to get the guffawing going.

He’s not alone, though. The late, great John Candy is Chewbacca knock-off, Barf, and you don’t have to look too far to see the inspiration for Princess Vespa and Pizza The Hutt. All of this comedy talent now comes to the screen too in high definition, too, with the Spaceballs Blu-ray presenting the film in 1080p resolution, with a suitably beefy sound mix alongside.

The extras, though, are where the rest of the fun is to be found. There’s a lot to get through here, with highlights in particular being the Mel Brooks commentary track. It’s not massively information, but it is most certainly entertaining. If you want a bit more background information on the movie instead, then you’re better off checking out the documentary that’s also included on the disc. There’s a nice piece, too, that praises the work of John Candy.

It’s hard to avoid the fact that every criticism you can aim at Spaceballs is probably true. It’s dated, its targets are easy, and there’s probably a better film in the core idea than the one we ultimately got. But there’s no getting away from it: the movie remains an absolute hoot. Easily rewatchable, and endearingly funny, it deserves to find a place in any sci-fi fan’s collection. Darth Helmet commands it. --Jon Foster

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Lampooning everything from Star Wars to Star Trek, this outrageous send-up of epic sci-fi movies is full of cosmic crazies who score "eight trillion on the laugh-meter" (Gene Shalit, NBC-TV). Fearless--and clueless--space heroes Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half man/half dog sidekick Barf (John Candy) wage interstellar warfare to free Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). On the way to the rescue--in their Winnebago--they confront the huge, gooey Pizza the Hutt (voice of Dom DeLuise), sassy robot Dot Matrix (voice of Joan Rivers) and a wise little creature named Yogurt (Mel Brooks), who teaches them the mystical power of "The Schwartz" in order to bring peace--and merchandising rights--to the entire galaxy.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "May the Schwartz be with you!" 15 July 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First of, I'm not going to review the film here as, needless to say, it's an absolute classic with so much to enjoy! I just wanted to post this review to provide some more details about the extras on the disc, as the packaging itself is vague at best;

- Spaceballs: The Documentary (2003; 30mins) Cast and crew look back on the making of the film.

- In Conversation with Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan (2005; 20mins) A chat between the film's writers about the genesis and making of the film.

- John Candy: Comic Spirit (2003; 10mins) An affectionate and moving look back on the legend that was John Candy, with contributions from the cast and crew of Spaceballs.

- Film Flubs (2009) Not entirely sure what real purpose these serve, but these are 6x10 second-ish pieces highlighting mistakes made in the film; talk about spoiling the illusion!

- Storyboards-to-film Comparison (approx 7 mins) - Looks at 3 or 4 scenes in the film and compares them with the orignal storyboard designs.

- Watch the movie in Ludicrous Speed - If time is short then you can watch the film in just 30 seconds at ludicrous speed: just make sure you fasten your seatbelt!

- Commentary with Mel Brooks
- Still Galleries
- Theatrical Trailers

So a decent amount of extra content on the disc to be fair. And the picture quality on the bluray is also good; i'm not sure if the film's undergone any restoration work or a new transfer was made for this release, but it stands up well for an 80's movie. Overall, a great package and an excellent film!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All rise in the presence of Dark Helmet! 30 Dec 2003
Before I begin explaining what makes Spaceballs great I feel there is a need for a disclaimer: if you don't like sci-fi TV shows and films (especially Star Wars) the chances are that half the jokes will be lost on you. Furthermore, it should be noted from the start that Mel Brooks's humour really is an aquired taste - and whether you will enjoy this film really does seem to pivot on whether you will enjoy the ridiculos and silly in a film or not, since most of the comedy arrises from the fantastic, silly plays on words or simply slapstick.
All this perhaps sounds somewhat juvenile, but it is the slickness of performance (especially the fantastic Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet) and the sheer wit of Brooks that makes this film so much more than it should be. Dark Helmet himself is a hilarious parody of Darth Vader, the humour being conjured by the conflict of Helmet's nerdy interior with helmet up to his harsh Vader-like act with his helmet on, further helped by his hilarious voice as Vader. Indead Moranis's Helmet plays fantastically well off George Wyner's Colonel Sandurz who supplies the straight man to the absurd Moranis, perfectly mimicking the sci-fi number 2.
While of course a spoof movie in itself will hardly appeal to all, especially those not too fond of sci-fi, Spaceballs is probably the best around of its genre and, while it doesn't offer the variety of movie references for a film buff that Hot Shots might, Brooks's clever ideas and scenarios more than make up.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "OH S**T THERE GOES THE PLANET" 22 Mar 2012
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First of all what can you say about this film, its hilarious from start to finish, if you have never seen this film before you are in for a treat, Directed by the King of Parody MEL BROOKS.. It stands up STAR WARS, STAR TREK, ALIEN, PLANET OF THE APES..Starring Bill Pullman as Lone Starr & the late great John Candy as his faithfull sidekick Barf a half Man/ half Dog, take on Rick Moranis (Dark Helmet) & his army of SPACEBALLS to rescue the beautiful Druish Princess Vespa & to pay back the gooey Pizza the Hutt, Also a little creature named Yogurt teaches Lone Starr the ways of the SCHWARTZ ! "SO MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU" The Blu Ray is excellent hardly any grain visible from a 25 year old film ,DTS sound...A true comedy CLASSIC from the late 80's. "GO NOW & BUY ITS A BARGAIN !"
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It Really Does Have It's Moments :D 30 July 2004
When I first watched Spaceballs, it was back in the year 1998, I originally taped it from Sky and I immediatley showed it to my friends. The Film Was Hillarious from Beginning to end with the odd stereotypical joke put in here and there.
One of the great things about this movie is the fact that it's a comedy we all know and love, newer comedy is crude and tasteless but this one pleads to all ages. Everyone loves Mel Brooks and in my opinion this is one of my favourite MB Comedy Flicks, plenty of cultural references are made along with big Star Wars Merchandising Campaigns :p. It's a film the whole family can watch together and everyone will gaurantee a laugh.
Even though I bought this for 10 a few years ago on DVD, you can get it for even cheaper now and even though the Special Features may lack, it's individualism is the fact that the DVD is dual sided meaning you can watch it in both Widescreen and Fullscreen at your own choice. I suggest you buy this DVD even if your not a fan of Star Wars because you will certainly have a good time.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars may da schwartz be with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 27 Jan 2006
one of mel brooks greatest movies. it is starwars , startrek , flash gordon. every sci-fi movie ever rolled into one with great characters including yougurt , barf , lonestar and dark helmet. it has the occasional swearing but it only adds to the humor if you havent seen this movie you havent lived. filled with many jewish puns every one will personaly wet themselves. "it is like the temple of doom" "well it sure isn't the temple beth din"! buy it today you wont regret it may the schwartz be with you !!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!!!
Brought after looking at some of the clips on Youtube. Kids love it especially (5 & 8), odd very mild swear word, but they didn't notice!
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Was a gift for my brother. The DVD played fine without hitch. Brother loved it. It was a funny film. I would recommend this film to anyone who loves Star Wars and comedy. Read more
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Great film. I'd never seen it before but hubby said it was a 'classic' so had to get it. Was really funny and looked great in blu-ray
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