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Spaceballs [DVD] [1987]

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  • Actors: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga
  • Directors: Mel Brooks
  • Writers: Mel Brooks, Ronny Graham, Thomas Meehan
  • Producers: Mel Brooks, Ezra Swerdlow
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Turkish, Hebrew
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KISB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,800 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer
Interactive Menus
Chapter selections

Language: English; Dolby Digital; English and German for hard of hearing Subtitles: English; German; French; Italian; Spanish; Dutch; Swedish; Finnish; Norwegian; Danish; Portuguese; Polish; Hungarian; Greek; Turkish; Hebrew

1.85:1 widescreen 4:3 version
Soundtrack: English Dolby 5.1
French stereo
German stereo
Italian stereo


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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Format: Blu-ray
SPACEBALLS spoof on the sci-fi Horror Genre- star wars, star trek, Alien, planet of the Apes
all Hillariously funny performances by most of the main Actors in the film
still incredibly funny 30 years later
Rick moranis as Dark Helmet-Darth vader spoof
George weiner as Colonel sanders
Mel brook's plays the President of Spaceball city
a Great scene with Michael winslow who plays the Radar operator in the film
the late Great John candy as Barf-chewbacca spoof
Bill pullman who plays Lonestar- Han solo spoof
Daphne Zuniga who plays Princess Vespa- Princess Leia spoof

this U.K. release is ALL REGIONS so must have the exact same blu-ray transfer as the U.S. blu-ray version
which i have, the picture quality does look very cleaned up and clear for sure
better than the old dvd release

sadly only some of the special features have been carried over from the dvd release
the U.S. 25th Anniversary blu-ray edition has loads more special features
this U.K. release only has
Mel brooks Audio commentary track
special behind the scenes footage
Original theatrical trailer & teaser trailer

the U.S. 25th Anniversary blu-ray the cover art says 25th Anniversary
has a new featurette FORCE YOURSELF!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2014
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Objectively, this is not a very good film. Subjectively I always LOVED IT! Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS.

Before going further, for sake of full disclosure I must confess something. Yes, I am totally a Star Wars fanboy, quite a desperate case in fact - and proud of being one too! That being said, I actually love almost all Star Wars spoofs and parodies (well, "Fanboys" I actually liked less) without ever having enough of them. This may be the reason why I always enjoyed watching this film so much.

In this film, happening in a galaxy very, very, very, very, very far away, the vicious evil empire based on the planet Spaceball is on the verge of crisis, as its incompetent ruler President Skroob (Mel Brooks) wasted all its air. In a desperate attempt to save both his planet and his power the evil President dispatches an enormous spaceship ("This ship is too big! If I try to walk to the bridge the film will be over before I arrive!") under the command of the terrifying lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) against the peaceful planet Druidia to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) the daughter of the local king and force the Druids into giving up their air. However, Dark Helmet's old nemesis, space adventurer Lone Star (Bill Pullman) and his faithful companion Barf (a mawg - half man, half dog played by John Candy), accidentally save the Princess and find themselves mercilessly chased by the great Spaceballs starship...

The humour in this comedy doesn't always fly very high (everybody on board of Dark Helmet's spaceship is named A---ole, he doesn't strangle his subalterns but shrinks their genitalia, etc.) but on another hand there is a lot of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
I wouldn't rank Spaceballs up there with the likes of Blazing Saddles, but it's a vintage Mel Brooks spoof with a great cast and plenty of comedic elements. I don't think anyone else could get away with making so many really bad jokes, but Brooks always makes them work. Obviously, the film is a take-off of Star Wars, with its hero Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his sidekick Barf (John Candy) trying to rescue Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). The planet Druidia has all of the fresh air they could ever need locked inside a planetary shield, while Planet Spaceballs is quickly running out of breathable air. President Skroob (Mel Brooks) plans on kidnapping Princess Vespa and using her to blackmail the king of Druidia into revealing the combination to the planet's air stash. That's the plan, anyway. The satire doesn't stop with just Star Wars, though - there are countless in-jokes and spoofs taken from a wide range of other movies (e.g., Alien, The Wizard of Oz, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, etc.).

You know, you really can't describe a Mel Brooks film and do it any justice. You pretty much have to experience all of the one-liners, corny jokes, and physical humor for yourself. When it comes to Brooks' personal brand of humor, you'll either love it or hate it. For fans, there are some really ingenious bits playing off the craft of modern filmmaking and the marketing of film-related paraphernalia. There's even a high-brow joke or two that some viewers probably won't "get." Mostly, though, Spaceballs is chock full of good old-fashioned, corny jokes. It's the type of comedy that should hold up quite well for many years to come.
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