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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KISB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,589 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

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Mel Brooks's 1987 parody of the Star Wars trilogy is a jumble of jokes rather than a comic feature, and, predictably, some of those jokes work better than others. The cast, including Brooks in two roles, more or less mimics the principal characters from George Lucas's famous story line, and the director certainly gets a boost from new allies (Rick Moranis and John Candy) as well as old ones (Dick Van Patten, Dom DeLuise). Watch this and wait for the sporadic inspiration--but don't be surprised if you find yourself yearning for those years when Brooks was a more complete filmmaker (Young Frankenstein). --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marrissey on 30 Dec 2003
Format: DVD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Jackson on 22 Mar 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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 By "mattdamon_4" on 27 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Browning on 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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By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
Spaceballs is just a comedy parody of George Lucas' Star Wars, with John Candy as half dog half man, and Bill Pullman as Lone Star. They're the slackers of the universe, and really hate Spaceballs, ran by Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis from CHIPS), they want air and they want it now, so they kidnap a princess. Lone Star wants the princess so he can get some Spacebucks to pay off his bill, but who will win this crazy war?

This film is very funny and there are plenty of parody moments, as well as cheap jokes aimed at the industry at the time, like Dark Helmet watching himself on the video ("look it's out before we even made it!") and the bit where the screen goes black as he's pressed the wrong button.

John Candy (the reason why I watched it in the first place) is really good in this and funny - but this isn't his best flick, that accolade still goes to Planes, Trains & Automobiles, which is still very funny and has a lot of go-back-to factor about it. Bill and Rick are also very good in this, but the star of the film for me was Joan Rivers as Dot Matrix, the princess' guardian.

Well worth watching - it isn't looking too aged yet, and it's funny.
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