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Spaceballs [DVD] [1987]

Mel Brooks , John Candy , Mel Brooks    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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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 (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KISB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,546 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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Mel Brookss 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 Lucass famous story line, and the director certainly gets a boost from new allies (SCTV graduates Rick Moranis and John Candy) as well as old ones (Dick Van Patten, Dom DeLuise). Watch this and wait for the sporadic inspiration--but dont be surprised if you find yourself yearning for those years when Brooks was a more complete filmmaker (Young Frankenstein). --Tom Keogh


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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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars "OH S**T THERE GOES THE PLANET" 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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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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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
Format:DVD
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
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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