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The Producers (Special Edition) [DVD] [1967]

Zero Mostel , Gene Wilder , Estelle Winwood    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Dick Shawn, Lee Meredith
  • Directors: Estelle Winwood
  • Producers: John Morris
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002UUO8Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,873 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Mel Brooks' directorial debut remains both a career high point and a classic show-business farce. Hinging on a crafty plot premise, which in turn unleashes a joyously insane onstage spoof, The Producers is powered by a clutch of over-the-top performances, capped by the odd couple pairing of the late Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, making his screen debut.

Mostel is Max Bialystock, a gone-to-seed Broadway producer who spends his days wheedling cheques from his "investors", elderly women for whom Bialystock is only too willing to provide company. When wide-eyed auditor Leo Bloom (Wilder) comes to check the books, he unwittingly inspires the wild-eyed Max to hatch a sure-fire plan: sell 25,000 per cent of his next show, produce a deliberate flop, then abscond with the proceeds. Unfortunately for the producers (but fortunately for us), their candidate for failure is Springtime for Hitler, a Brooksian conceit that envisions what Goebbels might have accomplished with a little help from Busby Berkeley.

Truly startling during its original 1968 release, The Producers does show signs of age in some peripheral scenes that make merry at the expense of gays and women. But the show's nifty cast (notably including the late Dick Shawn as LSD, the space cadet that snags the musical's title role, and Kenneth Mars as the helmeted playwright) clicks throughout, and the sight of Mostel fleecing his marks is irresistibly funny. Add Wilder's literally hysterical Bloom, and it's easy to understand the film's exalted status among late-60s comedies. --Sam Sutherland,

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Failed Broadway producer Max (Zero Mostel) and timid accountant Leo (Gene Wilder) come up with a foolproof plan to make a fortune, by staging a musical which is guaranteed to flop and close after one night. A mad Nazi seems to have the perfect raw material - a tribute to the Führer entitled 'Springtime for Hitler'. However, the show is taken for a comedy classic, and becomes an overnight success. The two schemers, faced with financial ruin, determine to blow up the theatre in which the show is taking place. Mel Brooks won a Best Screenplay Oscar for the film, which also marked his directorial debut.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest film of the 20th Century 24 Mar 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This film has lost none of its charm since it was made over a quarter of a
century ago. This remains Mel Brooks' funniest and finest film. It is about
two Broadway producers who borrow money heavily in order to put on a
Broadway show that will flop. If they borrow more than they spend, they keep
the rest of the money and make a fortune. The hoped for flop is a musical
based on the life of Hitler, called Springtime for Hitler. It all goes
hilariously wrong when the musical becomes an unintentional success. The
performances are spot-on. Zero Morstel barnstorms his way through every
scene and Gene Wilder was never better as the nervous accountant turned
producer who falls foul of Morstel's greedy ambitions. Kenneth Marrs'
performance as the deranged ex-Nazi burns itself into your brain and has to
be one of the funniest turns I have ever seen. Brooks keeps the pace frantic
but steady. He never lets the pace drag but he never lets it get too over
the top. The performances are manic but the actors never ham it up for the
camera. Even the sheer bad taste of the musical sequence of Springtime for
Hitler is handled with skill, and you will never find a funnier scene in
cinema. This has to be one of the funniest films of the 20th Century.
Watching this, you will be laughing along with it scene by scene until the
very end, and afterwards you will be humming the theme tune to Springtime to
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This IS the original movie, plus some 2 Nov 2004
I was so excited to see this film was coming out on DVD in the UK and I wasn't disappointed. I read a recent review on Amazon and thought the film may be cut but it isn't, in fact they have found an extra scene that was not in the original film. The making of is also brilliant. If you want to know why Mel Brooks is a comic genius then watch The Producers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Classic Comedy 6 Jan 2003
Format:VHS Tape

This is Mel Brooks at his best. The comedy here is outrageous as Zero Mostel & his accountant hit on the scheme of having a whole batch of rich old ladies supplying financial backing for a planned flop, and what is more likely to flop than a musical biography of Hitler titled "Springtime For Hitler"?
Indeed, this is an example of comedy in bad taste which is so hilarious, you can't possibly be offended by it. Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder are at their very best.
This is a true comedy classic.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Producers 2 Dec 2004
Fantastic to finally get this on DVD. Having worn out two copies of the video of this firm I am happy to confirm that this film is 100% complete and contrary to other reviews has not been cut in any way.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing due to editing 2 Oct 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This dvd version seems to have been edited/censored(?). There is a major lack of continuity at some points e.g. scene ends where Franz Liebkind is about to sign the contract. In the next scene, we see Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder with swastika armbands. Their arms were clear in the previous scene so where did those come from? Again, in their meeting with Roger de Bris, there are some jumps in conversation which just dont make sense indicating cuts have been made.

As a`result, many parts of the story just dont gel and if I hadnt seen the musical I wouldnt have known what was going on.

If a movie has been edited there should be some indication of this in the description so a buyer knows whether to purchase it or not.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mel Brooks at his best 10 Mar 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
A musical called "Springtime for Hitler"? Believe me there is no way I could adequately describe how side-splittingly funny that particular sequence is. The highlight in a film that has more than its fair share of them. Watch it with someone who has never seen it before and see their jaws drop in disbelief. That alone makes buying a copy well worth it.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Original Film 28 Dec 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw 'The Producers' on BBC2's 'Midnight Movie' slot one Saturday night/Sunday morning during the early 1970's. Alongside 'It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' 'The Producers' is my favourite all-time comedy film. What is more, I can still remember Peter Sellers' memorable re-enactment of Kenneth Mars' monologue on the Parkinson Show on why Hitler was a better painter than Churchill.
However, I was hoping that this newly released DVD might contain the cut scene that was missing from the VHS release that I own. So, I was bitterly dissappointed that it's still missing on the DVD. Why?
On the DVD, when an attempt is made to blow-up the theatre, our three luckless 'heroes' chase after a fast burning fuse - but too late, the theatre is gone. In the original film, however, the fast burning fuse is stopped before it's too late. They try again. This time they hook-up the fuse to a plunger-type detonator. They sink the plunger, but the explosive fails.
While all three go to see what's happened. The drunken 'failure' character that previously had shared in Max and Leo's ill fated celebrations in the threatre bar happens upon the plunger detonator. Finding that his shoe laces are undone, he places his foot on the detonator to tie-up his shoes - and - BOOM!
An extra couple of minute's worth of footage surely wouldn't have taken-up too much space on the DVD? After all, it's only an hour-and-a-half long as it is!
Otherwise, a useful addition to my 'Producers' library. Perhaps the 'Director's Cut' edition (in my dreams) will have the missing scene added.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
arrived very quickly a fantastic film very amusing a great price i can recommend this film this is how films used to be like great acting.
Published 29 days ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Old movie lover
Just as I remember this version - not too keen on the remake though. If you haven't seen this version or this story/musical view it soon. Recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars The reich had it coming...
Still one of the funniest films ever made, anarchaic and original and a star making turn from gene wilder, and a great directorial debut from mel brooks
Published 1 month ago by james pitt
4.0 out of 5 stars The Producers
This was purchased as a replacement for a video. We knew what we were getting when we ordered and are very happy with it.
Published 2 months ago by A happy house wife
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Film Version and Mel Brooks Film I Truly Adore.
Mel Brooks have produced many films I dislike but not this one. I watched at the NFT in the early 70s and on telly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ziggystardust48
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly died laughing!
You must have seen this, or maybe the remake, but just in case you haven't, this is the original and the best. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mel Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Manic, Totally Hilarious
This 1968 film debut for writer-director Mel Brooks remains (for me) one of his funniest works (surpassed only by Young Frankenstein) and, whilst being obviously a little dated in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is one of the great classics and is far superior to most modern offerings. Perhaps it is just me, but it never fails to produce a gut-busting laugh.
Published 4 months ago by D. L. George
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny funny funny
Very funy movie and still better than the remake. Zer Mostel and Gene Wilder are wonderful and the humour as sharp as wehen it was made.
Published 6 months ago by Gurmeet Mattu
5.0 out of 5 stars A crazy comedy
The idea of putting on a terrible show and then claiming on the insurance when it failed is the stuff of legend. Read more
Published 7 months ago by AH King
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