- Actors: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Gregory Hines, Pamela Stephenson
- Directors: Mel Brooks
- Producers: Mel Brooks
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 26 Dec. 2005
- Run Time: 88 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000BPND4O
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,411 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Mel Brooks' historical parody is split into five sections: In 'The Stone Age', a caveman invents music after dropping a rock on his foot. However the development of the fine arts brings with it an unwelcome side-effect - the birth of the critic. 'The Roman Empire' sees Jesus and his disciples being served by a pushy waiter at the Last Supper, whilst 'The Spanish Inquisition' is turned into a big-budget musical number. Truly revolting peasants revolt in 'The French Revolution' and 'Coming Attractions' promises a sequel featuring Hitler performing an ice ballet.
Mel Brooks's 1981, three-part comedy--set in the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and the French Revolution--is pure guilty pleasure. Narrated by Orson Welles and featuring a lot of famous faces in guest appearances (beyond the official cast), the film opens well with Sid Caesar playing a caveman, then moves along to the unlikely but somehow hilarious juxtaposition of Caesar's soldiers (the other Caesar, not Sid) with pot humour, and ends on a dumb-funny note in the French bloodbath. This is a take-it-or-leave-it movie, and it works best if you're in a take-it-or-leave-it mood. --Tom Keogh
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DO NOT LOOK FOR DEEP MEANING THIS IS ALL ABOUT A GOOD BELLY LAUGH AND THE JOY OF SEEING SOME OF THE MOST GIFTED ENTERTAINERS EVER; PERFORMING, IS A JOY. NOT TO SAY THAT YOU WILL NOT FIND SOME SENSE OF VALUE IN THE FILM AS IT RIDICULES WORLD HISTORICAL EVENTS IN A WAY THAT EQUALS MONTY PYTHON.
SOME MAY SPOT ALL THE DOUBLE MEANINGS FIRST TIME AROUND BUT EVEN THOUGH MY CHILDREN COULD ALMOST DO THE FILM WORD FOR WORD I STILL FOUND ONE I MISSED ON THE FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH ETC. VIEWING AND MARCUS VINDICTUS EYEBROWS ARE ALMOST AS GOOD AS HUGH CRUMMOND (SEE LINK)Bullshot [DVD] 
Now Im older and have purchased and watched again, I understand it haha, and its alot more funny.
It is genuinely funny, with brilliant performances from Spike Milligan and of course Mel Brooks himself.
Sometimes the bad puns are GENUINELY bad. And, inevitably, some historical periods work better than others. But this is one of Brooks' finest films, and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein'. Compulsory viewing for anyone who likes their history sardonic, childish and very, very funny.
This film starts at the begining of man and runs through to the French revolution in such a way that shows an unrivelled paradoy which only Mel Brooks and his cast can pull off.
You should watch this film if only to find out how Mosses turned the 15 commandments to 10 and the truth behind the parting of the Red Sea.
All in all a cracking night in!
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Classic Mel Brooks. He does tend to polarise people and this is perhaps not his strongest film but it does have some classic set pieces (amongst some that are more painful and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by JayAySee
Excellent movie... I've been waiting for part 2 for years tho... 😉Published 19 months ago by John B.