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History Of The World - Part 1 [1981] [DVD]

4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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  • 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.

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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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This was my 3rd. attempt to buy this DVD.None of the 3 have played in the DVD player. For this recent one I ordered a used DVD in the hope that it would play but again nothing happened when inserted. Has anyone got a copy that actually plays?
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Vintage Brooks par excellence. Our man from Rock Ridge deserves an Oscar purely for his self-deprecating humour, as subtle as a spear up the backside as it sometimes gets. Mel's movies are never anything more than a string of one-liners and sight gags, and some of them are so dire, they deserve to burn in Hell. For every wisecrack that falls flatter than a Roman flagstone, however, there are other moments of pure genius, and a whole fortressful of them during the film's finest hour, the unforgettable Spanish Inquisition sequence, a brilliantly clever Busby Berkeley reinvention which is worth the price of the DVD alone. Brooks dominates, of course; his performance as stand-up philosopher Comicus is a wonderfully vulgar spoof of Hollywood in all its kitsch, and no-one could play Torquemada quite like he does in the afore-mentioned Auto da Fe. Still, entertaining cameos from Spike Milligan and Pamela Stephenson light up the French Revolution segment, and, in an inspired stroke of continuity, what a joy to see Harvey Korman again in a role where he is forever rebuking anyone who incorrectly pronounces his character's name. But never mind Count de Monet - count the laughs. Irresistible.
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THIS WAS A REVISIT AND IT MADE ME CRINGE WATCHING IT WITH MY NOW APPROACHING 40(AGE) CHILDREN. IT IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST FILMS I HAVE EVER WATCHED AND IS MEL BROOKS AT HIS BEST BUT I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THAT YOU ALLOW YOUR YOUNGSTERS TO SEE IT AS THE COMMENTS REGARDING BEING CERTAIN THAT THEY COULD SEE THE CENTURIANS GENITALIA DURING "QUICK TIME HAUNCH" MADE ME REALIZE THAT I WAS PERHAPS NOT AS DISCERNING THEN AS I AM NOW BY NOT ALLOWING MY GRANDCHILDREN TO SEE THE FILM.

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] [1983]
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I grew up with this film. My nan had it, and we loved putting it on and watching when we went to hers. Fortunatly I never knew what half of the things meant, and watching it recently, it is quite rude in places.
Now Im older and have purchased and watched again, I understand it haha, and its alot more funny.
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Mel Brooks is a genius at the old slapstick comedy and spoofs, and this just has to be one of his finest efforts. It is a hilarious look at famous events that have happened in history, we start with the cavemen right up to jewish people in space!
It is genuinely funny, with brilliant performances from Spike Milligan and of course Mel Brooks himself.
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Starting at the dawn of mankind and ending with a raucous interpretation of the French Revolution, 'History of the World Part I' has all the hallmarks of a typical Mel Brooks film. Packed with deliciously bad puns (c.f. the names of the Romans), anarchic set pieces and plentiful double entendres, it's a thoroughly enjoyable history lesson. Unsurprisingly, Brooks revels in his capacity to offend: whether it be because of a wicked twist on the everyday 'taking the Lord's name in vain' utterance, or the song and dance Spanish Inquisition number (my personal favourite part of the film), it's clear strait-laced prudes aren't invited. More pity them.
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.
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This is a first rate dvd for mel brooks fans and enjoyable een if you are not! Startsin the stone age, then onto roman times and finishes up at the french revolution.ANYBODY know if part two was ever made??
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Mel Brooks at his best, with classic humour which no-one should miss.
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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