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History of the World Part 1 (Blu-Ray) (1981) (Region 2) (Import)
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Skadinavian Edition, PAL/Region 2 Blu-Ray 1080p High Definition Widescreen DTS-HD Master Audio: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English. Mel Brooks' uproarious version of history proves nothing is sacred as he takes us on a laugh-filled look at what really happened throughout time. His delirious romp features everything from a wild send-up of "2001" to the real stories behind the Roman Empire (Brooks plays a stand-up philosopher at Caesar's Palace), the French Revolution (Brooks as King Louis XVI) and the Spanish Inquisition (a splashy song-and-dance number with monks and swimming nuns). It's Mel and company at their hilarious best.
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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.
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