Make us your home page

The power of the Schwartz: 'Spaceballs' marks 25th anniversary with Blu-ray special edition



spaceballs.jpgMel Brooks was just past his comedic prime in 1987 when he gave us Spaceballs, a Star Wars parody that felt maybe 5 years too late and had 15 jokes too few. And yet, it remains the most financially successful of all his films. ("Merchandising!" as Yogurt would say.)

So it's no great surprise that now we have a 25th anniversary special edition DVD (in Blu-ray!) to mark the event. The DVD came out this week and has already been reviewed by Home Theater Forum.

"Neither the best nor the worst of the Mel Brooks film parodies, Spaceballs has a nice assortment of laughs and a few groaners plus a fine cast in this very easy-to-take film farce," the reviewer says, ultimately giving it 4 stars out of a possible 5. "The one new supplement added here is not a big enough reason to double dip (or triple dip if you also have The Mel Brooks Collection) on this new Blu-ray release, but those who don’t already have it will enjoy the crisp picture and better than average sound."

Among the special features: a short documentary, audio commentary by Brooks, a tribute to the late John Candy and a nice gizmo -- "Watch the Movie at Ludicrous Speed" -- that let's you watch the whole movie in 30 seconds.


5. "God willing, we'll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money."

4. "Helmet! So, at last we meet for the first time for the last time."

3. "Oh great. That's all we needed. A Druish princess."

2. "I bet she gives great helmet."

1. "And may the Schwartz be with youuuyoyoy - oh what a world, what a world!"

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 1:52pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours