Mel Brooks Box Set DVD
Starring Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise, Andreas Voutsinas, Diana Coupland, David Lander, Vlada Petric, Elaine Garreau, Robert Bernal, Will Stampe, Bridget Bruce, Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Leon Askin, Oscar Beregi, Rusty Blitz, Lou Cutell, Liam Dunn, Danny Goldman, Gene Hackman, Richard Hadyn, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, Richard Roth, Mel Brooks, Bernadette Peters, Sid Caesar, Carol Arthur, Anne Bancroft, James Caan, Fritz Feld, Harold Gould, Marcel Marceau, Chuck McCann, Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Burt Reynolds, Harvey Korman, Ron Carey, Charlie Callas, Murphy Dunne, Howard Morris, Jack Riley, Dick van Patten, Charles Durning, Tim Matheson, Jose Ferrer, George Gaynes, James Haake, Christopher Lloyd, Lewis J. Stradlen, George Wyner, Gregory Hines, Pamela Stephenson, Jack Carter, Shecky Greene, Jackie Mason, Spike Milligan, Jan Murray, Lesley Ann Warren, Stuart Pankin, Rudy de Luca, Jeffrey Tambor, Teddy Wilson, Michael Ensign, Matthew Faison, Billy Barty
Directed by Mel Brooks
Box set containing seven films from acclaimed actor/director Mel Brooks. 'The Twelve Chairs' (1970) is set in Russia in 1927 and is the tale of a former aristocrat (Ron Moody) who is now a clerk under the new Soviet regime.
When he learns that his dying mother in law sewed a fortune in family jewels into one of twelve dining room chairs, he sets off across Russia to find it - with an opportunist (Frank Langella), a priest (Dom DeLuise) and his former servant (Brooks) all in equal pursuit. 'Young Frankenstein' (1974) is Brooks' Oscar-nominated horror spoof, the follow-up to 'Blazing Saddles' and the highest grossing black-and-white film of all time.
Gene Wilder plays Frederick Frankenstein, a teacher who inherits his grandfather's Transylvanian estate; Marty Feldman plays Igor, his hunchback assistant; and Peter Boyle, the tap-dancing monster he brings to life in his laboratory.
In 'Silent Movie' (1976), a director who is having a bit of a lull in his career tries to convince a host of famous actors to star in his new movie - which, surprise surprise turns out to be a smash hit.
In 'High Anxiety' (1977), Brooks stars as a psychiatrist with a morbid fear of heights who is hired to replace the murdered head of a sanatorium. 'History of the World - Part 1' (1981) is a historical parody 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. 'To Be Or Not To Be' (1983) is a remake of the Lubitsch comedy classic which has a Polish acting troupe become heavily involved in an outrageous scheme to save the Polish underground during WWII.
Brooks plays the actor who must carry out the performance of his life so that the persecuted group hiding in the basement of his theatre can flee the country.
Finally, in 'Life Stinks' (1991), billionaire Goddard Bolt (Brooks) bets a fellow businessman he can survive for a month as a bum on the streets.
He perseveres despite interference from his rival but on returning to his mansion he finds he has been declared mentally incompetent.
- Format: DVD
- Region: 2
- Certification: (15)
- EAN: 5039036023221
- Catalogue number: 3087301000
- Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
- Release date: 24/04/2006
- Genre: Comedy
- Colour: Colour