Spaceballs- Blu-Ray Edition

DVD Reviews | Jul 1st, 2009

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Starring: Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks, John Candy, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Joan Rivers, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner
Directed By: Mel Brooks
Written By: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, Ronny Graham
Studio: MGM/UA

The Mel Brooks sci fi classic, Spaceballs is on Blu-Ray for the first time, and like other editions, you want to have this one as well. Starring Bill Pullman, Rick Moranis and John Candy in this hysterical take on the Sci Fi genre with spoofs of Star Trek, Star Wars and Flash Gordon to name a few. Mel Brooks strikes gold with everything he works on and this film was no different. Yeah, some of the jokes are a little dated but this film still cracks me the hell up.

Planet Spaceball is out to restore air to their planet and out to wreck the universe, the evil planet moves over to Planet Druidia to steal their clean air and pump it back into their own planet. I know, real thrilling plot line. It doesn’t matter because standing in the way of the Spaceballs is Lonestar and Barf, two renegade smugglers, who are hired to rescue the Princess of Druidia after Spaceballs kidnaps her as a ransom to Planet Druidia. As most you know the plot already, that is a good enough recap of the storyline. In this film you can expect plenty of laughs from the entire cast, including the man himself Mel Brooks.

As with the latest DVD version of the film, the Blu-Ray set features plenty of extras including a Spaceballs documentary with the cast and crew for the most part. I particularly enjoyed that one as Brooks an co. discuss what went into making the film and where all the motivation came from. Ironic to learn that ILM worked on the post production for the film in which they were spoofing most of the work done originally. Even George Lucas gave its blessing. I also enjoyed the Film flubs in which they point out the errors on the film. It takes a comedian to admit their mistakes in films, and it was funny to watch. Plenty of other extras including the commentary with Mel Brooks, and a look back at John Candy and his work on the film. None of the extras are in high definition but the film is. For the most, the film looks real good and clear with the high definition transfer. It’s a movie from the 80s so there will be the noticeably film grain but it doesn’t distract from watching the film. The darks are correct, the colors come across nicely, so it’s definitely worth the upgrade. Hell, it’s worth the upgrade for the film itself because it still makes me laugh after all these years.

Disc 1: Blu-ray
Full-Length Feature Film
Watch The Movie At Ludicrous Speed
Audio Commentary By Mel Brooks
Additional Commentary Tracks In Mawgese And Dinkese
Spaceballs: The Documentary
In Conversation: Mel Brooks And Thomas Meehan
John Candy: Comic Spirit Featurette
Storyboard-To-Film Comparison
Film Flubs
3 Spaceballs Galleries
Exhibitor Trailer With Mel Brooks Introduction
Original Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2: Standard DVD
Full-Length Feature Film
Audio Commentary by Mel Brooks
Special Behind The Scenes Footage
Original Theatrical Trailer

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
PORTUGUESE: Dolby Digital 5.1
HUNGARIAN: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color


English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish

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Rating: PG
Running Time: 96 mins
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Reviewer: Matt


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