Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles, which stars Cleavon Little, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Gene Wilder and Brooks himself. The new Blu-ray release of the classic comedy arrives with new, exclusive special features on May 6th.
Blazing Saddles, one of Warner Bros.' most successful ever, is listed as #6 on the American Film Institute's (AFI) list of the best comedies of all time. First released in 1974, the movie grossed nearly $120 million at the domestic box office and has sold more than 4.6 million Blu-rays and DVDs. The Western film genre spoof is one of Brooks' most commercially successful films, along with Young Frankenstein, also released that same year.
Official Synopsis: Blazing Saddles stars Cleavon Little as an unlikely sheriff in the town of Rock Ridge, Harvey Korman as the villain, Madeline Kahn as a Marlene Dietrich-style chanteuse, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid and Brooks himself as a dimwitted politico. Once the lunatic film gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Supporting Actress for Kahn, Best Editing and Best Song.
Tech specs have yet to be detailed. Special features and bonus content includes:
NEW - Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West - Brooks reflects on his own movie-making chutzpah, Blazing Saddles' lasting cultural impact on audiences of all generations, and alongside co-stars Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn, proves why his film is one of the funniest and most outrageous film ever made.
10 Exclusive Art Cards with funny quotes and images from the film
Audio Commentary with Mel Brooks
Back in the Saddle: cast reunion documentary
Black Bart: 1975 television pilot inspired by the movie
One of my absolute favorite films!! But I gotta say, WB has been really dropping the ball with their anniversary rereleases . . . . . first 'JFK', 'The Exorcist' and 'All the President's Men', and now 'Blazing Saddles'. They could have at LEAST had the decency to give it a nice digibook like they did with their 'Goodfellas' copout. PASS.
Warner Bros has both the largest movie collection in the world and the most mediocre output of catalog blu-ray releases. Do we really need another double dip when countless classics are still just sitting in the vaults?
@noirjunkie "... the most mediocre output of catalog blu-ray releases" ???? Warner's mastering of Blu's is next to Criterion pretty much the best around. Far, Far better than the quality either Universal or Paramount puts out of their catalogue films.
But as for this film, well some art cards and one new doc isn't going to make me double dip. And there's no mention of any upgrade in the PQ/AQ so I wouldn't expect it to be remastered
I'm not talking about the quality of their individual releases, which I agree are usually stellar. I'm talking about quantity--the number of catalog titles they've actually released on blu-ray. That's where they've fallen woefully short.
Really, if you're a Mel Brooks fan you probably already own one or two copies of this film on Blu-ray. It was one of WB's first released on Blu-ray and was included in the Fox Mel Brooks box set. Do we really need another release????....probably not.
I hope WB don't judge sales on this title against future releases
Bought "Blazing Saddles" twice on DVD and once on blu. As much as I love this movie, I certainly am not buying it again--even if a new and even better transfer. The existing blu looks great and this is not a film that I watch primarily for the visuals. Also, the new artwork sucks.
So ridiculous to release another version when so many other titles that should be released on Blu-ray; EG: The Party Peter Sellers; All the original Pink Panther Films? Around the world in 80 days 1956. The Time Machine 1960. Batman The TV Series. The Avengers The TV series With Emma Peel. And Squillions of titles only available in The US that should be available to the rest of the world?