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For well over two-thousand years, Mel Brooks has had audiences rolling in the aisles with his irreverent and absurdist humor. Now the clown king of comedy's best work is available in The Mel Brooks Box Set Collection, coming to DVD April 4, 2006... proving that, truly, it's good to be the king! Bask in a treasure bath worthy of Caesar as the ultimate gift set trumpets the DVD debuts of some of Brooks' most uproarious work, including High Anxiety, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, To Be Or Not To Be, The Twelve Chairs and Silent Movie, as well as the previously released comedy classics Young Frankenstein, History Of The World Part I and Blazing Saddles.

A jack of all trades, Brooks has the distinction of being one of only a handful of creative artists to score victories at the Academy Awards®, the Emmys®, the Grammys® and the Tony Awards®*. The Mel Brooks Box Set Collection is a must-have for fans of the legendary writer/director/producer, as well as for anyone who enjoys sharp parody and laugh-out-loud comedy. The comprehensive Mel Brooks Box Set Collection will be available for the suggested retail price of $99.98 U.S./$149.98 Canada. Prebook is March 8, 2006.

*Academy Award - Best Screenplay, The Producers, 1968

Emmy Award - Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy Series, "Mad About You," 1997, 1998, 1999

Grammy Award - Best Long Form Music Video, Recording 'The Producers': A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks, 2001

Tony Award - Best Musical, Best Book (Musical), Best Original Musical Score, The Producers, 2001

Blazing Saddles:

Filmmaker, star and paddleball wiz Mel Brooks goes way out west and way out of his mind with a hilarious spoof set in an 1874 Old West where 1974 Hollywood is one soundstage away - and where good-old fun blast prejudices to the high comedy heavens. Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn and more join for horseplay and horselaughs, making Blazing Saddles the #6 choice on the American Film Institute's Top-100 Comedies.

DVD Features

- Commentary by Mel Brooks

- Featurette

- Segments from an Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn

- TV Pilot for "Black Bart"

Technical Specs

- Audio: English 5.1, French 1.0 Mono, Castillian Spanish 1.0

- Rating: R

High Anxiety:

In this outrageous homage to the Hitchcock thriller, Mel Brooks plays renowned Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Richard Thorndyke, a nut-job with a paralyzing fear of heights, who's just become head of the Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very Very Nervous. After the jittery doc learns that his predecessor died under suspicious circumstances, he looks for help from his resentful associate (Harvey Korman) and his evil head nurse (Cloris Leachman) - who, not surprisingly, offer no help. To make matters worse, events take a murderous turn, and Thorndyke is accused of the crime. Co-starring Madeline Kahn, High Anxiety is considered one of Brooks' best.

Technical Specs

- Audio: English stereo, Spanish mono, French mono

- Rating: G

History Of The World Part I:

Mel Brooks gives new meaning to the term "revisionist history" with this laugh-filled version of the story of mankind. This far-from-accurate romp teaches the "real" truth behind the Roman Empire, in which Brooks plays a stand-up philosopher at Caesar's Palace, the French Revolution, where he pops up as King Louis XVI, and the Spanish Inquisition, in which monks and nuns participate in a splashy song-and-dance number. Featuring an all-star cast including Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Gregory Hines and Sid Caesar, History of the World: Part I proves that nothing, including history, is sacred.

Technical Specs

- Audio: English stereo, Spanish mono, French mono

- Rating: R

Robin Hood: Men In Tights:

The master of comedy, Mel Brooks, pulls off another serious spoof on a classic with Robin Hood: Men in Tights. A brilliant all-star casts shoot a piercing arrow right on target through the famed forest, and includes: Cary Elwes as the head of the merry men, Roger Rees as the evil dyslexic Sheriff of "Rottingham," Richard Lewis as the seriously neurotic Prince John, Amy Yasbeck as the put-upon Maid Marian, Patrick Stewart as ultrrrra-Scottish King Richard, Tracey Ullman as a much-sought-after soothsayer named Latrine and Dave Chappelle and Isaac Hayes as hilarious characters named Achchoo and Asneeze.

DVD Features

- HBO Special

Technical Specs

- Audio: English, Spanish and French Dolby Surround

- Rating: PG-13

Silent Movie:

Only Mel Brooks would tell his laugh-packed tale about a silent movie-as a silent movie-with one word of dialogue. Joining him in his outrageous, nonstop parade of sight gags are Marty Feldman, Dom Deluise, Sid Caesar, Harold Gould, Bernadette Peters and Ron Carey. As the ruthless conglomerate Engulf and Devour targets a floundering movie studio, has-been director Mel Funn (Brooks) convinces the paranoid studio chief (Caesar) to make a star-studded silent picture. Aided by his sidekicks (DeLuise and Feldman), the devious Funn actually manages to sign some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Paul Newman, Liza Minelli, Burt Reynolds, Anne Bancroft and James Caan. Filled with hilarious spoofs of just about everything that happens in tinseltown, Silent Movie is one of Brooks' funniest, most original films.

Technical Specs

- Audio: English, Spanish and French Dolby Surround Stereo

- Rating: PG

To Be Or Not To Be:

Mel Brooks lets the Nazis have it with both barrels in this hilarious remake of Ernst Lubitsch's classic comedy. Brooks stars as Frederick Bronski, the great Polish actor an amazing amount of people have never heard of. Anne Bancroft co-stars as his actress wife, with whom he fights an eternal tug-of-war for center stage. He should only know about her backstage meetings with a handsome fighter pilot...But all that is put aside when the Nazis invade Poland and the entire troupe gets involved in a frenzy of murder, mistaken identities and maniacal improvising to thwart the Gestapo and save the Polish underground. Co-starring Charles Durning as the SS colonel who stands in their way,

To Be Or Not To Be will have you on your feet, yelling encore!

DVD Features

- Profile: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning

Technical Specs

- Audio: English Stereo, Spanish Mono, French Mono

-Rating: PG

The Twelve Chairs:

Set in Russia in 1927, this much-loved, hilarious Mel Brooks comedy classic is the tale of a former aristocrat (Ron Moody) who is now a Russian clerk under the new Soviet regime. When he learns that his dying mother-in-law sewed a fortune of family jewels into one of the 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 (Mel Brooks) all in equal pursuit.

DVD Features

- Mel Brooks Theater (Trailer for the collection)

Technical Specs

- Audio: English Stereo and Mono, Spanish Mono

- Rating: G

Young Frankenstein:

Mel Brooks' hilarious tribute to Mary Shelley's classic makes fun of not just the legend, but also every other Frankenstein movie! Summoned by his late grandfather's will to a castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) discovers a step-by-step manual on how to bring a corpse to life. With help from Igor (Marty Feldman), the hunchback who gets upset when people mispronounce his name, and sweet, curvaceous Inga (Teri Garr), Frankenstein makes a creature (Peter Boyle) with a monstrous lust for life - and love! Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman co-star in this inspired vision of lunacy.

DVD Features

- Commentary by Mel Brooks

- Featurette

- Deleted scenes

- Cast interviews

- Production photos

Technical Specs

- Audio: English Stereo and Mono, Spanish Mono

- Brand new 16x9 transfer of the feature film

- Rating: PG

Cinemark Movie Club
Evan Jacobs