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Mel Brooks DVD Collection Coming in November

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 13, 2012

The official word: On November 13, 2012, Shout! Factory will release The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy, a 5-DVD/1-CD set that is a veritable treasure trove of all things Brooksian, a laugh-filled celebration of his illustrious career. This box set takes viewers on a journey through time with performances, extensive interviews, film clips and rare archival television footage, as well as some never-before-seen photos, and special tributes.

 

Welcome to the History of Mel Brooks, Part I. Included here are gems such as Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again, an evening with Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett that aired on HBO in September 2011 and was recently nominated for the “Outstanding Variety Special” Emmy® Award; the 1981 BBC documentary I Thought I Was Taller: A Short History of Mel Brooks; Excavating The 2000 Year Old Man, a PBS special on the story behind the iconic 2000 Year Old Man and the partnership between its two extraordinary creators, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner; Mel and His Movies, a New 5-Part exploration of his incomparable film career; vintage appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Dick Cavett Show; episodes of the unforgettable TV series Get Smart, as well as When Things Were Rotten and his Emmy® award winning turn as unpredictable Uncle Phil on Mad About You; all with new introductions by Brooks; short films, tributes, and rare footage; a CD with long-lost comedy bits and songs from Brooks' movies; and a 60-page book featuring vintage photos, program notes and essays by Leonard Maltin, Robert Brustein, Gene Wilder and Bruce Jay Friedman.

 

Mel Brooks. The name conjures up some of the most enduring comedic images in the history of American popular culture: The inimitable 2000 Year Old Man. Max Bialystock. Springtime for Hitler. Flatulent cowboys in Blazing Saddles. The bumbling Maxwell Smart. Young Frankenstein and his well-endowed monster. From stand-up to films to TV to Broadway, for 65 years, in every medium through which entertainment can possibly pass, Mel Brooks has conquered the world with laughter. A celebrated director, actor, producer, composer and writer, Brooks is one of only 11 people in history to win an Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® Award. And now, in a first-of-its-kind collection, fans of this ferociously gifted entertainer will fall joyfully down a rabbit hole into a wonderland of Brooks' television appearances, short films, documentaries, tributes, songs and genuine rarities.

 

The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irrestible Collection of Unhinged Comedy

DISC 1
The Hitler Rap (1983)

Mel Brooks And Dick Cavett Together Again (2010)

The Tracey Ullman Show: “Due Diligence” (1990)

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Mel and His Movies (Part 1)

 

DISC 2
Peeping Times (1978)

Inside Danny Baker (1963)

In the Beginning: The Caesar Years
60 Minutes (April 15, 2001)

American Comedy Awards (1991)

Mel And His Movies (Part 2)

 

DISC 3
The Critic (1963)

I Thought I Was Taller: A Short History of Mel Brooks (1981)

The Dick Cavett Show (April 6, 1970 and January 21, 1972)
Commercials
Excavating The 2000 Year Old Man (2012)

Bonus 2000 Year Old Man Routines
Mel And His Movies (Part 3)


DISC 4
Mel's Television Debut
An Audience With … Mel Brooks
Wogan
Mad About You: “The Penis”
The Electric Company
Mel And His Movies (Part 4)

 

DISC 5
My Son, The Hero Trailer (1963)

The David Susskind Show: How to Be a Jewish Son
Get Smart Pilot "Mr. Big"
Hollywood Walk of Fame Induction
When Things Were Rotten: Episode "The French Dis-connection"

New Faces Sketch: “Of Fathers & Sons”
Free to Be … You and Me Sketch "Boy Meets Girl"

Mel And His Movies (Part 5)

 

BONUS CD
Melvin Kaminsky at The New School (1:33)

February 24, 1947

 

The Inquisition (4:06)

From The Film The History Of The World: Part I (1981), Performed by Mel Brooks & Cast

 

The New Les Crane Show (21:50)

August, 3, 5 & 6, 1964

 

Springtime for Hitler (3:25)

From the film The Producers (1968)

 

Open End Starring David Susskind

March 22, 1964

 

Theme From Blazing Saddles (2:05)

From the film Blazing Saddles (1976), Performed by Frankie Laine

 

I'm Tired (4:39)

From the film Blazing Saddles (1976), Performed by Madeline Kahn

 

Circus Nuts (6:11)

Mel and Dick Cavett in a series of radio commercials for Circus brand peanuts

 

Le Grand Frisson (aka High Anxiety) (2:30)

From the French version of his film High Anxiety (1979), Performed by Mel Brooks

 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (2:58)

April 21, 1964

 

Men in Tights (1:19)

From the film Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1997)

 

It's Good to Be the King (4:10)

From the film The History Of The World: Part I (1981), Performed by Mel Brooks

 

The Celebrity Game (6:06)

Airdates: July 15 and August 12, 1965

 

Hope For The Best, Expect The Worst (2:44)

From the film The Twelve Chairs (1972)

 

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