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    Unique ID Code: 0000031271
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    Added on: 6/3/2002 07:15
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    Spaceballs (UK)

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    "Screamingly funny!" - Los Angeles Times
    Certificate: PG
    Running Time: 92 mins
    Retail Price: £12.99
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    May the farce be with you in this hysterically funny space oddity, created by comic genius Mel Brooks, that will send you into hyperspace with fits of laughter!

    Lampooning everything from Star Wars to Star Trek, this outrageous send-up of epic sci-fi movies is full of cosmic crazies who score "eight trillion on the laugh-meter" (Gene Shalit, NBC-TV)!

    Fearless - and clueless - space heroes Lone Star (Bill Pullman) and his half man/ half dog sidekick Barf (John Candy) wage interstellar warfare to free Princess Vespa (Daphne Zun****) from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis).

    On the way to the rescue - in their Winnebago - they confront the huge, gooey Pizza The Hutt (voice of Dom De Luise), sassy robot Dot Matrix (voice of Joan Rivers) and a wise little creature named Yogurt (Brooks), who teaches them the mystical power of "The Schwartz" in order to bring peace - and merchandising rights - to the entire galaxy!

    Special Features:

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Letterbox 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 French
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 German
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Italian

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Mel Brooks

    Written By:

    John Hurt
    Joan Rivers
    Dick Van Patten
    Daphne Zun****
    Bill Pullman
    Rick Moranis
    Mel Brooks
    John Candy

    Casting By:
    Lynn Stalmaster
    Bill Shepard
    David Rubin

    Soundtrack By:
    John Morris
    Mel Brooks
    Dick Bauerle

    Director of Photography:
    Nick McLean

    Conrad Buff IV

    Costume Designer:

    Production Designer:
    Terence Marsh

    Ezra Swerdlow
    Mel Brooks

    Metro Goldwyn Mayer

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    Spaceballs is a sci-fi comedy from Mel Brooks which takes the p*** out of Star Wras, Star Trek, Alien, Planet of the Apes and probably other films too. This film is aimed at a more younger audience then previous films made by Mel but that doesn`t stop the film from being funny. There are still some great moments such as Dark Helmet`s attempts at finding Princess Vespa from watching a video of the film to literally combing the desert! If you`re a fan of Brooks, spoofs or comedy in general, I would recommend seeing this.

    The picture is excellent and it`s great to see this film in widescreen. There are very few problems and everything is clear and detailed and free of digital artifacts.

    The sound is also very good. Although is a comedy, there is still some great effects such as the opening shot of Spaceball 1 and it`s transformation into Mega Maid. Dialogue is always clear and audible.

    Sadly, the only extra is the trailer. The R1 version also has a audio commentary from Mel Brooks and a featurette. It`s unusual that MGM have not included these extras as they usually do. The main menu is based around the Mr. Radar featured in the film and is static with a pointing hand that highlights the menu you wish to go to. The R1 menus are animated.

    Spaceballs is a pretty good comedy and is well worth checking out. This DVD is disappointing due to the lack of extras especially since R1 has got better treatment. Then again, picture and sound quality are excellent and the disc is quite cheap ( it retails for £12.99 as part of MGM`s movietime range. Shop around and you can find it even cheaper ). If extras aren`t a concern or you don`t have multi-regional ability, then get this version. If you can play US discs, the R1 is preferable.
    posted by AD1986 on 8/3/2002 21:00
    5 / 10
    Poor Movie in my opinion. I enjoy most parodies but this was just plain rubbish. I didnt find it screamingly funny at all. I must`ve laughed only once or twice the whole film.
    From the cover it did look good, a parody of star wars and other sci fi movies. But it just didnt all click together. Seeing other mel brooks movies like blazing saddles and young frankenstein, this is a big disappointment. Why this movie was made i will never know. Anyhow I only lost £5.99 buying this movie. Its not a total loss but a loss all the same.

    The dvd is of decent quality. Widescreen transfer with a good print. The sound is also a DD5.1 and is clean and distortion free. If your a fan of the movie then you wont be let down by this dvd as it is pretty good although there is only a trailer as an extra. If you havent seen it I would definetly advise you to rent it or see it on tv first
    posted by dicanio on 16/1/2003 22:56