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Spaceballs (Special Edition) [DVD] – Cheap

Spaceballs (Special Edition) [DVD]
507Mel Brooks’s 1987 parody of the Star Wars trilogy is a jumble of jokes rather than a comic feature, and, predictably, some of those jokes work better than others. The cast, including Brooks in two roles, more or less mimics the principal characters from George Lucas’s famous story line, and the director certainly gets a boost from new allies (Rick Moranis and John Candy) as well as old ones (Dick Van Patten, Dom DeLuise). Watch this and wait for the sporadic inspiration–but don’t be surprised if you find yourself yearning for those years when Brooks was a more complete filmmaker (Young Frankenstein). –Tom Keogh

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  1. The Outsider says:

    5 Out of 5 Star Rating

    Spaceballs (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)

    Right up there with The Producers and Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs is one of Mel Brooks’s best spoofs. Ripping Star Wars to shreds is red meat to Brooks, who casts the brilliant Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet, himself as Yogurt, Bill Pulman as Lone Star and John Candy as Barf. Throwing tonnes of good and bad jokes at the audience, the viewer is overwhelmed by the sheer madness of the enterprise.

    I think this has some outrageously memorable lines and performances. I love Dark Helmet and there are so many funny lines, it is almost impossible to remember them all. My favourite is his explanation to Lone Star in the middle of their fight that ‘evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.’

    But Brooks saves the best for himself – as Yoghurt the wise, he announces to the audience, that the film is not about the Force (the Schwartz, he calls it) but ‘merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made’. It is a brilliant and telling comment on George Lucas, true and cutting deeper than even the best, silliest jokes in this comedy.

  2. Darth Maciek says:

    5 Out of 5 Star Rating

    Spaceballs [DVD] [1987] (DVD)

    Objectively, this is not a very good film. Subjectively I always LOVED IT! Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS.

    Before going further, for sake of full disclosure I must confess something. Yes, I am totally a Star Wars fanboy, quite a desperate case in fact – and proud of being one too! That being said, I actually love almost all Star Wars spoofs and parodies (well, “Fanboys” I actually liked less) without ever having enough of them. This may be the reason why I always enjoyed watching this film so much.

    In this film, happening in a galaxy very, very, very, very, very far away, the vicious evil empire based on the planet Spaceball is on the verge of crisis, as its incompetent ruler President Skroob (Mel Brooks) wasted all its air. In a desperate attempt to save both his planet and his power the evil President dispatches an enormous spaceship (“This ship is too big! If I try to walk to the bridge the film will be over before I arrive!”) under the command of the terrifying lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) against the peaceful planet Druidia to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) the daughter of the local king and force the Druids into giving up their air. However, Dark Helmet’s old nemesis, space adventurer Lone Star (Bill Pullman) and his faithful companion Barf (a mawg – half man, half dog played by John Candy), accidentally save the Princess and find themselves mercilessly chased by the great Spaceballs starship…

    The humour in this comedy doesn’t always fly very high (everybody on board of Dark Helmet’s spaceship is named A—ole, he doesn’t strangle his subalterns but shrinks their genitalia, etc.) but on another hand there is a lot of it. “Star Wars” lore is mocked mercilessly: Lone Star owns money to a space gangster named Pizza the Hut, the bad guys always prepare for something but seem to never really do it (“prepare for landing”, “prepare for approach”, “prepare for searching”, etc.) and the wise good guy is called Yoghurt…))) I am certain you will also love the evil Spaceball salute and the bumper sticker on the rear of Lone Star’s Winnebago…)))

    There are also some pretty good jokes about “Star Trek”, “Alien” and “Planet of apes”. Rick Moranis definitely is the greatest treasure of this film and this is I believe the role of his life (OK, together with the one in “Ghostbusters”) – his lord Dark Helmet is simply IRRESISTIBLE! The rhytm of the film is fast and none of the scenes are too long, so if there is one which you like less, at least it will be quickly done with.

    The degree to which one can enjoy this film is directly proportional to the quantity of “Star Wars” one has in the blood. Those who never liked “Star Wars” will HATE this film – on another hand I think that all those who liked the original saga (Episodes IV to VI) at least a little, will really enjoy watching this totally delirious, completely over the top comedy. Warmly recommended!

  3. Anonymous says:

    5 Out of 5 Star Rating

    Spaceballs [Blu-ray] [1987] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)

    I missed this when it came out and it’s taken me 25 years to catch up. Very funny, broad humour, it had me laughing from when the opening titles rolled. Lovely performances all round although the breadth of the humour doesn’t leave any room for subtlety. Good fun spotting all the sci-fi satire/lampoons/homages and good that it only took Mel one film to tell the story when at the time it had taken George Lucas three..

    The extras are okay and it does have subtitles. I’d have liked a blooper reel rather than 6 mistakes being pointed out in separate mini scenes. Mel Brooks commentary struck me as rather sad as he used quite a lot of it to beg Gene Wilder to come back to him. He only really perks up when he himself is on screen. Its an interesting insight into the mind of Mel Brooks – a genius in many ways.

    Definitely worth one watch and if you fall for it’s charm then one for the “Mr Video” collection.

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