Mel Brooks Explains ‘The French Mistake’ In This Exclusive Clip From The ‘Blazing Saddles’ 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray

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05.06.14 27 Comments

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Warner Brothers is releasing the Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray today, and they were gracious enough to offer me this exclusive clip from a brand new featurette, Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks’ Wild, Wild West, starring the grand daddy himself. In this clip, the EGOT-winning Brooks discusses one of my favorite, and probably the strangest, scenes of Blazing Saddles, the musical homage to Busby Berkeley that begins with a wild west brawl and eventually involves a cast of all-gay chorus boys singing “The French Mistake.” Can you believe this didn’t even make our list of 10 Jokes From Blazing Saddles That Never Would’ve Made The Cut Today? Blazing Saddles is so awesome.

Anyway, check out the clip below, and don’t forget to throw out your hands and stick out your tush, because I’ve got an extra copy of the blu-ray for one lucky chorus boy this week (specifically, the Comments of the Week winner).

On May 6, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will commemorate the four-decade birthday of the great comedy classic Blazing Saddles, by releasing a new 40th Anniversary Blu-ray highlighted by a new featurette Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks’ Wild, Wild West in which Mel 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, without a doubt, the funniest and most outrageous film ever made. Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary Bu-ray will also include 10 quotable art cards with funny quotes and images from the film, plus vintage extra content including Brooks’ commentary, cast reunion documentary, and “Black Bart,” the 1975 television pilot inspired by the movie. The Blu-ray will be available for $24.98 SRP.

The unforgettable Brooks comedy, one of Warner Bros.’ most successful ever, is listed as #6 on American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the best comedies of all time – “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs.” First released in 1974, Blazing Saddles grossed nearly $120 million at the domestic box office and has sold more than 4.6 million DVDs. The Western film genre spoof is one of Brooks’ top commercially successful films, along with Young Frankenstein, also released that same year. Brooks’ other film highlights include The Producers, High Anxiety, Silent Movie, History of the World: Part I and To Be or Not to Be.

Mel Brooks is one of only seven people who have earned all four major entertainment prizes — the Tony®, the Emmy®, the Grammy® and the Oscar®.

Brooks started as a writer for Sid Caesar on “Your Show of Shows” in 1951. Later he created with Buck Henry the popular spy sitcom “Get Smart.”  Brooks received his first Emmy® Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy-Variety in 1967 for “The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special.” He later earned three more Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for “Mad About You.”

In the ‘60s, Brooks teamed with Carl Reiner for their best-selling “2000 Year Old Man” comedy album series, which continued in various versions for the next four decades. It received two Grammy® nominations and one Grammy win.

Brooks’ earned his Oscar® for The Producers, for Best Original Screenplay (1968). The film later became the basis for the hit Broadway musical of the same name, which won Brooks three Tony® Awards (2001 Musical Book, Original Musical Score and Musical) and two Grammy Awards (2001, Best Musical Show Album “The Producers” and Best Long Form Music Video “Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks”).

In addition to his own films, which include The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History Of The World Part I, To Be or Not To Be, Spaceballs, Life Stinks, Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Dracula: Dead And Loving It,  Brooks has produced, under his own Brooksfilms Limited banner, The Elephant Man, The Fly, Frances and 84 Charing Cross Road, among others.

In 2009 Brooks was one of the five recipients of The Kennedy Center Honors and in 2013 he received AFI’s Life Achievement Award.

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.

DVD extra content includes:

  • Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks’ Wild, Wild West –All new!

Vintage Elements:

  • Commentary by Mel Brook
  • Back in the Saddle cast/crew reunion documentar
  • Black Bart – 1975 TV pilot inspired by the movie; starring Lou Gossett Jr. and Steve Landesber
  • Deleted Scene
  • Theatrical Trailer


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