Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary

Saddle up pardnas! On May 6th Warner Home Video will be releasing a special 40th Anniversary Edition of the Furiously Funny Western Comedy Classic BLAZING SADDLES Directed by Mel Brooks.

In 1874, the dastardly State Attorney General Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Corman) convinces dimwitted Governor LePetomane (Mel Brooks) to appoint a black Sheriff named Bart (Cleavon Little) to uphold law in the small town of Rock Ridge. Lamarr’s chief aim is to get the townspeople to leave so he can then buy the land and own a piece of the new railroad that will be passing through it. Only he doesn’t realize that this foolproof plan will be thwarted by Sheriff Bart and his new friend, a down on his luck drunk, who was once The Waco Kid (Gene Wilder), fastest gun in The West (until he was shot in the ass by a little boy). Together, the pals use all their wits to get the ignorant townspeople on their side while Lamarr and his minion of diabolical dungheaded dopes including Taggart (Slim Pickens) and Lyle (Burton Gilliam) think of ways to wreak havoc and drive the residents out.

Filled with hysterical (and highly clever) gags from start to finish, the movie combines themes of race (the screenplay was co-written by Richard Pryor) with Brooks’ own sense of ethnic humor to create a constantly comedic action-adventure set in The Old West.

The supporting cast features some wonderfully funny actors such as Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, John Hillerman, David Huddleston, Alex Karras, Jack Starrett and many more.

Blazing Saddles is Mel Brooks at his very best. It is truly a comedy western masterpiece that has stood the test of time and is just as entertaining and fun today as it was upon its release 40 years ago. Highly Recommended!

• Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks’ Wild, Wild West –All new!
• Commentary by Mel Brooks
• Back in the Saddle cast/crew reunion documentary
• Black Bart – 1975 TV pilot inspired by the movie; starring Lou Gossett Jr. and Steve Landesberg
• Deleted Scenes
• Theatrical Trailer

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Editor-In-Chief of The Grindhouse Cinema Database and Furious Cinema. Pete is an avid movie geek who enjoys everything from wild n' crazy exploitation and cult films to popular mainstream classics.

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