Published on February 6th, 2014 | by gareth0
Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary Edition Announced
Comedy Classic Arrives May 6 with New Featurette by Mel Brooks and Collectibles
Burbank, Calif., February 3, 2014 – 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(r), the Emmy(r), the Grammy(r) and the Oscar(r).
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(r) 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
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(r) nominations and one Grammy win.
Brooks’ earned his Oscar(r) 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(r) 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
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(r)– Supporting Actress for Kahn, Best
Editing and Best Song.
DVD extra content includes:
* 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
* Deleted Scenes
* Theatrical Trailer
Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.
Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Blu-ray
Street Date: May 6, 2014
Order Due Date: April 1, 2014
Run Time: 93 minutes