Directed by: Mel Brooks Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens Running Time: 1 hr 33 mins Rating: R Own "Blazing Saddles" 40th Anniversary on Blu-ray 5/6!
PLOT (courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Video): 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.
MOVIE: Right now there is only one Western comedy worth talking about, and it is Blazing Saddles. Yes, this might change when Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West comes out May 30. Check back here on June 2, and I will post a link to my article on Movies.com, Film Face-off: Blazing Saddles vs. A Million Ways to Die in the West. Until then, purchase this Blu-ray if you don't already own Blazing Saddles.
MOVIE SCORE: 9/10
EXTRAS Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary Bu-ray also includes 10 quotable art cards with funny quotes and images from the film, an all new featurette starring Mel Brooks ("Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West"), plus vintage extra content including Brooks’ commentary, cast reunion documentary, and “Black Bart,” the 1975 television pilot inspired by the movie (starring Lou Gossett Jr. and Steve Landesberg).