The Producers (DVD, 2003, Standard Version)
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- michelangelo147...May 17, 2007by
Original Mel Brooks Film w/Zero Mostel & Gene Wilder
Excellent & then some.
This 2003 DVD release is of Mel Brooks's 1968 debut as a film director. In 2007, "Producers" still represents Brook's best career achievement & a classic theatre farce. "Producers" gained such extreme acclaim due to over-the-top performances by the 'odd couple' antics of Zero Mostel & Gene Wilder (who made his film debut in this one).
Here's the story: Bizarre has-been Broadway producer, Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), has digressed to seducing little older ladies for checks made out to cash in exchange for hysterically weird 'sexual favors' that rarely take place. It's Bialystock's scam to accumulate enough of their money to produce a Broadway show.
Entering into Bialystock's office, interrupting a hysterical sexual role playing game with one of his elderly unwitting production "backers," come a neurotic & shy auditor, Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder on the silver screen for the first time!). Bloom has come to audit Bialystock's financial records. After Bloom finds s substantial amount of money unaccounted for, Bialystock (Mostel) seduces even him by conveying his tall tall tale of has-been producer woes. Bloom has a neurotic break-down & pulls out his little blue baby blanket remnant wiping his face for comfort. Bialystock grabs it & Wilder has an immediate anxiety attack! Such a scene between to the lead actors is typical of their ever so long beloved antics. Mostel & Wilder prove to be one of Hollywood's most perfect casting matches. Add to it, that Mel Brooks wrote his most famous comedy script and voila'--"Producers" is a film masterpiece.
Following the script again, the now comforted paniced auditor Bloom (Wilder)unwittingly blurts out a sceme that the desperate Bialystock seizes upon to concoct an undetectable plot. Deliberately produce a sure Broadway flop, "sell" 25,000% of the one-night-bust of a play & 'take the money & run'.
Bialystock seduces Bloom again; this time to co-produce the flop of all Broadway one-night flops. Reading through the worst scripts they can find, Bialystock discovers the sure loser. Bloom concurs that their top choice for instant failure is half-wit Nazi-wannabe's script, "Springtime for Hitler," which is supposed to redeem the writer's idol, Adolf Hitler.
I'm no spoiler, so this is one show you'll have to watch to know the rest.
Be assured, there's ample justification for this critic & all others who rave as I do to still view "Producer" as Mel Brooks' best.
Aside: Gene Wilder grew up with a mother with disabilities. He learned to be a comedian in order to make her laugh so hard she wet her pants!Read full review
- erjentOct 02, 2006by
The Producers Old vs. New
Well after falling in love with the 2004 movie, I had to have the original. It was good. But I like the newer one quite a bit more. I especially like the way they used many of the same lines. The song and dance from 2004 really moved the picture along. Also Uma Thurman playing Ulla showed that that character has class. In the original Ulla is not much more than a call girl.
- dawnbluegarnetSep 01, 2006by
A Sidebuster For Sure
Mel Brooks wrote this, Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder and Dick Shawn star in this zany movie about a failed conjob. The recent re-release is slicker, but the original is spicier. An old giglio, a severe neurotic, 2 psycotics and a drag queen make up the main characters of this farce. Must see Dick Shawn in his best looney role and let's face it all he did were looney roles! Lyrics like... Don't be a dummy, be a smartie, come and join the Nazi party. You can see the future-Blazing Saddles-coming from Mel Brooks. Buy it and Watch it and don't say you weren't warned about the pain you're going to have from laughing so hard.
- genug88Nov 15, 2008by
I brought this video for old times sake. It was a good as it was 30 years ago. I am very pleased with the product. Thank you.
- 226770433@delet...Jun 04, 2006by
This is a classical example of what Mel Brooks can do and is very possibly the craziest of his satires. This was the first time that I had seen it at an affordable price on dvd.