Blazing Saddles

Featured In Issue 114, November 2006

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In a hilarious assault on good taste, "Blazing Saddles" stars Cleavon Little as an unlikely sheriff and Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid fighting for land in the sleepy town of Rock Ridge. Cleavon's efforts to tame the town overflows with sight gags and something to offend almost anyone! No doubt, Brooks had loads of fun creating this politically incorrect film!

Using Warner's preferred pop-up menu system, the supplements on the Blu-ray Disc are the same as the HD DVD and include a Mel Brooks commentary track that runs about half the length of the film. Also included is the 30-minute Back In The Saddle documentary featuring cast and crew interviews, the Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn featurette originally produced for Lifetime Television, 10 minutes of additional and deleted scenes (added to some TV airings), the Black Bart (one of the movie's original titles) TV pilot from 1975, and the theatrical trailer.

Differences between this VC-1-encoded 2.35:1 Blu-ray Disc picture and the HD DVD's picture are negligible at worst. The picture on both formats is slightly soft and there is very little film grain, which leads me to assume some noise reduction was performed before encoding. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolbyģ Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is slightly less dynamic than the HD DVD's Dolby Digital Plus encoding, but both are limited by the age of the recording. Noticeable background noise and distortion can become distracting. (Danny Richelieu)