WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Blazing Saddles

Reviewed In Issue 28 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, David Huddleston, Liam Dunn, Alex Karras, John Hillerman, George Furth, Claude Ennis Starrett, Jr., Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman & Madeline Kahn

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 15732
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1974
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Mel Brooks
(Screenplay/Written By): Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor & Alan Unger
(Story): Andrew Bergman
(Music): John Morris
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Peter Wooley
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Nino Novarese
(Editor): John C. Howard & Danford Greene
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Michael Hertzberg

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Blazing Saddles is Mel Brooks’ outrageous saga of cowboys and imbeciles. In a hilarious assault on good taste, Cleavon Little stars 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. Audiences and critics cheered this wild west caper, saying, “None of Brooks’ later films have topped this one for sheer belly

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, framed at 2.35:1 looks dated overall, with washed out color fidelity, although sometimes exhibiting rich and warm colors. Sharpness and detail is wanting, as well as shadow detail. Background noise is apparent, but there are virtually no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural with distorted and strident sounding dialogue and effects.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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