Blu-ray Release: Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary

Blu-ray Release Date: May 6, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $24.98
Studio: Warner Home Video

Blazing SaddlesOne of Mel Brooks’ (History of the World: Part 1) best comedies, Blazing Saddles has a new featurette and collectibles on this 40th Anniversary Blu-ray.

The 1974 movie has Brooks’ signature crazy laughs and Brooks himself as a dimwitted politico.

The film tells the story of a black sheriff (Cleavon Little, TV’s True Colors), who’s appointed by a corrupt political boss to ruin a western town. But, with a little help from friends like Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), Sheriff Bart turns into a formidable adversary.

Another Brooks’ movie regular, Madeline Kahn (Nixon) also stars in Blazing Saddles, as a Marlene Dietrick-style chanteuse, and she was nominated for the Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance.

The film also was nominated for Best Editing and Best Original Song “Blazing Saddles,” but alas didn’t win for any of them.

Blazing Saddles came out on Blu-ray in 2006 with additional scenes, a commentary by Brooks, the 1975 pilot episode of the proposed TV series spinoff Black Bart, documentary “Back in the Saddle” and an excerpt from “Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn.”

The 40th Anniversary Blu-ray contains those extras plus the new featurette “Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks’ Wild, Wild West,” plus 10 quotable art cards with funny quotes and images from the movie.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.