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Blazing Saddles

30th Anniversary Special Edition
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 86 (Jul 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman & Madeline Kahn

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
This new 30th Anniversary Special Edition includes a Mel Brooks commentary track that runs about half the length of the film (and was included on the previously released DVD). 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, ten minutes of additional scenes (added to some TV airings), and the "Black Bart" (one of the movie's original titles) TV pilot from 1975.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 18959
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.97
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 93
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1974
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/29/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mel Brooks
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
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

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture, compared to the previously released DVD (reviewed in Issue 26), exhibits a similar picture with very subtle improvements noticed. For instance, the opening shot of the town in Chapter 5 has a slightly smoother look with improved definition into the background. Color fidelity is also virtually the same in many scenes, though some scenes on this new DVD appear to be better saturated. There are certain dated characteristics, and the source element is revealing of the same flecks of dirt on both DVDs. The picture is generally sharp, though finer details and definition can be wanting. At times the picture appears somewhat blurry. Edge enhancement is not much of a problem, and pixelization is also minor. (Suzanne Hodges)

There is some dated fidelity present, but the overall presentation of this remastered 5.1-channel Dolby