Fans of classic comedies, rejoice: the original Mel Brooks version of The Producers will be making its debut on blu-ray via a new blu-ray/DVD combo from Shout! Factory in July. This classic showbiz sendup with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder provided the beginning to Brooks’ career as a film director and remains one of the all-time great screen comedies. This combo pack will offer a fresh HD transfer of the film plus some noteworthy extras. Read on for all the maniacal musical details…
SHOUT! FACTORY TO RELEASE MEL BROOKS’
THE PRODUCERS: Collector’s Edition
IN A BLU-RAY / DVD COMBO SET
JULY 2, 2013
The Producers: Collector’s Editionnow available on Blu-ray for the first time!
Los Angeles, CA – Mel Brooks’ legendary 1968 Oscar®-winning film The Producers gets its first Blu-ray release on July 2 from Shout! Factory. The Producers: Collector’s Edition is a Blu-ray/DVD combo set that features a new HD transfer and includes a reversible wrap featuring original theatrical art, the documentary “The Making Of The Producers,” a 2012 interview titled “Mel And His Movies: The Producers,”theoriginaltheatrical trailer, a deleted scene, and a sketch gallery.
From the endlessly funny mind of filmmaker Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein) comes this explosion of pure comic lunacy about low-rent Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and his high-strung accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) who is given to fits of hysteria. They discover that by raising a lot more money than they need from a few gullible investors, they can make more money on a flop than on a hit. So armed with the worst show ever written – “Springtime For Hitler” – and an equally horrific cast, this double-dealing duo is banking on disaster. But when their sure-to-offend musical becomes a surprise smash hit, they find themselves in the middle of the greatest Broadway dilemma in history.
33 years after its release on film, The Producers became a monster hit once again when the theatrical production starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick opened on Broadway in 2001, shattering records by winning 12 Tony® Awards. In 2005 the film version starring Lane and Broderick was released, garnering Grammy® and Golden Globe® nominations.
From stand-up to films to TV to Broadway, for 65 years, in every medium through which entertainment can possibly pass, Mel Brooks has conquered the world with laughter. A celebrated director, actor, producer, composer and writer, he is responsible for some of the most enduring comedic images in the history of American popular culture. Mel Brooks is one of only 14 people in history to win an Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® Award. The winner of an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay, The Producers is a hallmark of Mel Brooks’ incredible legacy.
On May 20, Mel Brooks becomes the subject of the newest film in the American Masters series when American Masters Mel Brooks: Make A Noise premieres nationally on PBS, followed by its DVD release on May 21. The DVD is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com and Shout! Factory. This June, Brooks will receive the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award, which will be broadcast on TNT and TCM.
The Producers: Collector’s EditionSpecial Features: