'Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Edition' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM PST by

The classic Mel Brooks comedy is getting a 40th Anniversary Blu-ray edition in May. Pre-orders are now available!

In an early announcement to retailers, Warner Brothers is working on 'Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Edition' for Blu-ray on May 6.

'Blazing Saddles' stars Cleavon Little as an unlikely sheriff in the town of Rock Ridge, Harvey Korman as the villain, Madeline Kahn as a Marlene Dietrich-style chanteuse, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid and Brooks himself as a dimwitted politico. Once the lunatic film gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards®-- Supporting Actress for Kahn, Best Editing and Best Song.

The unforgettable Brooks comedy, one of Warner Bros.’ most successful ever, is listed as #6 on American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the best comedies of all time – “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs.” First released in 1974, 'Blazing Saddles' grossed nearly $120 million at the domestic box office and has sold more than 4.6 million DVDs. The Western film genre spoof is one of Brooks’ top commercially successful films, along with 'Young Frankenstein,' also released that same year.

Mel Brooks is one of only seven people who have earned all four major entertainment prizes -- the Tony®, the Emmy®, the Grammy® and the Oscar®.

Specs have yet to be revealed, but the Blu-ray will include: NEW - Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West - Brooks reflects on his own movie-making chutzpah, Blazing Saddles' lasting cultural impact on audiences of all generations, and alongside co-stars Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn, proves why his film is one of the funniest and most outrageous film ever made; 10 Exclusive Art Cards with funny quotes and images from the film; Audio Commentary with Mel Brooks; Back in the Saddle: cast reunion documentary; Black Bart: 1975 television pilot inspired by the movie; Deleted Scenes; and Theatrical Trailer.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $24.98.

You can find the latest specs for 'Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Edition' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under May 6.

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