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Geek Blu Review: Spaceballs 25th Anniversary
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 08:03 Written by LoganDX Wednesday, 22 August 2012 11:00
Has it really been 25 years since Mel Brooks decided to spoof sci-fi movies (Star Wars in particular) with his most excellent Spaceballs? 25 years since the Schwartz, Yogurt, Lonestar, Barf and Pizza the Hut hit the silver screen? Well yeah it has but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. The movie had a couple different DVD releases, one being a feature packed and remastered two disc collector’s edition. That set at the time was considered “THE” version for fans to have. Now that we have the 25th Anniversary blu ray edition, does it hold muster?
My biggest fear for any catalog title that old being translated to high def is how “clean” they make it. If the team scrubs it too much, we see things that destroy the image. See The Wizard of Oz for a great example of that nightmare for fans or Jurassic Park. JP broke the movie illusion for me when the dinosaurs’ fake parts were too evident. The flip side is not cleaning it up enough, where the producers get accused of cashing in on nostalgia for a quick buck without doing much. The first copies of The Fifth Element come to mind here. Thankfully Spaceballs gets it just right. The image is crisp, clean and feels just like watching it on the silver screen many years ago. It’s a definite upgrade from the DVD, making it a worthwhile investment.
Ludicrous Speed? Spaceballs 25th Anniversary coming to blu ray!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 02:13 Written by LoganDX Wednesday, 6 June 2012 02:10
THE best Star Wars parody movie, ever, Spaceballs is getting a 25th Anniversary blu ray treatment this summer. Birthed from the maniacal mind of Mel Brooks, Spaceballs tells the tale of wandering Capt Lone Starr and his faithful mawg (half man\half dog) Barf as they rescue Princess Vespa from the clumsy clutches of Dark Helmet and President Skroob. Along the way they hook up with Yogurt, a wise wielder of the Schwartz. Lone Starr accepts his destiny as a Schwartz apprentice and has to re-save the frail princess from Dark Helmet. Lessons are learned, merchandise is sold, mockeries are made.
There is so much awesomeness in the movie, it’s no wonder why it stands up as a cult classic 25 years later. The mere mention of the Schwartz around fans will bring a smirk, a smile and a chuckle to faces. MGM and Fox are sly in releasing an anniversary edition for the new generation of potential sci-fi geek fans. They also need to appreciate the great John Candy in his comedic prime.
The 25th Anniversary set is packed full of features sure to tickle the funny bone of any geek. How about watching the movie in “Ludicrous Seed”? Yeah, that will be awesome! Fans will dig the new featurette, Farce Yourself! Spaceballs and the Skroobing of Sci-Fi and the film flubs content. Noobs unfamiliar with John Candy will appreciate the John Candy: Comic Spirit featurette as well.
The Spaceballs 25th Anniversary blu ray will hit this summer, August 7th. May the Schwartz be with you! Hit the break for the announcement press release!