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The Producers Special Edition DVD


Low rent Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and his high-strung accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) discover that with the help of a few gullible investors they can make more money on a flop than on a hit! Armed with the worst show ever written (Springtime For Hitler) and an equally bizarre cast this double dealing duo is banking on disaster. But when their sure-to-offend musical becomes a smash hit they find themselves in the middle of a Broadway blitzkrieg! Winner of

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  • The Producers Special Edition [1967]
    Stephen Springate

    Being an avid comedy fan, I am often undecided when asked my favourite comedy, but a title that I often think of when posed this question is 'The Producers'. Not the appallingly dreadful 2005 remake but the classic 1967 one, arguably the funniest movie ever and the best Mel Brooks films ever, which is impressive considering that it is in competition with such comedic masterpieces as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety. The Producers stars Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder as men with a brilliant scam for making millions. This plan, that "Under the right circumstances, a flop (stage production) could make more money than a hit", is thought up by an extremely timid accountant when he sees that the person he is working for, an unscrupulous has-been stage producer Max Bialystock, has accidentally made $2000 dollars more than he needs to. His idea is that if he had more financing than he needed too, he could give financers back the small percentage of the flop"s profits they paid for and pocket the rest. Max takes the plan seriously to the accountant"s horror and the accountant (Leo Bloom) is soon coaxed into the plan as well. After several liaisons with ridiculously hilarious characters (including the plays author, a mad Nazi and a satirical character LSD spoofing the hippies of the time) and everything going brilliantly terrible, they are on their way to making a huge flop, watch the film to see if they succeed. The audience is also lucky enough to witness some of the resulting flop play and are witness to some sets as dazzling and epic as many 1940's Technicolor musicals and songs as outrageous and funny that ever before. What"s more, is that whereas comedies are often criminally overlooked at Oscar night, this film achieved critical acclaim and won the best screenplay and Gene Wilder was nominated for best supporting actor. Although by some the film has been accused of having a thin plot, many others simply see it as being directly to the point, which I think it is. It is not "thin" or "flimsy", Mel Brooks has merely written a sharp and zany film which does not allow any time for irritating talkative scenes and instead jumps straight to the plot and gags.

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