Blazing Saddles
Warner Bros. / 1974 / 89 Mins / Rated PG


MOVIE
What else is there to say about a movie considered a classic. Blazing Saddles is one of those movies that is always quoted and still retains it's comic flare even after all these years.

The sleepy town of Rock Ridge is being plotted against. A local politician, Hedley Lamaar is going to secretly run a railroad through this town to make money. With crime in the town the people of Rock Ridge ask for a Sheriff, Lamaar sends a black man as there Sheriff hoping to cause more trouble, that is until his plan backfires.

This is a classic movie if a little politically incorrect movie today, but is more than worth the 90 minutes you'll spend watching it.

VIDEO
Framed a 2:35:1, Blazing Saddles has a very sharp transfer but that is where the positives about this transfer end. This transfer is riddled with film and MPEG artifacts throughout. Shadow detail also is very bad. It's a shame that this transfer is so woeful.
AUDIO
Blazing Saddles has several different languages encoded in a mono Dolby Digital 1.0 soundtrack. Being in mono the soundtrack only comes from the center speaker but sounds clear and easy to hear. There is also an audio commentary on the disc.
EXTRAS
A couple of extras here.

Theatrical Trailer - A standard trailer for the time of this movie's release. Framed at 1:85:1 with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono track.

Audio Commentary - This is not a screen specific commentary but it is a very good one at that. Mel Brooks is very informative about the filmmaking process. Sadly the commentary only runs about 50 minutes.

Production Notes - Standard production notes, nothing really spectacular.

FINAL THOUGHTS
A great movie spoilt by a terrible DVD transfer. Best avoided unless you are a Blazing Saddles fan.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 29 Jun 2000 23:44:06 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating PG
Running Time: 89 Mins
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 23/2/1999
Catalog Number: 01001
List Price: $29.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 25
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

1.0 Mono

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: Yes
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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