DVD Review: Spaceballs

The Spaceballs saga continues at ludicrous speed as the fan-favorite classic comedy arrives on a Blu-ray + DVD Combo debut on DVD June 16 from MGM Home Entertainment. Directed, written by and starring Academy Award winner Mel Brooks* (The Producers), as well as John Candy (Uncle Buck), Rick Moranis (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids), Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Daphne Zuniga (“One Tree Hill”) and Joan Rivers (Shrek 2), the original sci-fi-fueled satire, Spaceballs, lampoons everything from Star Wars and Alien to Star Trek and Planet of the Apes. The film follows fearless – and clueless – space heroes Lone Starr (Pullman) and his man-dog hybrid, sidekick Barf (Candy) as they wage interstellar warfare to free Princess Vespa (Zuniga) from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Moranis).

Review:
If you haven’t seen Spaceballs – let’s face it – you’re missing out on a classic. One of Mel Brook’s finest films, Spaceballs is a sci-fi parody film based primarily on elements from the original Star Wars trilogy, but it also features some other popular films from the genre such as Star Trek and Alien.

The film follows the brave, and utterly clueless, space heroes Lone Starr (Pullman) and his man/dog hybrid Barf (Candy) on their mission to free Princess Vespa (Zuniga) from the villian Dark Helmet (Moranis). Along the way, they encounter some helpful allies – a wise imp named Yogurt (Brooks) and the powers of the mysterious “The Schwartz” that will help them bring peace to the galaxy.

While the film is great, it’s the cast that really brings everything to life – John Candy (Uncle Buck), Rick Moranis (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids), Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Daphne Zuniga (One Tree Hil) and Joan Rivers (Shrek 2) all do fabulous jobs. If you like Mel Brook films – then you’ll love this one. It’s satire at its best.

The new release comes with not only the Blu-ray version but also the standard DVD. Special features include a number of commentaries, film flubs, galleries, original trailer, Spaceballs: The Documentary, a number of featurettes, special behind-the-scenes footage, and more.

Upgrade to the Blu-ray – the special features make it worth it!

Review by Emma Loggins

Grade: A
Official site: http://www.spaceballsdvd.com/
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