Thursday, June 18, 2015

Spaceballs (Your Helmet is So Big Edition)

Released back in 1987, Mel Brooks' Spaceballs lampoons the original Star Wars trilogy (and several other sci-fi movies) in a comedic adventure about a scoundrel (Bill Pullman) in a Winnebago, a space princess (Daphne Zuniga) on the run from both a wedding and an evil empire, and a dark-clad villain with a really big helmet (Rick Moranis) and a plan to steal an entire planet's oxygen supply.

More than 25 years later Spaceballs may be a bit dated but it still provides plenty of laughs and quotable lines, particularly for Star Wars fans. With a supporting cast including John Candy, George Wyner, Dick Van Patten, Joan Rivers, Brooks in multiple roles as both President Skroob and the Schwartz expert Yogurt, a memorable cameo from John Hurt, Mega Maid (who goes dramatically from suck to blow), a memorable radar technician (Michael Winslow), an entire crew of Assholes, and Pizza the Hutt, Spaceballs fills the screen with an enjoyable assortment of odd characters to keep the comedy rolling.

Spaceballs, has been released several times on DVD and Blu-ray. Your Helmet is So Big Edition includes previously released extras and featurettes including commentary by Mel Brooks, a documentary on the making of the movie, featurettes on the writing and special effects, storyboards, trailers, and a cast and crew lookback at co-star John Candy. The ability to watch the film sped-up in Ludicrous Speed and a digital copy are included as well.

[MGM, $19.99]

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