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(aka "Forår for Hitler" or "Springtime for Hitler (working title)")

 

directed by Mel Brooks
USA 1968

Winner of the 1969 Academy Award and WGA for best screenplay, Mel Brook’s “The Producers” is one of the most insanely funny films ever made. Anarchic, rebellious and hysterically in any way possible, it tells the story of perhaps the most greedy and self-centred producer ever, Max Bialystock, who has no morals and who will sell out on everything, and his grey sidekick, Leo Bloom, and how one of the most stupid schemes for making a quick buck turned into the biggest failure (read: success) in history.

Inspired by a real life producer Brooks knew, Bialystock, is a has-been, who now makes a living making naïve old women give him checks for plays who flop. By accident the accountant Bloom realises a scheme, by which one can make, potentially, a million by producing a flop. Thus Bialystock makes the plan of producing the worst play ever and then to go to Rio.

First they find the worst play ever written, which happens to be “Springtime for Hitler”, a musical written by a paranoid Nazi, then in order to raise a million dollars, he first of all sells 40,000% of the play, after which they hire the worst director ever (“his plays usually close on the first day of rehearsal”) to direct and finally hires a washed-out hippie with no talent what-so-ever to play Hitler.

It is a masterpiece in so many aspects, that one can go on and on. First there is the story, which has no equal, then there is the dialogue, where basically each line spoken in the film now is a classic, the most classic, in my opinion, the most exuberant declaration of greed and desire ever: “I WANT EVERYTHING I’VE EVER SEEN IN THE MOVIES.”

Then there are the in-jokes, then there is the powerhouse performance by Zero Mostel, then there is the characters, who perhaps are the most outrageous characters ever to hit the screen: The dumb oversexed Swedish blond secretary, the paranoid Nazi playwright, the horny old ladies, the transvestite director, his ohh-so-gay assistant and of course L.S.D. As I said, one can go on and on.

Leonard Maltin notes, that this is one of the few movies, that becomes funnier the more times you watch it. So true. As one of the few films I’ve seen more than fifty times, this is a film that just never ceases to make one break out in laughter. A triumph of comedy. A masterpiece.

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: March 18, 1968 (New York)

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Comparison:

MGM (Special Edition (16x9)) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Momentum Pictures (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL vs. MGM (Special Edition (Fullscreen)) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Shout! Factory "Collector's Edition"  - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow and Mathias Nielsen for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) MGM (Special Edition (16x9)) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Momentum Pictures (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (Special Edition (Fullscreen)) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

MGM

Region 1 - NTSC

Momentum Pictures
Region 2 - PAL
MGM
Region 1 - NTSC
Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:29:32 1:25:45 (4% PAL speedup) 1:29:40 1:29:22.440
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.79 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1:85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.25 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.70 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,366,657,209 bytes

Feature: 26,952,830,976 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.89 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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MGM (Special Edition (16x9)) 

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Momentum Pictures (Special Edition)

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MGM (Special Edition (Fullscreen)

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Blu-ray

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Mono English, 5.1 Dolby Digital English

5.1 Dolby Digital English

2.0 Dolby Digital Mono English, 5.1 Dolby Digital English

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2816 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2816 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English for the hearing impaired English, French, Spanish, None English, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• The Making of 'The Producers' (1:03:49)
• Sketchgallery - slideshow (2:14)
• Playhouse outtakes (3:41)
• Photogallery
• Paul Mazursky reads Peter Sellers statement (00:54)
• Trailers
• Soundtrack spoofs
• Easter Eggs
• ...
• Extras on side B

DVD Release Date: August 8, 2003
Keep case

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Momentum Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:85:1

Edition Details:
• The Making of 'The Producers' (Divided into 'Opening', 'Act I', 'Intermission', 'Act II' & 'Closing'
• Sketch Gallery - slideshow
• Trailer
• Playhouse Outtake
• Peter Sellers' Statement Read By Paul Mazursky
• ...
• Animated 3D Menus
• ...
• All Extras on Disc 2
 

DVD Release Date: October 25, 2004
Digipak Drawer

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• The Making of 'The Producers' (1:03:49)
• Sketchgallery - slideshow (2:14)
• Playhouse outtakes (3:41)
• Photogallery
• Paul Mazursky reads Peter Sellers statement (00:54)
• Trailers
• Soundtrack spoofs
• Easter Eggs
• ...
• Extras on side B
• ...
• Including 8 seconds intro about fullscreen

 

DVD Release Date: August 8, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,366,657,209 bytes

Feature: 26,952,830,976 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.89 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• The Making of 'The Producers' (1:03:24)
• Mel and His Movies: The Producers  (18:52)
• Deleted Scene (3:42)
• Peter Sellers Ad in Variety read by Paul Mazursky (00:53)
• 3 Trailer
• Sketch Gallery (2:15)

DVD of the Feature
 

Blu-ray Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 28

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Shout! Factory Collector's Edition - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (June 2013): Shout! Factory's new 1080P transfer is in 1.85:1 and skin tones demonstratively warm. Colors (notable blues and maroons) become vibrant and detail does pick up with the improved layered-contrast. It retains some film-like thickness. The Producers isn't part of the Mel Brooks Collection (on Blu-ray) reviewed HERE by Leonard. I like the grain but question how red those faces are. It is dual-layered with a strong bitrate - perhaps this is how it looked theatrically?

 

Audio goes lossless in a DTS-HD Surround or linear PCM in original 2.0 channel. I stuck with the stereo and it sounded quite good with potency and crispness. There are optional subtitles.

 

Extras mimic, most of, the 2-disc SE but add the 19-minute Mel and His Movies piece that fans will appreciate. A second disc DVD is included. I still enjoy this - so much fun. I love Gene Wilder. 

 - Gary Tooze

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ON THE DVD: It doesn't look like the sources are the same. The R2 image is in some scenes slightly cropped vs. the R1 image (approx 2,5% top and 2% right), and in other scenes display more image right and bottom. I can only assume, that its two different sources and two different widescreen scans.

The R2 image also has received a more than healthy dose of light, colour and contrast, very visible in captures #3 and 6.

In addition to the OAR of 1.85:1, the R1 has a open matte version.

Where the R2 is a 2-disc, the R1 is something as a DVD-18, a flipper, with the two versions of the film (open matte and theatrical widescreen) on side A and additional material on side B.

 - Henrik Sylow

 


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1) MGM (Special Edition (16x9)) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Momentum Pictures (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (Special Edition (Fullscreen)) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

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1) MGM (Special Edition (16x9)) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Momentum Pictures (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (Special Edition (Fullscreen)) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) MGM (Special Edition (16x9)) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Momentum Pictures (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (Special Edition (Fullscreen)) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) MGM (Special Edition (16x9)) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Momentum Pictures (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (Special Edition (Fullscreen)) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) MGM (Special Edition (16x9)) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Momentum Pictures (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (Special Edition (Fullscreen)) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) MGM (Special Edition (16x9)) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Momentum Pictures (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (Special Edition (Fullscreen)) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) MGM (Special Edition (16x9)) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Momentum Pictures (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (Special Edition (Fullscreen)) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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Region 1 - NTSC
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