‘The Incredible Mel Brooks’ DVD Review

Celebrity Q&A, Movies
on December 7, 2012

“The Incredible Mel Brooks”
DVD ($89.93 / Shout Factory)

He’s perhaps best known for making funny movies, including “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles.” But the celebrated director, actor, producer, composer and writer Mel Brooks, one of only 11 people in history to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award, has a pop-cultural pedigree that spans almost the entire entertainment spectrum. This collection of five DVDs includes a sweeping roundup of his television appearances (including episodes of the iconic ’60s spy sitcom “Get Smart,” which he wrote, his turn as Uncle Phil on “Mad About You,” and hilarious guest spots on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”), tributes, short films, documentaries, commercials, stand-up comedy routines and rare footage from the television vaults. Plus, a bonus CD features comedy bits and songs from his movies (remember the classic “Springtime for Hitler”?), and there’s a 60-page book with vintage photos and essays by film historian Leonard Maltin, actor Gene Wilder, who appeared in several of Brooks’ films, and others.