DVD Review: ‘The Incredible Mel Brooks’ Offers Timeless Comedy

Chicago – Mel Brooks is an indisputable genius and his comic mastery gets a perfect tribute in the 5-dvd-and-1-cd set from Shout Factory, “The Incredible Mel Brooks,” a treasure trove of rare clips, old TV shows, appearances, and recollections from one of comedy’s greatest writers. This is a fantastic set, a perfect gift for the comedy fan in your family.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

As with all sets this big, it’s hard to know where to begin. And so I find it funny that the first clip on the first DVD of “The Incredible Mel Brooks” is “The Hitler Rap,” a promotional music video with Brooks as Hitler rapping to promote “To Be or Not To Be.” It’s the kind of thing that would typically be lost to movie history but Shout Factory has a wonderful track record of finding such lost material and bringing it to modern audiences. It sets the tone,

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