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Mel Brooks’ Classic ‘The Producers’ on Blu-ray July 2

8 Apr, 2013 By: John Latchem

Mel Brooks’ legendary 1968 comedy The Producers is heading to Blu-ray July 2 from Shout! Factory.

The film, for which Brooks won the Original Screenplay Oscar, tells the story of a corrupt Broadway producer (Zero Mostel) and his timid accountant (Gene Wilder) who conspire to defraud their investors by purposely producing a flop called Springtime for Hitler and running off with the loot. The film eventually inspired the Tony-winning Broadway musical.

The Producers: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack ($26.99) includes a new HD transfer of the film, a reversible cover featuring original theatrical art, the documentary The Making of The Producers, a 2012 interview titled “Mel and His Movies: The Producers,” a deleted scene, sketch gallery and the original trailer.

Separately, Brooks’ 1975 TV series “When Things Were Rotten” is getting a manufacture-on-demand DVD release June 21 from CBS Home Entertainment through Amazon.com and other online retailers.

The show followed the wacky adventures of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, 18 years prior to Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights. The show starred Richard Gautier as Robin Hood, Dick Van Patten as Friar Tuck, Ron Rifkin as Prince John, Bernie Kopell as Alan-a-Dale, Misty Rowe as Maid Marian, and David Sabin as Little John, plus guest stars such as Sid Caesar.

The two-DVD set includes all 13 episodes for $24.95

Both releases are timed for the May 20 premiere and May 21 DVD release of American Masters: Mel Brooks — Make a Noise from PBS. This June, Brooks will receive the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award.

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