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MGM delivers "Spaceballs" on Blu-ray with an MPEG-4 AVC encode at a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.� I was pleasantly surprised with the video quality.� It has been a long time since I have seen a film of "Spaceballs'" age look this good.� It looks a lot better than most films that are newer by six or seven years.� Still, there are some issues that plague the video.� The film starts off with impeccable video quality.� The blacks are solid and the image is vibrant.� However, as the film progresses, it starts to falter.� Any shadow delineation disappears, leaving giant blobs of black all over the screen, especially when it comes to Dark Helmet's costume.� Details begin to soften as apparent noise reduction wipes clean the image.� Details are simply average, while textures are subpar.� Film grain has turned into square blocks due to the noise reduction.� The sand dunes of the moon sequences are very flat.� Overall, however, the image does pop from the screen.� The image quality has its ups and downs, but in general it is quite the upgrade form the previous standard DVD release.� The source print seems to be relatively clean.� However, speckles pop up on the screen in highly contrasted sequences.

The audio is presented in DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio.� The original stereo mix is also included as a Dolby Stereo track.� I commend the effort taken to created a 5.1 mix for "Spaceballs," however, it falters on a few levels.� Mainly, the dialogue is weak.� The frequency response of the dialogue is limited and it is buried among the music.� The music tops everything in the audio track.� A simply remix could solve this issue.� The music is strongly blended into the rear channels creating quite and enveloping listening experience.� The LFE channel is lacking a bit.� When the super long Spaceball 1 starship flies by at the beginning, I longed for more low frequency rumble.� Ambience is lost in the music.� There is the occasional nicely panned sound effect from the front to rear.� However, for the most part the sound effects remain flat and totally upfront.� There are several occurrences of ship fly-bys that don't come close to filling up the surround channels.� The audio is more than suitable, but some of these issues remove the listener from the movie experience.

MGM has given quite a bit of attention to the special features of this package.� The first disc in the set is the Blu-ray disc and contains the features plus bonus materials.� First, there is an audio commentary with director and actor Mel Brooks.� This track is decent, but not as funny as I would have thought.� "Watch the Movie a Ludicrous Speed" is like a YouTube feature that plays back the movie in less than 30 seconds.� This is basically the same as the main menu of the Blu-ray disc.� BTW: the main menu of the Blu-ray disc is quite annoying.� There are some silly additional commentary tracks in Mawgese and Dinkese.� "Spaceballs: The Documentary" features cast and crew interviews.� "In Conversation: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan" is a featurette centered around the writing.� "John Candy: Comic Spirit" is a nostalgic piece looking at the importance of John Candy.� There are various sections of photo galleries including, "Storyboard-to-Film Comparisons," "Behind the Movie," "The Costumes" and "The Art."� Finally, there is a theatrical trailer and an exhibitor trailer with introduction by Mel Brooks.

The second disc in the package is a standard DVD.� Side A contains the widescreen version of the film and side B contains the 4:3 standard version of the film.� This appears to be the same standard DVD that has already been released.� The second disc also contains some standard bonus materials including, behind-the-scenes footage, the Mel Brooks audio commentary and the theatrical trailer.

"Spaceballs" is a rare brilliant comedy.� There is something in this film for everyone.� Those of us alive during the time of this film will get a real nostalgic kick out of the film.� The new generations should watch this film to see what a real parody film is like.� The audio and video quality is improved from the standard DVD.� There are some quirks with the qualities, but nevertheless, they are impressive for the age.� I highly recommend this Blu-ray disc.

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