This was another bargain at an indoor market. I will say that i bought this 400 footer years ago but sent it back as disappointing, so when this one came home the original idea was to sell it on and build up my film fund, well, i'm glad to say it is now a keeper, having checked it and treated it, we viewed it and i have to say it is a lot better a cut down than i remember, like airplane the whole feature was funny so i guess with only 400 ft to play with there's going to be some disappointment. If only this had been 3 x 400 or even 2 x 400.
There is no need for me to tell the story, suffice to say we are very pleased with this, the colour is excellent, the sound 1st class and even the clamshell is in mint condition. All the leader and tail are there and i know there will be someone's favourite scene missing but it tells the story quite well, fortunately the Columbia narrator is not too intrusive and does help for those who cant understand whats going on, i guess those people must have lived on another planet. The main lead Cleavon Little who played the sheriff died aged only 53 of colorectal cancer.
One thing i love about this movie is how un PC it is, despite the studios at the time constantly objecting to the N word both Richard Pryor and the star Cleavon Little both insisted the word stay and gave there full support. Even back then the USA were obsessed with upsetting people and using PC words, luckily Mel Brooks was contracted to say how the final cut would become. he quotes "if there was no use of the N word there would be no movie". Thankfully a classic comedy was born and has proved to be one of the best known comedies ever. It really bugs me hoe anyone can find jokes offensive!
By the way, as always these images are best i can do, they certainly dont show the true sharpness or deep colours.