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Cruelty at the Core of American Comedy: On 'Funny Man: Mel Brooks'

Gross-out comedies like Paul Feig's Bridesmaids and boy-child juvenilia from the worlds of Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow would be nowhere without the standard set by Mel Brooks.

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He's a Funny Old Man: 'The Incredible Mel Brooks'

A career overview, including rare and unusual clips, of a great American comic genius in action.

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Where’s Woody?

What does an artist the caliber of Woody Allen do when he’s reached the pinnacle of his artistic accomplishment -- while only in his early 40s?

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Three Mel Brooks Films Now on Blu-ray -- Alas, They're Not the Best of Brooks

Great casts, inferior scripts and indifferent production values: Blu-Ray versions of three of Mel Brooks' less successful films will appeal primarily to diehard fans and nostalgia buffs.

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The 2000 Year Old Man: The Complete History

This anthology includes all five comedy albums plus a DVD featuring two 1961 television appearances, the animated special and an interview with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.

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The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends

While he never developed a singular performing presence, Cavett is a skilled comic technician whose sense of timing and punchline set-ups pays off in playing straight man to his guests.

Michael Buening (Rating: 8; Extras: 9)
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Robots (2005)

Valiant and righteous, the old-fashioned robots fight back against the slick, wealthy, huge machine.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Broadway: The American Musical

Even if it sometimes fails to give powerful figures their full due, Broadway: The American Musical offers an outstanding overview of a decidedly American art form.

Bill Gibron
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