Thursday, December 5, 2002

The Producers Special Edition DVD

The Producers Special Edition DVD has just been released. For you Christopher Hewett (Mr. Belvedere) fans, you might want to check it out because here Christopher plays a very memorable and hilarious role as Roger De Bris, a flambouyant gay director. Check out details of the DVD HERE.

DVD Features:

DVD Features:
Theatrical trailer(s)

Brand-new transfer

"Making of The Producers" documentary

Sketch gallery

Playhouse outtake

Photo gallery (40 still photos)

Peter Sellers' statement read by Paul Mazursky

Cast-recording spot

Full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats

Mel Brooks's directorial debut remains both a career high point and a classic show business farce. Hinging on a crafty plot premise, which in turn unleashes a joyously insane onstage spoof, The Producers is powered by a clutch of over-the-top performances, capped by the odd couple pairing of the late Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, making his screen debut.
Mostel is Max Bialystock, a gone-to-seed Broadway producer who spends his days wheedling checks from his "investors," elderly women for whom Bialystock is only too willing to provide company. When wide-eyed auditor Leo Bloom (Wilder) comes to check the books, he unwittingly inspires the wild-eyed Max to hatch a sure-fire plan: sell 25,000 percent of his next show, produce a deliberate flop, then abscond with the proceeds. Unfortunately for the producers (but fortunately for us), their candidate for failure is Springtime for Hitler, a Brooksian conceit that envisions what Goebbels might have accomplished with a little help from Busby Berkeley.

Truly startling during its original 1968 release, The Producers does show signs of age in some peripheral scenes that make merry at the expense of gays and women. But the show's nifty cast (notably including the late Dick Shawn as LSD, the space cadet that snags the musical's title role, and Kenneth Mars as the helmeted playwright) clicks throughout, and the sight of Mostel fleecing his marks is irresistibly funny. Add Wilder's literally hysterical Bloom, and it's easy to understand the film's exalted status among late-'60s comedies. --Sam Sutherland

Monday, June 24, 2002

Do You Want Mr. Belvedere on DVD?


A lot of people have been writing to me whether I had episodes on tape or I know someone who has. To be honest, I don't have a single episode on tape. Which is to my eternal disappointment because at the time the show was being re run on cable a few years ago, I still didn't have a VCR. With the enormous success of DVD as a video format and the release of many TV shows on DVD... you have to think. What about Mr. Belvedere? Nothing official has been released, but now you can have a chance to vote and let 20th Century Fox know that you WANT this show on DVD!!

Go to this website:, register and vote! As of this writing, only 24 people have voted, including myself, which isn't a lot. With the thousands of people visiting this site, I wonder what would happen if all of them registered and voted. We could have Mr. Belvedere on DVD sooner than we thought! Come on Mr. Belvedere fans! This is your chance to finally own episodes of your favorite show on the best video format on the market right now.

Monday, June 10, 2002

Latest Update

Latest Update

Sorry for the long time without updates on this page! I'm still pushing through with the site of course. I just had a problem with Geocities with regard to, the online service which enables me to update this page regularly. Geocities has recently removed the option to send files to them remotely via FTP, which Blogger does. So I've moved the space I'm using for Mr. Belvedere's journal to Tripod. Sorry it took so long to do.

In the meantime, I'm sure all of you have read from the front page that Mr. Belvedere's creator, Gwen Davenport has passed away. My prayers go to her family. I'm grateful to her for creating such a memorable character.

Thanks to Dave Keast for summaries to some episodes that I haven't seen. According to him, Mr. Belvedere is currently being shown on CITS-TV Channel 36, in Burlington, Ontario Canada, and on channel 439 Express Vu Sattelite System. Thanks Dave! I'll update the page once I'm able to...