UHF (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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"Weird Al" Yankovic, Kevin McCarthy (Innerspace), Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"), David Bowie (The Cable Guy), Victoria Jackson ("Saturday Night Live") and Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") star in this inspired comedy about an offbeat guy who turns a deadbeat TV station into a raging success! Broadcasting Weird Al's uniquely strange brand of humor, UHF's Channel 62 is a place you'll want to visit...with increasing frequency! George Newman (Weird Al) is a daydreamer whose hyperactive imagination keeps him from holding a steady job...until his uncle hires him as manager of Channel 62, a TV station that's losing money and viewers fast. But when George replaces the station's reruns with bizarre programs like "Wheel of Fish," "The Wonderful World Of Phlegm" and "Raul's Wild Kingdom" (where poodles fly from third-story windows), ratings begin to soar! But as the ratings rise, so does the wrath of TV mogul R.J. Fletcher (McCarthy), who wants to turn the station into a parking lot. Can George find the money he needs to stay on the air? Stay tuned!
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Many folks find themselves laughing out loud at Al's latest song or video -- at least, the first time they experience it. They might later claim he's stupid or not funny, afraid possibly of being labeled a fan. They might avoid UHF in the belief that it's just an extended Al video.
'UHF' is one of those movies that had a miserable, worthless existence in the theater, shunned by the masses. The recognition of its genius was slow to arrive, but the movie did eventually find cult status on video and cable. The reason, simply: It's hilarious.
Part Naked Gun and part Al video, with plenty of sight gags, this is the kind of movie that only Al could make. "Wheel Of Fish" and "Conan the Librarian" are funnier than they have any right to be, and just wait until you see "Raul's Wild Kingdom".
The cast of 'UHF' seems almost prescient in retrospect; Fran Drescher and Michael Richards made memorable co-stars before they struck gold on network TV. Richards, especially, is hilarious as janitor-turned-TV host Stanley Spadowski. He's brilliant, better than anyone else in the movie and better even than the material he's given.
Although ostensibly a dig at TV, 'UHF' actually lampoons movies and commercials far more effectively, with hilarious send-ups of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'Ghandi' and 'Rambo: First Blood Part II'.
But enough. I've already wasted too many words describing a movie that just needs to be seen. If you absolutely hate Al, or 'Airplane'-type movies, then avoid 'UHF'. Anyone else who just wants to laugh (a lot) needs to give it a look.
Weird Al plays George Newman, a guy whose overactive imagination has lost him-and his friend, Bob (David Bowe)-yet another job. When his uncle wins a nearly bankrupt UHF station (remember UHF?) in a poker game, he gives the studio to George. Determined to make this job work, George and Bob-with the help of receptionist/reporter Pamela Finklestein (Fran Drescher) and janitor Stanley Spadowski (Michael Richards)-create exciting shows that has everyone in town watching. But when R.J. Fletcher (Kevin McCarthy), the head of the local network affiliate, finds out, he decides to do everything in his power to shut George down and turn U-62 into a parking lot.
Words cannot even begin to describe the hilarity of this movie. On a recent trip, I popped UHF into my laptop's DVD player on the plane, and I was pretty much in tears for the entire hour and a half. Michael Richards alone makes the movie worth watching (repeatedly). And while the movie does have a few slow parts, it's necessary-it gives you time to recover before the side-splitting laughter begins once again. If you're a fan of Michael Richards, off-the-wall comedies, and/or Weird Al, this is a must-see.
Give this movie a chance if you love Weird Al, if you love 80's movies, if you love music and day dreaming and surreal comedy!
A highlight of my childhood is the popular scene about Spatula City!
Watch as Al tries to run a TV station and having to invent all new types of shows. Some parts are predictable, but wade through them for the gems!
Not everyone knows this, but this was one of Orion pictures last films, as AL tested highly with audiences, a big budged was alloted to making this film, which is why it still stands out today as a really nice production.
It's not the easiest film to find on DVD, so I was happy to find it here on Amazon, and the edition that contains audio commentary! While it may not be everyones favorite movie, it is definitely in my top 5 comedies for the 80's! So it was a must have for my collection. It sits proudly next to Space Balls, Family Vacation Movies, John Candy movies and others!
If you are looking for something serious, then this is not the movie for you, if you are looking for a live version of Al's goofiness and zaniness, then pick up a copy! It has an all star cast, as well as homages to many 80's films.
On to the DVD: this is one of the best DVDs released to date, and NOT just because it's Al. This is one of the best DVDs by ANYONE, and here is the reason: the feature-length commentary. On most discs, the commentary is disappointing: very little behind-the-scenes information or interesting side notes, just one or two or three principals droning on about how good it was to work with Such A Professional. Not on UHF! Al actually PREPARED for his commentary, offering a wealth of information and side notes, and works it as if he is playing to a audience, not just sitting around killing two hours for an extra paycheck. Also appearing on the commentary track are Jay Levey, Michael Richards, Emo Phillips and Victoria Jackson, each adding their own little gems. The commentary is hilarious, outstanding, and makes this DVD release indispensable! Al, you did a great job! THANK YOU !
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If you enjoy Weird Al's humour in his music, you will certainly like this film. Had me laughing the whole timePublished 6 months ago by Sidney
A classic cult movie with wierd al that should have done so much better had they not released it at the same time as total recall on june 9, 1989. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Twin Otter
Was unaware I purchased this In a different region. Nowhere did I see it stated that it wouldn't play in canada. I bought 2 and can't play either of them. So disappointed :(Published 9 months ago by cassandra
Numerous special features and a great transfer by Shout Factory. Well done!Published 10 months ago by Daryl Heinsohn
This is the greatest movie of all time. Now with bonus features.Published 10 months ago by Miki Abe
A funny / bizarre comedy featuring Weird Al and Michael Richards.Published 10 months ago by M.D. Sforza