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Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen/Heavyweights of Comedy
     

Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen/Heavyweights of Comedy

Director: Leonard Wong, Neal Israel, Brad Swirnoff

Cast: Bob Woods

 

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The Eclectic DVD release of the 1970s time capsule Tunnelvision proves that bad taste and self-consciously outrageous comedy was invented long before the debut of the Fox television network. Set in the not too distant future, Tunnelvision uses the concept of a renegade TV station as a springboard for a series of short skits lampooning TV shows,

Overview

The Eclectic DVD release of the 1970s time capsule Tunnelvision proves that bad taste and self-consciously outrageous comedy was invented long before the debut of the Fox television network. Set in the not too distant future, Tunnelvision uses the concept of a renegade TV station as a springboard for a series of short skits lampooning TV shows, commercials, and news programs. Full of bad language and "shocking" statements against political, spiritual, sexual, and racial sacred cows, this now painfully unfunny movie received surprisingly strong reviews in its day. The movie hasn't aged very well, and it's now more useful as sociological tool for understanding post-Watergate America in the 1970s than as entertainment (though ironic anti-humor fans will probably enjoy laughing at all the jokes that fall flat). Eclectic has released the movie in a pan-and-scan version only, though it actually pops into widescreen for a few frames here and there. Likewise, the sound is flat and a bit muddy, but the overall technical merits of the movie itself are weak enough to make this point negligible. Star spotters will have fun looking for Howard Hesseman and future cast members of Saturday Night Live and SCTV, while other viewers may want to check out the DVD releases of Kentucky Fried Movie and The Groove Tube instead.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2001
UPC:
0022891100799
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
R
Source:
Eclectic Dvd Dist.
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:10:00

Special Features

Trailer; Radio spots; Theme music; Production stills

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Woods Actor
Chris Rock Actor
Queen Kong Actor
Jackie Martling Actor
Philip Proctor Christian A. Broder
Howard Hesseman Sen. McMannus
Tim Allen Actor
Ernest Anderson Actor
John "Red" Fox Actor
Edwina Anderson Melanie Edwards
James Bacon Actor
Roger Bowen Kissinger
Chevy Chase Actor
Danny Dark Actor
Tom Davis Actor
Joe Flaherty Actor
Al Franken Actor
Rod Gist Actor
Lorry Goldman Actor
Gerritt Graham Actor
Rick Hurst Father Phaser Gun
Neal Israel Actor
Bob McClurg Actor
Mary McCusker Actor
Laraine Newman Sonja
Sam Riddle Actor
Joe Roth Actor
William Schallert Actor
Ron Silver Actor
Lynne Stewart Actor
Howard Storm Actor
C.D. Taylor Actor
Betty Thomas Actor
Pamela Toll Actor
Danielle von Zerneck Actor
Ron Prince Actor
Frank Alesia Actor
Jimmy Martinez Actor
John Candy Agent Cooper
Julie Mannix Actor

Technical Credits
Leonard Wong Director
Neal Israel Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Brad Swirnoff Director
Don Knight Cinematographer
Dennis Lambert Score Composer
Edward D. Markley Asst. Director
Michael Mislove Screenwriter
Roger Parker Editor
Brian Potter Score Composer
Joe Roth Producer
C.D. Taylor Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Select Chapter
2. Under the Gun [2:48]
3. Jury Trailer [5:19]
4. Morning Lesson [3:31]
5. Taste the Difference [5:14]
6. Remember When [14:29]
7. Touch and Glo [4:54]
8. Ramona and Sonja [9:17]
9. The King of TV [5:31]
10. Nervous Breakdown [5:15]
11. Deviate Reply [3:27]
12. The Church Is Changing [2:09]
13. There Is a Difference [1:32]

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