Naked Gun

The Naked Gun

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Director: David Zucker

Cast: David Zucker, Leslie Nielsen, George Kennedy, Priscilla Presley

     
 

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The picture on this disc is first-rate. While there are a few scratches here and there, they are brief and hardly noticeable. The disc is framed at its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Beyond the scratches, the picture simply looks great; the colors are very vibrant and the darks are solid. The composition is great and the image quality really stands out.

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The picture on this disc is first-rate. While there are a few scratches here and there, they are brief and hardly noticeable. The disc is framed at its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Beyond the scratches, the picture simply looks great; the colors are very vibrant and the darks are solid. The composition is great and the image quality really stands out. The sound, which includes an English 5.1 Dolby Digital track and a French mono (split over two tracks), is very good, but falls short of spectacular. The front, mainly center speakers get all the action; there is little use of the rear surround speakers other than during the opening theme music. Since the dialogue is straightforward and never becomes distorted or shrill, this is less problematic than it might have been. It's the extras that are surprising. The audio commentary track from director David Zucker, producer Robert Weiss (who on voice alone could easily be mistaken for Howard Stern), and a mysterious guest named Peter Tilden is a major plus. This has to be one of the funniest tracks ever recorded. Discussing whatever comes to mind, they cover everything from being sure they would get a PG-13 rating now to the later troubles of O.J. Simpson. They may not have a lot to say about the filmmaking process, but the track is lively and probably better than many of the commentary tracks out there. A theatrical trailer is included. Not many extras, but the commentary track makes up for the lack of additional goodies.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
In 1982, the creators of Airplane!, Jim Abrahams and brothers Jerry Zucker and David Zucker, were asked to translate the success of their disaster movie spoof into a weekly television series. The result was the inspired Police Squad!, a dead-on parody of prime-time cop dramas starring a veteran of series TV, the stone-faced Leslie Nielsen. Perhaps their aim was too accurate: viewers didn't respond to the deadpan wit, and the series was cancelled after only six episodes. But the show remained dear to the filmmakers, and six years later they reached a larger audience with the broader, full-length feature The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. What the film version lacked in sardonic wit, it made up with a rapid-fire onslaught of jokes -- gross-out slapstick, bad puns, and pop culture references happily co-exist, often within the same shot. This brand of humor marked a shift away from the more satirical laughs of Airplane! and Police Squad!, and it would influence a slew of Saturday Night Live-derived features, as well as the no-holds-barred Farrelly brothers comedies.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2000
UPC:
0097363210047
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 surround; French mono; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer; Group commentary with David Zucker [director/writer]; Robert Weiss [producer]; Peter Tilden [host]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Nielsen Lt. Frank Drebin
George Kennedy Capt. Ed Hocken
Priscilla Presley Jane Spencer
Ricardo Montalban Vincent Ludwig
Orenthal James Simpson Nordberg
Nancy Marchand Mayor
Susan Beaubian Mrs. Nordberg
Raye Birk Pahpshmir
Jeannette Charles Elizabeth II
Ed Williams Ted Olsen
Tiny Ron Al
"Weird Al" Yankovic 'Weird Al'
Leslie Maier 'Weird Leslie'
Winifred Freedman Stephie
Joe Grifasi Foreman
Nicholas Worth Thug #1
Ronald G. Joseph Thug #27
Doris Hess Nurse #2
Charlotte Zucker Dominique
Tom Dugan Drug Dealer #2
Burton Zucker Photographer
David Katz Arafat
Charles Gherardi Khomeini
Prince Hughes Idi Amin
Ken Minyard Ken &
Robert Arthur Bob
Reggie Jackson Angel Right Fielder
Lawrence Tierney Angel Manager
Hank Robinson First Base Umpire
Brett Bartlett Seattle Centerfielder
Dennis Packer Baseball P.A. Announcer
Dick Vitale Baseball Announcer
Dick Enberg Baseball Announcer
Jim Palmer Baseball Announcer
Melvin Allen Baseball Announcer
Curt Gowdy Baseball Announcer
Tim McCarver Baseball Announcer
Joyce Brothers Baseball Announcer
Don Woodard "There he is!"
Christopher Keene "Please disperse. Please disperse."
Susan Breslau "Hey, look out!"
Fredric Arnold "Hey! What's the meaning of this?"
Edwina Moore "Mr. Pallazzo, our head usher will be.."
Jeff Wright "Mr. Pallazzo? Would you come with me?"
Jim Smith "Sorry, fellas"
Mark Holton "It's Enrico Pallazzo!"
John Houseman Driving Instructor
Brinke Stevens Girl in showers (uncredited)
Rick Seaman 'Ya dumb broad!'
Sydney Urshan Baseball Fan with O.J.
Chuck Fick Angels Catcher

Technical Credits
David Zucker Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Pamela Basker Casting
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Fern Champion Casting
Chuck Fick Consultant/advisor
Rick T. Gentz Set Decoration/Design
Michael Jablow Editor
Jim Abrahams Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
John T. Kretchmer Asst. Director
John J. Lloyd Production Designer
Kevin Marcy Associate Producer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Pat Proft Screenwriter
John D. Schofield Associate Producer
Jim Scribner Makeup
Robert M. Stevens Cinematographer
Mary Vogt Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Weiss Producer
Don Woodruff Art Director
Jerry Zucker Executive Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
1. Beirut Of All Evil [3:10]
2. Opening Credits [1:58]
3. Going Overboard [2:24]
4. Time Wounds All Heels [2:25]
5. Perfectly Frank [3:25]
6. Press Leak [2:32]
7. Money Talks [1:57]
8. Fishing For Clues [3:39]
9. Lady In Red [3:41]
10. Fiber Optics [3:19]
11. Service For Two [2:29]
12. Driving Lessons [3:59]
13. Safe Sex [6:06]
14. I'm Into Something Good [2:01]
15. House Of Cards [4:58]
16. Leftovers [3:41]
17. Dead Meat [1:27]
18. Table Manners [4:05]
19. Bad News [2:16]
20. Op-erratic [4:46]
21. The Umpire Strikes Back [4:51]
22. I Love L.A [2:24]
23. Seventh Inning Stretch [2:34]
24. God Save The Queen [2:29]
25. Fall Guy [1:46]
26. Funny Face [3:11]
27. End Credits [3:10]

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The Naked Gun 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the last great ZAZ boy films, this is a hilarious spinoff of Police Squad. It's a shame that there is no comedy out there like it.
bnbillybob More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite comedy!! There is literally a laugh a line. Star-studded cast. This is a movie you will need to see more than once to spot all the numerous gags in it! Pure Slapstick fun!
Mybooks More than 1 year ago
This movie is an instant classic. Naked Gun made Leslie Nielsen's career. Everything in this movie made me laugh...OJ Simpson is even in it! I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a laugh out loud comedy.
gravity More than 1 year ago
Coming from a TV series, The Naked Gun perfects the onslaught of comedic performances from everyone in this movie and the jokes never get old. The scene in the hospital room while discussing the near-death of Norberg, is the absolute funniest scene I have ever witnessed. EVER. Co-staring Elvis Presley's former wife, Priscilla Presley, her addtion makes just of much as an impact as the others. The Naked Gun stands out because of not only good acting by Leslie Neilsen and George Kennedy, but ingenious writing as the screenplay makes this movie into the powerhouse it still is. While making fun of other movies in the process, this film goes down in history as the best comedy of all time.