UHF

UHF

4.7 8
Director: Jay Levey

Cast: "Weird Al" Yankovic, Michael Richards, Kevin McCarthy

     
 

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"Weird Al" Yankovic makes his starring debut in the wacky 1989 comedy UHF. MGM has done a fine job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. While some of the colors appear slightly washed out, overall, this is a well-produced transfer with solid black levels and bright fleshtones. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in French and EnglishSee more details below

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"Weird Al" Yankovic makes his starring debut in the wacky 1989 comedy UHF. MGM has done a fine job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. While some of the colors appear slightly washed out, overall, this is a well-produced transfer with solid black levels and bright fleshtones. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in French and English as well as Dolby 2.0 Mono in Spanish. The 2.0 mix works well within the confines of the film, though in all actuality, it's a fairly weak and flat soundtrack. All aspects of the dialogue, effects, and music are free and clear of any distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc are English, French, and Spanish subtitles. MGM has gone the extra mile with this cult classic by producing a nice array of extra features. Starting off the disc is a commentary track by Yankovic, director Jay Levey, and actors Michael Richards, Victoria Jackson, and Emo Phillips. This is a very funny commentary which includes all the participants poking fun at themselves and the film. A collection of deleted scenes with introductions by Yankovic are a hoot while the music video for the song "UHF" features parodies of rock stars like Billy Idol and Prince. Finally, there is a gallery of promotional materials (including stills, trailers, and posters) and a short behind-the-scenes montage with interviews that should please fans. All in all, this is a fun disc that was given the appropriate amount of love and work.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Fans of Weird Al Yankovic's musical satires will appreciate the dumb humor in UHF, while most others may find it just plain dumb. The plot is just a knowing excuse to showcase what Weird Al does best -- short skits parodying popular entertainment and advertising. Unfortunately, Weird Al is no actor, and all his clever send-ups don't compensate for his weak presence at the center of the film. He is partially saved by the exceptionally zany comedy of Michael Richards as the janitor Stanley Spadowski, who seems to be crafting his character Kramer from Seinfeld. The stupid TV parodies are surely the funniest bits, notably "Conan the Librarian," "Gandhi II," and "Wheel of Fish," but the actual plot about Channel 62 is simply dull. His movie targets go from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Network, and succeed as both ridiculously funny and numbingly stupid, depending on one's threshold for nonstop puns, gags, and spoofs. Not surprisingly, UHF did poor at the box office, possibly due to the timing of its release in the summer of 1989 alongside Batman and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, among others. It has since gained its intended audience and remains Weird Al Yankovic's first and last venture into feature film.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
UPC:
0027616876652
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Audio commentary by Al Yankovic, Jay Levey, Michael richards, Emo Philips, and Victoria Jackson; behind-the-scenes footage; deleted scenes introduced by Al Yankovic; still gallery with more than 200 images; "UHF" music video; production notes; theatrical teaser and trailer.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
"Weird Al" Yankovic George Newman
Michael Richards Stanley Spadowski
Kevin McCarthy R.J. Fletcher
Anthony Geary Philo
Victoria Jackson Teri
David Bowe Bob
Stanley Brock Uncle Harvey
Trinidad Silva Raul Hernandez
Gedde Watanabe Kuni
Billy Barty Noodles MacIntosh
John Paragon Richard Fletcher
Fran Drescher Pamela Finklestein
Sue Ane Langdon Aunt Esther
David Proval Head Thug
Grant James Killer Thug
Emo Philips Joe Earley
Jay Levey Gandhi
Michael Cutler Actor
Barbara Hanley Actor
Jim Rose Promo Announcer
Demento Whipped Cream Eater
Harry Kipper Kipper Kid
Lou B. Washington Cameraman
Vance Colvig Bum
Nik Hagler FCC Man
Robert Weiss Bartender
Eldon G. Hallum Spatula Husband
Sherry Engstrom Spatula Wife
Sara Allen Spatula Neighbor
Bob Hungerford Sy Greenblum
John Cadenhead Crazy Ernie
Francis M. Carlson Blind Man
Ivan Green Earl Ramsey
Adam Maras Joel Miller
Travis Knight Billy
Joseph Witt Little Weasel
Tony Frank Teri's Father
Billie Lee Thrash Teri's Mother
Barry Friedman Fletcher Crony
Kevin Roden Fletcher Crony
Lisa R. Stefanic Phyllis Weaver
Nancy Johnson Big Edna
Debbie Mathieu Betty
Wilma Jeanne Cummins Little Old Lady
Cliff Stephens Animal Deliveryman
Bob Maras Thug
George Fisher Thug
Tony Salome Guide
Joe Restivo Guide
Charles Marsh Yodeler
Belinda Bauer Mud Wrestler
Lori Wagner Mud Wrestler
Roger Callard Conan the Librarian
Robert Frank Timid Man
Jeff Maynard Boy with Books
M.G. Kelly Promo Announcer
Jay Gardner Promo Announcer
John Harlan Promo Announcer

Technical Credits
Jay Levey Director,Screenwriter
Kevin Breslin Co-producer
Michael Cutler Casting
David Lewis Cinematographer
John Du Prez Score Composer
Lynne Eagan Makeup
George Fisher Stunts
Gray Fredrickson Executive Producer,Production Designer
Deren Getz Co-producer
Barbara Hanley Casting
Cathy Henderson Casting
John W. Hyde Co-producer
Gene Kirkwood Co-producer
Dennis Madalone Stunts
Tom McKinley Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Menzel Special Effects
Dennis M. O'Connor Editor
Ward Preston Production Designer
"Weird Al" Yankovic Screenwriter
Robert Zilliox Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles/Indiana Jones Fantasy
2. Burger World
3. Opportunity Knocks
4. Showdown at Channel 8
5. "Oopsie!"
6. How to Operate a Table Saw
7. Spatula City
8. Uncle Nutzy's Clubhouse
9. Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
10. George Blows It
11. Stanley's a Hit!
12. Wheel of Fish
13. Raul's Wild Kingdom
14. Drink From the Fire Hose
15. Conan the Librarian
16. U62 Promo
17. Harvey in Hot Water
18. Hostile Takeover
19. Town Talk With George Newman
20. Telethon
21. Kidnapped!
22. Gandhi II
23. The Great Escape
24. Rambo Fantasy
25. Triumphant Return
26. The Last Minute
27. End Credits
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Main Titles/Indiana Jones Fantasy
2. Burger World
3. Opportunity Knocks
4. Showdown at Channel 8
5. "Oopsie!"
6. How to Operate a Table Saw
7. Spatula City
8. Uncle Nutzy's Clubhouse
9. Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
10. George Blows It
11. Stanley's a Hit!
12. Wheel of Fish
13. Raul's Wild Kingdom
14. Drink From the Fire Hose
15. Conan the Librarian
16. U62 Promo
17. Harvey in Hot Water
18. Hostile Takeover
19. Town Talk With George Newman
20. Telethon
21. Kidnapped!
22. Gandhi II
23. The Great Escape
24. Rambo Fantasy
25. Triumphant Return
26. The Last Minute
27. End Credits

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