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5.0 out of 5 stars For the television conisseur
Pam Dawber and the late John Ritter are Helen and Roy Knable who end up in a world of television. Helen is so fed up with Roy's addiction to television that she ends up leaving him. Their kids stay with Roy and the kids themselves join their parents in the world of television. Roy finds himself in drag,as an animated mouse and in a black-and-white detective drama. What's...
Published on September 15, 2004 by andy8047

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tune In, Turn On, and Drop that Remote
An underrated sci-f/horror comedy from Director Peter Hyams (CAPRICORN ONE, 2010:THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT) starring John Ritter. STAY TUNED would have worked better as a made-for-tv-movie (no pun intended) than a major release. There are some inspired gags in the film and social satire about television viewing habits. John Ritter is perfectly cast along with Pam Dawber...
Published on May 14, 2004


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the television conisseur, September 15, 2004
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This review is from: Stay Tuned (DVD)
Pam Dawber and the late John Ritter are Helen and Roy Knable who end up in a world of television. Helen is so fed up with Roy's addiction to television that she ends up leaving him. Their kids stay with Roy and the kids themselves join their parents in the world of television. Roy finds himself in drag,as an animated mouse and in a black-and-white detective drama. What's even cooler is that Roy is on the set of Three's Company,Ritter's legendary classic sitcom. Two unknown actresses as Janet and Chrissy,walk into the apartment and ask Roy in unison,"Where have you been?". Ritter actually reprised his role of Jack Tripper for a short time! There's also Duane's Underworld on Saturday Night Dead,a parody of Saturday Night Live's Wayne's World. Duane and his sidekick,both ghouls,have Roy on the show and rave about Helen's physical beauty("Schwing!"). The Knables' kids get their mom and dad out of TV and back into the real world. Dawber's sitcom Mork & Mindy,a spinoff of Happy Days,ran on ABC from 1978 to 1982,during the tenure of Three's Company,another ABC sitcom(1977-1984). I dedicate this film to the memory of Ritter(9/17/48-9/11/03).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very innovative and fun flick, December 17, 1999
This review is from: Stay Tuned [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This movie was very cute. John Ritter gives a great performance. About a couple having their share of problems (mainly that Ritter ignores his wife and watches t.v. instead). She breaks the t.v., and he meets Spike, an agent of the devil that offers him a new satelite entertainment system, complete with 666 channels. The catch? He and his wife are sucked into the satelite dish, and have to survive 24 hours of dangerous programming. If not, Satan gets their souls. Excellent animation sequence by Chuck Jones. Genuinely funny! A must see for those who enjoy comedies with bizarre (yet interesting and well written) plots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual programming., May 24, 2004
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This review is from: Stay Tuned (DVD)
I first caught STAY TUNED on weekend afternoons when I didn't have anything better to do. Sure the movie was kind of cheesy and had a plot that was meant to be satirical and not realistic, but I always enjoyed watching. John Ritter was a great comic and like all great actors, was able to improve any material given to him.
Ritter plays Roy Knable, a traveling plumbing supply salesman who is suffering from a midlife crisis and slowly retreats into the world of television. One night a strange man (Jeffery Jones) shows up at his doorstep offering him that chance to preview a new satellite system. Knable can't refuse, sings a contract, and after an argument with his wife (Pam Dawber), the couple are sucked into the satellite system and begin living television shows. The big hitch is that the satellite station is a pet project of Satan and some of his demons and all the shows have a diabolical twist meant to kill the "participants" and steal their souls. The only way out of the contract that Knable signed is if they survive 24 hours in the tv programming world from Hell.
Besides Ritter, the movie provides some decent performances from Dawber and Jones (he seems to be the king of modern cheesy movies) and also a fine supporting turn from Eugene Levy.
The movie offers some comic parodies that are now outdated (Wayne's Underworld for instance) and some cheesy dialogue. Still, the show is fun to watch and Ritter is a total joy. Also, this film was made years before reality tv (the first season of MTV's REAL WORLD hadn't even aired yet) and it's satirical look at television viewing and making is even more relevant today than when it was more than a decade ago.
The DVD includes a brief featurette, theatrical trailers, and a list of cast information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Ritter sucked into TV land., October 30, 2003
This review is from: Stay Tuned (DVD)
Synopsis:
John Ritter stars as Roy Knable, a true couch potato whose life and marriage is disintegrating around his ears as he watches TV to escape it all. On the same night that his wife Helen (Pam Dawber) intends to leave him, a mysterious salesman named Spike (Jeffrey Jones) appears to sell Roy a new television set, complete with a gigantic satellite dish that will beam 666 channels right into Roy's living room. Yet something goes awry when Roy and his wife get sucked onto the satellite dish and enter the hellish world of Satan TV. From there it is a frantic rush to survive before time runs out.
About the Movie:
Stay Tuned is probably one of my favorite comedic movies. I first saw it in the early 90's and when I saw that it had come out on DVD I jumped at the chance to get it.
Stay Tuned is filled with slapstick humor, a great many very twisted comic plays on classic television clichés and TV shows. Among them are Saturday Night Live, Star Trek The Next Generation, Three's Company, WWF, and classic cartoons. The cartoon is presented in a wonderfully delightful animated sequence that was actually supervised in production by the legendary animator Chuck Jones (who did many of the Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck cartoons.)
This is truly at the top of the films John Ritter starred in. Ritter's comic timing help make this film. While this film never got much notice, it certainly is an excellent example of why John Ritter's comedic career managed to span over 2 decades. He was very good as what he did.
Veteran comic Eugene Levy ("SCTV" and "American Pie") also plays a major role in this film as Crowley, a down and out Hell TV Exec who helps the Knables on their journey. He manages to play the lovable slimeball quite entertainingly.
Jeffrey Jones plays the bad guy, Hell TV's CEO, Spike. He's a great actor for the bad guy in a comedy, and he manages to be convincingly evil and funny at the same time without making the role look stupid, as tends to happen to bad guys in slapstick comedies these days.
With John Ritter's comic timing and Pam Dawber playing the straight-man as they tumble from demented channel to demented channel, this film is great for a lot of laughs.
About the DVD:
Stay Tuned comes in a cardboard DVD snap case, marking it as budget fare. It is presented in widescreen format with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Both the picture and sound are pretty good. I did not notice any issues with either. The DVD comes translated into French (why no Spanish?) and has English, French and Spanish subtitles.
For special features, the DVD comes with an extended theatrical trailer, cast info and a behind the scenes featurette look at the movie. The cast info is simply a list of actors in the film. They don't even provide bios for them, making this a clear case of beefing up content with minimum effort.
The featurette is the type that they used to show on television just before the movie came out, with interviews with the cast that are completely unenlightening if you have seen the movie. It's only mildly interesting. The bad side is that the music which plays behind the commentator is outright annoying through the first quarter of it.
This DVD release is a pretty standard no frills release.
Overall, a great movie on a standard unexciting DVD release. 4 stars
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder, She Likes, October 27, 2005
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This review is from: Stay Tuned (DVD)
Stay Tuned is about Roy and Helen Knable. Roy gets a new TV from Mr. Spike. The new TV has 666 channels that's filled with shows such as "Facts of Life Support" , "30 Something to Life", "Sadistic Hidden Videoes" , "Murder, She Likes" and commerical parodies. Roy and Helen has 24 hours to live through Hell's channels. Will they make it out alive? STAY TUNED!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tune In, Turn On, and Drop that Remote, May 14, 2004
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This review is from: Stay Tuned (DVD)
An underrated sci-f/horror comedy from Director Peter Hyams (CAPRICORN ONE, 2010:THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT) starring John Ritter. STAY TUNED would have worked better as a made-for-tv-movie (no pun intended) than a major release. There are some inspired gags in the film and social satire about television viewing habits. John Ritter is perfectly cast along with Pam Dawber (both television veterans) as a husband and wife whose marriage is on the rocks due to Ritter's (as Roy Knable) over obsessive couch potato persona. He unknowingly signs away his soul to the devil (Jefferey Jones) for "DirecTV" from hell. The package includes a big screen tv and a most unusual satellite dish that broadcasts programs from the netherworld and also serves a portal into those shows. Naturally the two get transported into this dimension (via the satellite) and this is where the fun begins. Taking cues from SNL or Mad Magazine, Ritter and Dawber are thrown into and forced to participate in very clever (yet evil) parodies of popular televison shows and movies (i.e. WAYNE'S UNDERWORLD, NORTHERN OVEREXPOSURE, & DRIVING OVER MISS DAISY) and are supposed to be eliminated so their souls could be collected immediately. One hilarious sequence Ritter/Roy Knable ends up in is a tribute Ritter's series, THREE'S COMPANY. It's a shame they didn't do the same for Pam Dawber's series MORK AND MINDY. One complaint of the film are the scenes of the tv programming offices (featuring Jeffery Jones and Eugene Levy). It is very vague where these scenes come from as they are monitoring the televsion programming activities. The audience is supposed to assume that this is supposed to be "Hell" but it makes no mention or distinction of this fact. Perhaps the message in the film is that all television (executives and programming) are located and come from "Hades". Overall, the film is harmless and entertaining family fare. On a peculiar note, another film released the same year that almost has the same premise, along with the look and feel to it (and also has actor Jefferey Jones in the cast) is MOM AND DAD SAVE THE WORLD. The late John Ritter is an engaging personality and the film was suited for his talents. Overall a decent comedy horror/sci-fi that succeeds mainly for the hilarious tv/movie parodies and John Ritter's likeable on and off screen personality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Ritter Really Shines In This One!, August 25, 2002
This review is from: Stay Tuned (DVD)
STAY TUNED is one of those farce fully fun movies that you just watch to be entertained and enjoy. It was directed by (and photographer - D.P.) Peter Hymes (2010:The Year We Make Contact) and it stars John Ritter and Pam Dawber (two TV veterans) as a husband and wife that suffer the midlife crisis that every family faces. John is way to tuned into the television that it becomes the catalyst to separate their marriage.
Enter the Devil himself - or at least one of his co-workers, played hysterically by Jeffrey Jones and an incompetent sidekick played by Eugene Levy - and you got a plot the Devil would even enjoy. Both Pam and John are sucked into the TV and when there, start by switching around from channel to channel in Hell Vision. The parodies and the shows the mock and parody are hysterical. There is even a skip into STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION and an immensely funny zap into the set of THREE'S COMPANY - which terrifies John Ritter.
I must admit John is the best thing about this movie. Son of the famous Tex Ritter, his comic timing and prat falls are the best. He has a way to make the silliest things very funny. I always thought his talents have always been underrated. Like the 80's version of (Dick Van Dyke.) His energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Pam Dawber and kids to an okay job, but it definitely Johns and Jeffrey's movie. The good and Evil personified in the Television world.
The DVD are not many, but the do have the original trailers and the behind the scenes documentary with original cast and crew comments and behind the scenes footage. I like this movie for the sheer fact that at certain times I can be a couch potato and in a strange way this is a fantasy version of what can happen if you never get away from it. It's Fun! (8-25-02)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Favorite, August 26, 2002
This review is from: Stay Tuned (DVD)
It's another Austin Powers, Wayne's World, Brady Bunch Movie, Police Academy or George of the Jungle.
As a kid, this was one of my favorite movies. Not too long ago, I bought this disc. This movie is STILL fun.
It was recently spoofed in Austin Powers in Goldmember. The remote was in the form of a key and the satellite was on Dr. Evil's submarine. They "Key/Remote" was even in a jewlery long box like in ST.
As a kid, my favorite part was when the Knables were cartoon mice, now my favorite scenes involve Mister Spike. I've finally discovered how funny Jeffrey Jones is. I need more of his movies...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT GOOFY COMEDY!, November 5, 1999
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This review is from: Stay Tuned [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Are you aware of what you watch on television? Imagine what would happen if you were sucked into the television world and had to fight your way out. This goofy comedy is great. When John Ritter 's character turns to couch-potato retirement, the Devil comes knocking with a super deal on bizarre cable service. The Devil is desparate for souls. It's hilarious! Especially the cartoon scene.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great unknown flick, August 17, 2003
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This review is from: Stay Tuned (DVD)
I loved this movie so much just because of the original idea. Plus, Ritter is awesome. I actually own this on DVD and I cannot express how much I love this movie. I love the tie-ins of Three's Company, plus Wayne's World and other popular, yet cliche & stereotyped television visuals.
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