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UHF (1989)

'Weird Al' Yankovic , Victoria Jackson , Jay Levey  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (420 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, David Bowe
  • Directors: Jay Levey
  • Writers: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Jay Levey, Charles Holloway
  • Producers: Becki Cross, Deren Getz, Gene Kirkwood, Gray Frederickson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (420 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKHX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "UHF" on IMDb

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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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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We got it all on UHF! February 20, 2005
Weird Al Yankovic describes and sings about so many wacky, bizarre scenarios in his songs and videos, that one might think, "what would he be like in a feature film?" UHF answers that question, and despite this being his only starring role, Yankovic acquits himself pretty well in this quirky cult film from the 80's.

"Nobody here appreciates someone with a good imagination," says Yankovic's character

George Newman, a Walter Mitty-type daydreamer who keeps failing at job after job, much to the frustration of his girlfriend Teri. So when his Uncle Harvey decides to give him a chance to be the new station manager of the UHF station, Channel 62, George jumps at the chance by putting more live shows. After all, with his pop culture daydreams, he'd be a shoo-in, right? As he tells his skeptical friend Bob, "It's just like working in a fish-market. Except you don't have to clean and gut fish all day." Joining him is Pamela Finklestein, a frustrated secretary aspiring to be a reporter. George, being the nice guy that he is, makes her one, but her first broadcast, an interview with the mayor, is rudely sabotaged. A remark "broads don't belong in broadcasting," typifies the 80's style sexism. Also, one has to compete with the national news station, Channel 8, run by the very loathsome R.J. Fletcher, who doesn't have a single nice line in the entire film.

Things start to turn around when he hires janitor Stanley Spadowski, the tall, simple-minded, but eager guy who turns out to be a smashing good entertainer as he is a janitor-his Mop speech is just great. Because of Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse, the ratings soar and before long Channel 62 is outdoing the national network affiliate Channel 8. Fletcher is far from pleased and sets out to sabotage Newman.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a Satire still topical March 27, 2006
Think Trashy videos...and satire of Television, you may think Saturday Night Live or Mad TV...Its not, Its UHF

UHF was done in 1989, long before cable was instilled in us. It was there In th main stream. Howevert under the Weird Al Yankovic's warped eyes, this satire poked fun and BAD TV and doesn't date itself.

Also in 1989, the stars of UHF were also semi-nobodies who later made it big in movies and TV. It was Weird Al's first and only starring role. The cast included such performers as Anthony Geary (in-between gigs at General Hospital), B-rated SF film star Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Comic Emo Phillips, Billy Barty, actor John Paragon ( who was the screen writer of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), Michael Richards (before his turn as Kramer in TV Seinfeld), a pre Nanny Fran Drescher, Gedde Watanabe (16 Candles), and Saturday Night Live's Victoria Jackson

The satire boarders between silly and slapstick. The jokes come fast and many like in Naked Gun or Airplane. It parodies such things like Rambo, Gandhi, game shows, kiddie TV shows, music videos (with Al's Music for Nothing/jed Clampet music video in the film) and TV Network. It still seems semi fresh 18 years later

and for those DVD film fans. The DVD audio commentary has Weird Al, Director Jay Levey (who also is Al's manager), Emo Philips, Michael Richards and Victoria Jackson. There is a lot of deleted stuff Al said he had on a VHS tape in his gargage. Foe film fans, its nice

So get this satire, it don't date that much and its still is fun!

Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
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How can you resist a movie where they throw poodles out of windows, let kids drink from fire hoses, where Conan hacks people apart because some people turned a book in late? The movie does have its slow parts, but the spoofs and skits are absolutely hilarious. I won't tell you all of them because then you won't go and rent or buy this great movie. This movie is really good if you are a Weird Al fan, like REALLY off-the-wall humor, parodies, something that can make you laugh. Some people hate this movie, but I think it's because they're trying to see it as a movie. UHF is not really trying to be a movie, it's trying to be more of a collage of parodies. Anyway, see it for yourself. There's no telling how many stomach muscles you'll burst watching this hilarious film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great use of the DVD format. June 4, 2002
Say whatever you like about the movie "UHF," which is, admittedly, slapsticky and unoriginal at times, but this DVD is great! Yankovic delivers brutally honest and hilariously funny critiques of deleted scenes and the movie itself through the running commentary feature. Hearing Al complain about unflattering shots of himself, mistakes in filming (a detached left arm turning into a right arm) beating a joke to death, low-budget special effects, bad acting, and making scenes unnessecarily long (ie the scene in the beginning with all the traffic signs) is incredibly amusing. There are also several amusing "easter eggs" hidden in the DVD menus and Al himself hams it up in the menus as well. Other features include the original UHF music video, a 1989 Behind the Scenes featurette, and selected deleted scenes. Oklahoma residents might especially appreciate the DVD for the explanation during the Commentary of where each scene was filmed in the Tulsa area. I highly recommend this DVD to all Weird Al fans. Even if you didn't like the movie (or especially if you don't), you will enjoy Al's criticism of it and the additional material.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good clean comedy. A+ for the family.
Wish Weird Al had done a couple more movies. I and the family so loved this. Nice to see comedy done with out the foul language.
Published 5 days ago by Mr. Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird Al fun!
Cult classic. So many famous people in it for one, for two lots of great lines to take with you. If you enjoy Raising Arizona or Talladega Nights I think you'll enjoy this!
Published 7 days ago by Sarah Hughes-Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful comedy movie full of laughs!
This film is just flat out funny. Anyone who gives this film a negative review is missing the point. Read more
Published 9 days ago by kelly Groce
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes a mop isnt good enough. You gotta get down with a toothbrush
Every time life has you down, just remember, sometimes a mop isnt good enough. You gotta get down with a toothbrush. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Lukas Mohr
5.0 out of 5 stars best slapstick ever!
Slapstick comedy doesn't get much better than this. Clean enough to show to a youngster, yet entertaining for adults. Read more
Published 27 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is a quirky fun movie that is just straight parodies that weird al is known for.
Published 1 month ago by Samuel Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The best Movies
I loved it. It was absolutely hilarious.
Published 1 month ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars we got it all on uhf on blu ray by shout factory and release is...
Well it's about time that this cult classic comes to blu ray. Shout factory is bringing it out for the 25 anniversary of the film and it's about time it hits blu ray. Read more
Published 1 month ago by thomas henry
4.0 out of 5 stars UHF by Weird Al Yankovic
UHF by Weird Al Yankovic is funny. If you have known Al's work over the years, he grows on you. His new CD's are good also. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CD Parker
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