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NTSC/Region 0. FM is a 1978 film directed by John A. Alonzo and starring Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Alex Karras, Cleavon Little, Martin Mull, and Cassie Yates. Los Angeles radio station QSKY tops the ratings charts by playing the best music with little advertising. When the corporate higher-ups push for more commercials, radio station manager Jeff Dugan (Michael Brandon) refuses to comply, which sends sales manager Regis Lamar (Tom Tarpey) running to the bosses. Dugan quits in defiance, but his loyal disc jockeys - including Mother (Eileen Brennan), Eric Swan (Martin Mull) and the Prince of Darkness (Cleavon Little) - protest with a lock-in. Hilarity ensues.

Product details

  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • MPAA rating ‏ : ‎ PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.35 x 7.56 x 0.71 inches; 2.75 Ounces
  • Director ‏ : ‎ John A. Alonzo
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Import, NTSC
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 1 hour and 44 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ August 5, 2016
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Alex Karras, Cleavon Little, Martin Mull
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ La Entertainment
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01HGA26AS
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 412 ratings

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Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Static At All...Revisited
By Pat McCurry on December 20, 2018
My love affair with this film started in 1986 when it was a late movie on KBVO in Austin, TX. I feel asleep after the scene with the Linda Ronstandt concert since I was tired. I was sad that I wasn't able to finish it since I was enjoying it. I got a second chance to watch it when I was home sick in 1987, and KBVO was running it as an afternoon film. In 1992, Comedy Central ran it and I recorded it. Funny thing is they showed the version that was syndicated to TV stations, but they showed a clip on Comedy Central that was not in the edited version (the scene where Eric Swan is getting pleasure from Delores Deluxe). I got another VHS copy from Anchor Bay in 1999, and the picture looked terrible. Years later, the tape crapped out in my VHS, and getting a new copy would have cost too much. It was not until this year when I was able to get a DVD version after Universal released it as part of their Vault Series.

This is a manufactured on demand DVD with no menu or subtitles. The transfer looks very clean and crisp since it is taken from the master film rather than dirty or grainy version Anchor Bay released in the 90s. This was also my first time seeing it in widescreen and it is much better than the pan and scan version. It adds more to the film. One character that benefits from this is Bobby Douglas, Q-Sky's technician who is aspiring to be a DJ. He is given more presence in the widescreen film as he is seen in the music meeting and at then end celebrating with the DJs. This makes him look like part of the gang rather than an afterthought.

This film is also a good time capsule of how radio was once was. The DJs were just as important as the music they played. Sadly, that has changed. Corporations have jammed the airwaves. Radio personalities are voicetracked, the overnight radio personality is almost non-existent, and playlists get seriously repetitive (listen to an HD radio station like iHeart80s, Real Oldies, and even stations in England like Gold or Heart 80s, and you will see what I am talking about). No one is in the station after 7pm or on the weekends (They even set the phone line to busy to make people believe someone is there). Thankfully, there are still some independent radio stations like WXRV in Boston, WDST in Woodstock, NY, WMVY in Martha Vineyard, and college radio stations like WERS, WXPN, WFUV, and KCSN that still try to keep the freeform format alive. I have seen many independent stations sell to corporations because they could not keep up. The funny thing in the film is Q-Sky is considered freeform, they play what they want, do what they want, but are owned by a corporation.

Do yourself a favor...Don't spend $50 for the Anchor Bay DVD or $10 for the All Region DVD. The $19.98 MOD from Universal is worth it.
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Mr. T. R. Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD arrived promptly. However, as noted elsewhere I ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 14, 2017
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Tim G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent soundtrack. Shame that the CD is so much ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 30, 2018
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Satisfied13
5.0 out of 5 stars No static, just lots of great music and memories
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2017
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Timothy Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent concert
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 7, 2021
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irishpropheticart
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie with a soundtrack of the 1970's.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2016
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