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The Groove Tube [DVD] [1972]

  • SKU: 3936888
  • Release Date: 05/30/2000
  • Rating: R
Ken Shapiro's irreverent mix of sex, drugs, and comedy The Groove Tube comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a decent release from Hen's Tooth that will be of interest primarily to cult comedy fans.

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    Special Features

    • Original theatrical trailer


    The Groove Tube
    Channel One was a New York-based comedy group which presented short satirical sketches concerning television. What set this group apart was that they performed in front of genuine TV cameras, while the audience watched on TV monitors strategically placed throughout the theater. Many of the best, and most censurable, Channel One sketches were assembled by the group's mentor Ken Shapiro and released to theaters as the feature-length The Groove Tube. Shapiro himself stars in several of the sketches, most notably as "Koko the Clown," a kiddie-show host whose idea of "Make Believe Land" consists of smoking a joint and reading passages from Fanny Hill. Most of the Channel One players will be unfamiliar to audiences of the 1990s, save for Richard Belzer and Chevy Chase, the latter offering a most unusual rendition of "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover." The Groove Tube was originally rated X, thanks to such bits as "Safety Sam," wherein the audience is offered cheerful anti-VD advice by a talking penis. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Bill Paxton
      Bill Paxton
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      Ken Shapiro - Koko the Clown, Kramp TV Kitchen, The Dealer, Newscaster

    Customer rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      old school classic

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is a complete old school classic. Was looking for a new copy of this bizaar movie. My original was on a VHS VCR cassette tape and was very poor quality. The DVD is not remastered nor super high definition or anything, but it is all the complete skits without the poor picture problems my over-played cassette tape had. Shipped and arrived on time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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