UHF is the film debut of comedy rock satirist Weird Al Yankovic, who also co-wrote the screenplay. George Newman (Yankovic) and his friend Bob (David Bowe from The Cable Guy) are fired from their jobs at Burger World. So George decides to take over Channel 62, a failing local TV station that his uncle Harvey (Stanley Brock) won in a poker game. George turns it around into an overnight success after letting the janitor, Stanley Spadowski (Michael Richards from Seinfeld), host a kid's show. George then fills the broadcast day with bizarre programming, bringing the ratings up and saving the station. Soon, rival station CEO R.J. Fletcher (Kevin McCarthy) of Channel 8 threatens to sabotage the successful station, and George must come up with a way to save it. Only loosely constructed around this storyline, UHF is mostly a series of TV, movie, and music parodies strung together and played for cheap laughs. UHF also stars Victoria Jackson, Emo Philips, and Fran Drescher.~Andrea LeVasseur
It is a typical Weird Al movie- funny but sometimes just goofy.
My son really liked it but he likes all of Weird Al movies and has quite a collection. I bought this on a Best Buy Deal of the Day so he could add it to his collection.
1989.... considered one of the best film years in history. Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, Licence to Kill, Batman, Glory, Driving Miss Daisy, Back to the Future Part II, Lethal Weapon II and many more to consider this is absolutely epic. In the summer of that year, a little film squeaked into the release schedule by fledgling studio Orion Pictures titled UHF, a comedy featuring Weird Al Yankovic in his first feature starring role. And last unfortunately, as this film was a critical failure and was a bomb at the box office despite Orion's test screenings saying it was their highest rated film in their history which warranted a summer release. As you can see with the slate of films of the summer being legendary, its no surprise the film failed to find an audience (That, an a hugely unwarranted PG-13 rating!) until it hit home video later that year. Year after year, the film was a high grosser in rentals and sales and became a staple of cable TV during the weekends and for many years was the only way to see the film since the LaserDisc and VHS copies went out of print until 2002 when a surprise extras laden edition was released by MGM and became a top seller for a while after that. So far I haven't mentioned the movie itself, and there is not much to tell except it is a classic comedy. Its really just about a daydreamer who is given the keys to a UHF station that is on death's door and is given life by Yankovic's character George Newman, with such shows that star their janitor (Played by Michael Richards) to such movies as Gandhi II where its more like Dolomite than a biopic of the famed leader. Yes, its very episodic, but with a nice performance by Weird Al as the lead, David Bowe as his faithful friend, comedian turned nutjob Victoria Jackson as his girlfriend and a terrific villain in Kevin McCarthy, it all adds up to a must watch and own. It'll make you want to buy the movie a spatula (Don't ask, see the movie) because you'll love it so much! On the disc itself, the PQ/AQ is surprisingly fantastic for a low budget film from 27 years prior with a nice sharp picture, natural film grain and accurate color detail, despite there not being a remaster and some various dust and specks here and there. The audio is also surprisingly strong from a LPCM 2.0 track with some great separation of audio and the music having a nice low end to it despite no subwoofer channel support. The extras are recycled from the 2002 DVD, with one of the best commentaries you'll ever hear with Yankovic and director Jay Levey that is funny, detailed and never goes silent for more than a few seconds at a time. There is also around 20 minutes of deleted scenes straight from a VHS from Weird Al's closet that has a few clips of unseen shows on the network (For good reason), some scenes of the villain and of course a deleted subplot featuring a friend of George's girlfriend. A fake making-of, with some real behind the scenes footage that lasts 4 minutes, the music video for the song "UHF", promotional materials including trailers, tv spots and posters and production stills complete the carried over materials from the original DVD. The only new feature is a 51 minute feature from the 2014 ComiCon panel about the 25th anniversary edition of the BluRay being released along with chats about his music career and et cetera. Truly, a fine release that has great PQ/AQ, terrific extras and just an all around great film that is totally worthy to sit on your bluray shelf! A must own!
Weird Al's cult classic UHF finally hits blu-ray, courtesy of the fine folks at Shout Factory. If you're not familiar with them, they are a company of movie buffs who gets the rights to fan favourite properties and create a dream package of special features and picture/sound restoration.
This is another home run for them, boasting a gorgeous transfer and tons of special features, including one of the funniest commentary tracks ever recorded. The movie, largely a spoof of 1980s films, is as hilarious as ever and still holds up. Highest possible recommendation!
I don't think I could write a review that would be give this film justice. Whether or not you're a fan of Weird Al Yankovic, you can still watch this movie and laugh at it for hours. Made in 1989, the movie pokes fun at many movies made years before it such as "Indiana Jones", "Conan the Barbarian", and many more. And to make matters funnier, The Janitor in the movie is played by future Seinfeld star Micheal Richards. A portrayal of a man who loves his mop has never been done so well by any other man.
The movie is about George Newman(Al Yankovic) who goes from job to job never finding one that he enjoys and gets fired constantly. He and his co-hort Bob(David Bowe) ease into the position of owning a cable channel that his uncle Harvey(Stanley Brock) wins in a poker game. And from there the cast of characters of unfold into this unbelievable assault of jokes.
I recommend this movie to everyone. It's one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time. Go watch it now. Don't wait.