A local public station gets a new owner. The station becomes a hit, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.


“UHF” was the tiny film that didn’t during the crowded summer of 1989. However, it found out an exciting new life on Home Video. Kids of my generation discovered Billy Barty and Kevin McCarthy, as we followed Weird Al into the exciting realm of owning an independent television station. If that wasn’t enough, Weird Al got to have mild hallucinations that played as a cross breed between his music videos and a Muppet Babies inspired fever dream. Oh, to be alive in 1989!

Weird Al Yankovic and director Jay Levey did something really odd here. If anything, I’d called it a white and nerdy take on Purple Rain. Levey had been managing Weird Al for ages, plus he directed most of the classic videos. The two working ever so closely produced an auteur vision that was too much for most. That being said, we don’t need no stinkin’ badgers. It’s the kind of thing that’s made for kids of a certain age. I will admit that Spatula City has lost its luster as the years have worn on.

The legacy of a cult classic is a muddy mess full of people trying to work as detractors against films that a dedicated group loves. However, there are warts to go along with these features. Some people might find the borderline disabled antics of Michael Richards to be annoying. Then, there’s Victoria Jackson showing why she didn’t have much of a career after SNL. The film is an eclectic mix, but I believe “UHF” has something for everyone. The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, deleted scenes, music video, featurettes, promo materials and even more! The A/V Quality is refreshing when compared to the old MGM DVD. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.


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