It seemed to be the perfect idea. Weird Al was the king of the parody music video in the 1980’s, so it just made sense that he should move his attention from making fun of musicians to making fun of movies and television with his own feature film.
UHF, Weird Al’s feature film debut, available today on 25th-Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray, was released in 1989. It featured a then up and coming physical comedian Michael Richards who would go onto play a character you might have heard of named “Kramer.”
In the cult classic “Weird Al” Yankovic is George Newman, a daydreamer who becomes the manager of a small TV station that’s losing money as quickly as it’s losing viewers. Before long he’s programming shows like “Stanley Spadowski’s Clubhouse,” “Wheel Of Fish” and “Raul’s Wild Kingdom.” But can Channel 62’s new popularity save it from sinister forces? To find out… don’t touch that dial!
At the time of the movies release, audiences were being hammered with blockbusters like Batman, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, and Indiana Jones, so UHF got swept under the rug. 25 years later the movie is a certified cult classic and fun for the entire family!
The 25th-Anniversary Blu-Ray features: