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Director Jay Levy, actor/co-writer "Weird Al" Yankovic, and actors Michael Richards, Emo Phillips, and Victoria Jackson
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Reviewed by wordtoyamotha on June 8th, 2004
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Very fun commentary from Al and lots of guests. Al goes into detail on just about every actor, location, set, etc. He basically tells you everything you'd ever want to know about UHF.
Reviewed by Brian Thibodeau on June 9th, 2004
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Yankovic is nearly autistic in his ability to remember street names, addresses and other location ephemera during this track. Obviously, there's not much need to discuss subtext with a film like UHF, but director Jay Roach, who's also Weird Al's agent, barely discusses anything at all (though his lack of subsequent film credits beyond Weird Al's videos probably points to his work on this film being an open case of semi-nepotism). having Michael Richards drop in halfway through was inspired, as was Al's mostly-improv phone call to co-star Victoria Jackson's house during the final third of the track. All in all, an enjoyable track for Al completists, but others may find it a bit geeky.
Reviewed by The_Phantom_Menace on September 21st, 2004
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This is one of the most consistantly entertaining commentaries I have ever heard. I wish my memory was as accurate as Al's, who can recall every detail about the production with such confidence, you end up suspecting that such details are written in front of him. Jay Levey ends up being less than verbose (which Al calls him on at one point), but Emo Phillips, Michael Richards, and Victoria Jackson make for lively cameos during the session. My favorite part comes at the head of the credits, when Al reads several of the reviews of UHF that were published at it's release, and commenting on them.
Reviewed by anthontherun on October 22nd, 2004
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Probably my favorite commentary of all time. Not only is Al hysterical (as usual), but he did his homework: he informs us of the addresses of buildings, car types in the movie, and even shares stories on a contest that allowed a Tulsa local to appear in the film.
The other participants all add something to the plate as well.
Reviewed by CaptHayfever on July 26th, 2005
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Just as unpredictable and hilarious as the film it overdubs, Yankovic & Levey's track is a trippy journey throught the places & people involved in a film that should've done so much better than it did. Philips and Richard's respective bits are equally engaging, and Jackson is surprisingly coherent, considering that she's only heard over the phone and had absolutely no preparation. Also, the first and only commentary I've ever seen with a--I'll let you see for yourself.
Reviewed by hairmetalman on June 26th, 2006
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One of the best all-around tracks you'll come across, deftly mixing humor, informative tidbits, and general conversation on a movie that is of a love-it-or-hate-it variety. Weird Al knows his stuff (or has good clip notes?) regarding all facets of the film (locations, actors, sub-plots, etc.)
Emo makes a surprise visit (hilarity ensues) and Victoria Jackson comes along as well, and of course Mr. Richards is .. well, as Kramer is, which fits right along here!
Not one to be missed, and yes Al does make a "special appearance".
Reviewed by blablaidontcarewhour on October 29th, 2010
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"Orion... Orion... is bankrupt now". One of the funniest commentaries ever.
Reviewed by LemonadeAndFudge on April 21st, 2012
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"Weird Al" Yankovic has this way of making whatever it is, no matter how irreverent fun. In the audio commentary for his only movie, he talks about streets and addresses and places from a decade after he made the movie. That's an awesome gift. It looks like he has Autism Spectrum Disorder.
He and Levey go into probably everything you will need to know about the movie. With funny cameos from Michael Richards and Emo Phillips, people who are wanting to make an audio commentary, please oh please watch this one.
Reviewed by frankasu03 on November 25th, 2012
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Just want to reiterate what a fantastic commentary track this is. "Weird" Al turns the whole affair into a great "radio play." I love the random "calls" that arrive from Emo Phillips, Michael Richards, et. al. Still, Al finds time to painstakingly reveal everything you'd hope to know about the creation, production, and reception of "UHF." Perfection. 10/10
Reviewed by Station51 on September 23rd, 2015
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I kept seeing this title high up on list of the best and wondered if it was a joke. Turns out it's not. It's actuzlly very entertaining and Al offers a lot of info about the movie and the players. At one point his manager, who is the other host of the commentary asks Al " How do you remember all this stuff? ". It becomes obvious that he's reading off at least some notes detailing various actors bios and offering lots of information about box office receipts and dates and such.
Al is a very entertaining and fluent speaker which makes it an easy listen. He also comes across as a very normal, exceedingly decent human being. He tries to forget no one in the film, even small bit players and pretty much succeeds. He also really appreciates people and has good things to say about everyone who was in the film.
A few times he makes a big point that an actor or actress who has a speaking part didn't even get their face shown in a scene and mocks the whole scene because of it. Take that director/manager.
In all very funny, engaging, zany of course and also well worth a listen.
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