I have always loved sketch comedy. From my childhood love for The Carol Burnett Show to my later fondness for MadTV and the early years of Saturday Night Live, I just love the idea of short comedy skits and the fact that you can do anything within the realm of your imagination within them. In the 80s, I became obsessed with Amazon Women on the Moon, it still makes my sides hurt when I watch it. So I was surprised to learn that Amazon Women was a sort-of sequel to a movie made 10 years before it by many of the same people. And now Shout Factory is giving that film, Kentucky Fried Movie, to us this month.
John Landis directs the film written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker of Airplane! fame. The movie is a series of skits combined with super short comedy zingers such as news updates that make for one insane little movie. There are some excellent parodies as well, such as the Enter the Dragon parody, A Fistful of Yen and the teen sex comedy parody Catholic High School Girls in Trouble. The film does come across as dated, this was 1977 after all, but it still works well for almost all of the sketches. The news reports even make fun of some current events that are still issues today, so some things never change. This film is not as star studded as Amazon Women on the Moon, but you do get Bill Bixby, George Lazenby, Donald Sutherland, makeup artist Rick Baker, Henry Gibson, Forrest J. Ackerman and Leave it to Beaver’s Tony Dow. For fans of sketch comedy, Kentucky Fried Movie is a must see and probably a must own.
Shout Factory brings Kentucky Fried Movie to Blu-ray for the first time. This film was low budget and it does show with some very dated footage that almost looks like you are watching a VHS of the film back in the day. But many segments really do look great and the movie as a whole looks better than it ever has. The news report segments seem to look the worst, but some of that may be intentional to make it look like the crappy TV broadcasts of the day. Still, the Blu-ray is stable and as clean as you expect it could be, so it is a welcome addition to my collection and a great companion piece to my outdated DVD copy of Amazon Women on the Moon.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.