Blu-ray Review “The Kentucky Fried Movie”

The Kentucky Fried MovieActors: Donald Sutherland, George Lazenby, Bill Bixby
Directors: John Landis
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Run Time: 83 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

Ah, a real spoof. “The Kentucky Fried Movie” is a one of the original spoof before the genre went sour after the “Scary Movie” madness and its spin-offs. Before they hit it big with “Airplane”, the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker delivered this very funny (yet a little dated today) spoof. This film is also directed by the then newcower John Landis (“The Blues Brothers”, “An American Werewolf in London”). Even though the film hasn’t really held up over the years, it still has some  classic funny laughs and fans should enjoy this upgrade from their old VHS and DVD copies.

Official Premise: “The Kentucky Fried Movie” features a lewd, loosely connected collection of skits that spoof blaxploitation films, news shows, porno movies, TV commercials, kung fu flicks and more! This one-of-a-kind film features over 22 gut-bustingly hilarious segments including “Cleopatra Schwartz,” “The Wonderful World Of Sex,” “Catholic High School Girls In Trouble,” “A Fistful Of Yen,” and more!

“”he Kentucky Fried Movie” looks pretty good (not amazing) with its 1080p transfer in 1.85:1 aspect ratio.  But if you remember this film you would know that it was never really made high quality.  Still though the aging comedy still looks good in high-def.  Included for audio is the original DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, fans of the film will enjoy that treat and it works for the most part as well. The Blu-ray extras are good but missing some extras from previously releases. There is a commentary track with director John Landis, writers Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and producer Robert K. Weiss, which is a total laugh fest and easily worth the purchase. “A Conversation With David and Jerry Zucker ” is a chat with the film’s writers on the production and legacy. Lastly there is the Original Trailer included.

 

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