Combustible Celluloid
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With: Arsenio Hall, Monique Gabrielle, Lou Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter Horton, Joe Pantoliano, David Alan Grier, Rosanna Arquette, Paul Bartel, Ralph Bellamy, Carrie Fisher, Sybil Danning, Griffin Dunne, Steve Forrest, Monique Gabrielle, Steve Allen, Steve Guttenberg, Howard Hesseman, Ed Begley Jr., Russ Meyer, Kelly Preston, Henny Youngman, B.B. King, Lana Clarkson
Written by: Michael Barrie, Jim Muholland
Directed by: Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis, Robert K. Weiss
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 85
Date: 09/18/1987

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3 Stars (out of 4)

Idiot Box

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Joe Dante and John Landis teamed up with several other filmmakers for this comic anthology that's never screamingly hilarious, but is always consistently amusing. It plays as if the viewer were a late-night channel surfer, switching stations to find new and ever more absurd content. Arsenio Hall has a slapstick sequence wherein he's nearly killed by everyday objects in his apartment. Griffin Dunne plays a doctor who, for some reason, won't let new mom Michelle Pfieffer see her baby. Rosanna Arquette swipes a credit card and runs a background check on her blind date Steve Guttenberg (a sequence that seems to have grown more relevant in the #MeToo era). We also have Murray (Lou Jacobi), an old man in his boxer shorts who somehow gets zapped into the TV and appears randomly throughout many of the segments, and we get the legendary scream queen Monique Gabrielle, who appears naked throughout an entire segment. Stay until after the end credits to see one more segment with Carrie Fisher and Paul Bartel. Filmmaker Russ Meyer appears in a video store.

Kino Lorber's fun, great-looking 2020 Blu-ray release comes with a commentary track by film historians Kat Ellinger and Mike McPadden, a new 24-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, a treasure trove of newly discovered outtakes and dailies, deleted scenes, and trailers.

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