Top Secret
I have never been able to sit through an entire Elvis movie.  All those beach blankets and the dumb guitar music and the dancing all weird and there’s no way people at the beach are ever that much fun or that nice.  Not in America, anyway.  I wasn’t around then and I don’t the days of beach rock are something I’m going to be pining for anytime soon.  Now there’s a classic movie which puts Elvis in his place available once more.

Starting this February 3rd, now available on DVD from Paramount Studios and one of the most painfully iconic decades in American history comes the spoof that makes Elvis movies and all the great war epics completely hilarious.  Top Secret! is ready to take you inside the inner workings of spies and show you just how hot the Cold War really got, with some great musical numbers along the way.  Bring home this hilarious and wonderfully dated Cold War comedy today!

Nick Rivers is an American rock star whose most famous song is about surfing and skeet shooting at the same time.  He is invited to a cultural festival in Eastern Germany which the cunning Communists over there are going to use as a distraction while they deploy the deadly new Polaris Mine.  The mine will destroy the entire NATO submarine fleet as it passes through the Straits of Gibraltar, giving the Warsaw Pact nations a clear adventure as the Cold War heats up.  Rivers finds out about the plan and it’s now up to him to stop it.  Can he make the change from lovable musician to stone-cold spy in time and still manage to get the girl?  This movie stars a shockingly young Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing and Omar Sharif, among others.

The special features included in this DVD are the original theatrical trailer, storyboards, four alternate scenes you won’t be able to see anywhere else and an optional audio commentary from Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jon Davison, Hunt Lowry and Fred Rubin.  Simple being able to listen to one of the funniest directorial teams of all time, Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker, talk about this movie is worth the price of buying the film all by itself.

I didn’t even know about this film until I popped the disc into my X-Box 360.  I didn’t look at the cover, but within a couple of minutes I was positive is was another Zucker film.  That’s how distinctive and unique this great brand of humor is.  I wouldn’t class this film as being on the same level as Airplane or The Naked Gun, but it’s closer than you might immediately think.  I loved the music video for the song about surfing and skeet shooting and could not stop laughing.  I also appreciated the Casablanca references and nearly fell off my sofa when Val Kilmer mocked Steve McQueen in The Great Escape.  Also, the Ford Pinto joke was in great taste and that will never get old.  This is a great addition to your movie collection from an awful decade.

You won’t be able to keep this great film Secret!

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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