On 2002-01-02 06:05, aldownunder wrote:
Does anyone know why UHF is called The Vidiot From UHF in Australia
Because the term "UHF" refers to Ultra-High Frequency television signals, which is from channels 13 to 82 on a normal U.S. TV set.
But when the film was prepared for foreign release, Orion and its worldwide distributors realized that not all countries have the same television set-up as the U.S. For example, in England there's only eight non-cable channels, etc. So they had to retitle the movie. The "Vidiot" comes from the words "video" and "idiot," of course.
However, I've seen a few foreign video boxes titled simply as "UHF," so I don't know if the "Vidiot" title was abandoned in all countries for the video release.
And just FYI, in Quebec the film was retitled "Tele Ringards," and the Mexican version was called "Los Telelocos."