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Flying Oddball
Dennis Dugan
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"Unidentified Flying Oddball"  on DVD:
TITLE : Unidentified Flying Oddball (aka The Spaceman & King Arthur)
DIRECTOR : Russ Mayberry
STARRING : Dennis Dugan, Jim Dale, Ron Moody, Kenneth More, John Le Mesurier, Rodney Bewes, Sheila White, Kevin Brennan

* Chaos in the Cosmos!
"Unidentified Flying Oddball" (aka "The Spaceman And King Arthur") is Disney's highly entertaining 1970's update of the Mark Twain classic "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court". This time round oddball astronaut Dennis Dugan & his look-alike robot are onboard a NASA spacecraft when they are zapped back in time and into King Arthur's Camelot. Laughs, action & romance abound in this enjoyable medieval sci-fi romp that was a Disney Channel favorite during the 1980's.  The Mark Twain tale was first put on the big screen as far back as 1931, with Will Rogers in the title role of "A Connecticut Yankee". Bing Crosby starred in the 1949 musical version, "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court" & in the 1990's Disney did yet-another update with "A Kid In King Arthur's Court" (1995). More recently, another variation on the theme popped up, with the big budget special effects adventure "Black Knight" (20001), starring comedian Martin Lawrence. Given all the remakes & updates over the years, including a 1998 Whoopi Goldberg TV version, Disney's 1979 classic "Unidentified Flying Oddball" is possibly the most entertaining of them all.
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Unidentified Flying Oddball [DVD](1979) DVD
When klutzy astronaut Dennis Dugan takes off on a routine space flight, he doesn't expect to be thrown back through time to the court of King Arthur, but that's what happens in this laugh-filled updating of "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." Ron Moody, Kenneth More co-star. 92 min. Standard and Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court (1949)/The Emperor Waltz [DVD](1948) DVD
Bing Crosby stars in this fanciful musical version of Mark Twain's immortal classic, as a blacksmith is thrown back in time to 6th-century Camelot. He's immediately pegged a wizard by Merlin and forced to joust Sir Lancelot for the hand of King Arthur's niece (Rhonda Fleming). Co-stars Sir Cedric Hardwicke and William Bendix. Songs include "If You Stub Your Toe on the Moon," "When Is Sometime?," more. Next up is fluffy entertainment from writer-director Billy Wilder, featuring Crosby as a phonograph salesman in Austria who tries to pitch his product to the country's ruler while attempting to woo the emperor's niece (Joan Fontaine). Tunes include "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame," "Friendly Mountains" and the title song. 214 min. total.

A Kid In King Arthur's Court [DVD](1995) DVD
Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee" story gets a contemporary updating in this live-action Disney romp, as a California Little Leaguer falls through the Earth during an earthquake and finds himself in fabled Camelot, where he uses 20th-century technology to help Merlin save King Arthur's throne and woos a pretty princess. Thomas Ian Nicholas, Joss Ackland, Paloma Baeza, and Kate Winslet star. 90 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital stereo.

Golden Age Classics: A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court (1952)/The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn [DVD](1955) DVD
In Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," a 20th-century New Englander finds himself facing off against Merlin the Magician after he is thrust back in time to the days of King Arthur. Boris Karloff, Thomas Mitchell star. Then, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" brings Huck and Jim's Mississippi River exploits vividly to life. With John Carradine and Mitchell. 104 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; theatrical trailers. Plays All Regions.

Black Knight [DVD](2001) DVD
Medieval-themed amusement park employee Martin Lawrence gets a taste of the real thing when, after a fall in a moat, he's sent back to 14th-century England. Now it's up to the fish-out-of-water Lawrence to learn how to ride a horse, teach the nobles how to get down, and lead a revolt against a cruel king in this time-travel comedy. Tom Wilkinson, Marsha Thomason, Kevin Conway also star. 95 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English; deleted scene; storyboard comparison; theatrical trailers; audio commentary; outtakes; featurette.

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