Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Cap'n Video: A Canadian Vidiot

Now available on iTunes!! https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/beauty-day/id598555144

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His cable access television show, The Cap'n Video Show, ran from 1990 to 1995, spawning a small but loyal cult following. Each week Ralph performed a series of idiotic and occasionally dangerous stunts, challenging the sensibilities of his small Southern Ontario audience. With the advent of the internet and reality television still years away, his unique brand of gross-out stunt comedy was truly ahead of its time. All it took was a broken neck for him to get noticed.


If you haven't seen this documentary, I highly recommend watching it. It's entertaining, well shot and the music selections are great. Film Junk host and first-time director Jay Cheel gets off to a great start in his feature film debut. Zavadil is entertaining whether he's just being himself or acting as his zany alter ego, Cap'n Video. Part of the film follows him around as he prepares to come out of retirement for the 20th anniversary of The Cap'n Video Show. It's interesting to see how he still uses his old video-recording equipment rather than update for the new digital media world.

Lots of laughs and touching moments. 5/5 stars.

If you live in the U.S., you can watch the movie on Hulu for free.

Ralph Zavadil (aka Cap'n Video) performs his most infamous stunt for his cable TV show.

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