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SCTV, Vol. 4 (1981)

John Candy , Joe Flaherty  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara
  • Writers: Brian McConnachie, Tom Couch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ML24W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "SCTV, Vol. 4" on IMDb

Special Features


Editorial Reviews

SCTV’s incredible 5th season (yes, that’s Volume 4) finds the show renewed on NBC and still in the 90-minute format. Three cast members have departed, Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis and Catherine O'Hara—although Catherine makes a memorable return in "The Christmas Show," but Martin Short's star rose in their absence. His inimitable character Ed Grimley finds his way into many of the sketches. The Shmenges are back and John Candy introduces Mr. Mambo.

The Volume 4 box set features four Emmy-nominated shows ("Towering Inferno," "Christmas Special," "Midnight Cowboy" and "Sweeps Week"), plus Robin Williams as a guest in the "Jane Eyrehead" episode; it also includes musical guests John Mellencamp, Joe Walsh, and Crystal Gayle.

Includes an extra DVD with 3 extra episodes—12 episodes total— 33% more content at the same price as the first 3 volumes! Also includes a collectible set of character trading cards.

Program Listing: DISC 1 EPISODE# 106 Sammy Maudlin 23rd Anniversary / CBC EPISODE# 107 Indecent Exposure with John Cougar, Harold Ramis and Fred Willard EXTRAS: Hinterland Who’s Who Goin’ Down The Road

DISC 2 EPISODE# 108 Melonvote with Linda Hopkins EPISODE# 109 Jane Eyrehead with Robin Williams and America EXTRA: SCTV At Play

DISC 3 EPISODE# 110 Towering Inferno with Banda Brava EPISODE# 111 Christmas with Catherine O’Hara and Andrae Crouch EXTRA: SCTV Remembers - Part 4

DISC 4 EPISODE# 112 A Star Is Born with Crystal Gayle EPISODE# 113 SCTV Classifieds / Vic Arpeggio EXTRA: Sammy Maudlin at Second City

DISC 5 EPISODE# 114 Bobby Bittman’s Retirement with Ben Vereen EPISODE# 115 Sweeps Week EXTRA: SCTV - The Producers Part 2

DISC 6 EPISODE# 116 South Sea Sinner with Betty Thomas EPISODE# 117 Midnight Cowboy II with Joe Walsh EXTRA: The Red Fisher Show

Customer Reviews

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SCTV At Its Best October 28, 2005
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I bought this set with low expectations, as Catherine O'Hara, Dave Thomas, and Rick Moranis had left the cast, replaced by the seemingly annoying Martin Short.

After I popped this into the DVD player, however, I was more than pleasantly surprised. Although I do lament the loss of three great castmembers, the writing on this cycle of SCTV is noticably sharper than the previous volumes. "Melonvote" is one of the greatest single epsiodes of sketch comedy that I've come across. SCTV had always been absurd, but cycle 4 does such a great job seamlessly integrating the weirdness, that it's definitely a cut above the past.

I was also greatly surprised by Martin Short. Knowing him pretty much from things like "Captain Ron" and "Jimmy Glick," I was prepared to be underwhelmed. Under the umbrella of SCTV, however, he really does stand out and show strong acting chops. Even Ed Grimely, whom I absolutely hated on SNL, is hysterical here.

If you are deferring from purchasing this set as I did, I would strongly suggest going ahead and givng it a viewing. This is a prime example of the detailed and maniacal satire that SCTV remains a cult favorite for.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Life Is All Aboot... October 15, 2005
Fabulous. After so many years PRAYING for this magnificent show to be released on DVD, they finally deliver the goods.

Although many cast members were missing during this time, it's amazing how much the remaining crew re-energized with the addition of Martin Short. Not all of the material is brilliant; the "A Star Is Born" satire with Crystal Gayle kind of falls flat. But 9/10 is pretty good for a show that's over 20 years old.

This set is worth it for the 'CBC' portion of the season, which was pure genius, especially their take on "Going Down The Road", which is just as much an integral part of Canadiana as the movie it spoofs.

"She's a nuclear physicist! And she's FRENCH! FRENCH, Larry, FRENCH, do ya hear me??? She's got an accent and everything!!!"

Other stand outs include "Midnight Cowboy II", "Towering Inferno", "The Brock Linehan skits (Steve Roman, Linda Hopkins, Rusty Van Reddick,)", "Scenes From An Idiot's Marriage", "Half-Wits"... the list is endless.

Now if they'd only see fit to release the original Canadian broadcasts, we'd be in heaven.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen Haters! September 21, 2005
The Queen Haters - what more is there to say? OK - Midnight Cowboy - need I say more!!?

Also some footage I have never seen before, despite being an avid fan from watching the TV reruns. For example, some more bickering dialogue between Dr. Tongue and Bruno as they race to leave the Towering Inferno - I love their little squabbles!

Ed Grimly is here also, in THE NUTTY LAB ASSISTANT [with John Cougar], and in THE BOY WHO COULDN'T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS. As well, he teaches us a lesson about 'Snakes' and ends up falling prey to the snakes' hypnotic stare ... ;-)

It is true that Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas and Catherine O'Hara [except for Christmas show] are gone, but Martin Short shines through with his new characters - for example, the simpleton on Mel's Rock Pile, or as a new face in Pre Teen World!

John Candy is brilliant as always, as LaRue, a hospitalized Tommy Shanks, or as Mr. Mambo. Extra footage includes a baseball game with all the cast [including Moranis, Thomas, and O'Hara].

Not all of it is funny, but no show always is. I will add though that the political commentary on the Mellonville Election show, or in other places is as resounding today as it was in the early 80's. As well, the overall humour is still hillarious and poignant, as was so special with the SCTV series.

I know that I will enjoy this DVD collection for a very, very long time!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Great Again October 17, 2005
The third cycle of NBC shows was somewhat dragged down by Thomas & Moranis "experimenting" with some silly pieces ... here, the show becomes a bit more focused and at the same time more mature than it had been to date. It lacks some of the danger of earlier years, but gains in dry satirical quality.

Martin Short isn't my favorite cast member, he's a bit of a ham sometimes and his comedy sometimes homophobic, but he and his co-writers give us some great stuff here in places - Brad Allen's "Artisans and Their Art", Jerry Lewis in "Scenes From An Idiot's Marriage" ... priceless.

There's gut-busting hialrity - see "Halfwits" (which SNL stole their "Celebrity Jeapordy" premise from). There's inspired dry satire - see the election episode, see Bobby Bittman's retirement documented. There are a couple of plot-driven episodes that rank with the best work SCTV ever did - the Fred Willard "Indecent Exposure" saga, the "Towering Inferno" episode. There's a lot here, and it's very funny and very well-made.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SCTV Lives! December 30, 2006
It took years, but it was worth it to finally get these episodes uncut and complete. SCTV was one of the funniest shows on TV, period. There are some lame sketches, but the amount of hits more than makes up for a few misses. Way funnier than Sat. Night Live ever was, this volume features the Jerry Lewis/Ingmar Bergman masterpiece, "Scene From An Idiot's Marriage," Divine as Peter Pan, a one man show with Larry Fine, and the ineffable "Bowery Boys in the Band," where Leo Gorcey comes out of the closet. If you didn't see them the first time around, don't delay and get them now!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Running Out Of Steam
The loss of Dave Thomas, Catherine O'hara, and Rick Moranis is truly felt. No doubt Marty Short is talented/friendly/enthusiastic about his work (loved him in Three Amigos), but... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Spike3
5.0 out of 5 stars Best comedy show
SCTV was my favorite comedy show. Satire of television by a television show is still the funniest idea for a TV program. Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by BRODY
2.0 out of 5 stars Brutal quality
SCTV is awesome, a program I grew up watching. This DVD is poor quality however. The Queen Haters sketch has a line going through the top of the screen for most of the... Read more
Published on December 8, 2011 by dh
5.0 out of 5 stars Sctv has what you need, eh
This series was the SNL from Canada and a hell of a lot funnier. If you ever watched this back when it was on and need your fix, please ordered the DVD set. Read more
Published on September 2, 2010 by John Klatt
5.0 out of 5 stars stevert rates
great memories of a truly silly show-makes me laugh outloud it is so stupid.
Truly talented ensemble.
Published on April 2, 2010 by Stephen A. Tillotson
5.0 out of 5 stars Did they remaster this?
Or press it right off the original video tapes? It doesn't look or sound that much better than my ratty old videotapes from the 80s recorded in the cheapo SLP mode. Read more
Published on June 19, 2008 by Petar Ticinovic
4.0 out of 5 stars Typically great
This volume is typically excellent. The season clearly suffered from losing Dave Thomas and Catherine O'Hara (who I think is one of the pre-eminent comediennes of the last... Read more
Published on December 22, 2006 by S. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Set of the 4 (so far?)...
i think all the sets are excellent and highly recommend them for the occasional viewing, but if you plan on only getting one, make it this one. Read more
Published on December 3, 2006 by Datachasm
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one we've been waiting for!!
We have all of the SCTV season releases, but this is the one we have been awaiting the most. "Towering Inferno" and Martin Short as Grimley are HILARIOUS!!! Read more
Published on October 25, 2005 by Pam Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars SCTV the greatest,
I have been waiting for these shows to become available for years. I have all four sets and they all rate five stars. We get together with our sons and and relive every laugh. Read more
Published on October 17, 2005 by Nickolas Trikouros
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