During his time at SNL, original cast member John Belushi created some of the most memorable characters in television history. One of the most brilliant comedic performers of all time, Belushi brought a rebellious presence and intensity that changed the face of comedy forever. From classic original characters like the Blues Brothers, King Bee and Samurai Warrior to incomparable impressions of Joe Cocker, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor and more, you can experience the best of Belushi for years to come. Plus enjoy extra bonus material, including interviews from SNL's original cast and writers and never-before-seen footage – as well as the very first SNL sketch of all time.
Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
I was a teenager when a new show hit televisions screens on late Saturday night. Today's teens have no idea what it was like back then when there was barely anything except old movies being run at that time or reruns of old TV shows. For that matter weeknight TV held little more than Johnny Carson on the Tonight show and a few lame imitators. And around 1 A.M. TV shut down leaving behind nothing but a test pattern. But times have changed. And one thing that changed for the better was that show on Saturdays. Who knew what would happen after the words "Live from New York, its Saturday Night!" were spoken? And who knew that an unknown actor/comedian on the show named John Belushi would become an American icon?
I was stunned one day when talking to someone who just turned 20 that they had no idea who John Belushi was, had never seen ANIMAL HOUSE and who didn't know much past the current line up as to who was on SNL (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE). When I got word this DVD was coming out I was glad because it gave me the chance to pass it along for someone young to discover just who Belushi was.
Then again they might not get it. The performances featured show Belushi doing bits where he was imitating Marlon Brando and Joe Cocker. And if the youngsters in the world have no clue who Belushi is could they possible know these two as well? I doubted it. But maybe this would be a way of generating an interest from them to look into those folks as well. And maybe it would be an eye opener for them to realize that comedians, celebrities and stars existed before Robert Patinson and Paris Hilton.
Back to the DVD. It features a number of the best items Belushi ever did when he was a major player on SNL.Read more ›
Great compilation but not enough for a great genius that deserves a better DVD tribute. But, indeed this one is better than nothing (or than the old compilation we had, that was almost the same as this)
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