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Saturday Night Live - Best of Alec Baldwin (1975)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCD0GM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saturday Night Live - Best of Alec Baldwin" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Dress Sketch: Political Ads
  • Dress Sketch: Dance Party
  • Photo Gallery
  • Audio Commentary

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Whether he's playing a Scout Master seducing "Canteen Boy", a French teacher annoying his students, a Tough Guy or just talking about his famous "Schwetty Balls", Alec Baldwin is undoubtedly one of the funniest SNL hosts of all time. He's become a regular, playing in sketches throughout the years with some of the SNL greats including Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Mike Meyers, Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell. You're sure to enjoy some of Alec's hilarious celebrity impressions, such as Tony Bennett and Charles Nelson Reilly. And if you've ever wondered what it's like to actually host SNL, you'll want to check out the DVD extras and bonus features, such as the audio commentary from Alec Baldwin himself as he comments on various sketches, as well as never-before-seen footage from dress rehearsals that never made it to television!

    There's a reason Lorne Michaels keeps asking Alec Baldwin back to host Saturday Night Live: He's really good at it. Baldwin may have made his name in hard-hitting dramas like Glengarry Glen Ross and The Cooler, but SNL has long allowed him to flaunt his skills in stage acting and mimicry. In other words, he never gets flustered or seems at all concerned about making a complete ass of himself--the essence of good sketch comedy. As with such versatile performers as Christopher Walken and John Goodman (who appears in the boozy Bill Brasky skit), these qualities have made him one of the show's most popular hosts. Granted, some may fault the man for a few too many sketches built around the double entendre, like pastry chef Pete Schwetty and his tasty balls, but there's no doubt the guy can sell even the silliest of lines with the straightest of faces. As for his impressions, Baldwin's Tony Bennett--by way of John Travolta--doesn't just capture the legendary crooner's voice and mannerisms, but his unstoppable optimism, as well ("I love things that are great!" ). His squinty-eyed, stiff-necked Robert De Niro is another treat. (His fidgety Charles Nelson Reilly doesn't hit the same heights.) Aside from more than a decade's worth of Not Ready for Prime Time Players, including Mike Meyers, Adam Sandler, and Will Ferrell, The Best of Alec Baldwin includes two deleted dress rehearsal sketches and dishy, occasionally profane commentary from Baldwin and producer Marci Klein. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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    27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars OMG This is SO LOL Funny I Fell Off the Couch January 30, 2006
    Alec Baldwin has always been the best host of SNL (along with Walken and Spacey) and this makes a pretty good case why.

    The opening sketch with the press conference about Prince Charles is priceless. And what could be more demented than "Canteen Boy." Baldwin is so over-the-top in that that what is a really, really sick joke is actually funny.

    But the home runs come with three of the funniest sketches of all time: The Tony Bennet Show (I was seizing during this one), The Joe Pesci Show (with Baldwin doing DeNiro) and the "Zinger" sketch, which just got funnier as it went along. Even better was the voicemail sketch where he keep re-recording his greeting, only to listen back to it and hear a gay man.

    There are a couple of clunkers: "Planet Truth" was just not that funny and maybe two others didn't need to be here. Including one so-so opening monologue that probably was only included because it included Paul McCartney.

    The bonus features include one great sketch that never made it on-air, and a great audio track by Baldwin and the Producer of SNL which provides lots of really, really entertaining stories about the cast and the sketches themselves.

    Absolutely hilarious.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamboats CAN do comedy! March 2, 2006
    There is no more manly man, chiseled of jaw and steely of glance, than Alec Baldwin at his peak. This DVD is thus a double delight: we see him act well and handsomely in these sketches, and we get to watch him, time and again, play against type. There is a fair amount of homo-humor (Alec as the British prince's press secretary using every possible elaborate metaphor for buggery in a skit that Baldwin co-wrote; Alec as a predator to Adam Sandler's Canteen Boy), and a fair amount of silliness (Alec as an exacting high school french teacher, a PG-rated skit, has been a favorite of my family's since it aired). Alec hawking Pete Schwette's Balls on NPR is probably the best known skit ever to challenge the SNL actors to maintain their composure, and he pulls it off. The only Baldwin masterpiece not on the DVD is Alec as "The Mimic," another utterly silly piece that should not have been omitted. The DVD follows the typical format of others in this series and indeed of the show itself, beginning with a vintage monologue before moving into skits. Baldwin's excellent preparation (you never see him glance at cue cards), his swooning masculinity, and his penchant for the goofiest material that never causes him to break character make this DVD special in the Saturday Night Live retro series.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Better than you would expect February 2, 2006
    Considering that the SNL 'Best of' DVD's can often be very hit or miss with their selections, the majority of the selected sketches on the Baldwin DVD are indeed very funny. As someone who has hosted the show so many times over the years, there is a lot of solid material to choose from. Some highlights include one where he gets a promotion at his job, but is unable to record a voicemail without it sounding less than manly when he does the playback. A zinger vs. burn skit between him and Seth Meyers is a riot, and it ends with a 'Bill Braksy' bar scene that also features Will Farrell and John Goodman that is absolutely hysterical. While there are a few sketches that are not quite as good and you'll probably want to skip over once you've seen them, the majority of the material on this DVD makes it well worth buying for any SNL fan.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Despite lacking "The Mimic," it's a decent value. May 24, 2009
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    At last, SNL's most consistently funny performer, Alec Baldwin, has a DVD of his past performances. Most of his best skits are here: the prissy French teacher, the soap opera star, the hapless gubernatorial candidate, and many others. There's less filler here than on other SNL collections. My only complaint is that his silliest skit - "The Mimic - is missing. Nevertheless, I think that this DVD is worth watching.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best SNL hosts to come along December 18, 2009
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    Underneath the cool, handsome leading man exterior of Alec Baldwin lies a true comedy performer. It should be no surprise that Baldwin is one of the most talented & longest-running hosts of SNL (tied with Steve Martin for the number of times hosted). He's practically an additional cast member, because he can do so many things & be genuinely funny at them.
    This collection is packed with great Baldwin moments: The hysterical cold opening of marathon gay jokes about Prince Charles; "Green Hilly", a hokey sendup of high-class drama & romance; his off-color impersonation of Tony Bennett; his wacky impersonation of the late Charles Nelson Reilly (Baldwin gets a run for his money here against Will Ferrell's weirdly funny James Lipton); the bully of a diet motivational guru; and the scandalous Canteen Boy sketch, with Baldwin as a randy scoutmaster.
    The moment that I felt was so-so was the opening monologue with Baldwin tossing money to everyone backstage (THIS deserves to be in the collection?? Probably because it features Lorne Michaels & Paul McCartney at the end).
    Definitely one of the best from the SNL collections!
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars I Like Things That Are Greeeeeeat!! September 23, 2007
    4.5 stars

    This is worth it just to watch Baldwin as Tony Bennett singing I Like Things That Are Great. I've seen it a dozen times and it just keeps getting better. Baldwin gets deeper into his characters than most hosts (he is indeed a good actor), and tends to rely less on cue cards than even much of the cast, which lets him really be the character (hello, cast of snl: learn a line or two; you've only got a few dozen a week!). Best of all, Baldwin is always willing to laugh at himself and his public personas, and goes the extra mile to get the laugh most every time.

    Schwetty Balls is still funny, as is Greenhilly (Jan Hooks shines here, as does Hartman, as always), and the Pesci skit has some nice bits. Not all of this dvd is great, but most of it is. Interesting that Baldwin did so many poofy characters, and they're all pretty funny. Canteen Boy is almost too much, but Sandler somehow keeps it light.

    I hope Baldwin rolls with the answering machine scandal; still waiting for it to come up next time he hosts. That would be ballsy.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Who DOESN'T love Alec Baldwin?!?! This is an amazing collection of must-haves from classic SNL hostings. It's GREAT!
    Published 12 days ago by Cathy M. Riso
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner with this sale :)
    This disc came in super-quick and with no problems; Another fine funny addition to our growing SNL collection. Thank you, seller, you are recommended!!
    Published 1 month ago by whiteboi8814
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy
    Comedy Gold. My personal fave SNL host. All the hits are here from Schweaty Balls to Zinger and Burns. This DVD has serious staying power in my collection. absolutely hilarious.
    Published 5 months ago by Keith Ammerman
    4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Customer
    I received my order of DVD's on time and emjoying everyone of them. Love, Love Love the old epdisodes of SNL.
    Published 7 months ago by Mary Richardson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious SNL Classic.
    Our family was headed off to a summer reunion vacation and I bought a bunch of these SNL classics for down time at the beach. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Kevin
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not A Perfect Compilation, But The Best Parts Are More than Worthy.
    Along with Steve Martin, Christopher Walken, Tom Hanks and John Goodman (the latter of whom has inexplicably not received his own 'Best of' special as of this date), Alec Baldwin... Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Anthony Nasti
    2.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS the 1st time, but
    I'm a BIG fan of Alec Baldwin, think he (along with Christopher Walken) was the best host ever of SNL. I found his skits absolutely hilarious when I watched them live. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Trancelucence (Leigh)
    5.0 out of 5 stars Alec is #1
    The Alec Baldwin compilation of his gigs as SNL guest host is absolutely the best of all the guest host DVDs. Yes, it has Canteen Boy. Yes, it has Schweaty Balls. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Tina
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great product!
    This DVD has all the great Alec Baldwin clips. Love remembering all the old skits, like Sweady Balls! This really is a must have for any fan!
    Published 14 months ago by Ashlee McLoughlin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny!
    Alec Baldwin is so funny...turn this on when you really need a belly-laugh. He's really talented and it's an inexpensive way to crack up.
    Published 15 months ago by MB
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