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Saturday Night Live - The Best of Dana Carvey (1975)

Corbin Bernsen , Nora Dunn  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Corbin Bernsen, Nora Dunn, Linda Hamilton, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, 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: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003L9CO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saturday Night Live - The Best of Dana Carvey" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Additional Footage
  • Episode Backround
  • Origal Audition Tape

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Dana Carvey stopped appearing as a member of the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1992, but he left behind an amazing legacy of hilarious fictional characters, while also showing himself to be one of the leading impressionists in contemporary American comedy. During a period when SNL was largely a hit-or-miss affair (as compared with its classic first five years), Carvey could always be counted on to elicit guffaws when he appeared as Garth of "Wayne's World," The Church Lady, The Grumpy Old Man, Hans the bodybuilder, or even the grossout-inducing "Massive Headwound Harry." But it is perhaps as an impressionist of political and show business personalities that Carvey showed his greatest talent. He became nationally famous for his George Bush impersonation, but he repertoire included so many others: Paul McCartney, Ross Perot, Tom Brokaw, George Michael, Keith Richard, Jimmy Stewart, Johnny Carson, Strom Thurmond, Bob Dylan, and on and on--his ability to capture every nuance of a character was nothing short of astounding.
This video presents an excellent cross-section of Carvey's work, including some hilarious Church Lady sequences, a rapid-fire series of impersonations, and a terrific combination impression of Johnny Carson and Arsenio Hall called "Carsenio." Anyone who enjoys laughing will find this video well worth the money.
It's surprising to me that in recent years Dana Carvey has not found a lot of new venues for his great talent. While his onetime partner on "Wayne's World" Mike Myers has achieved superstar status as "Austin Powers," Carvey has more or less receded into the show business background. Here's hoping that Dana finds his winning show, film, or character soon.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The best of Dana Carvey...NOT August 26, 2002
I ordered this DVD (along with several others from the 'best of' collection) because I used to really enjoy watching SNL when I was an undergraduate in CA and because it is unavailable in Europe. This DVD has some mediocre to good skits with Dana Carvey from SNL, but does not include a single full skit of "Church Chat" opting instead for a "Church Chat Montage" which has small snippets of various church chat skits. I found it quite annoying to watch a few seconds of a skit and then have it cut short - I wanted more. My rating of three stars is because I think several full-length skits of 'Church Chat' should have been included as they were one of the most popular (and one of my favourites). For those of you who can tape episodes when they appear as re-runs, I would suggest doing that rather than buying this DVD. A disappointing 'best of' for a great SNL cast member.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Dana Carvey left "Saturday Night Live" 12 years ago, but he left behind a hilarious body of work only matched by Phil Hartman and Will Ferrell. He was one of the show's most vesatile performers of the classic 1986-93 years, creating a wide range of classic characters and dead on impressions. "The Best Of Dana Carvey" features all of his best moments from his seven year career, plus several from his eight guest appearances.

All of Dana's best charcters are here, including the Church Lady, Hans of Hans and Franz, Garth Algar, Grumpy Old Man, Ross Perot and of course, President George H.W. Bush. All of the sketches featured here are hilarious (though I would have preferred a full "Church Chat" bit and the 1988 and 1992 debates sketch with Bush). Also there's a great montage of all his most memorable impressions including George Michael, James Stewart, Paul McCartney and John Travolta and the infamous Il Cantore sketch. The funniest sketch is the Tom Brokaw segment where he's going over various ways of announcing Gerald Ford's deah. As the sketch progresses, each potential from of death gets more absurd, from commmiting suicide to getting eaten by wolves.

If there's any complaints I have, is that are no Ching Chang or "Nightline" sketches (Dana Carvey's impression of Ted Koppell was so hilarious). But still, this is a hilarious look at Carvey's amazing "SNL" career.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dana Carvey... Comic Genius October 22, 2001
By Lukey20
I am a big fan of SNL and have really enjoyed Dana's work in the past. I hesitated before I bought this dvd not sure if it would be another effort to cash in on a poorly put together dvd... However I was impressed with what I saw. The DVD contained some of my favourite of Dana's moments including some Waynes world skits, Church Chat, his hillarious impression of Dennis Miller, George Bush and my personal favourite the skit where he plays the psychic contestant on a gameshow... It made me sad watching it all knowing that Dana wasn't doing as much as he should be now! The best part though was in the special feature not listed here "Dana's original uncut audition for SNL" this rare never before seen piece is worth the price of admission alone! Check it out for fans of Saturday Night Live or just people who appreciate fine comedians.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Sampling Of Carvey's "SNL" Career March 1, 2005
A Kid's Review
Nowadays when people think of Dana Carvey, they think of another washed up ex - "Saturday Night Live" castmember who makes crappy movies like "Master On Disguise". But when Carvey was on "SNL" in the late eighties and early nineties, Carvey was one of the biggest comedy stars in America, elicitng uproars of laughter alongside Phil Hartman and Mike Myers, to name just two of the rest of that "dream team cast".

"Saturday Night Live - The Best Of Dana Carvey" captures the 6 1/2 years Carvey spent as a cast member on the show. It features all of his most popular recurring characters (though I can't help but notice they didn't include any sketches with Ching Chang, the stereotypical Chinese chicken shop owner who Carvey played 8 times on the show), including the Church Lady, Garth from "Wayne's World", Hans from "Pumping Up With Hans And Franz" and the Grumpy Old Man who used to be a commentator on "Weekend Update". Also included is the infamous "Massive Headwound Harry". This sketch may be disgusting, but it's hilarious.

However, many of the best moments on this dvd are when Carvey is impersonating famous people, whether they're politicians or entertainers. Whether he's doing Ross Perot, Tom Brokaw (the best sketch on the dvd) or President George W. Bush (interesting fact: Carvey has portrayed prez 41 38 times, the second most recurring impression after Darrell Hammond's Bill Clinton (73 times)), he made you feel like he was really them.

Overall, this is an excellent documentation of Carvey's career on "Saturday Night Live". Here's hoping that Carvey gets his career back on track and has a big hit film, because a talent like him truly deserves one.

(Note: Also check out Carvey in "Wayne's World)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
can't watch this enough - stellar days of SNL
Published 3 months ago by Lauren E. Muglia
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, but has a few hole
Dana is one of the very best ever on SNL. There is so much material to choose from. For the most part they did a good job on selecting the skits. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Craig R S
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Laughs from Dana's SNL Characters!
I just love Dana Carvey. It is a great selection of his characters from SNL. Whenever I need a good laugh, it is a great "pick me up".
Published 10 months ago by Mary Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars stops too early in his career
This video does not span his life at SNL. Disappointed. The highlight of the video, in my opinion, was an extended intro to SNL based on his impersonation of Ross Perot.
Published 21 months ago by A. Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Dana Carvey
Excellent seller and item received much earlier than expected. I am trying to replace my old VHS tapes and it is wonderful to know that I will be able to watch it for a long time... Read more
Published on May 10, 2012 by Anonymous
2.0 out of 5 stars "Not that Great"
Many of the skits just dragged on for much too long. I wish I had read these reviews BEFORE I purchased it.....

Published on November 3, 2008 by Msecu
5.0 out of 5 stars SNL BEST OF DANA CARVEY
Published on October 28, 2008 by Judy H. Slemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!!
I am new to SNL, and this was a great intro. BUY IT! I was laughing the whole time, my favorites were the Church Lady. (Isn't that special! Read more
Published on August 7, 2006 by Jacqueline M. Stefan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dana Carvey
This is exactly like it state's, "The Best of Dana Carvey" from 1986-1992. If you are familiar with Dana Carvey in any way, you will love this DVD. Read more
Published on August 6, 2005 by Tim Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, Isn't This Special
Dana Carvey may have left "Saturday Night live" in 1993, but his legacy still lives on. Along with Phil Hartman, he was the most versatile actor of the show's 1986 - 94 seasons,... Read more
Published on July 11, 2004 by Anthony Nasti
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