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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Commercial Parodies (1975)

Don Pardo , Lenny Pickett  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson
  • 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: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Extra Parodies

  • Editorial Reviews

    Since the creation of Saturday Night Live in the 1970s, one of the signatures of the show has been its commercial parodies. From subtle to outrageous, silly to realistic, SNL has always been able to poke fun at the folks on Madison Avenue with a variety of products not actually for sale. Now you can enjoy your favorite commercial parodies that have aired over the past 30 years all on one DVD and hosted by funny man Will Ferrell. Watch classics like "Little Chocolate Donuts," "Happy Fun Ball," "Mom Jeans," "Colon Blow," "Taco Town," "Love Toilet," "Oops I Crapped My Pants" or "Bassomatic" again and again.

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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Where are all the classics? May 30, 2006
    Swill, Schmitt's Gay, and countless others from the 70s through early 90s are inexplicably missing. You do get "Happy Fun Ball," "Hibernol," "Oops I Crapped My Pants" and overall a satisfying watch. However I could've done without the Will Ferrell host sketches and the overabundance of parodies from the last few years. Overall if you're a fan of their parodies, you need this, if for nothing other than Sam Waterston of Law & Order fame selling robot attack insurance to seniors. Hopefully a second volume will come out and rectify the lack of the old classics.
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    28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Better June 5, 2006
    As mentioned by other reviewers, this collection could have been better, and in my opinion really shouldn't be called a "Best Of" collection due to the inclusion of a fair number of mediocre parodies.

    Missing are several of my favorites including Jane Curtain's "Quarry" Breakfast Cereal, Shimmer Floor Wax/Dessert Topping, and Mel's CharBroil Palace (although that one is on the Dan Aykroyd DVD).

    To be fair, many classics are included including John Belushi's Donuts ad(Also included on the John Belushi DVD), Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat Sings ad, and Gilda Radner's "Hey You" cologne ad(Also included on the Gilda Radner DVD). Could have been MUCH better if this is all they are releasing, but as stated by another reviewer, perhaps they are considering a volume 2.

    The exclusion of Shimmer is enough to drop a star on it's own! That was definitely the best of the ads.

    If you're an SNL fan, it'll be a must have anyway just to see these again. For everyone else, you might wanna wait for the "REALLY Best of Golden Age of Commerical Parodies Set" DVD that I'm betting is in the works.
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but missing too many classics August 1, 2006
    By Disco
    This is a good compilation with a lot of great commercial parodies. Some of my favourites are the Bassomatic, Bad Idea Jeans, Colon Blow and Robot Insurance.

    But it's too heavy on the newer skits. I'd say at least half of them come from 1995 and newer, when the show started to turn. The Jessica Simpson "Tuna of the Dirt" is funny at first, but goes on way too long and becomes very tedious. There were however some great newer ones I'd never seen like Mom Jeans, Gaystrogen and Eych.

    What makes this worse is that way too many classics are missing. There's no Yard-a-Pult (one of my favourites), Crystal Gravy, Swill, Quarry, or Schmitt's Gay Beer. You'll get no Adobe (the first car to break the $200 barrier!), Chameleon, Shimmer, or Hell (the beer commercial with Anthony Michael Hall). It's also missing Wilson Trap Doors, the anti-bacterial meat product, and the home headache test.

    Worst of all are the short skits with Will Farrell. At first they're not a big deal, but they become annoying by the end.

    All in all, they did a fair job, but I think a second volume with more classics should be made.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Some missing, but still very good. June 23, 2006
    By theBigE
    This set is being criticized for what it's missing more than for what it has. It's still pretty darn good. This collection was broadcast on SNL in the fall of 2005, with a few notable exceptions. I'm not sure where "Schmitt's Gay," "Trump's House of Wings," "McCain Sings Streisand," "Huggies Thongs" or "Smoke Alarm 3000" went, but they were replaced instead with commercials like "Hibernol," Tylenol BM," "Black Eyed Peas," "Tuna of the Dirt," "Mary Kate & Ashley Perfume," "Nikey Turkey," and "The Love Toilet," to name a few. But did we need to see "Taco Town" and "Baby Toupees" one more time?

    Yes, it's heavy on the Will Farrell and after eras. You will find precious few that are pre-1990. Didn't Dana Carvey do any commercials at all? Jon Lovitz, where are you? The only four commercials from the 70's are "Bass-o-matic," "Hey You," "Little Chocolate Donuts," and the "79 Roadster." Still, overall, what is on here will make you laugh a lot! I'm hoping for a second volume, but for now, what's here is funny stuff.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Should be called commercials from the 2000s January 6, 2007
    By Beth
    I absolutely LOVED SNL Goes Commercial, which aired in the late 80s/early 90s. So, I figured this would be similar, but with DVD quality. Boy, was I wrong. As others have said, the majority of the commercials are from the last 10 years or so. All the brilliant commercials of the 70s and 80s are missing. The ones that are included from that time are not ones that I'd term "best of." What a disappointment. I'll stick to my VHS of "SNL Goes Commercial."
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars The best this is not, because so much is missing. January 4, 2007
    I'm so tired of being conned out of ten or twenty bucks. When I saw what this DVD was titled, I didn't hesitate to get it. I watched it and laughed, but it is far from what it should be. It lacks so many of the truly "best" parodies, that titling it in this manner is deceptive. It could, and should have been loaded with so many more of the greats. Until we demand quality, I guess all we'll get is the mediocre.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing May 30, 2006
    There's some great stuff here and it's nice to have it on DVD.

    But they left so much great material off. Notably Schmitt's Gay and Big Red. There was no excuse for this especially considering so many of the ads featured in the meager extras section are sub par.

    Well, at least they are continuing the tradition of releasing half baked SNL best of DVD's. Congratulations Lorne, you did it again.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Another Dissenting Opinion on an SNL DVD
    Okay, so it doesn't have many skits from the "classic" eras ('70s, late '80s to mid '90s), but many of the skits on here hit the mark regardless of what era they came from. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Ian L.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Badass DVD
    This DVD is full of parodies I never saw, and they were great! Familiar ones such as "Colon-Blow" and "Oops I crapped My Pants" were also there. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Jennifer Newman
    5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
    All of your favorite SNL commercials are right here. These go back to 1975 and I love it. The shipping and payment was very easy to deal with and this is wonderful to watch.
    Published 9 months ago by AKR
    4.0 out of 5 stars when SNL was good
    there are some gems in here you can watch from time and time again. good to have in my collection.
    Published 10 months ago by Philma
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
    Besides Will F.'s dumb segues between some of the commercials, this dvd will make you laugh your head off, especially if you're with some friends. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Matthew Perry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Received Quickly
    New product in original packaging and I received very quickly at a good price. I would purchase from here again!
    Published on March 24, 2011 by Sueonthebay
    3.0 out of 5 stars A Multiple DVD Release Would Have Been Better
    Since the Seventies, "Saturday Night Live" has run commercial parodies, and this DVD contains more than an hour's worth of them--some funny, some not. Read more
    Published on November 1, 2010 by Eric Mayforth
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as people make it out to be
    Like all SNL "Best Of" DVD's, this volume includes some classic moments, but a good deal of skipable filler as well. Read more
    Published on February 11, 2010 by akajohnnyx
    5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Short
    When are they going to do a "Best of Martin Short" from the SNL shows. I think you are missing out on a really big seller.
    Published on February 8, 2010 by A. Rosendahl
    3.0 out of 5 stars rent it, don't buy it
    I would be disappointed if I had paid any amount for this disc (except for my monthly fee on a certain website for renting movies). Read more
    Published on January 1, 2010 by K. Stuckey
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