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Saturday Night Live: The First 5 Years (2005)

Sheree Ali , Joan Armatrading , Kenneth Bowser  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sheree Ali, Joan Armatrading, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Beatts, John Belushi
  • Directors: Kenneth Bowser
  • Writers: Kenneth Bowser
  • Producers: Kenneth Bowser, Ken Aymong, Lisa Ammerman, Rachel Talbot, Stacey Foster
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • 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: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A6T23A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saturday Night Live: The First 5 Years" on IMDb

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This exclusive compilation stars explosive comedy, plus an anthology showing the funniest moments of SNL.

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208 of 222 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kinda feel misled a bit September 7, 2005
This DVD is a documentary special about the cast and crew from those years, and while it is interesting, it is still the same thing you already got if you read "Live From New York." All in all it is okay but I was expecting a standard SNL DVD full of the old skits. That's what I plunked my $ down for. Not for this. So if you're looking to buy this for sketches, beware. On a lighter note, the Best of Aykroyd is perfection.
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107 of 128 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish we could go negative in stars September 16, 2005
How is it that all the other SNL dvd's have comedic clips and this one is a documentary? And its not even funny! This is just to cash in on the success of the individual performer dvd's. The dvd is actually 2 documentaries, and neither are really worth watching since they are the same thing really. I think they had two runner's up and just put both on the disc.

The remaining members of the original cast and crew talk a little bit about what it was like doing the show or what it was like working with comedian 'X'...

Save your money, or if you must have this, buy mine please.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars RIP OFF! BEWARE! It's not what you think! December 31, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I usually read reviews before I buy stuff on Amazon, but for some reason I didn't this time and boy, was that a mistake!

Since purchasing this DVD and being sorely disappointed that there was not ONE sketch presented in its entirety, I went back to read the other reviews and they are all right on the money! This DVD is grossly mis-represented as classic sketches from the first 5 years of SNL and it is NOTHING like that. It is simply a documentary about the first five years with lots of interviews from various people involved (cast members, producers, hosts, etc). The only time I found myself laughing or enjoying myself was when there was a short clip of a sketch. Yes, that's right, a SHORT clip. There was not ONE sketch showed in its entirety. And even the short clips were few and far between.

I am sorry that I can't return this DVD and since it sucks so bad, I'm guessing that I won't be able to sell it used either. So I am stuck with it. But let that be a lesson to all of us consumers out there: READ REVIEWS when they are available. The corporate world is trying to stick it to us whenever they can so we have to watch out for each other!

Do NOT buy this DVD!!!! It is a RIP OFF!!!!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised April 24, 2006
Like some reviewers I was expecting only classic SNL skits from 1975-1980. Instead this dvd is a documentary about the first five years with interviews from the original cast and people who hosted the show, along with excerpts from many skits. But I am not going to complain like the knuckleheads who buy a dvd from the Classic Albums series and say "Where are the music videos!?". I enjoyed the interviews with Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, etc. about what was going on around the show. I discovered some things about SNL that I never knew. At 2 1/2 hours it's a good deal. I just wish it were twice as long.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent semi-documentary September 25, 2005
I have to say I'm a little surprised by the negative reviews on this program... No, it's not just a collection of SNL skits -- as those are readily available on other collections and in reruns.

But this was, at least to me, a rather engrossing little special (originally airing in Feb. 2005 to commemorate the show's 30th upcoming anniversary) that did a nice job of trying to capture the flavor of the era when SNL was first getting off the ground in the mid-to-late '70s.

Maybe I'm just be overly sentimental in that I remember the period and the show's start, but I felt this was worth the watch and worth having as a decent piece of retrospective memorabilia, at least.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Early Days of SNL June 23, 2006
This is not a "Best of" compilation and does not claim to be. But it is a must-see for any Saturday Night Live fan. It's an amazing inside look at the birth of this landmark show. Through interviews, hilarious clips, and musical performances, take a journey through the early days of SNL. Those who were around to watch in 1975 will relive some classic moments and get some behind-the-scenes insight into the struggle to get them on the air in the first place. And those who are new to the original cast will never see the current SNL the same way again. It pales in comparison.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment September 7, 2005
While there are some good highlights from the first five years, this DVD is a really long documentary more interested in glorifying the self-righteous cast members than giving us the clips which made the show great. Definitely not worth buying.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what you were expecting... October 19, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Don't be mislead by the title into thinking you were getting a "best of" skits. Its a documentary on the show. How it was put together, cast interactions and affairs. Not really relevant to the comedy. That's why the used price is dropping like a rock. Other people are disappointed - as I was, and getting rid of this turkey while they can still recover some of what they paid for it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by heather t.
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
The first hint that this DVD is a rip-off is that it's ONE DVD, promoted as "The first 5 years". Hello! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars YES YES YES
I wan't alive for the first 20 something years of SNL but i really enjoy watching this because i know where my favorite show started in 1975. Read more
Published 9 months ago by AKR
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories of SNL!
This will bring back lots of fond memories of watching SNL, and we are extremely pleased with product and service. Thanks!!
Published 18 months ago by Linda J. Long
1.0 out of 5 stars THE TITLE IS MISLEADING!
The title makes people believe that they are getting the complete first 5 years of saturday night live whe in fact it's just a clip show about the original cast (with a couple... Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent SNL Documentary!
I have no idea why this is getting such bad reviews. If you want a "Best of...", go buy one. Or, spend the money and buy the complete episodes which happen to now be available for... Read more
Published on June 16, 2010 by Twindraggons
5.0 out of 5 stars "A great retrospective of a classic show"
When "Saturday Night Live" premiered in October 1975,I was a junior in high school-The show was definitely must-see TV at that time-It was nice to see most of the original cast... Read more
Published on October 9, 2009 by Scott N. Burton
1.0 out of 5 stars How to Make a Great Show Dull & Not Very Funny
The NBC Universal Store is having a web special - five items for $20.

So I ordered this for $4 and it is considerably overpriced. Read more
Published on August 3, 2009 by F. Hollister
2.0 out of 5 stars How About A Best Of SNL By Year?
How about making 'Best Of' Saturday Night Live by year? Not by host, not something with interviews and commentary, just best skits only and by year. Read more
Published on June 23, 2007 by Jon Hunter
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was looking forward to a trip down memory lane with all the best skits from the first 5 years of SNL. Read more
Published on January 15, 2007 by Voracious reader
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