SCTV - Best Of The Early Years
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Guy Caballero and Edith Prickley were born in the early years. The McKenzie Brothers started here. Earl Camembert, Floyd Robertson, Johnny LaRue, Sammy Maudlin and Bobby Bittmancharacters destined to become household nameswere first beamed into consciousness here.
Starring: John Candy, Robin Duke, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara, Tony Rosato and Dave Thomas
Special Features Include:
Commentaries by Robin Duke, Joe Flaherty and executive producer Andrew Alexander
The featurette "Looking Back With Andrea Martin,"
CBC news magazine segment "The McKenzie Brothers - Take Off, Eh"
Examining the impact The Great White North had on Canada
"Andrew Alexander Answers Fan Mail."
SCTV mastered the art of cross parody. "My Factory, My Self," one of Martin's finest half hours, somehow combines An Unmarried Woman, Coming Home, Norma Rae, Kramer vs. Kramer, and The China Syndrome. It's unfortunate that The Early Years represented in this collection do not extend to the first season (Harold Ramis fans, arise!). But these gems are dazzling in their--to quote the hilarious "The Trial of Oscar Wilde" sketch--"sparkling wit and unbelievable intelligence." Some of the references are dated (anyone remember gossip columnist Rona Barrett, transformed here into sportscaster Ronny Barrett?). But we agree with SCTV station manager Guy Caballero. This is "the hippest comedy you'll ever see." --Donald Liebenson
- Andrew Alexander answers fan mail with Scott Dobson
- Looking back with Andrea Martin: Andrea Martin looks back on her theater roots, SCTV and the charecters it spawned
- The McKenzie Brothers "Take Off, Eh!" : A look at the impact "The Great White North" had on Canada: available for the first time in 20 years
- SCTV at The Firehall: Executive Producer Andrew Alexander gives a behind-the-scenes tour of SCTV's home for 20 years
Top Customer Reviews
Any true fan of SCTV is willing to wait as long as it takes to get all of the original series INCLUDING Harold Ramis in chronological order the way they SHOULD be released.
I bought all of the previous 90-minute volumes, but until you people release this fabulous series the right way, you WILL NOT get any more of my money, you HOSERS!
Secondly, as others have pointed out, this is a random selection of the early half-hour shows, with some overlap of later "best of" shows which are already out on DVD. And not one bit of Harold Ramis. (Some ads for this set even mention Martin Short, who was nowhere near this project!)
But thirdly, this still is a very, very funny set. If you love SCTV, you will laugh your way through these discs, with lots of Bob & Doug, Count Floyd, and movie parodies such as Taxi Driver as done by Dick Cavett, etc. This may be all we ever get of the early years, so if you're a fan, grab them while you can. What's next? SCTV...the Cinemax years??
What's On It
15 30 minute episodes
Three episodes from series 2: Municipal Election (2-6), 30th Anniversary (2-11), and On the Waterfront Again (2-19)
Twelve episodes from series 3: Thursday Night (3-2), My Factory My Self (3-4), Death Motel (3-5), Play It Again Bob (3-7), Gaslight (3-8), Sammy Maudlin (3-11), Hollywood Salutes Its Extras (3-14), Irwin Allen Show (3-15), Big Brother (3-16), Two Way TV (3-17), Midnight Express Special (3-19), and Dick Cavett (3-24)
Commentary: Joe Flaherty and Robin Duke, Andrew Alexander
Featurette: Looking Back With Andrea Martin
Featurette: The Mackenzie Brothers: Take off, Eh (CBC The Journal profile)
Featurette: SCTV at the Firehall
2 30th Anniversary:
3 On the Waterfront:
4 Thursday Night: Closing credits music changed to Season 4 generic theme (obscuring Cronkite's rambling monologue)
5 My Factory:
6 Death Motel: Edna Hymbecker no longer sings Killing Me Softly
7 Play It Again, Bob: Closing credits music changed to Season 4 generic theme
9 Sammy Maudlin:
10 Hollywood Salutes: Star Wars title music in Sneak Previews has been replaced; Hawaii 5-O theme music in Hawaii 5-Ho has been replaced; closing credits music changed to Season 4 generic theme
11 Irwin Allen:
12 Big Brother:
13 Two Way TV: The Cruisin' Gourmet has been replaced with Tex and Edna Boil from 3-6 (The Lone Ranger Show)
14 Midnight Express Special: Randy Newman's "Pants" has been replaced by generic music
15 Dick Cavett: Love Boat Deer Hunter promo is cut
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd hold off for a proper release of the series including season one with Harold Ramis's bits.Published 5 months ago by Holly
I was an ardent fan of SCTV back when it was on TV and miss the great comedy team. It is a real pleasure to have it on Video, so i can watch it again and again.Published 10 months ago by Marie K. Skowronek
This is the first SCTV we saw, originally on PBS, with a song by Spike Jones that played during what would have been commercial breaks. Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. L.
They added some laugh tracks where they did not use that when the 1976, 1977 show was running.. it is a distraction not a good enhancement.Published 20 months ago by C. Johnson
Good audio commentary, good episodes, but Shout! Factory should put out all original 78 episodes from the first three seasons.They probably never will because of financial issues. Read morePublished 22 months ago by NASH T.
I have been waiting for these to come to DVD for forever. LOVE these and they still stand up to the sands of time. Hilarious writing, performances and shows. Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Heather
I don't know how "The Best" were selected for this set. Perhaps my memory of SCTV has faded over the years but I do remember a good deal of SCTV early years episodes that were most... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by petergee