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SCTV, Vol. 4
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The Volume 4 box set features four Emmy-nominated shows ("Towering Inferno," "Christmas Special," "Midnight Cowboy" and "Sweeps Week"), plus Robin Williams as a guest in the "Jane Eyrehead" episode; it also includes musical guests John Mellencamp, Joe Walsh, and Crystal Gayle.
Includes an extra DVD with 3 extra episodes12 episodes total 33% more content at the same price as the first 3 volumes! Also includes a collectible set of character trading cards.
Program Listing: DISC 1 EPISODE# 106 Sammy Maudlin 23rd Anniversary / CBC EPISODE# 107 Indecent Exposure with John Cougar, Harold Ramis and Fred Willard EXTRAS: Hinterland Whos Who Goin Down The Road
DISC 2 EPISODE# 108 Melonvote with Linda Hopkins EPISODE# 109 Jane Eyrehead with Robin Williams and America EXTRA: SCTV At Play
DISC 3 EPISODE# 110 Towering Inferno with Banda Brava EPISODE# 111 Christmas with Catherine OHara and Andrae Crouch EXTRA: SCTV Remembers - Part 4
DISC 4 EPISODE# 112 A Star Is Born with Crystal Gayle EPISODE# 113 SCTV Classifieds / Vic Arpeggio EXTRA: Sammy Maudlin at Second City
DISC 5 EPISODE# 114 Bobby Bittmans Retirement with Ben Vereen EPISODE# 115 Sweeps Week EXTRA: SCTV - The Producers Part 2
DISC 6 EPISODE# 116 South Sea Sinner with Betty Thomas EPISODE# 117 Midnight Cowboy II with Joe Walsh EXTRA: The Red Fisher Show
Top Customer Reviews
After I popped this into the DVD player, however, I was more than pleasantly surprised. Although I do lament the loss of three great castmembers, the writing on this cycle of SCTV is noticably sharper than the previous volumes. "Melonvote" is one of the greatest single epsiodes of sketch comedy that I've come across. SCTV had always been absurd, but cycle 4 does such a great job seamlessly integrating the weirdness, that it's definitely a cut above the past.
I was also greatly surprised by Martin Short. Knowing him pretty much from things like "Captain Ron" and "Jimmy Glick," I was prepared to be underwhelmed. Under the umbrella of SCTV, however, he really does stand out and show strong acting chops. Even Ed Grimely, whom I absolutely hated on SNL, is hysterical here.
If you are deferring from purchasing this set as I did, I would strongly suggest going ahead and givng it a viewing. This is a prime example of the detailed and maniacal satire that SCTV remains a cult favorite for.
Although many cast members were missing during this time, it's amazing how much the remaining crew re-energized with the addition of Martin Short. Not all of the material is brilliant; the "A Star Is Born" satire with Crystal Gayle kind of falls flat. But 9/10 is pretty good for a show that's over 20 years old.
This set is worth it for the 'CBC' portion of the season, which was pure genius, especially their take on "Going Down The Road", which is just as much an integral part of Canadiana as the movie it spoofs.
"She's a nuclear physicist! And she's FRENCH! FRENCH, Larry, FRENCH, do ya hear me??? She's got an accent and everything!!!"
Other stand outs include "Midnight Cowboy II", "Towering Inferno", "The Brock Linehan skits (Steve Roman, Linda Hopkins, Rusty Van Reddick,)", "Scenes From An Idiot's Marriage", "Half-Wits"... the list is endless.
Now if they'd only see fit to release the original Canadian broadcasts, we'd be in heaven.
Also some footage I have never seen before, despite being an avid fan from watching the TV reruns. For example, some more bickering dialogue between Dr. Tongue and Bruno as they race to leave the Towering Inferno - I love their little squabbles!
Ed Grimly is here also, in THE NUTTY LAB ASSISTANT [with John Cougar], and in THE BOY WHO COULDN'T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS. As well, he teaches us a lesson about 'Snakes' and ends up falling prey to the snakes' hypnotic stare ... ;-)
It is true that Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas and Catherine O'Hara [except for Christmas show] are gone, but Martin Short shines through with his new characters - for example, the simpleton on Mel's Rock Pile, or as a new face in Pre Teen World!
John Candy is brilliant as always, as LaRue, a hospitalized Tommy Shanks, or as Mr. Mambo. Extra footage includes a baseball game with all the cast [including Moranis, Thomas, and O'Hara].
Not all of it is funny, but no show always is. I will add though that the political commentary on the Mellonville Election show, or in other places is as resounding today as it was in the early 80's. As well, the overall humour is still hillarious and poignant, as was so special with the SCTV series.
I know that I will enjoy this DVD collection for a very, very long time!
Martin Short isn't my favorite cast member, he's a bit of a ham sometimes and his comedy sometimes homophobic, but he and his co-writers give us some great stuff here in places - Brad Allen's "Artisans and Their Art", Jerry Lewis in "Scenes From An Idiot's Marriage" ... priceless.
There's gut-busting hialrity - see "Halfwits" (which SNL stole their "Celebrity Jeapordy" premise from). There's inspired dry satire - see the election episode, see Bobby Bittman's retirement documented. There are a couple of plot-driven episodes that rank with the best work SCTV ever did - the Fred Willard "Indecent Exposure" saga, the "Towering Inferno" episode. There's a lot here, and it's very funny and very well-made.
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You can't get anything funny than the original cast with the late and great John Candy.Published 4 months ago by Racer X
The funniest sketch comedy troupe on the planet....Buy this and laugh for real!!!!!!!!!!!Published 7 months ago by J. Prescott
These performers are some of the greatest of there day and ' today ' some are gone but many are still entertaining and loved talents.Published 11 months ago by Mr. JFT