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Saturday Night Live - Best of Alec Baldwin

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Whether he's playing a Scout Master seducing "Canteen Boy", a French teacher annoying his students, a Tough Guy or just talking about his famous "Schwetty Balls", Alec Baldwin is undoubtedly one of the funniest SNL hosts of all time. He's become a regular, playing in sketches throughout the years with some of the SNL greats including Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Mike Meyers, Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell. You're sure to enjoy some of Alec's hilarious celebrity impressions, such as Tony Bennett and Charles Nelson Reilly. And if you've ever wondered what it's like to actually host SNL, you'll want to check out the DVD extras and bonus features, such as the audio commentary from Alec Baldwin himself as he comments on various sketches, as well as never-before-seen footage from dress rehearsals that never made it to television!

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There's a reason Lorne Michaels keeps asking Alec Baldwin back to host Saturday Night Live: He's really good at it. Baldwin may have made his name in hard-hitting dramas like Glengarry Glen Ross and The Cooler, but SNL has long allowed him to flaunt his skills in stage acting and mimicry. In other words, he never gets flustered or seems at all concerned about making a complete ass of himself--the essence of good sketch comedy. As with such versatile performers as Christopher Walken and John Goodman (who appears in the boozy Bill Brasky skit), these qualities have made him one of the show's most popular hosts. Granted, some may fault the man for a few too many sketches built around the double entendre, like pastry chef Pete Schwetty and his tasty balls, but there's no doubt the guy can sell even the silliest of lines with the straightest of faces. As for his impressions, Baldwin's Tony Bennett--by way of John Travolta--doesn't just capture the legendary crooner's voice and mannerisms, but his unstoppable optimism, as well ("I love things that are great!" ). His squinty-eyed, stiff-necked Robert De Niro is another treat. (His fidgety Charles Nelson Reilly doesn't hit the same heights.) Aside from more than a decade's worth of Not Ready for Prime Time Players, including Mike Meyers, Adam Sandler, and Will Ferrell, The Best of Alec Baldwin includes two deleted dress rehearsal sketches and dishy, occasionally profane commentary from Baldwin and producer Marci Klein. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Dress Sketch: Political Ads
  • Dress Sketch: Dance Party
  • Photo Gallery
  • Audio Commentary

  • Product Details

    • 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:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
    • Run Time: 91 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000CCD0GM
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Saturday Night Live - Best of Alec Baldwin" on IMDb

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    Alec Baldwin has always been the best host of SNL (along with Walken and Spacey) and this makes a pretty good case why.

    The opening sketch with the press conference about Prince Charles is priceless. And what could be more demented than "Canteen Boy." Baldwin is so over-the-top in that that what is a really, really sick joke is actually funny.

    But the home runs come with three of the funniest sketches of all time: The Tony Bennet Show (I was seizing during this one), The Joe Pesci Show (with Baldwin doing DeNiro) and the "Zinger" sketch, which just got funnier as it went along. Even better was the voicemail sketch where he keep re-recording his greeting, only to listen back to it and hear a gay man.

    There are a couple of clunkers: "Planet Truth" was just not that funny and maybe two others didn't need to be here. Including one so-so opening monologue that probably was only included because it included Paul McCartney.

    The bonus features include one great sketch that never made it on-air, and a great audio track by Baldwin and the Producer of SNL which provides lots of really, really entertaining stories about the cast and the sketches themselves.

    Absolutely hilarious.
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    There is no more manly man, chiseled of jaw and steely of glance, than Alec Baldwin at his peak. This DVD is thus a double delight: we see him act well and handsomely in these sketches, and we get to watch him, time and again, play against type. There is a fair amount of homo-humor (Alec as the British prince's press secretary using every possible elaborate metaphor for buggery in a skit that Baldwin co-wrote; Alec as a predator to Adam Sandler's Canteen Boy), and a fair amount of silliness (Alec as an exacting high school french teacher, a PG-rated skit, has been a favorite of my family's since it aired). Alec hawking Pete Schwette's Balls on NPR is probably the best known skit ever to challenge the SNL actors to maintain their composure, and he pulls it off. The only Baldwin masterpiece not on the DVD is Alec as "The Mimic," another utterly silly piece that should not have been omitted. The DVD follows the typical format of others in this series and indeed of the show itself, beginning with a vintage monologue before moving into skits. Baldwin's excellent preparation (you never see him glance at cue cards), his swooning masculinity, and his penchant for the goofiest material that never causes him to break character make this DVD special in the Saturday Night Live retro series.
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    Considering that the SNL 'Best of' DVD's can often be very hit or miss with their selections, the majority of the selected sketches on the Baldwin DVD are indeed very funny. As someone who has hosted the show so many times over the years, there is a lot of solid material to choose from. Some highlights include one where he gets a promotion at his job, but is unable to record a voicemail without it sounding less than manly when he does the playback. A zinger vs. burn skit between him and Seth Meyers is a riot, and it ends with a 'Bill Braksy' bar scene that also features Will Farrell and John Goodman that is absolutely hysterical. While there are a few sketches that are not quite as good and you'll probably want to skip over once you've seen them, the majority of the material on this DVD makes it well worth buying for any SNL fan.
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    I'm a BIG fan of Alec Baldwin, think he (along with Christopher Walken) was the best host ever of SNL. I found his skits absolutely hilarious when I watched them live. In my case I haven't seen many repeats. When I found this DVD, I thought, wouldn't it be great to see those marvelous skits again.

    For me, they didn't stand up to repeat viewing, in other words, surprise was a big element in the comic experience. Although it is still plain how VERY talented and versatile Baldwin is, how clever the skits are, I didn't find many of them funny, the second time around. I'm not sure why, everybody's different of course. In my case, I've seen This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, The Bird Cage, The Wedding Singer, A New Leaf, and certain other movies dozens of times and found them funny, even funnier, each time. Ditto with certain shows/skits/bits- Taxi, Carol Burnett, In Living Color, Seinfeld, Roseanne, the King of Queens, the Big Bang Theory, etc.

    NOTE: SPOILERS FOLLOW [In fact, I talk about how these spoilers ruin the comic effect, so...] Upon reflection, it might be that most of Baldwin's skits here involve slightly shocking, "randy" elements, for example, the one about Prince Charles being gay, the one about the would-be child molesting scoutmaster, etc. I conclude that the initial surprise over that which was VERY close to the bone, fueled the humor, and didn't work (for me anyway) the second time around, absent that element of surprise.

    I wasn't analytical while watching the DVD, just watched it. But in retrospect I realize, that how funny I found each skit did tend to be related to how dirty (initially surprising) they were. For example, I enjoyed the Tony Bennett sketch the most, the Prince Charles and scoutmaster ones the least.
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