Saturday Night Live - The Best of Will Ferrell
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For his seven years on the show, Will's oddball impersonations and memorable characters seemed to be in every sketch on any given show. Here are the funniest moments of his President George W. Bush, Alex Trebek, James Lipton, Craig the Cheerleader, Robert Goulet and many more. 1995-2002/color/60 min/NR/fullscreen.
The latest in the line of Saturday Night Live's great character players (including Dan Aykroyd and Phil Hartman), Will Ferrell showcases his fearlessness in this 72-minute collection. Whether exposing skin or taking a pause beyond the normal limits, Ferrell induces hard laughs like with the cowbell rocker in the first sketch. The selection includes Ferrell's spot-on impressions of Cub announcer Harry Caray, game-show icon Alex Trebek, President Bush, and Inside the Actor's Studio host James Lipton. As with other SNL Best of... retrospectives, there are short snippets to go along with the full-length sketches that include excellent selections of Ferrell's returning characters Craig the Cheerleader and the swinging Culp brothers. A must for fans, and the DVD includes an intriguing audition footage in which Ferrell leaps from character and character. --Doug Thomas
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This DVD has a couple of extras including an audition reel, outtakes, and more. Everyone has their favorites from the show, and given the amount of material Ferrell was in, chances are that not all of yours are here. Fear not, as there is a second volume available, which is enjoyable, although not as consistently good as this one. For fans of Ferrell or "Saturday Night Live" this is a key volume to own.
It captures most of his funny SNL material with only a few misses. If you want more, also buy Volume 2 (not nearly as funny on its own, but the extra volume of sketches will help your collection).
Here's my rating of the sketches, each out of 5 stars:
Marty & Bobby Culp: Drug awareness assembly - funny, too short, 4/5
VH1 Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult (with Christopher Walken) - A true classic, 5/5
Dissing your dog training video - Hilarious, 4.5/5
Spartan Cheerleaders Chess Team tournament - Quirky, 3.5/5
Robert Goulet: Coconut Banger's Ball - Highly amusing, 4.5/5
Snips - Will in thong at business meeting/Mini Cell Phone - Disturbing / funny, overall 4/5
Rachel Dratch gives birth to Will - More disturbing! 4/5
Jeopardy: Burt Reynolds, Sean Connery, French Stewart - Classic, 4/5
Inside the Actors Studio: Charles Nelson Riley (Alec Baldwin) - Classic, 3.5/5
The Devil teaches Garth Brooks a song - Amusing, 3/5
Snips: George W. Bush/Janet Reno boxing Guliani/Clinton, Monica, & Saddam on the phone - Good versatility, 4/5
Space the Infinite Frontier with Harry Caray (& Jeff Goldblum) - Weird! 4/5
Hot Tub Luvas (with Drew Barrymore) - Amusing, 3/5
Roxbury Guys (with Jim Carrey) - Dated but worth a chuckle, 3.5/5
Snips: Good Morning Latte/Dog Show - Amusing, 3.5/5
Nude guy poses for Art Class (with Lucy Lawless) - Creepy!, 3.5/5
Family yelling at dinner (with Sarah Michelle Gellar) - Amusing, 3.5/5
Jacob Silj: Voice Modulation (on Weekend Update) - Amusing, 3/5
Extra features: Audition as Harry Caray, Conan, etc. - Good stuff, 4/5
Overall rating, 4/5. Basically if you are a Will Ferrell fan at all you need this DVD in your collection. They definitely could have had more Bush, Goulet, and the Culps, but definitely worth having!!
They left out a lot of great George W. and Janet Reno skits which they just put together in a short montage of clips at the end - WHYYYYYYYYY?!??!!
Based on J Evans list of skits:
Dissing your dog, the pretentious NYC store clerks, that pirate theater show with I think Goulet, and the bum as the nude art school model - Not funny - who decided to waste time with those?! WHYYYYYYYY
Wish they had picked better Spartan cheerleaders, Jeopardy, Culps, and Inside the Actors Studio segments. WHYYYYYYYYYYYY
My DVD didn't have fishing with Bush Jr & Sr. and I agree, how did they not include the legendary Neil Diamond skit?
The Harry Carey show with Goldberg was great. Roxbury with Jim Carrey was good, just cuz I love Jim Carrey.
Pretty much, this whole DVD had me screaming WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??!?!?!! Why don't they know what's funny? Why did they pick some of the worst segments? Why did they waste our time? Why is it called "Best of Will Ferrell? WHYYYYYYYY
Many of the critical comments made in the earlier reviews are valid. Nevertheless, I believe these two disks are a more than worthwhile purchase for SNL fans. Ferrell was a fearless performer who, according to one of the SNL writers, actually gained weight for the show simply because he thought it was funnier to be fat. Watch the Blue Oyster Cult "cowbell" skit, and the "Dale McGrew - U.S.A!" bit and it's hard to disagree.
I do wish they had included the bit where Will gets a badger stuck up his butt, but you can't have everything. Enjoy Will Ferrell while we wait for the next stand-out SNL performer (with one eye on Mad TV).