Saturday Night Live Lost & Found: SNL in the 80's
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Besides being a solid documentary overview of SNL in the 80s, we get a sampling of important moments, candid commentary and excerpts of the wide range of musical guests over the decade. I was particularly amused to finally see the infamous moment where Charles Rocket uttered the most unmentionable word on television.
The package notes an "Bonus Featurette" which turns out to be nearly an hour of extra interviews and clips - essentially deleted scenes from the main show. Nice value!
Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy are credited as saving the show from total obscurity and ridicule, retaining rhe praise of their co-cast members as team players and generally talented people. While Jon Lovitz is shown as the only cast member beloved enough to survive one cast literally going up in flames at the end of a season.
The interviews are not complete downers, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is pretty chipper about the experience (obviously she had some success afterwards), Kevin Nealon recalls his time at SNL with great fondness and Victoria Jackson's memories are just fascinating to listen to.
The sad part is watching the footage of the sketches, which were just words being thrown into the air and the audience seemingly laughing at the hope of hearing something funny.
Also Gilbert Gottfried is terribly glum about the situation, with his basic message being "this was my chance and they set me up to fail".
There is a light at the end of the tunnel however as 1989 leads into the promise of the 1990's and true comedy to come, but of course we aren't treated to that footage.
If you're looking for a perspective from movie star cast members like Robert Downey Jr., Joan Cusack, Anthony Michael-Hall or Eddie Murphy, you won't find it here.
But if you want a reason to appreciate the magic of the original cast or the joy that was the 1990's, by seeing just how bad it could be and was, then buy this DVD.
Those young people were faced with an impossible task, but kept the show together until Lorne Michaels could finally right the ship.
This is a great DVD for anyone who loves SNL.
Most of this seems to focus on the fact that Lorne Michaels WASN'T there throughout the first half of the '80s. Not a whole bunch of showcasing sketches. Less time was spent on the latter part of the decade when the show really made its resurgence (thanks in large part to the 15th anniversary special, not mentioned here).
As interesting as it is, this just feels incomplete to me, and lacking in details that I think might have made it far better.
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"Saturday Night Live" was about to suffer what was an almost inevitable demise after the brief and disastrous season between 1980 and 1981. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kofitaurus
Another in depth behind the scenes look at SNL during the 1980s. Just as SNL the first five years gave the history of the birth and early years of the show. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Patrick Small
This is a well put together documentary that covers the 1980s pretty comprehensively. There are interviews with most of the major players: Lorne Michaels, Dick Ebersol, Dana... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Scooty
It was just a bunch of interviews of former cast members and writers. Very "who cares" material.Published 17 months ago by Mark S Peterson
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