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SCTV - Best Of The Early Years
SCTV - Best Of The Early Years
Actors: John Candy, Andrea Martin, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara
Director: John Bell
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2006     6hr 55min

SCTV's best half-hour episodes from 1978 - 1980 are showcased in this 3-DVD collection. From its humble beginnings in 1976, SCTV transformed from a half-hour comedy airing monthly in Canada on the Global Television Network...  more »

     
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Actors: John Candy, Andrea Martin, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara
Director: John Bell
Creators: Andrew Alexander, Brian Doyle-Murray, Brian McConnachie, Jim Fisher, Jim Staahl, Sheldon Patinkin, Tom Couch
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Harold Ramis, Comedy
Studio: Shout Factory Theatr
Format: DVD - Color - Best of,Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/24/2006
Original Release Date: 05/15/1981
Theatrical Release Date: 05/15/1981
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 6hr 55min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 11
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

No Harold Ramis???
David Scott | 09/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"How the producers of this set could leave off the star of the show, is beyond fathomable. Any true fan of SCTV knows that the early years, the half hour shows, were the best. When it moved to NBC, it lost it's edginess and never was quite the same. The star that made those early years so great was Ha-Harold Ramis. C'mon! Officer Friendly? Moe Green? It's a crying shame. They wonder why sales tailed off for the later DVD's, and they do something as dumb as this. Sad. Why don't they ask the FANS what they want?"
Wait on the real thing!
Jeffrey R. Young | Columbus, OH USA | 01/04/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The people that released this DVD make me want to throw my DVD player out my window (my big screen TV is too heavy to lift) and land it on their heads. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

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!"
Good but not great
PianoGuyFromSC | Columbia, SC USA | 12/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"First of all, the cover of this set is misleading because it lists John Candy and Catherine O'Hara as though they were on equal footing with the rest of the cast. But if you're a big fan of either, you'll be disappointed because there's hardly ANY of their material on these disks. Tony Rosato and Robin Duke are funny. So was Shemp Howard. But we all know how we feel about those Shemp episodes! Not quite what we paid the admission price for.

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??"
Good episodes but no more "commentaries" that aren't comment
James M. Dickey | Alexandria, Virginia | 02/20/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The episodes on this latest SCTV DVD set are definitely worth watching, but I must protest one new feature, the labeling as episode commentaries material that isn't in fact actual commentaries. At least two of the episodes have what is labeled as a "commentary" but what are really just a member of the SCTV production staff responding to general questions about the show. While these comments are interesting, they have nothing to do with the specific show they are linked to and the pairing of the two is pointless. They should have run the comments as a separate added feature, perhaps along with a montage of still photos from the show, but I imagine it was simply cheaper to do it this way so they could claim to have more commentaries on the individual episodes when, as I say, these particular verbal recordings are nothing of the sort."