Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|SCTV Vol 4|
Actors: John Candy, Andrea Martin, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara
Director: John Bell
Genres: Comedy, Television
SCTV?s incredible 5th season (yes, that?s Volume 4) finds the show renewed on NBC and still in the 90-minute format. Three cast members have departed, Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis and Catherine O'Hara?although Catherine makes... more »
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Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 11/25/2018...
This was basically the Canadian version of Saturday Night Live. Ran from 1976-1984. Used to watch reruns of it as a kid. I've brought this show up over the years and am surprised how many folks have still never heard of it. You can see right here in the cast listing that this production was bursting with actors who got their start here and then went on to become Hollywood heavyweights.
So far, there's been 4 sets released of SCTV, a Holiday Specials, and Best Of Dvd. Each set is kind of a snippet of episodes from a certain genre of SCTV's history. At this point it doesn't look very promising that the rest of the episodes will ever make it to daylight, which is a shame, as there are 135 episodes out there (varying from 30-90 minutes each.) Much of it was clever, genius, and downright loony.
SCTV At Its Best
Matthew Comegys | Ueda, Nagano, Japan | 10/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this set with low expectations, as Catherine O'Hara, Dave Thomas, and Rick Moranis had left the cast, replaced by the seemingly annoying Martin Short.
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.
Pretty Great Again
Scott McFarland | Manassas, VA United States | 10/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The third cycle of NBC shows was somewhat dragged down by Thomas & Moranis "experimenting" with some silly pieces ... here, the show becomes a bit more focused and at the same time more mature than it had been to date. It lacks some of the danger of earlier years, but gains in dry satirical quality.
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.
What Life Is All Aboot...
Greekfreak | Pusan Korea (South) | 10/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fabulous. After so many years PRAYING for this magnificent show to be released on DVD, they finally deliver the goods.
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."