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SCTV, Vol. 4
SCTV Vol 4
Actors: John Candy, Andrea Martin, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara
Director: John Bell
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2005     14hr 0min

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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Actors: John Candy, Andrea Martin, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara
Director: John Bell
Creators: Alex Tkach, Bill Goddard, Gary L. Smith, Brian McConnachie, Tom Couch
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: Shout Factory Theatr
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/13/2005
Original Release Date: 05/15/1981
Theatrical Release Date: 05/15/1981
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 14hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 6
SwapaDVD Credits: 6
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

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."
Martin Short RULES!
Nona | 09/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Good god--some major talent left this series... Dave, Rick AND Catherine! GASP! How can SCTV hold together?


This man is a comic genius. His Troy Soren--the belligerent Board of Ed candidate/substitute teacher will make you pee your pants with lauighter. And Ed Grimley is here... and Rusty Van Reddick.. and Brock Linahan--the pre-cursor to Jiminy Glick.

Flaherty gets more elbow room to shine without the McKenzie brothers hogging all the good bits. This man is FUNNY!
John Candy is still a hoot--Divine as Peter Pan, anyone?
Andrea Martin continues to shine as the pre-menopausal, neurotic, constantly dieting Jewish diva Libby Wolfson, and her Bernadette Peters is so accurate it's SCARYYYYYY (a little Lola there for good measure)...

who needs anti-depressants when this stuff is out there? The only side effect may be aching sides from laughing too hard.

Just get this! now!"