SCTV Volume 2 picks up where the first volume left off, presenting nine more 90-minute shows from SCTV?s memorable fourth season. Originally broadcast on NBC in 1981 and 1982, this set contains several of the episodes wide... more »ly considered to be SCTV?s best. Eugene Levy in "The Jazz Singer" or John Candy as the village idiot in the Russian TV show "Hey Giorgy!" are just two examples of the level of excellence the series achieved throughout this season. "CCCP 1," "The Godfather," "Zontar" and "Teacher?s Pet" are some of the inspired wraparounds for these memorable shows. Commentaries, interviews, hidden treasure and other special features round out another stellar collection of programming from Guy Caballero?s experiment in television. SCTV is on the air...and you will be on the floor. And loaded with over 90 minutes of special features including new & unreleased material:
*Larger Than Life: The Norman Seeff Photo Sessions
*SCTV Remembers, Pt. 2
*The SCTV Writers
*The Juul Haalmeyer Dancers
*Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery
*SCTV At The 1982 Emmy® Awards THIS 5-DISC BOX SET INCLUDES:
*Nine 90-minute episodes from the NBC seasons with the comedic talent of Eugene Levy (New York Minute, American Pie, A Mighty Wind, Best In Show), Catherine O? Hara (A Mighty Wind, Best In Show), Joe Flaherty (National Security), Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and Dave Thomas (Who?s Your Daddy? ), Rick Moranis (Honey, I Shrunk The Kids) and the late John Candy. *A photo-packed 24-page booklet with an essay by Pulitzer-Price winning television critic Howard Rosenberg. *Deluxe DVDigistak style package with graphics behind the clear trays in a sturdy slip-case. *Performances by musical stars Al Jarreau, The Plasmatics, Natalie Cole, The Boomtown Rats, The Plastics and Talking Heads. *Commentaries by Dave Thomas, Dick Blasucci, writer John McAndrew, Andrea Martin and Catherine O?Hara. *This set now fully indexed and episodes detailed in booklet.« less
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.
Makes me wanna stand up and ... stretch!
John Oconnor | Merritt Island, FL United States | 08/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""SCTV Cycle 2" features some of the most inspired episodes in the SCTV canon. As much as you'll hear the actors and writers complain about how hard it was to fill out the 90-minute format, the work here shows how rewarding and timeless and flat-out hilarious those long-form shows could be.
When a mammoth Soviet satellite infringes on the tiny SCTV orbiter (complete with hot dog rotisserie), the network is taken over by CCCP1, or "3CP1 on your dial, Russian Television." The Russian TV parodies that follow are savagely funny. Watch especially for "What Fits into Russia," "Hey, Giorgi," and Russia's favorite game show "Uposcrabblenyk."
Self-absorbed host of the ironically titled "You!" show, Libby Wolfson makes her stage debut in ... deep breath ... "I'm Taking My Own Head, Screwing It On Right And No Guy's Gonna Tell Me That It Ain't."
The classic Godfather parody show is here, with Guy Caballero as the Don. How many bullets can that guy take anyway? And never tell anyone outside the family that your favorite sport is soccer.
And who can forget the invasion of Zontar, the Thing from Venus?
There's great glopping heaps of funniness to be had here, as well as in every SCTV release. Thanks again to Shout! Factory for doing the hard work that makes these releases possible."
It Doesn't Get Much Better
David Solomon | East Brunswick, NJ USA | 11/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This boxed set of SCTV episodes is an absolute classic and a must-buy for everybody.
Seeing Eugene Levy's "Perry Como: Still Alive" promo is worth the price of the set alone. I thought it was hysterical when I saw it originally in the 1980s, and it still makes me laugh today.
There's also the brilliant switch on "The Jazz Singer" in which soul/jazz singer Al Jarreau wants to be a Jewish cantor instead of an R&B star, much to the distress of his father, played by Eugene Levy's hysterical short Jewish character, Sid Dithers, who sports cornrows for the duration of the sketch.
Then there's Catherine O'Hara's Lola Heatherton interviewing Andrea Martin's Mother Theresa. If Ms. O'Hara's constantly calling Mother Theresa "Mommy" doesn't make you laugh, then Ms. O'Hara's singing Steve Miller's song "The Joker" to her will.
I have to mention another sketch that's on these disks. It's a promo for a 1970s-like action TV show entitled "Fish Police" that's so dumb and silly, it's unforgettable. The ironic thing about the sketch is that 11 years later, there was actually an animated series entitled "Fish Police"--and it too was dumb and silly.
Lust For Paint
Robert I. Hedges | 05/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This set features some great moments from SCTV history. Of the shows presented here, I am particularly fond of "Zontar," "CCCP 1," and "The Godfather." Catherine O'Hara and Andrea Martin steal the show, with any appearance by Perini Scleroso, Mrs. Falbo, or Edith Prickley being comedy gold. "The Great White North" and Guy Caballero's rants are particularly entertaining here as are Count Floyd and Dr. Tongue (especially in "Dr. Tongue's Evil House of Pancakes.") As brilliant as I think Eugene Levy is, I still don't enjoy the Sammy Maudlin bits, which are formulaic and un-funny compared to the rest of the show.
Although some of the humor is a bit dated now (as many there are numerous references to then-current events that younger viewers may not grasp), this is still a wonderful and very funny set of DVDs, which I recommend. "
SCTV Now Begins Its Programming Day...on DVD
sundayclub | 12/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, the holidays are here and you've decided to spend a few extra dollars on an SCTV box set as a present for that special someone - but which one should you buy? Maybe I can help you decide. When SCTV moved into an expanded timeslot in 1981, the first batch of episodes featured a great deal of older material from the late seventies, such as their full-length "Fantasy Island" parody. Although some of these earlier sketches had dated badly, it was simply the most effective way of introducing the cast of characters to the new viewers who hadn't seen the syndicated episodes. The second cycle of episodes had a higher amount of newly-written material, although the quality of the shows became less consistent from week to week as the writers struggled to meet the demand for fresh new comedy. There was also the challenge of having to write sketches for guest musicians who just couldn't act. The show desperately needed a new energetic, creative writer-performer; unfortunately, Martin Short would not arrive until the start of the third series. It should be pointed out that each sketch on the second box set is indexed for easy access. This is not the case with the first box set, which can lead to some frustrating moments as you impatiently scan through five identical-looking discs trying to find your favorite moments. You can look for clues by checking the episode summaries in the accompanying booklet, but it's no substitute for index stops. In addition, disc 5 from the first set suffers from audio dropouts. Both box sets are excellent overall with a high percentage of laugh-out loud moments (Sammy Maudlin's ill-timed coughing fit during his rendition of "Here Comes Santa Claus" is a riot), but I'm recommending the second one slightly over the first - not just for the technical reasons listed above, but also for the bonus commentary tracks from Catherine O'Hara and Andrea Martin, which are gossipy and hilarious. Fans of Martin Short are advised to hold out for Volume 3."
I.M.Foy | OC | 02/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"SCTV Volume 2 offers some of the very best sketches from one of TV's funniest shows.
I'm not an expert on SCTV. I don't quite understand the show's on-again off-again history. All I know is that I started watching it as a kid on NBC and got hooked. For the last 15 years I've tried to record the show as much as possible but sadly the opportunities have been few. I only could get the 30 minute trimmed down versions on late night NBC.
Now, the dvd sets offer the original and complete (except for some music) NBC shows. Watching both Volumes 1 & 2, I've already seen hours of additional material that was not included in the 30 minute shows.
Volume 2 also includes my favorite episode, "CCCP 1" which provides a hilarious scenario of the Soviets pirating SCTV's signal and supplying it's own special programming, such as "Tibor's Tractor" (a Soviet version of "Mr. Ed"), "Today is Moscow" (a Soviet style coffee talk show), and a public service announcement deriding Uzbeks ("they are the weak link in the great chain of socialism").
Other great sketches in Volume 2 include: "The Godfather" spoof with SCTV President Guy Caballero declaring network war on the heads of the 4 networks; Bobby Bittman and his brother Skip on the Sammy Maudlin Show; the Plasmatics on the "Fishin' Musician"; the Plastics on "Midnight Video Special" and the SCTV staff Christmas party featuring many of SCTV's best characters such as Gerry Todd, the Boils, Johnny La Rue, and Mayor Tommy Shanks. The X-Mas show also includes the deeply disturbing "Dusty Towne's Sexy Holiday Special."
If you are even a casual fan of SCTV, I highly recommend SCTV Volume 2."