It's Always Something!
Stef | Canada | 09/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've watched a few other SNL "Best of" compilations over the years and this is by far the best. It is presented on a single-sided double-layer disc and features many classic Gilda skits, as well as great extras, making it well worth the long wait. The quality is pretty good, considering the source material is between 25 and 30 years old. The TV interviews and the "Inside Look" featurette also show excerpts from other skits not presented on this DVD, making one hope there will eventually be a volume 2.
The total running time of the main feature is 1 hour 32 mins. and include the following:
-Not For Ladies Only
-Emily Litella: Violins
-Dancing In The Dark
-Roseanne: Health Clubs
-Extremely Stupid (my favorite)
-Nerds & Milt
-Emily Litella: Bitch
-Roseanne: Bo Derek
-La Dolce Gilda
The extras include:
-her original screen test for SNL (3:26)
-a photo gallery
-a Rolling Stone article by Roy Blount Jr. from November 2, 1978
-a TV interview with Tom Snyder on "The Tomorrow Show" (18:27)
-a TV interview with Jane Pauley from "The Today Show" (6:14)
-fellow SNL cast & crew remember Gilda on "An Inside Look" (19:07)
There you have it, a great DVD tribute to Gilda Radner at a very affordable price. Buy it today!"
The Gilda DVD Rules
B_4 | 10/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've watched the 'Gilda Best Of VHS for nearly 15 years.
This DVD just begins to fill in many of the gaps that the VHS left out.
If you love Gilda --this DVD is a must--but SNL better have a Volume 2 ready to go soon!--There are many LOVED sketches and performances missing!!!!!!!!"
Weak Sketch Selection Mars What Could Have Been The Best "SN
Anthony Nasti | Staten Island, New York United States | 09/10/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Out of all the stars from "Saturday Night Live", perhaps the one whose star shined brightest was Gilda Radner. Often regarded as the greatest cast member the show ever had, Gilda proved to be the standout of the cast from the first five years. Her wide range of zany charatcers and a pension for pyschical comedy not seen in any comedienne since Lucille Ball made her one of the most beloved female comics ever. Ever since Broadway Video started releasing best - of dvd's for "SNL" cast members for the show's 25th anniversary, many longtime fans begged for a "Best Of Gilda Rdaner" dvd to be relased. On Seotember 6th, 2005, those fans finally got their wish. How is it? Read on.
Well, to be honest, I was a little disappointed in this dvd. It's no secret that Gilda did some of the most hilarious sketches in "SNL" history, most of the time portraying her own original characters. However, I felt this dvd doesn't do her justice. It is apparent that the compilers aimed this dvd at younger "SNL" fans as a sampler of some of Gilda's best work, so a newer generation might embrace her legacy. Great idea, but I honestly think that they should have also kept the hardcore fans who've longed for her best stuff in mind as well when this dvd was made.
To get diehards to buy it, the compilers put most of Gilda's most famous popular recurring characters on the dvd, such as Emily Litella, Roseanne Rosanndanna, Baba Wawa and Lisa Loopner. However, for the most part, I wouldn't say they picked the best editions of these sketches for the dvd. They are all indeed very funny, but I can't help but feeling that they're better appearances of these characters. Other sketches, such as "Slumber Party" and "Candy Slice", do indeed have many amusing moments, but sooner or later the viewer loses interest. Also, when I finished watching the dvd, I couldn't help but notice that quite a few of her recurring characters were missing, such as Bobbi Farber, Jenny Rocker, Colleen Fernman, Debbie Doody, Connie Carson and many others. There were even a few sketches on this dvd that didn't do anything for me at all. On the plus side, we finally get the "Dancing In The Dark" sketch on dvd. Thst skit was woefully missed from "The Best Of Steve Martin".
I haven't watched the extras yet, but I'm sure that they'll at least be decent. Udually, the "SNL" dvds have great extras. I do recommend this dvd to most Gilda fans but advise them to keep in mind that a lot of her best stuff is indeed missing."
There will never be another
James Lee Pyle | Wilmington, DE USA | 11/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thee will never be another Gilda Radner & how fortunate we are to have some of her funniest moments captured on DVD. I'd be hard pressed to name my favorite sketch, but the one with her as Baba Wawa interviewing "Marweena Detrick," played hysterically by Madeline Kahn (yet another comic genius who left this life too early) brings tears of laughter to my eyes."