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Saturday Night Live - The Best of Will Ferrell
Saturday Night Live - The Best of Will Ferrell
Actors: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, G.E. Smith, Tim Meadows
Directors: Christopher Guest, Mike DeSeve, Robert Smigel
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2003     1hr 30min

Will Ferrell may look like the guy next door but there's nothing ordinary about his comic creations. From 1995ito 2002 he dominated Saturday Night Live with characters as different as Craig the Cheerleader and President Ge...  more »

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Actors: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, G.E. Smith, Tim Meadows
Directors: Christopher Guest, Mike DeSeve, Robert Smigel
Creators: Andrew Hill Newman, Barry W. Blaustein, Beth Cahill, Brad Hall, Chris Cluess
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color - Best of
DVD Release Date: 08/12/2003
Original Release Date: 10/11/1975
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 28
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Could have been much better
J. Evans | Fort Wright, KY United States | 08/15/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is great, but could've been much better. At only 75 minutes, SNL/NBC are giving a [weak] product. Of course Will Ferrell doesn't disappoint at all on this though. Skits include:-Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult ("more cowbell")
-Spartan Cheerleaders @ a chess match
-"Dissing Your Dog" commercial
-Harry Carey show
-the annoying lovers (with Rachel Dratch)
-the pretentious NYC store clerks (with Jimmy Falon & Sean Hayes)
-the bum as the nude art school model (can't remember his name)
-fishing with Bush Jr & Sr
-Jeopardy with "Burt Reynolds" "French Stewart" and "Sean Connery"
-Robert Goulet does gangsta rap
-Bobby & Marty Culp at the Drug Awareness seminar
-Inside the Actors Studio w/Charles Nelson Riley
-Roxbury guys with Jim Carreythe extras are pretty cool..especially the deleted skit with the "old prospector." I think that's the funniest thing on the whole DVD. It also has Will's "tryout" with SNL, and 2 Conan O'Brien appearances.But what is missing is the Neil Diamond Storytellers. I can't believe they left that off. SNL/NBC really could have given everyone a quality product but they just phoned it in."
Not sure about 'Best Of', but still funny
J. Evans | 08/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Like most Saturday Night Live 'Best Of' compilations, it would be more accurate to call this a random sampling of Will Ferrell skits than his greatest ones. How else do you explain the fact that there are throw away skits like the dysfunctional family, yet only brief clips of him doing George Bush and Janet Reno, among others. Also there are a few skits on this that are also on the Best of SNL 96-97 tape.
With that said, this DVD does have enough funny skits and redeeming value to make it worth checking out. You can't go wrong with him playing a flustered Alex Trebeck in 'Celebrity Jeopardy;' his Marty Culp the singing/preaching principal is also always good for a laugh. Both longtime fans and those who don't know Ferrell's work as well will appreciate the range, audacity, and irreverence of the characters he played.
There are also some good extra features, including two very funny apperances on Conan O'Brien. Again this is not perfect, but still is well worth a look."
Ferrell deserves two DVDs
Eugene Wei | Santa Monica, CA USA | 08/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a DVD that had to be made, and everyone knows it. Sketches include:
--Anti-drug school assembly musical number
--Blue Oyster Cult ("I need more cowbell!" shouts Christopher Walken)
--Robert Goulet infomercial for his CD
--Craig the cheerleader working a chess match
--Ferrell as: George Bush, Janet Reno (boxing Rudy Giuliani), Saddam Hussein (on 3 way phone call with Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky)
--As James Lipton of Inside the Actor's Studio interviewing Alec Baldwin--His Harry Caray impression
--As Alex Trebek on Jeopardy, with contestants including Sean Connery and Burt Reynolds
--As professor Roger and his hot-to-trot wife Virginia in the hot tub, harrassing poor business traveler Doug (Jimmy Fallon)
--As one of the Roxbury brothers with Jim Carrey and Chris Kattan
--Substitute art class nude model Terrence Maddox
--Infomercial for Dissing Your Dog
--Weekend update special guest Jacob Silj
--Father of a dysfunctional family with Sarah Michelle Gellar as his rebellious teenage daughterExtra features include his SNL audition routine (he does his Harry Caray, a Ted Kennedy, and some original characters), two Conan O'Brien guest appearances, some outtakes, and one hilarious dress sketch which never made the final show in which he played Old Prospector Gus Chiggins, assigned to accompany an army unit into Afghanistan.You know this stuff is good--in half the sketches, the other actors are sobbing they're trying so hard not to laugh. Especially Jimmy Fallon, who finds Ferrell so funny he snorts out half his lines. And through it all, Ferrell stays in character, fully committed. As James Lipton would say, "What courage! What humanity! We are in the presence...of greatness!"But any Ferrell fan will instantly rattle off several classic Ferrell sketches which are missing: Doug, the face of erectile dysfunction; the bad doctor; the commercial for the hamburger helper mix with antibacterial agents for weeks old ground beef, etc. NBC really needs to honor Will's body of work by issuing a second volume, or a box set, even. Such work must not be relegated to the whims of Comedy Central reruns."
B-MAN | Earth, occasionally. Until I get bored. | 08/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's true that Will Ferrell's contributions to SNL can't be summarized on one dvd, especially not one running a little over an hour (one episode of SNL is 90 minutes), but that's not to say that the material here isn't hilarious. The problem with these collections is that fans have their favorites and almost always a few of them are missing and that's definitely the case here. In fact, some of the particular recurring sketches like "Jeopardy" & "Inside the Actor's Studio" could've chosen better examples than what ended up here for those. Again, what is here is funny and the extras are nice too. Here are the sketches in order that make up the main feature (the sketches are pretty complete except for where I list them as "snips":

Marty & Bobby Culp: Drug awareness assembly
VH1 Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult (with Christopher Walken)"More Cowbell, baby!" - A personal favorite!
Dissing your dog training video
Spartan Cheerleaders Chess Team tournament
Robert Goulet: Coconut Banger's Ball
Snips - Will in thong at business meeting/Mini Cell Phone at new wave store/Rachel Dratch gives birth to Will
Jeopardy: Burt Reynolds, Sean Connery, French Stewart
Inside the Actors Studio: Charles Nelson Riley (Alec Baldwin)
The Devil teaches Garth Brooks a song
Snips: George W. Bush/Janet Reno boxing Guliani/Clinton, Monica, & Saddam on the phone
Space the Infinite Frontier with Harry Caray (& Jeff Goldblum)
Hot Tub Luvas (with Drew Barrymore)
Roxbury Guys (with Jim Carrey)
Snips: Good Morning Latte/Dog Show
Nude guy poses for Art Class (with Lucy Lawless)
Family yelling at dinner (with Sarah Michelle Gellar)
Jacob Silj: Voice Modulation (on Weekend Update)

Extra Features:

Will Ferrell's audtion for SNL as Harry Caray
Unaired Dress Rehearsal sketch: Prospector in the Army
Will's Conan appearance in black underwear (plugging Roxbury)
Will's Conan appearance as Goulet

Outtakes: Hot Tub Luvas (with Winona Ryder), Goulet as Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Sketch (with Seinfeld), Voice Modulation on Weekend Update, George W Bush & George Bush Sr. (Dana Carvey), Neil Diamond on Weekend Update, Fight in club (with Ellen Degeneres), Tap dance (with Katie Holmes), and Mini computer email at New Wave shop (with Pierce Brosnan)

As you can see, the disc is above average in content and as far as these collections go, this one's up there. None of these collections will be perfect because the focus is on stars who have done a slew of hilarious sketches and many of them will be left out. Personally, I was disappointed to not see the VH1 Behind the Music on Neil Diamond...priceless. I agree with a previous reviewer that said Will needs something like a three disc set to even scratch the surface of his hilarious work on SNL, but this is better than nothing and probably as good as it will get unless SNL one day sees Season set releases. So I'd say start digging up your dubbed from TV SNL marathon VHS tapes, unless you have none, then by all means pick this up!"