SCTV - The Best of the Early Years (DVD, 2006, 3-Disc Set)
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- dber234Mar 19, 2011by
May Be SCTV's Best Material
As a fan of this show when it was originally airing in the 70's, I thought their best material was when Harold Ramis was more involved with the writing of the show, before NBC picked it up in 1980. I also think the early cast was probably better as well. This is the period when most of the show's most memorable characters were created and developed. Guy Caballero, Count Floyd, Bobby Bittman, Edith Prickley, Lola Heatherton, Sammy Maudlin, Johnny LaRue and the McKenzie Brothers ("Great White North") are all included here and they are hilarious.
In my opinion, Elvira owes every nickel she earns to Joe Flaherty and his hilarious Count Floyd's "Monster Chiller Horror Theater", the Saturday afternoon kiddie monster horror show where nothing goes right. The premise was that employees at this very low-budget TV station had to double up on jobs, so news anchor Floyd Robertson was also the host of SCTV’s Monster Chiller Horror Theater, wearing a cheap vampire costume and speaking in a bad stereotypical Transylvanian vampire accent. Oddly, although he was supposed to be a vampire, he would also open each show howling like a werewolf, presumably indicating that Floyd Robertson had only the vaguest of ideas what a vampire was. Near the end of a howl, he would break off disarmingly into a weak chuckle.
The main running gag of the Count Floyd sketch was that the station would usually provide truly awful films for the show that were not in the least bit scary, including such genres as biopics with very scant relation to horror (Madame Blitzman), softcore pornography with a horror theme (Dr. Tongue's 3D House of Stewardesses) and Swedish independent (Whispers of the Wolf), forcing Floyd to struggle to hype them to his mostly juvenile audience. (“Vow, kids...vasn’t it SCARY vhen the vaitress put ketchup on those french fries?”). His frustration with the poor quality of the films would sometimes cause Floyd to break character and explain to the kids that he usually had little say in which movies he could show, as the station's cheap manager would buy blocks of films in which one or two good movies were "packaged" with several clunkers. His frustration was also shown in an episode in which he mistakenly re-emerged from his coffin before the end of the show (thinking the camera was off) muttering, "Damn, who the hell schedules these things?" On one occasion he finally had a scary movie to review ("Blood-Sucking Monkeys From West Mifflin, Pennsylvania") but did not have the actual movie to show, so he improvised his impressions of the movie on his own.
Count Floyd often tried to make a quick buck during the movie by selling gimmicky products which would purportedly make the film seem more scary. Prices of these products would vary wildly, as though the figures were merely popping into his head as he promoted them. ("Just send me........ six dollars...")
For this reason and many more, this "Best Of" collection is a compilation of some the crew's best work, in my opinion. It's a "must have" if you're a fan of SCTV. Beyond that, I'd also acquire the NBC sets Vol 1 and Vol 2.Read full review
- bobalouxxOct 09, 2010by
very very funny brings back the good old days. ha ha ha
very very funny brings back the good old days. ha ha ha its a pretty good compl of some of the funniest scits i remember when this was on tv boy does this bring back some funny memmories so glad i bought it but look out some parts are so scary eww we got a scary one for you tonight . got to luv count floyed great stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- pasturederelictAug 09, 2008by
a lacking inaugeration but still a fine representation
Come watch the origins of comedic genious. This is where a legendary comedy troupe is born. What great careers originated from this assortment of skits.
While this is supposed to be a celebration of cultural origins, there seems to be something amiss. I recollect that much is missing from this predeccesor of sorts. The collection process here seems flawed as various half hour episodes were selected instead of selecting various sketches from each show instead. In a sense, this isn't truly a 'best of', but it will have to do, and it does do just fine!
These half hour Canadian productions were amassed later and released after the dvd sets that represented Second City's work on NBC that followed a couple of years later. Being sketch comedy, there are, naturally, some hits and misses. The beauty of SCTV is that there are always more hits than misses (not so with SNL). While you may be momentarily offended, that gets quickly laughed-off as another target is assaulted shortly thereafter. Such impersonations are not mean-spirited but are often satirical. This means that we can often see ourselves in the characters and then have a laugh at our own expense!
Being only 3 discs in this set, covering a few episodes from seasons 2 & 3 only, it appears that much is missing from the earliest days. This is sad indeed. But, this set does celebrate the first years being broadcasted in Canada.
In them: LaRue runs for office, anniversaries get celebrated, and soap operas don't get cleaned up. No celebrity is above being impersonated: Bob Hope, Dick Cavett, Gregory Peck, Woody Allen, and David Brinkley.
Now you might not remember the days before cable TV, but here we have the outright mocking of prominent 70's commercials. Anyone in their 30's has got to chuckle at these.
Great White North is birthed here in response to the CRTC's requirements for Canadian content. Come watch the evolution of Canadian culture as it is ad-libbed for the world to marvel at! Bob and Doug tackle such serious issues as: ear muffs, calculators, snow chains, back bacon, exercise, trips, best groups, and bowling. This is pretty heady stuff indeed!
And now for the misses: Kirk Douglas's salute to Hollywood extras and the Midnight Express suck. Episodes like these make you glad that the show was only a half hour and that they didn't go into syndication in the States (well, not until much later and only late at night when most everyone is loaded).
Marcello's cooking of Chicken Cacciatore alone is worth purchasing the set. I've never seen a chicken fight back!
These dvd's encouraged me to: slap my knee while laughing, eat faster, buy my own wheelchair, learn Italian, smash a bottle, and rant. I guess I am a typical Canadian after all, eh?Read full review
- howzbayouJun 08, 2010by
SCTV feaures some of the best sketch comedy ever done..
...and competes with Saturday Night Live when it was at it's peak. Characters like Bobby Bittman, Edith Prickly, Guy Cabellero, Earl the weatherman, Johnny LaRue, Bob & Doug McKenzie, Count Floyd....are all comedy classics. You doj';t have to be Canadian to love these hosers!
- f-310Jan 07, 2007by
SCTZ says it all
What can I say? If you like SCTV this is a must for your collection. It must have been tough to find the best of SCTV. It's all the best! All of the SCTV players became comedic actors and how many comedy groups can you say that about?