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Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Dana Carvey

Lionsgate // 1999 // 89 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Erin Boland (Retired) // November 21st, 2003

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All Rise...

The Charge

"Please welcome on of the funniest guys on this spinning blue globe we humans call 'Earth,' Dana Carvey."
—Conan O'Brien

The Case

I would like to start by saying that, while I love Saturday Night Live (their older classic sketches, as well as the newer ones), when Dana Carvey started on the show in 1986, I was six years old. That's right, six. I wasn't old enough to stay up and watch SNL, let alone understand it, and I still wore my hair in pigtails. When he left the show in February of 1993, I still hadn't turned thirteen. I was in sixth grade and much more concerned about finishing a book report or reading the newest teenybopper magazine then the politics of the time. Enough about my autobiography…the point is, some of Dana's humor is a little lost on me because I don't really have a good recollection of what he was making fun of.

This SNL DVD presentation has a great collection of Dana Carvey's sketches. He's a talented and versatile comedian who, on SNL, has played several very different and memorable characters. This sketch collection includes (along with my five star rating scheme):

• Wayne's World *****: "Schwing!"
• President Bush *****: "These are infrared night vision goggles."
• Ross Perot *** ½: "This is a picture generated by the Republican Dirty Tricks Team."
• Church Chat *****: "Well isn't that special?"
• Tom Brokaw *****: "Former President Gerald Ford was eaten by wolves. He was delicious."
• The McLaughlin Group ****: "Wrong! I'm perfectly sane. Everyone else, however, is insane and trying to steal my magic bag."
• Hanz and Franz ****½: "Perhaps you are too distracted with the thought of fondling our muscles."
• Massive Head Wound Harry **: This sketch was absolutely disgusting.
• The Carsenio Show ***: "This is wild, weird stuff!"
• Derek Stevens *****: "Chopping broccoli! Chopping broccoli! Chopping broccoliiiii!"

The sound quality on the DVD was excellent. The dialogue was clear and easy to understand. The DVD transfer was at most points flawless. With some of the older material, an extremely critical eye could pick up some graininess in areas of darker color, but as a whole, the picture quality was good and the flesh tones were true.

The DVD had a fair amount of extras, but it was a little disappointing that many of them were so short. The audition was great and a neat way to see Dana Carvey perform very candidly, but I was rather disappointed that it was only six minutes long. The outtakes were also hilarious, but again also only about five or six minutes. After an SNL career as long as Carvey's, one would think that there would be more then about five or six minutes of quality outtakes. The DVD did get the photo gallery right. They presented a nice slide show, which consisted of nine pictures, with some jazzy SNL theme music in the background. The inclusion of Carvey's appearance on Leno and O'Brien was an excellent addition, and very amusing to watch.

As a whole, the DVD wasn't that bad. I was a little disappointed with the extras, but then Carvey was on the show over ten years ago. DVDs hadn't even been invented then. SNL: The Best of Dana Carvey made me laugh. It even made my roommate laugh, and she doesn't like SNL. The court has ruled that SNL: The Best of Dana Carvey is free to go. Court is adjourned.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Release Year: 1999
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Comedy
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Audition
• Photo Gallery
• Dress Sketch
• Outtakes
• TV Appearance on Conan O'Brien
• TV Appearance on Jay Leno


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• NBC's Saturday Night Live Site

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