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Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Will Ferrell, Volume 3

Universal // 2010 // 61 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Roy Hrab (Retired) // July 28th, 2010

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Editor's Note

Our reviews of Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Will Ferrell (published September 29th, 2003), Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Will Ferrell (published July 1st, 2010), and Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Will Ferrell, Volume 2 (published October 5th, 2004) are also available.

The Charge

"You are delight!"

The Case

In a world where Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Will Ferrell and Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Will Ferrell, Volume 2 have been released, there can be only one logical next step: Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Will Ferrell, Volume 3. However, this does not imply that the world needs a third instalment, nor that the previous two instalments were warranted, or even that there is enough material for a third "best of" DVD. But, let's get to it.

Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Will Ferrell, Volume 3 is a collection of skits featuring Ferrell:

• George Bush Endorsement. Bush (Ferrell) goes out of his way to endorse Sarah Palin (Tina Fey) and a less than enthusiastic John McCain (Darrell Hammond). Ferrell's does his Bush impersonation, but Fey's Palin is the only reason this skit is remotely funny.

• Theatre Monologue. As host, Ferrell presents a monologue from a serious drama he claims to have written: "The Wishful Dreams of Danny O'Neill." Not funny at all.

• Robert Goulet (Ferrell) tries to sell a bulky portable phone that looks like his head. Ferrell's Goulet is amusing, but this is one of the weaker Goulet skits.

• Celebrity Jeopardy with Bill Cosby (Kenan Thomson), Sharon Osbourne (Amy Poehler), and Sean Connery (Hammond). The Connery-Trebek feud continues, but without Norm MacDonald's Burt Reynolds, these sketches lost their edge.

• The Lawrence Welk Show presents Ferrell delivering a smooth, easy-listening Welk style song, except that one of his female back-up singers has a terrible voice and freakishly small arms and hands. This is supposed to be "Best Of" worthy material? Yikes.

• The East Lake Spartan Cheerleaders (Will and Cheri Oteri) cheer on the chess team. I dislike these characters greatly. They're just plain annoying and no one will convince me otherwise. Oh, and this skit also appears on the original Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Will Ferrell! Someone wasn't paying attention, I guess.

• Family Dinner. A dysfunctional family (with daughter Sarah Michelle Gellar) argue over dinner. Hey, wait a minute! This was on the Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Will Ferrell, too! What gives?

• NBA on TNT. A graphic promoting a fictional show called "Mark" (Ferrell) constantly pops up during TNT's "Inside The NBA." Not bad.

• Inside the Actors Studio with guest Drew Barrymore (Kate Hudson). This is probably the best skit on the DVD. Ferrell's impersonation of James Lipton is hilarious. But, hold on one second. This same sketch appears on Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Will Ferrell, Volume 2! Are you kidding me?!

• Convention. Ferrell is the host of Oracle Conclave 2005, but things go awry and Ferrell's character becomes enraged. Yawn.

• Do You Like Luxury? Bizarre sketch about spies, or something. I have no idea what they were trying to accomplish with this. Not funny.

• Barbecue. Ferrell works the grill while screaming at his children to get off the shed. Again, what is the point here?

Technically, there are no problems with the audio and video.

The extras include two dress rehearsals. The first scene involves the lovers Roger (Will) and Virginia (Rachel Dratch) out for a camping trip. The second features Ferrell as a ghost who has embarrassing secrets that are discovered by teenagers searching his house. There's also a Green Day performance that sees Ferrell banging on a cow bell. Last, there is a photo montage.

This release only exists because enough Ferrell fans bought Volumes 1 and 2 to make the financial case for NBC Universal to release a Volume 3. The scenes here are mediocre at best, which is standard fare for the past decade or two of SNL. Most upsetting are the scenes repeated from Volumes 1 and 2, revealing a complete lack of quality control and respect for consumers. It's probably a mixture of both. Don't waste your money on this.

The Verdict

Guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 15

Perp Profile

Studio: Universal
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Subtitles:
• English (CC)
Running Time: 61 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Bad
• Comedy
• Performance
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Dress Rehearsal
• Performance
• Photo Gallery

Accomplices

• IMDb
• Saturday Night Live
• Funny or Die








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