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Sctv:The Best Of The Early


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  • Actors: Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas, John Candy
  • Writers: Andrew Alexander, Brian Doyle-Murray, Brian McConnachie, Jim Fisher, Jim Staahl
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • Release Date: Dec 17 2007
  • Run Time: 415 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SY1O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,385 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron Grouch on Dec 30 2010
Let's not take away from what's here.
If you loved SCTV, chances are you'll enjoy the episodes they've provided.

But many fans of SCTV's first three seasons will view this as an oddly-slanted collection for what is billed as "The Best of the Early Years."
You get 15 episodes but 12 of them are from the third season which didn't have John Candy and Catherine O'Hara.
There are also no episodes from the first season so there are no skits featuring Harold Ramis.

This collection would have been far more fulfilling to fans of the early years if it offered a more balanced overview of that period.
Five episodes from each of the first three seasons would have been ideal.

Instead, the obvious emphasis on the third season only serves as a nagging reminder that there are some very enjoyable episodes from the first two seasons missing from this collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Grammarian on Dec 7 2012
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I had seen all these shows way back in 1980/81. Also we had the American series #s 1-4. It was absolutely essential to get the early years while the group was still in Edmonton. Thus our SCTV is now almost complete.
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Warning you will watch television like you never had before. I love classic SCTV. It's a but dated but for anyone that grew up loving it it's worth getting
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thedano on Nov. 21 2010
I bought Disc 1, 2, Best of early years, both Christmas Specials, and Volume 4 and I STILL couldn't find The Tubes or Ian Thomas. I'm going to buy Vol 1, 2, and 3, and mail the others to my brother. He'll love them (for free is even better!)
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Amazon.com: 26 reviews
54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Wait on the real thing! Jan. 3 2008
By Jeffrey R. Young - Published on Amazon.com
The people that released this DVD make me want to throw my DVD player out my window (my big screen TV is too heavy to lift) and land it on their heads. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

Any true fan of SCTV is willing to wait as long as it takes to get all of the original series INCLUDING Harold Ramis in chronological order the way they SHOULD be released.

I bought all of the previous 90-minute volumes, but until you people release this fabulous series the right way, you WILL NOT get any more of my money, you HOSERS!
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Good but not great Dec 6 2006
By PianoGuyFromSC - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, the cover of this set is misleading because it lists John Candy and Catherine O'Hara as though they were on equal footing with the rest of the cast. But if you're a big fan of either, you'll be disappointed because there's hardly ANY of their material on these disks. Tony Rosato and Robin Duke are funny. So was Shemp Howard. But we all know how we feel about those Shemp episodes! Not quite what we paid the admission price for.

Secondly, as others have pointed out, this is a random selection of the early half-hour shows, with some overlap of later "best of" shows which are already out on DVD. And not one bit of Harold Ramis. (Some ads for this set even mention Martin Short, who was nowhere near this project!)

But thirdly, this still is a very, very funny set. If you love SCTV, you will laugh your way through these discs, with lots of Bob & Doug, Count Floyd, and movie parodies such as Taxi Driver as done by Dick Cavett, etc. This may be all we ever get of the early years, so if you're a fan, grab them while you can. What's next? SCTV...the Cinemax years??
62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
No Harold Ramis??? Sept. 12 2006
By David Scott - Published on Amazon.com
How the producers of this set could leave off the star of the show, is beyond fathomable. Any true fan of SCTV knows that the early years, the half hour shows, were the best. When it moved to NBC, it lost it's edginess and never was quite the same. The star that made those early years so great was Ha-Harold Ramis. C'mon! Officer Friendly? Moe Green? It's a crying shame. They wonder why sales tailed off for the later DVD's, and they do something as dumb as this. Sad. Why don't they ask the FANS what they want?
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Some great stuff, but where's the rest of the great stuff? May 1 2007
By Valnastar - Published on Amazon.com
I've been waiting for years for the half-hour SCTV shows to be released on DVD as I always felt that their best material was in the half-hour syndicated format. Then, when they finally do release some of the half-hour shows on DVD I discover that the publisher leaves out some of the best material?! I can't believe it. This show was not the same with Duke, Rosato, or even Short. The crew of D. Thomas, J. Candy, H. Ramis, J. Flaherty, E. Levy, C. O'Hara, R. Moranis and A. Martin is what this show was all about. Until I can get ALL the material featuring those specific cast members, I'm going to have to consider very carefully whether or not I'll be buying this or any other set. I'm giving this 3-stars for the good material that is here, I only wish that what was here was all 5 stars worth of material that I wanted.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Cop Out Feb. 15 2008
By thomas e danyluk - Published on Amazon.com
A best-of set? In whose opinion? They short-changed us here, folks. Why not do it right and issue ALL of the 30-minute episodes?; that's what the hardcore SCTV fans really wanted. Instead, we got a sampling, an hors devours tray. Bad job, Shout Factory! Please go back and get this right.

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