This is a great DVD - very funny. If you like SNL, you will probably like this DVD. I had only seen the original 2000 release (by the exact same name as this one) of this DVD before buying this new 2003 release. The 2000 release was made by Vidmark/Trimark (ASIN: 157362862X @ amazon.com) instead of from Lions Gate Home Entertainment. This version is edited a little from the original, so the actual tribute is probably about a couple minutes shorter than the original release. However, the one upgrade is more extras (special features). There are two hilarious clips of late show appearances that are not on the original release. Then there is a short outtakes reel which is decent, a deleted skit which isn't very good, and some photos to look at. So it depends on which you would rather have.
Here are the cons:
I'm not sure exactly how much was left out on this new release but I do know that the "Herlihy Boy: House Sitting Service" skit with Adam Sandler was cut out (which is my favorite SNL skit of all time). Another great segment that was left out was the "Little Women"-esque sequence where they fall through the ice and start cursing and make a pact with the devil. Yet another skit that was taken out was the "Shmitt's Gay Beer" skit, which doesn't bother me because I did not like it anyways (but some people like it). One final segment that was left out was the "in memoriam" introduction by Tim Meadows at the beginning of the previous release.
Now for the pros:
Excellent skits include Matt Foley's Motivational Speaker "Go For It" skit, "Hidden Camera Commercials," the "Chris Farley Show" with Paul McCartney (and clips of 2 more), & the Japanese Game Show, which are four of my favorite SNL skits ever (after the "Herlihy Boy" skit of course).
Some more pretty good skits include a classic Bennett Brower skit, the Superfans skit with Michael Jordan, "El Nino," "General Norman Shwarskoff: I Want Holyfield!," "Lunch Lady Land," & "Chippendales,"
They did try to substitute some new scenes for the left out scenes. "Focus on Beauty II" is an added segment that is decent but not great.
Although this release is missing some skits, "The Herlihy Boy" & the "Schmitt's Gay Beer" skits are both on the new "Best of Adam Sandler" DVD (from Lions Gate), so I bought that in addition to this DVD to get the missing skits. I'm satisfied enough because the Adam Sandler DVD is pretty good too (although not as good as this Chris Farley DVD)
Now that Will Ferrell got a Volume 2, it would be pretty sweet if Lions Gate made a Volume 2 for Chris Farley. they could include the falling-through-the-ice segment, as well as some more skits that don't appear on either release of Volume 1. The first skit that comes to mind is the hilarious "baseball commentary" on Weekend Update when Farley was talking about his favorite baseball memory (he remembers the 1978 World Series and he talks about "climbing over the fence out onto the field and running around wild and free until the security guards come." Some more great additions would be some more Bennett Brower reports, or some more "Matt Foley: motivational speaker" skits, some "valley girl" skits, & some more "Bill Sharwsky's Superfans." I'm sure they shouldn't have a problem finding at least an hours worth of footage to please us with. They could even put a biography, or some interesting special feature in the Extras section.
Even if they don't make a volume 2, this release is pretty good. If you liked Chris Farley on SNL, this is a must have DVD for your collection. You shouldn't be disappointed. I definitely recommend it.