Snl: B.O. Phil Hartman [Import]
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Phil Hartman was one of the most versatile comedians of his time: whether he was playing the voice of Troy McClure on The Simpsons or portraying the pompous Bill McNeal on NewsRadio, his comedy was always fresh and outrageous. His breakthrough was as a cast member of the late-night program Saturday Night Live, where he satirized everything from politics (Bill Clinton, Admiral Stockdale--Ross Perot's misguided running mate--and Barbara Bush) to entertainment (Frank Sinatra and Phil Donahue), creating unforgettable characters along the way. This "best of" video captures his funniest SNL moments and includes the TV special Saturday Night Live Remembers Phil Hartman plus more. Among the highlights are the commercial Compulsion; Bill Clinton jogging to a fast-food joint (which, filmed long before the Lewinsky incident, seems surprisingly prescient as Clinton comments, "There's gonna be a whole bunch of things we don't tell Mrs. Clinton. Fast food is the least of our worries."); Discover the World of Science, where Hartman portrays an annoyingly daft TV host to Jon Lovitz's scientist; Barbara Bush hosting Nancy Reagan at tea in the White House; Cooking with the Anal Retentive Chef; and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. Brief snippets of Hartman in a variety of his roles show some classic moments without slowing down the pace of the collection. This video also features SNL cast members Dana Carvey, Jan Hook, Chris Rock, Chris Farley, Victoria Jackson, and more. Of all the Saturday Night Live retrospectives, this is one of the most consistently funny compilations and truly showcases the best of Phil Hartman. --Jenny Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The first half is hilarious. Here, he gest to show up his versatillity in such roles as Frank Sinatra ("The Sinatra Group"), Bill Clinton ("Clinton At McDonald's"), Peter Graves ("Discover The World Of Science"), Phil Donahue ("Donahue"), and "Barbara Bush (don't know name of sketch, but features Nancy Reagan (Jan Hooks) trying to take back the White House). Also, there's a great montage of his impressions. He became so well known for playing Bill Clinton, people forget that his repetoire included Ted Kennedy, Andy Griffith, Telly Savalas, Michael Caine and even Jesus. Also, there's his infamous "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer" and one, the "Weekend Update' "All Drug Olympics".
But after this, the dvd falters. While "Cooking With The Anal Retentive Chef" "Succinctly Speaking", and the touching closer "Love Is A Dream" are worth viewing, the second montage (don't know what it's about), "On Broadway", "Ann Boleyn" and "Robot Repair" rank among the worst "SNL" skecthes ever.
Is this dvd worth viewing? Yes. But is it perfect? By all means, no. How could it have been better? First, they could've taken out the entire second half (with the eexception of "Anal Retentive Chef", "Succinctly Speaking", and "Love Is A Dream") and replaced it with the "Sinatra Duets" sketch, another Clinton one, and a montage of his voiceovers. I think Phil Hartman deserves a best - of, volume 2.
The first half is hilarious. "The Sinatra Group" is my favorite, especiially the Sinead O'Connor (Jan Hooks) jokes. Also worth a view are "Clinton At McDonald's" and "Discover The World Of Science With Peter Graves", in which Hartman plays the screen veteran as a bumbling idiot (so gold is long and thin like, say, Kareem Abdul Jabaar?). Best of all, there's a montage of his impressions. So many people watch him for his Bill Clinton that they forget his repitoire ranged from Ted Kennedy to Burt Reynolds to Jesus. After the "All Drug Olympics" sketch, the dvd falters a bit, but enjoys a resurgance of hilarity with "Cooking With The Anal Retentive Chef". But skecthes like "Robot Repair" and "On Broadway With Brenda Krouse" just weren't as good as I expected. The final sketch is "Love Is A Dream", a short film with an ending that will leave you misty - eyed.
Overall, not a bad set, but it could have been a better sketch. For instance, where was the sketch where he's Frank Sinatra and he's recording his "Duets" album and he doesn't like his partners?
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The cold opening on this dvd, featuring Hartman as General Stockwell and an almost unrecognizable Dana Carvey as Ross Perot, just goes to prove my point. And while he only appears in one sketch, he was undoubtedly the show's best Clinton. In "Clinton At McDonald's", he captures the scandal - ridden former president to a t. He also does great as Frank Sinatra in the hilarious "Sinatra Group". Towards the end though, the dvd does start to hit the skids, but over all it's an excellent representation of his eight years on "Saturday Night Live".
Extras include a photo gallery, audition tape, dress rehearsal and outtakes. I also recommend all the other great best - off's sets out there, namely Dana Carvey, Mike Myers and Adam Sandler. If you want to see all the best, get the 8 - pack collection available at wherever dvds are sold.
Most recent customer reviews
Phil Hartman set the bar so high in better avenues for him to display his talent like on The Simpsons and News Radio that these skits fall flat and disappoint. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joe
It would be nice if available in Blue Ray, not as funny as Dana Carvey.Published 23 months ago by Mike Jakobsson
I read all the reviews of this, and i found the one extremely negative one and figured it was just some moron that didn't know what he was talking about. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Joseph
Phil Hartman was a master impersonator. This special shows him and his great genius. It could have had just a few more skits and the Phil Donahue one was a little boring. Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by Roger Copeland
I have to say that Phil Hartman ties Will Ferrell as the funniest cast member ever on Saturday Night Live and comes in at #1 for the classiest. Read morePublished on March 7 2004
I love his work on SNL and now they released his best of. Oh mY gOd its so good GET ITPublished on Feb. 25 2004 by Ziggy
It's about time they released the Best of Phil Hartman on DVD! He was the best SNL cast member ever and this disk is long over due. Can't wait to get it. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by Joseph M Cook IV
Unfortunetely, I came to know Phil's work after his death and never saw any of his SNL work. Since the reruns don't run in any order on the networks that air them, I wanted to see... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003 by Julie A. Kennedy