Produced by Lorne Michaels
Starring Mike Myers and the various cast members from SNL
- Additional Footage
Released by: NBC Home Entertainment
Rating: NR (some material unsuitable for younguns’)
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Own it if you are a fan.
Once upon a time, there was a funny man named Mike. He worked his ass off in his youth perfecting his style of comedy and then he found himself a part of one of the most memorable casts of Saturday Night Live in a long time. I think he actually went on to a fairly successful film career.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, Mike Myers got his big break on SNL. He wrote several of the skits for the show and many of them became the hits of the show during that time. Who could ever forget Wayne Campbell (even despite the two movie spinoffs), Dieter (from Sprockets), or Simon (who does the famous drawrins)? All of these skits spurned catchphrases that would permeate society for years to come. You can walk up to pretty much any thirty-something and say, “Party On, Wayne” and they’ll immediately get the reference. In some societies, this phrase replaced the handshake for a short period of time. His comic timing was perfect and he was not afraid to make a complete fool of himself or to poke good-natured fun at the various celebrities that might come on the show from time to time even while sitting across the set from them. His fearless comedy set the tone for his six years on the show and paved the way for his career that followed.
The DVD collection leaves a bit to be desired. I understand that there was a ton of material to sift through for this collection of his skits, but I don’t understand the concept of having “additional footage” listed as one of the features. After all, the DVD is about the footage, right? So, why not just incorporate that into the main material instead of trying to make it look like there’s more to the DVD than there actually is? Mike is an incredibly funny guy. I would have loved to have seen a collection of his outtakes from the rehearsals placed on the DVD as bonus material. They have done this with other SNL Collection DVDs and it just doesn’t make sense why they wouldn’t do that here. Oh, I’m sure there’s some stupid legal reason, like they are afraid of offending someone or they discovered that his comic skits might lead to eyelid warts or something, but I really don’t care.
So, there’s really nothing else on the disc except for his skits. Even considering that fact, I suggest you go out and buy this one if you are fan of Myers.