|BACK TO REVIEWS||BACK HOME|
'Live From New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live' DVD Review **** 100105
The Work = ****
'Live From New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live' charts the development of 'SNL' from its shaky beginnings to its huge success and eventual departure of just about everyone who developed the show into what it is. Some of the more controversial moments are left out such as a near fist fight between Bill Murray and Chevy Chase. (That John Belushi may have instigated.) However, the film does get into other seedy elements such as the rampant and often out of control drug use that went on during the show. It was nice too that the film was faire to Chase who despite sometimes getting a bad rap really did pull his weight when he worked on the show. Oddly though it never talks about Chase coming back to guest host (which is when the confrontation with Murray occurred.)
To be fair it would be hard to truly cover all aspects of the show and would require many hours of film to get into all the gritty details. Still things like show creator Lorne Michaels hating the episode of 'SNL' that Milton Berle hosted so much that it has never aired since its premiere are never mentioned. That gets into my gripe with Michaels for not releasing entire seasons of 'SNL' (as I mention in my review of 'The Best of John Belushi'.) Why not at least release the entire first five seasons? They are what laid the groundwork for the long running series. (**101606 See bottom of the review for update.)
If you are a fan of SNL and especially a fan of the first five years give 'Live From New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live' a try. If nothing else it is an entertaining look at those early years of 'SNL'. Watching some of the early episodes now I can see the cast and crew slowly shaping the show into what it is known for. This doc gives a look into that world care of those that lived it. Recommended.
DVD = ***
All Together = ****
** 101606 So, I am psyched to say the first season of 'SNL' is coming to DVD, complete and uncut!! Here’s hoping the next 4 seasons will follow! Thank you Lorne Michaels and powers that be!!
'Live From New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live' Links:
Copyright 2005 - 2012 Nate Bundy. All rights reserved.