Live from New York, it's 1975!
This is good news, and--oddly--something I was just asking a coworker about this past week. Why not release the first season of Saturday Night Live on DVD?
Not that I'd wish for a release of all seasons (that would be hideous) but surely season one is worth owning on the grounds of both culture and entertainment value. I mean, honestly...Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtain, Larraine Newman and Garett Morris. It was such an excellent, groundbreaking show with a top-notch ensemble of players and writers back then, and this is a far more exciting release than any of those "best of" compilations we've been seeing every few months.
The release date is December 5. It'll be an 8 disc set with over 26 hours of material...and absolutely no cuts. It's been confirmed by Broadway Video that not one single song or performance will be missing. And that is excellent news.
Of course, season two would be nice as well, since that's when Bill Murray joined up...and my personal wish would be a full season release from the much later (but just as great) cast of Kevin Nealon, Mike Myers, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, etc...but I think that'd be unlikely. Either we're going to get every season, or we're only getting the first few.
Regardless, this is great news. Retail is $69.98, which would be more than I've ever paid for a DVD before, but for 26 hours of material that's not bad at all. Besides, those Sopranos releases sell for around $120 and they get away with it just fine.
I like it when Chevy Chase falls over things and bruises his testicles. (True story.)