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'"SNL's'' First Season on DVD

By RD Heldenfels Published: October 20, 2006

After dealing with years of patchwork ''best-ofs,'' this is really good news, notwithstanding the misspelling of Jane Curtin's name:


SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON


Street Date: 12/5
Price: $69.98


Just in time for the holidays, the eight-disc set comes in specially designed gift packaging with a limited-edition collectible book, audition footage and cast interview that aired the day before the first show!


Includes Limited Edition Photo Book with Rare SNL Photos of the Cast and Lorne Michaels (32-pages)


Overview: Nicknamed the "Not Ready for Primetime Players," the original cast of Saturday Night Live ignited a comedy revolution with their mix of irreverent characters and satirical impressions of political figures and pop culture icons.


From the premiere of this groundbreaking sketch comedy show on October 11, 1975, live from historical Studio 8H in New York City's Rockefeller Center, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtain, Chevy Chase, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner launched themselves into instant stardom and were often referred to as "The Beatles of Comedy."


Created by Lorne Michaels over three decades ago, few other shows have had the cultural impact and relevance of Saturday Night Live.


Nowhere else can you see the complete first season of SNL, featuring hosts George Carlin, Rob Reiner, Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor, Elliott Gould, Candace Bergen, or original musical performances by Simon & Garfunkle, ABBA, Patti Smith, Jimmy Cliff, and Carly Simon. And if you're curious as to how the original cast was hired, check out the DVD bonus features that include the screen tests of each performer.

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