The groundbreaking sketch comedy of the pioneering First Season of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” will come to DVD with digitally remastered picture and sound for the first time on December 5th, distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. (Each individual episode will also be made available that same day for downloading on iTunes.)
Since its debut, "SNL" has been considered the gold standard for comedy on television, showcasing some of the brightest comedic lights of the past 30 years.
Back in 1975, seven young performers came together as the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" and created a multiple Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase that would become one of the most enduring and celebrated franchises in the history of television.
In fact, the program has won 19 Emmy Awards and been nominated for scores more, as well as winning the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. With millions of viewers tuning in each week, the late-night comedy showcase has become an American institution and continues to be the highest rated show on late-night television.
In that First Season, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris put their unforgettable stamp on television comedy and shocked viewers with their irreverent, smart and off-kilter humor.
Available for the first time in a full season set, “Saturday Night Live: The Complete First Season" will contain all 24 episodes of the debut season in their original 90-minute format, adding up to more than 30 hours of history-making characters and memorable sketches, all the original musical performances from a roster of chart-topping artists and guest appearances by some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actors and comedians.
The set includes such unforgettable sketches as Land Shark and the Killer Bees; musical performances include Simon & Garfunkel, Jimmy Cliff, Carly Simon and Patti Smith. Guest hosts include Richard Pryor, Rob Reiner, Candice Bergen, Buck Henry and George Carlin.
The 8-Disc set will arrive in specially-designed gift packaging with a limited-edition collectible book, audition footage and a cast interview that aired the day before the first show. The show will be presented in full screen with audio in English (Dolby Digital 2.0), along with English SDH.
The Suggested Retail Price will be $69.98, but you should be able to find this online for as little as $46.00.
There's no word yet on additional season sets. Typically, studios take a wait and see attitude with older TV shows. If nobody buys the First Season, there often are no subsequent seasons released. So if you're at all interested in seeing more of SNL in full season sets, make sure to show your support by purchasing this one.