Two decades after its episodes first aired, the complete sophomore season of the much loved Saturday Night Live
will finally be available on DVD. Season two of the iconic gag show went down in history as Chevy Chase's curtain call engagement on the series, as well as Bill Murray's baptism of SNL fire.
Saturday Night Live
's second season ran from 1976-1977. Aside from the departing Chase and the debuting Murray, that year's cast of regulars included other eventual comedic greats like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtain, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris and special guest Andy Kaufman.
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The eight-disc set packaged as Saturday Night Live: The Complete Second Season
is slated for release on December 4. Pre-ordering for the compilation ended October 30th. Priced at $69.98, the collection contains roughly 27 hours of all 22 season 2 episodes. The installments have been digitally re-mastered and compiled in their original 90-minute durations.
Saturday Night Live: The Complete Second Season
features many of the show's most memorable sketches, characters and performances. This includes The Coneheads (which later became a full-length motion picture), Bill Murray's Nick the Lounge Singer and Dan Aykroyds' Irwin Mainway, which all first came to life during that Emmy-winning season.
The upcoming DVD also showcases musical performances by legendary artists such as Joe Cocker, The Band, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Chuck Berry, The Kinks, Santana, Tom Waits, as well as classic hosting stints by Lily Tomlin, Norman Lear, Steve Martin, Dick Cavett, then child star Jodie Foster, Candice Bergen, Ralph Nader, Fran Tarkenton, Sissy Spacek, Elliott Gould and Shelly Duvall.
In addition, Saturday Night Live: The Complete Second Season
, also contains exclusive bonus material like the historic SNL Mardi Gras Special live in New Orleans, Andy Kaufman's screen test and a limited-edition Collector's Scrapbook from that year.
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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