Fans of "Saturday Night Live" and punk-rock buffs are the target audience for the first few DVDs here, new titles to be released on Tuesday.

"Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade" (Universal, 2005, not rated, $19.98).

"Saturday Night Live: The Best of Alec Baldwin" (Universal, 2005, not rated, $19.98). OK, Spade you can probably understand, but Baldwin? While Spade was a regular on "SNL," Baldwin is one of the show's most frequent guest hosts, and these are, more or less, best-of skit collections.

The first disc includes "Spade in America" and "Hollywood Minute" recurring bits, as well as a number of other skits in which Spade honed his snarky, smart-aleck persona (in the opener he comes on as Martha Stewart and later impersonates Tom Petty to Dana Carvey's Bob Dylan).

In addition to the usual "SNL" suspects — Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Will Ferrell, etc. — guest stars who show up include Roseanne, Helen Hunt, Teri Hatcher, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Sean Penn — and Steve Martin does a walk-on.

The Baldwin disc also features the "SNL" gang, of course (along with guest John Goodman), and Baldwin does funny impersonations of Tony Bennett and Robert De Niro, among others.

Like the show, the bits here are hit and miss and occasionally in poor taste, but some are amusing.

Extras: Full frame, audio commentary, photo gallery, bloopers/dress rehearsal, chapters.

"The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: Punk & New Wave" (Shout! 1977-81, not rated, $29.98, two discs). Back in the late 1970s and early '80s, when Tom Snyder had a late-night/early morning TV interview show (following Johnny Carson), he decided to explore punk rock. The eight shows here include interviews with (and sometimes performances by) such icons as Iggy Pop, the Ramones, Joan Jett, Patti Smith, John Lydon, Elvis Costello, etc.

Snyder was clueless, of course, and sometimes it's apparent that the punkers are putting him on and he's not getting it. On the other hand, Snyder was no dummy, and some of the questions he asks are quite good, and the answers still resonate today. Fascinating stuff.

Extras: Full frame, eight episodes, chapters.

"RX for Survival: A Global Health Challenge" (WGBH, 2005, not rated, $39.95, three discs). Brad Pitt narrates this miniseries of sorts that explores diseases around the world, including Ebola, SARS, avian flu and HIV/AIDS, and speculates about future possibilities for solutions. There is a historical perspective and observations about modern medicine in a series of episodes filmed in more than 20 countries. Most interesting when it focuses on people and their stories, and pretty darn scary at the same time.

Extras: Widescreen, six episodes, NOW interview with former President Jimmy Carter, featurette, materials for educators, optional English subtitles, chapters. (If you can't find this title in a local store, it can be ordered by phone at 800-949-8670, or on the Web at shop.wgbh.org.)

"Ultimate Bullriding" (TimeLife, 2005, not rated, $14.95). No surprises here. This is just what it appears to be, an hourlong collection of bullriding clips for rodeo fans, with occasional narration when TV commentators' remarks are included, but little context. Most interesting is a nine-minute black-and-white TV clip from the first national finals in 1959.

Extras: Full frame, bonus TV clip, audio/video explanation of competition rules, chapters.


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