Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary Henry Sarwer-Foner

Even after 24 years, brothers Bob & Doug McKenzie are the lexicon of what makes a Canadian, well, Canadian. Created by SCTV comedians Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis in the early ’80s to mock the CBC’s mandate for stronger CanCon, Bob & Doug McKenzie — and their Kanadian Korner mini-segments — maximised Canadian clichés, including eating back bacon, drinkin’ beer and the overuse of "eh” in our vernacular. What Moranis and Thomas didn’t know, however, was that their goofy, borderline slapstick alter egos would eventually outshine much of the rest of SCTV’s roster, resulting in magazine covers, platinum albums and a feature film popular on both sides of the 49th parallel. This is what Two-Four Anniversary touches on yet it would be best served as a televised CBC special, not a DVD. The entire affair reeks of capitalising on the most banal of reasons, resulting in a shallow overlook at one of the strongest cultural exports the Canadian entertainment industry has produced in decades. Strangely enough, it’s the bonus material that saves Two-Four Anniversary. Seven complete original sketches, audio versions of songs "Take Off” and "Twelve Days Of Christmas,” the brothers in various commercials and more are funny and enduring, not forced and stale, such as moments when Moranis and Thomas revisit their toques and plaid shirts. These bits (interspersed with various celebrity interviews where Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Paul Schaeffer, Tom Green and Dave Foley wax nostalgic about the McKenzies) find Thomas prodding a reluctant-looking Moranis into sheepish, uninspired conversation. Were it not for the wealth of archive material here, Two-Four Anniversary would be a waste of time. (Vivendi)