ONE-EARED JACK wrote:
I have the first 3 volumes of the Stooges Collection :
1934-1936 2 dvds
1937-1939 2 dvds
1940-1942 2 dvds
The 1930's to the late 1950's had the great comedy teams including Laurel & Hardy,Abbott & Costello,Three Stooges.Marx Brothers & Lewis & Martin.Don't think we'll ever see that kind of humour again.They were all brilliant in their own way.The only collections Im missing are Laurel & Hardy & Marx Brothers.
In the US, Laurel and Hardy are sadly absent from quality DVD releases (although you can find public domain films like "Flying Deuces" and "Atoll K", as well as some early silent shorts for sale on budget-line DVD). In the UK and the Netherlands they've gotten the proper treatment, with all the Hal Roach shorts and features being released in a box set nicely restored (there's even the two and three-reel versions of "Laughing Gravy" as well as their early sound foreign language versions). I was fortunate enough to get EVERYTHING they did, minus a few cameos, off the
in avi format. For a budget-minded, Amercan Laurel and Hardy fan, it was a gift from above. Granted, watching more than one or two in a sitting can become redundant since a lot of their 'schtick' was the same, but when they were at their best I don't think there was anyone on a par with them.
The Marx brothers are all available on DVD, but as i have oall the old Paramounts on VHS, I haven't bothered to upgrade.
I'm stll waiting on a chronological "Our Gang", or any other Hal Roach. Kino released two volumes of Charley Chase a couple of years ago, which was nice but IMO not a fair representation of his best work. Still, there's plenty of other Hal Roach series (Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts, or Todd with Patsy Kelly come to mind immediately) that are sadly unavailable.
The Marx Bros on DVD is a worthy upgrade to your collection. Essential comedy that you need to see in much better visual quality.
An "Our Gang/Little Rascals" box set, mainly comprising the the sound Hal Roach period is coming out next week:http://www.silentcomedians.com/forum/vi ... 451a767c73
This set looks to be a winner and must have.
The Laurel and Hardy sound shorts and features are mostly absent from the US market. Those mega import remastered box sets are nice, but expensive and you need an all-region player. Something I don't want to deal with. I have some nice Hallmark DVDS comprising some of their better sound material:http://www.amazon.com/Laurel-Desert-Ano ... 405&sr=1-7http://www.amazon.com/Laurel-Hardy-West ... 98&sr=1-15
Though the above really aren't remastered, they look decent enough.
A WB release TCM Archives: The Laurel and Hardy Collection:http://www.amazon.com/TCM-Archives-Coll ... 405&sr=1-6
There are some excellent oop Image DVDs ("The Lost Films Of Laurel And Hardy") comprising of their silent shorts that is essential to aquire and not that hard to find. Also, Fox released their post Roach features in two box sets, "Laurel and Hardy Collection Vol. 1 and Vol. 2". Not essential but if you're a big fan, you'll need to have these too.
Right now I'm on a Three Stooges kick, and am totally enjoying the remastered Three Stooges
Collections (Vol. 4 just came out). Knockabout slaptstick comedy that still doesn't fail to entice laughter even from the humorless out there.
I understand Sony is working on a Charlie Chase Columbia shorts box set very similiar to their Buster Keaton set from about 2 years ago. That will be a major find if it gets released.