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The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection

Review Includes 25 years of the Three Stooges unique brand of humor with Moe as boss, Larry the middleman and Curly as their foil. Witness the rise of these comedy icons in this high-spirited collection, which has been re-mastered for the best quality picture and sound. You'll experience the eye-pokes, face slaps, hollow head knocks and knuckle cracks like you've never heard or seen them before.
The Three Stooges Collection - 6-Movie Set

Review A THANKSGIVING BOUNTY OF SLAPS, POKES AND BOPS. INCLUDES A DUCKING THEY DID GO, HOT POLLOI, HALF-WITS HOLIDAY, HIGHER THAN A KITE, FALSE ALARMS, SPECIAL FEATURES: SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH, SPANISH: FRENCH: PORTUGUESE: LANGUAGES IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE & MORE.
The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection

Review "Spook Louder" (1943, short number 70 in the Columbia series) has little more than the sinister presence of Charles "Ming the Merciless" Middleton to recommend it. The short is told as a flashback by a nutty-professor type, and the flimsy plot has the boys in a "haunted" house being terrified by three men in costume (but mostly by each other). There is a running gag of pies being thrown by some invisible hand, but it does not work and nor does the explanation at the end.

"If a Body Meets a Body" (1945, short number 86), however, is a great improvement. In fact, it bears more than a casual resemblance to a 1930 short, "The Laurel and Hardy Murder Case," in which Stan comes to a spooky mansion to claim an inheritance (a role played by Curly here). Even the detective, Fred Kelsey, is the same in both shorts. It is to be noted that Curly seems to be slowing down a bit here, not so intense in his reactions to fright or Moe's violence, not quite so surreal as usual. The reason, sadly, is that he had suffered his first stroke before filming and the effects are evident.

"Men in Black" (1934, short number 70) is notable for three reasons, at least. First, it is the only Three Stooges effort to be nominated for an Academy AwardŽ! Second, it is their first "in character" effort for Columbia after "Woman Haters," which some consider an experiment in rhyme that is something of a false start to the series. Finally, "Men in Black" incorporates several vaudeville routines: the Gracie Allen kind of nurse, the surgery with pneumatic drills, the appearance on a different mode of locomotion each time they are called to service. And of course, there is the glass door that is broken so many times that the glazier finally breaks it himself to save them the trouble. --Frank Behrens


Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection

Review The Golden Age of the Three Stooges continues in this exceptional third chronological collection. These 23 shorts from 1940-1942 are all digitally remastered for the highest quality in sight and sound, and this collection is even more special as it features an historical first: Moe Howard was the first American to portray Hitler on film, in 1940's "You Nazty Spy", which was Moe's personal favorite. It also contains the outstanding 1941 sequel, I'll Never Heil Again. Moe as a vicious dictator - who would have thought?! With biting satire and merciless wit, the Three Stooges gave the world a brave new perspective on the absurdity of evil and the world powers of the time. This collection also contains Curly's favorite, "A Plumbing We Will Go", which features the brilliant sight gag of a burst of water flowing from a new television set just as it's broadcasting a live report from Niagara Falls. The Three Stooges Collection Volume Three will soitenly keep you entertained as Larry, Moe, and Curly portray a variety of characters in their own inimitable way.
Abbott & Costello: Universal Pictures Collection

Review The Three Stooges--political satirists? Laugh if you will, but as demonstrated by the shorts "You Nazty Spy" and "I'll Never Heil Again"--both of which are featured on this two-disc, digitally remastered set--the boys were the first act in Hollywood to bring attention to the Nazi threat in the days prior to America's involvement in World War II. "Nazty," which was released in 1940 some nine months before Chaplin's The Great Dictator, and 1941's "Heil," have Moe donning the greasepaint mustache to play Moe Hailstone, a dull-witted wallpaper hanger who runs amok as the dictator of Moronica along with his sidekicks Larry (the Goebbels stand-in) and Curly (Mussolini, natch). If the hijinks aren't exactly drawing room humor, one must still marvel at the foresight of the team and director Jules White for conceiving the idea, and by the sheer ballsiness of the Howard brothers and Fine--all Jews--taking the air out of the most insidious anti-Semitic figure of the period. One might also view 1940's "Boobs in Arms," with the boys accidentally joining the Army, as another riff on the absurdity of the slowly mounting war. Of course, the Stooges were better known for their wild slapstick comedy, and Volume 3 of this long-overdue collection presents some of the funniest shorts in their lengthy careers. Chief among these is "What's the Matador," which pits the boys' bullfighting routine against some real live beef, and the delirious "Sock-A-Bye Baby," with the Stooges attempting to care for an abandoned child. Elsewhere, the two main themes of the shorts--the Stooges as agents of fair play, as seen in "Nutty But Nice" (Curly finds a kidnapped man by yodeling) and "So Long Mr. Chumps" (the boys free an unjustly jailed man)--or menaces to society, as shown by the devastation wreaked at a dinner party in "An Ache in Every Stake," is in full effect. As with the two previous volumes, the shorts featured here (eight of which have never been available on DVD) are presented in chronological order and pristine condition, which soitenly makes up for decades of neglect from previous fly-by-night Stooge releases. --Paul Gaita
The Little Rascals Collectors Edition - 88 Classic Uncut Episodes

Review "Dizzy Doctors" (1937, short number 21 in the Columbia series) finds the boys married to working wives who bully them into getting jobs. Becoming salesmen for "Brighto," they think it is both a spot remover and car polisher; but when the product is put to those uses, the disastrous results set a policeman and a car owner (Vernon Dent) against them. Learning that Brighto is really a cure-all, they naturally try to sell it in a hospital (the very one they disrupted in "Men in Black"), meet the head of the place--Dent himself--and are chased into the distance to end a fast-paced short.

"Goofs and Saddles" (1937, number 25) begins with the boys sporting old-fashioned mustaches that actually make them look good! As cavalry scouts named Buffalow Billious, Wild Bill Hicup, and Just Plain Bill (their own spelling), they are sent to round up some rustlers. Now clean-shaven, they try cheating at poker, retreat when they see what happens to card sharks, and defeat the baddies by shooting bullets through a meat grinder. Classic bits throughout.

"Three Little Sew and Sews" (1938, number 36) has several unusual aspects. Although it takes place in "Telvana," the costumes are strictly U.S. Navy issue. For once in the 97 episodes in which Curly was a Stooge, he gets the upper hand as he dons an admiral's costume sent down to be pressed and lands Moe and Larry in the brig. After getting $5 from each to release them, he announces they will never pass through a second door. Trivia buffs should note that is one of the very few films in the series in which the boys end up dead! --Frank Behrens


The Honeymooners : Lost Episodes 1951-1957 (The Complete Restored Series)

Review

Fun with The Three Stooges in six zany episodes:

A Plumbing We Will Go(1940): Three would-be plumbers mistake pipes filled with wires for water pipes. Dudley Dickerson's battle in the kitchen is a highlight.

Men In Black(1934): Medical malpractice is an understatement when describing what the Stooges do to the Los Arms Hospital, where they dispense unorthodox advice, flirt with the nurses and battle a babbling intercom system. With: Dell Henderson, Jeannie Roberts and Billy Gilbert.

Micro-phonies (1945): When Curly is mistaken for an opera diva, the Stooges find their calling on the stage as Senorita Cucaracha (Curly) and Senors Mucho and Gusto (Larry and Moe). With: Christine McIntyre, Symona Boniface and Gino Corrado.

Punch Drunks(1934): Larry's rendition of Pop Goes The Weasel transforms Curly from a harmless cream puff into a vicious contender, but when Larry's violin breaks, it threatens Curly's boxing career with a TKO. With: Dorothy Granger and Al Hill.

Three Little Pigskins (1934): When the Stooges are mistaken for star football players, they not only find themselves running for goals but running for their lives when they get mixed up with the gorgeous girlfriends of a group of mobsters. With: Lucille Ball, Gertie Green and Phyllis Crane.

Woman Haters(1934): When Larry breaks his oath to the Woman Haters Club by marrying, he is treated like a traitor by his fellow members. But getting out of the marriage may be even more harmful than anything his friends could ever do to him. The Stooges' first short was done entirely in rhyme. With: Marjorie White.


Three Stooges Collection - Volume Two - Triple Feature - Blu-ray (The Three Stooges Meet Hercules, Three Stooges Go Around The World In A Daze and The Outlaws Is Coming)

Review The Three Stooges star as waiters in a night club where Carol Lawrence (Gale Storm), an aspiring singer, auditions for a job. When the night club owner falls for Carol, the Stooges plot to get the two together, despite the interference from the club owner's father, who wants him to join the family business. It's classic Stooges! Presented in color for the first time and beautifully restored.
The Three Stooges: The Movie

Review Includes 25 years of the Three Stooges unique brand of humor with Moe as boss, Larry the middleman and Curly as their foil. Witness the rise of these comedy icons in this high-spirited collection, which has been re-mastered for the best quality picture and sound. You'll experience the eye-pokes, face slaps, hollow head knocks and knuckle cracks like you've never heard or seen them before.
The Munsters: The Complete Series

Review A THANKSGIVING BOUNTY OF SLAPS, POKES AND BOPS. INCLUDES A DUCKING THEY DID GO, HOT POLLOI, HALF-WITS HOLIDAY, HIGHER THAN A KITE, FALSE ALARMS, SPECIAL FEATURES: SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH, SPANISH: FRENCH: PORTUGUESE: LANGUAGES IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE & MORE.
The Marx Brothers Collection (A Night at The Opera/A Day at The Races/A Night in Casablanca/Room Service/At the Circus/Go West/The Big Store)

Review "Spook Louder" (1943, short number 70 in the Columbia series) has little more than the sinister presence of Charles "Ming the Merciless" Middleton to recommend it. The short is told as a flashback by a nutty-professor type, and the flimsy plot has the boys in a "haunted" house being terrified by three men in costume (but mostly by each other). There is a running gag of pies being thrown by some invisible hand, but it does not work and nor does the explanation at the end.

"If a Body Meets a Body" (1945, short number 86), however, is a great improvement. In fact, it bears more than a casual resemblance to a 1930 short, "The Laurel and Hardy Murder Case," in which Stan comes to a spooky mansion to claim an inheritance (a role played by Curly here). Even the detective, Fred Kelsey, is the same in both shorts. It is to be noted that Curly seems to be slowing down a bit here, not so intense in his reactions to fright or Moe's violence, not quite so surreal as usual. The reason, sadly, is that he had suffered his first stroke before filming and the effects are evident.

"Men in Black" (1934, short number 70) is notable for three reasons, at least. First, it is the only Three Stooges effort to be nominated for an Academy AwardŽ! Second, it is their first "in character" effort for Columbia after "Woman Haters," which some consider an experiment in rhyme that is something of a false start to the series. Finally, "Men in Black" incorporates several vaudeville routines: the Gracie Allen kind of nurse, the surgery with pneumatic drills, the appearance on a different mode of locomotion each time they are called to service. And of course, there is the glass door that is broken so many times that the glazier finally breaks it himself to save them the trouble. --Frank Behrens


Dancing Lady

Review The Golden Age of the Three Stooges continues in this exceptional third chronological collection. These 23 shorts from 1940-1942 are all digitally remastered for the highest quality in sight and sound, and this collection is even more special as it features an historical first: Moe Howard was the first American to portray Hitler on film, in 1940's "You Nazty Spy", which was Moe's personal favorite. It also contains the outstanding 1941 sequel, I'll Never Heil Again. Moe as a vicious dictator - who would have thought?! With biting satire and merciless wit, the Three Stooges gave the world a brave new perspective on the absurdity of evil and the world powers of the time. This collection also contains Curly's favorite, "A Plumbing We Will Go", which features the brilliant sight gag of a burst of water flowing from a new television set just as it's broadcasting a live report from Niagara Falls. The Three Stooges Collection Volume Three will soitenly keep you entertained as Larry, Moe, and Curly portray a variety of characters in their own inimitable way.
Forsaking All Others (1934)

Review The Three Stooges--political satirists? Laugh if you will, but as demonstrated by the shorts "You Nazty Spy" and "I'll Never Heil Again"--both of which are featured on this two-disc, digitally remastered set--the boys were the first act in Hollywood to bring attention to the Nazi threat in the days prior to America's involvement in World War II. "Nazty," which was released in 1940 some nine months before Chaplin's The Great Dictator, and 1941's "Heil," have Moe donning the greasepaint mustache to play Moe Hailstone, a dull-witted wallpaper hanger who runs amok as the dictator of Moronica along with his sidekicks Larry (the Goebbels stand-in) and Curly (Mussolini, natch). If the hijinks aren't exactly drawing room humor, one must still marvel at the foresight of the team and director Jules White for conceiving the idea, and by the sheer ballsiness of the Howard brothers and Fine--all Jews--taking the air out of the most insidious anti-Semitic figure of the period. One might also view 1940's "Boobs in Arms," with the boys accidentally joining the Army, as another riff on the absurdity of the slowly mounting war. Of course, the Stooges were better known for their wild slapstick comedy, and Volume 3 of this long-overdue collection presents some of the funniest shorts in their lengthy careers. Chief among these is "What's the Matador," which pits the boys' bullfighting routine against some real live beef, and the delirious "Sock-A-Bye Baby," with the Stooges attempting to care for an abandoned child. Elsewhere, the two main themes of the shorts--the Stooges as agents of fair play, as seen in "Nutty But Nice" (Curly finds a kidnapped man by yodeling) and "So Long Mr. Chumps" (the boys free an unjustly jailed man)--or menaces to society, as shown by the devastation wreaked at a dinner party in "An Ache in Every Stake," is in full effect. As with the two previous volumes, the shorts featured here (eight of which have never been available on DVD) are presented in chronological order and pristine condition, which soitenly makes up for decades of neglect from previous fly-by-night Stooge releases. --Paul Gaita
Dance, Fools, Dance

Review "Dizzy Doctors" (1937, short number 21 in the Columbia series) finds the boys married to working wives who bully them into getting jobs. Becoming salesmen for "Brighto," they think it is both a spot remover and car polisher; but when the product is put to those uses, the disastrous results set a policeman and a car owner (Vernon Dent) against them. Learning that Brighto is really a cure-all, they naturally try to sell it in a hospital (the very one they disrupted in "Men in Black"), meet the head of the place--Dent himself--and are chased into the distance to end a fast-paced short.

"Goofs and Saddles" (1937, number 25) begins with the boys sporting old-fashioned mustaches that actually make them look good! As cavalry scouts named Buffalow Billious, Wild Bill Hicup, and Just Plain Bill (their own spelling), they are sent to round up some rustlers. Now clean-shaven, they try cheating at poker, retreat when they see what happens to card sharks, and defeat the baddies by shooting bullets through a meat grinder. Classic bits throughout.

"Three Little Sew and Sews" (1938, number 36) has several unusual aspects. Although it takes place in "Telvana," the costumes are strictly U.S. Navy issue. For once in the 97 episodes in which Curly was a Stooge, he gets the upper hand as he dons an admiral's costume sent down to be pressed and lands Moe and Larry in the brig. After getting $5 from each to release them, he announces they will never pass through a second door. Trivia buffs should note that is one of the very few films in the series in which the boys end up dead! --Frank Behrens


Libeled Lady

Review

Fun with The Three Stooges in six zany episodes:

A Plumbing We Will Go(1940): Three would-be plumbers mistake pipes filled with wires for water pipes. Dudley Dickerson's battle in the kitchen is a highlight.

Men In Black(1934): Medical malpractice is an understatement when describing what the Stooges do to the Los Arms Hospital, where they dispense unorthodox advice, flirt with the nurses and battle a babbling intercom system. With: Dell Henderson, Jeannie Roberts and Billy Gilbert.

Micro-phonies (1945): When Curly is mistaken for an opera diva, the Stooges find their calling on the stage as Senorita Cucaracha (Curly) and Senors Mucho and Gusto (Larry and Moe). With: Christine McIntyre, Symona Boniface and Gino Corrado.

Punch Drunks(1934): Larry's rendition of Pop Goes The Weasel transforms Curly from a harmless cream puff into a vicious contender, but when Larry's violin breaks, it threatens Curly's boxing career with a TKO. With: Dorothy Granger and Al Hill.

Three Little Pigskins (1934): When the Stooges are mistaken for star football players, they not only find themselves running for goals but running for their lives when they get mixed up with the gorgeous girlfriends of a group of mobsters. With: Lucille Ball, Gertie Green and Phyllis Crane.

Woman Haters(1934): When Larry breaks his oath to the Woman Haters Club by marrying, he is treated like a traitor by his fellow members. But getting out of the marriage may be even more harmful than anything his friends could ever do to him. The Stooges' first short was done entirely in rhyme. With: Marjorie White.


Chained

Review The Three Stooges star as waiters in a night club where Carol Lawrence (Gale Storm), an aspiring singer, auditions for a job. When the night club owner falls for Carol, the Stooges plot to get the two together, despite the interference from the club owner's father, who wants him to join the family business. It's classic Stooges! Presented in color for the first time and beautifully restored.

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