Laurel & Hardy Coll. the (Bilingual) [Import]
Born in the 1900s, the haunting and timeless comic antics of one of the greatest comedy film duos in history makes film fans laugh aloud more than fifty years after their last on-screen pairing.
Arthur Stanley Jefferson and Oliver Norvell Hardy both spent their boyhoods working in music halls. They were seasoned veterans by the time they appeared together in the silent film "The Lucky Dog." At the time, both of them were working as all- purpose comics at the Hal Roach Studios. Not until they were paired up did magic and stardom happen. Within a year of the daysthey created Ollie the childishly bossy man who barely tolerated his friend Stanley, the pair was on their way to legendary status. This DVD set spans more than 40 years of their lives in film.
1950 Approx. 82 Min.
2. FLYING DEUCES
1939 Approx. 68 Min.
3. MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS
1934 Approx. 77 Min.
4. (PART 1) BE BIG! 1930
(PART 2) THE LUCKY DOG
1921 Approx. 1 Hour.
5. (PART 1) THIS IS YOUR LIFE 1955
(PART 2) LAUREL & HARDY AT THE MOVIES
2003 Approx. 1 Hour.
RUNNING TIME APPROX. 5 HOURS 47 MIN.
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Two highlights of this set: "March of the Wooden Soldiers"-- it is in its original, glorious black and white form, includes MGM opening titles and features some scenes that are often missing from some prints (the Mother Goose prelude and the scene of Tom Tom and Bo-Peep drifting into slumber in Bogeyland as the dream fairies dance over their heads). The other highlight is a disc with about 25 minutes of trailers from various Laurel & Hardy films-- trailers are always fun. Haven't watched the rest of the disc all the way through yet but have sampled bits and pieces-- the "Utopia" print looks avereage, and strangely has opening titles that say "Hal Roach Presents" and has stock Laurel & Hardy background music, even though the original version didn't have this. The "This is Your Life" TV show is a print of varying quality. Haven't looked at the shorts, "Be Big" and "Lucky Dog" at all yet. But this is definitely worth it for "Wooden Soldiers" and the trailers if you can pay less than retail and don't mind chucking the "Flying Deuces" disc and replacing it with another one. Otherwise, please refer to my other reviews below for more details on the contents.
"March of the Wooden Soldiers" is the beloved comic operetta that was originally titled "Babes in Toyland." Bumbling Ollie Dee and Stannie Dumm must somehow save the citizens of Toyland from the evil Silas Barnaby and his horrible Bogeymen. Delightful Christmas fantasy, classic Laurel & Hardy humor and the darker edges of the fairy tale world collide to make this a time-treasured favorite.
"The Flying Deuces": the only independent film "the boys" made. It has received mixed reviews over the years, but this reviewer feels it has a lot of charm and many of the hallmarks of their classic films. The boys join the foreign legion so heartbroken Ollie can forget the love of his life. A series of of comical complications end with the boys in the air in a runaway plane they don't know how to fly!
"Utopia": their final film, originally titled "Atoll K.Read more ›
Having said that, "March of the Wooden Soldiers" and "Flying Deuces" are two top L&H films, and "Lucky Dog" is notable as the first (silent) film they appeared together in, though not really as a team. The "This is Your Life" show is a bit shoddy and corny-- Stan Laurel wasn't happy about being "surprised" because he liked to material prepared in advance when he performed. "Be Big" is a sound-era short the team did, and actually longer than most. At 3-reels, it is 30 minutes, a good portion of which involves a boot-removal gag which most fans are split on: some find it funny while others think the gag is over-milked. I'm not sure what "Laurel & Hardy in Hollywood" is, but it may be home movie footage and trailers. Last but not least, the story behind the making of "the boys'" last ever feature, "Utopia," is a nightmare: crew and cast spoke 3 different languages, the shoot went on forever, and in the middle of it, Stan Laurel got sick and a lot of the footage was shot while he had deep lines etched in his face. Nevertheless, there are some funny moments and interesting ideas put forth in the film.
The 3 stars I give this set are mainly for "March of the Wooden Soldiers" and "Flying Deuces." The marketing copy claiming it "spans" so many years is due no doubt to the fact that they're presenting the first AND last Laurel & Hardy films. Pity the first and last they did weren't better films.
For better films (and that's an understatement, I'm talking TRULY CLASSIC here!Read more ›
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excellent sauf labgage anglais seulement mais annonce bilinguePublished 17 months ago by Jacques Casavant
No offence,but I couldn't agree more with most everyone else who's rated this collection.It just isn't right without Sons Of The Desert,Way Out West,The Music Box and Another Fine... Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by John Profetto
Currently available through amazon.co.uk is a 21 DVD set of Laurel And Hardy - remastered with oodles of extras including colorized versions and running 3 hours or more for each... Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by T. Nicholas Moroney
How complete a collection of their classics could this be without their masterpiece WAY OUT WEST??? I am constantly amazed that this film is still not available on DVD! Read morePublished on April 25 2004 by Tom Burkert
I am not rating the DVD because I haven't purchased it. I have seen all their films, and have many of them on Super8mm sound - Way Out West, Brats, Music Box, Our Relations, March... Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by Peter Hoover
Strongly-written review, obviously by a man who knows his stuff. I wouldn't buy this set with Iraqi paper money.Published on Sept. 6 2003 by PETE CRONBURG
When I add a DVD to my humble collection, I expect to learn something historical about the making of the film. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by William A. Cooper
Laurel and Hardy at their best are great. At their worst they're terrible. These movies are as bad as it gets. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2003 by quatorze
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