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Laurel & Hardy [Import]

Stan Laurel , Oliver Hardy , James Parrott , Lloyd French    Unrated   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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For one-stop convenience, you can't beat this handy compilation of "Laurel & Hardy" classics. Although it's modestly priced and packaged, this DVD packs plenty of extras along with Stan & Ollie's finest feature and several of the comedy duo's best-loved "talkie" shorts. "Sons of the Desert" (1933) is the crown jewel in any L&H collection, and with Charley Chase as their stellar comedy costar, the boys reached the pinnacle of their unique partnership, playing a pair of Fez-wearing "Sons of the Desert" sneaking off to a convention in Chicago, but their wives discover the ruse with hilarious results. For L&H fans, it simply doesn't get any better than this, although 1932's "The Music Box" shares equal status--and a 1932 Oscar® for Best Comedy Short--in the L&H pantheon. The remaining shorts on the disc ("Another Fine Mess," "Busy Bodies," and "County Hospital") were produced during the prime of Stan & Ollie's sound-era success (1930-33), each boasting their own timeless bits and flawless routines. Abundant laughs are virtually guaranteed. \n Most of the bonus material pays tribute to legendary comedy producer Hal Roach, who first partnered Stan & Ollie in 1926. A film-clip tribute includes interviews with comedy greats like Mel Brooks and Steve Allen, and on-screen articles explore Roach's career in greater detail. A "then and now" photo tour provides an historic tour of Roach Studio locations in Culver City, California, and text biographies are provided for Roach, Laurel, and Hardy. In addition to the films themselves (which never looked or sounded better), these extras make this "Laurel & Hardy" DVD a perfect choice for old and new fans alike. "--Jeff Shannon"


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I never thought I would see the day that I would rate any product that contained the greatest film comedy team of all time,Laurel and Hardy,with just one star!!
But it seems Hallmark has managed to elevate banality,mediocrity and utter codswollop to an entirely new level.
And it is with no small sense of regret that I have to say this.
I have seen most of these films in their European release formats and to say these Hallmark versions are far inferior to those would be an understatement.The European mindsets' credo generally seems to be when releasing anything whether it be audio or visual to obtain the best possible sources from which to work with then do the necessary work in order to release the best possible product that you can.All related North American industries should have taken a page from their book YEARS ago!
Here are just a few examples of what I have noticed in this Hallmark DVD:
All of these prints seem to be incomplete and the original elements used are average to worse in condition.No effort it seems was used at all to obtain the best possible negatives from which to work from.And what "work" has been done is strictly basic digital transfer with a slight alteration for contrast.In other words the films look a little better than their VHS counterparts but countless imperfections of all sorts run rampant throughout ALL of these pictures and have astoundingly not been corrected in any way.
'Sons of the Desert' does not contain the original MGM opening(with lion roar and music....the same for most)and it inexplicably has fade outs for what appears to be commercial breaks!! I can only surmise that this print originated from some TV showing in days past.Now that's quality!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally-The King's of Comedy are available on DVD Jan. 21 2004
Format:DVD
What an absolutely fantastic DVD collection! In the past it has been very difficult to find any Laurel & Hardy features in the stores. Amazon.ca is the only way to go! This collection had
me in stiches from start to finish. In a movie world full of vulgarity, thought by some to be entertainment, it is so refreshing to watch the boys show everyone what real comedy is all about. These features are suitable for all members of the
family. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD didn't work Jan. 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD as a Christmas gift for my father, an avid Laurel & Hardy fan, and when we tried to watch it the day after Christmas, it would not play in his brand new DVD player. We tried it on another DVD player at a neighbor's house and it would not work there either. The only place it would somewhat work was on my sister's laptop, but she was leaving to go home to California the next day. It is unfortunate that when trying to return an electronics product you are also only credited with half of the price of the movie because it was opened. How else would you know that it works? I undersand Amazon needs to have policies on these items, but they should assist the consumer in getting a new, working copy from the manufacturer as an exchange or at a reduced cost. Not only was my father looking forward to watching this set of classics, but there are no comparable DVDs to get as a replacement gift (in B&W/costwise). I'm sure this can happen anywhere, but at least if you buy a DVD at a store and need to return it, you can deal with an actual person. Just one of the downfalls of online shopping, I guess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Hard boiled eggs and nuts!" May 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I don't know why the people who have this DVD are complaining about the transfers being bad, that's rubbish. Their all hard boiled eggs and nuts!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Dissenting Opinion Feb. 21 2004
Format:DVD
O.K.,so this isn't the sharp,new restoration seen in Europe.But at least the prints of MUSIC BOX and COUNTY HOSPITAL have some of that crisp sunny look that one also associates with the best prints of silent comedies[especially in the Robert Youngson complilations.]I think the exteriors on HOSPITAL are brighter than they were on the 80's LAUREL AND HARDY SHOW package,and the greys are pretty good for a Film Classics print.BUSY BODIES is dark in comparison,but at least it's better than those contrasty 16MM prints that were once the norm.I think that the transfer of MUSIC BOX is the one prepared by Janus in 1978 for public TV,because I recall being struck by the clear sound quality[hiss notwithstanding]and this is duplicated on the DVD.I would love to find out why the Kirsch group restorations were not used.I know that Kirsch went bankrupt.Maybe Hallmark and Kinowelt are having some kind of feud.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Picture and sound worse than European releases Jan. 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The picture and sound of this DVD are worse compared with the European release. On the other hand it's unfair to compare an NTSC release with a PAL version - anyway the difference is obvious since the masters are different and the master of the German Kinowelt release or the master of the British release (which is the same) is much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Picture and sound worse than European releases Jan. 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The picture and sound of this DVD are worse compared with the European release. On the other hand it's unfair to compare an NTSC release with a PAL version - anyway the difference is obvious since the masters are different and the master of the German Kinowelt release or the master of the British release (which is the same) is much better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD BUT SHORT COLLECTION Jan. 8 2004
Format:DVD
This DVD provides 5 L & H features, among them the classics "Sons of the Desert" and the Music Box. All are some of the best of their features but there could have been more I think. A few decent extra features. nothing to write home about.
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