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Laurel & Hardy [Import]


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Product Details

  • Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, Mae Busch, Dorothy Christy
  • Directors: James Parrott, Lloyd French, William A. Seiter
  • Writers: Arthur J. Jefferson, Byron Morgan, Eddie Welch, Frank Craven, Glenn Tryon
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Aug. 19 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009YXEW

Product Description

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RANDY PAINE on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 4 2005
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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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This collection of Laurel and Hardy films contains five total selections. Four of these are short films (about thirty minutes in length), while the fifth is a full-length feature (about an hour long). It's a fun set of material; nothing outrageously wonderful, but it's all quite entertaining. Here are some quick comments on each of the movies:
Music Box -- Ah, who among us hasn't at one time or another had to carry a heavy and bulky item through a maze of difficult obstacles. Most of us probably have, but I doubt many have caused quite as much destruction (or has had much fun) as Laurel and Hardy in this film. Winner of that year's Academy Award, and it's an honor that is well earned.
Another Fine Mess -- The opening to this one is surreal. Instead of a written listing of credits, a pair of identical twin blondes dressed as page boys come out and recite the credits orally. Kitsch city! The short itself is fairly amusing. The boys end up impersonating the occupants of a stately home in entertaining fashion. Hardy becomes the rich owner, while Laurel dresses up as both the butler and the maid.
Busy Bodies -- Never mind the Star Trek technology that is slowly entering reality -- Laurel and Hardy listen to records in their car years before the first onboard CD player is invented! There's good potential for gags here; the boys are working at a woodworking factory (it looks like your high school shop class).
Country Hospital -- This time Laurel and Hardy are creating havoc at (you guessed it) a country hospital. Fairly run of the mill stuff here, but the sequence of an anesthetized Laurel driving through the city streets (courtesy of a hilariously bad back screen projection technique) is impossible not to laugh at.
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There are a number of Laurel & Hardy DVD's out there and many of them are not so good, featuring them in some of their latest, and sadly, weakest works (Utopia, Air Raid Wardens etc.). This DVD is not only excellent quality, it has some of Laurel & Hardy's strongest works.
It includes "The Music Box", which deservedly won the Oscar in 1932 for best comedy short. In it L&H spend the day taking a piano to the top of an unbelieveably long flight of stairs. You remember! What a hoot!.
It also contains another of their feature length films, "Sons of the Desert." In it Hardy fools his wife into thinking he and Stanley are taking an ocean voyage to Hawaii for his health while they in reality are going off to revel at the Sons of the Desert convention in Chicago. Check out Stan surreptitiously eating his third piece of waxed fruit in the past month at Hardy's house. Mrs. Hardy wondered where her living room fruit display had been going. They are at their best.
The three remaining, shorter works "Another Fine Mess", "Busy Bodies" and "County Hospital" are also very well done with L&H both being in their comedic prime particularly in the first two. The DVD also contains some nice extras including a location tour of some of the sites for their early movies as well as biographical information. It's great for L& H fans.
I hope someone comes out with another DVD with some of their other best works, like "Block Heads." I also wish that those who sell the DVD's (like AMAZON!!) would not simply list "Laurel and Hardy volume XX" as the title, but would make it easier to discover WHICH of their films are included on that DVD (i.e. the dog "Utopia" or the gem "Music Box").
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