"Three Stooges" Fans have 22 more reasons to celebrate with the recently released Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 7: 1952-1954. These 22 newly restored & remastered shorts from Sony Pictures are once again presented in chronological order completely uncut, politically incorrect and presented in Beautiful Black & White. Hip Hip Hooray!
The 22 digitally restored & remastered shorts created from 1952-1954 presented in the "Three Stooges Collection Volume 7" is further proof that Moe, Larry and Shemp were still as funny as ever in 52-54; and despite cutbacks at Columbia Pictures fans wouldn't get anything but their absolute best. Because Columbia Pictures decided to cut back on their budget the Stooges had to recycle some of the stock footage from earlier shorts and rename some of them as well.
The fantastic Three Stooges shorts found in Volume 7 are finally being presented on DVD as they were originally shown in Movie theaters; some in widescreen for the first time since their original release and as a fan I'm happy the widescreen shorts were included in this set. Sony Pictures has also done something wonderful by including 2-D versions of "Spooks" and "Pardon my Backfire" in this set as well as the 3-D versions and the 3-D glasses to view them with.
Sony Studios have to be commended once again for finally listening to the fans after all the years of inferior shorts and devoting precious time and meticulous care into the restoration of the 22 incredible stooge shorts found in Volume 7 and the entire remastered "Stooges" collection to date. The 22 digitally remastered & restored video transfers found in Volume seven are simply amazing to say the least. No longer do these magnificent shorts look like they were made over 50 years ago. The newly restored picture is pristine & the remastered soundtrack is perfect. Together the picture & sound are the best I've ever seen and heard and I can't wait for volume eight.
Volume Seven Shorts Include:
Disc #1 Play All Episodes Episode Selections -A Missed Fortune -Listen Judge -Corny Casanovas -He Cooked His Goose -Gents in a Jam -Three Dark Horses -Cuckoo on a Choo Choo -Up in Daisy's Penthouse -Booty and the Beast -Loose Loot -Trikcy Dicks
Disc #2 Play All Episodes Episode Selections -Spooks! -Spooks! 3-D Version -Pardon My Backfire -Pardon My Backfire 3-D Version -Rip, Sew and Stitch -Bubble Trouble -Goof on the Roof -Income Tax Sappy -Musty Musketeers -Pals and Gals -Knutzy Knights -Shot in the Frontier -Scotched in Scotland
Aspect Ratio: Full Screen, Widescreen Number of discs: 2 Run Time: 356 minutesRead more ›
Here we are in the 1950's and we should note at this studio there was talk of there chief throwing in the towel and he was thinkin gof it. There were many buyers..but the studio was never in better conditions and they knew things were changing thats why not much attention was paids to these shorts at this time and it shows. The executives within the two reeler unit were largely interested in constraining costs, and from director Bernds and White we soon had just one producer director, and not a very good one at that, and it shows in the productions being cranked out. They are still sans Curly the most profitable two reeler production at the studio, which is a surprise given the limitations of the act, the writing and story set ups, which the studio emphasized is the source of its strength and long time writers like felix adler, worked constantly on the storylines and writing. Directing is a problem?..But the production chief stays on...
Let us look at a few episodes the cash cow this act became is seen in the idea to put out 3-d episodes which were in vogue in the mid 50's Spooks and Pardon My Backfire..Spooks was a good idea gone wrong and the problem in many of the episodes on the disc are director inability to be inventive, getting the best out of your performers, comic timing, and also Shemp who as a performer is needed to bring some comic sequences in is not used to his optimal ability. ONe interesting short on contemporary politics THREE DARK HORSES about janitors and crooked politics shines. LIke horses of the apocylypse. Here Dark..not white. Also Goof on the Roof..Income Tax Sappy...but many on this disc are not up to standards and there are various reasons. Shemp was to pass away in november 1955 and on the next disc the last few remaining shorts are of much better quality including a remake of HEAVENLY DAZE. Many of these shorts here like SCOTCHED IN SCOTLAND..dealing with the ancient past..why this recurrent trip to the far past as a source of stories its used too often...and many of the shorts need tuning and thats not going to happen here under this exec for various reasons, and a sign of fatigue can be seen in that many of the stories are remade, scenes repeated, stock footage used, and stories written on movie sets where movies are shot to avoid designing sets and saving money..budgets are a big problem even on lucrative money makers such as this act. It could be the studio boss given the acts limitations..wasnt going to spend money on good directors instead concentrating on storylines if Curly was still around we dont know...Read more ›
This is volume#7 of the Three Stooges Collection featuring their shorts from the period of Jan/52 to Nov/54...and what a bumpy ride it was.Columbia continued to ramp up it's cheap tactics and it shows as this volume,even more so than the previous volumes,is replete with remakes using the same routines and/or old footage(wait until we get to volume#8!). Just a few examples of many:Missed Fortune is a remake of Healthy,Wealthy and Dumb,Corny Casanovas was remade w/footage from Rusty Romeos,He Cooked His Goose is remade w/footage from Triple Crossed,Up in Daisy's Penthouse is a remake of Three Dumb Clucks,Bubble Trouble is a remake w/footage from All Gummed Up,Scotched in Scotland is a remake w/footage from Hot Scots,Pals and Gals uses footage from Punchy Cowpunchers,and on and on.This last short was not edited very well as a few minutes into it the bad guy gets killed only to be resurrected later in a short scene listening to Christine McIntyre singing! In a totally bizarre entry called Cuckoo in a Choo Choo,we have a totally despicable and unlikable married Larry living in a train car on a siding(!!???)and after,and making trouble with, his best friends wives!Bad,bad and bad again! This is the volume which contains the Stooges only two entries into the then popular 3-D craze,Spooks and Pardon My Backfire.Neither short is anything to write home about and a television screen doesn't do justice to the 3-D effect at all.They are shown in widescreen format but again they were meant to be seen on a theater screen.However both come in a non-3-D format which is a blessing.Speaking of widescreen,as this technique had also come into its' own in the early 50s,the next two shorts after Pardon my Backfire are full screen.After that the rest of the shorts in this volume and the next,are in widescreen format.And you will notice that the subsequent use in the widescreen format of the reused full screen footage sometimes results in the picture getting chopped off on the top and bottom! By the the way this volume does INCLUDE two pairs of three 3-D glasses to view the appropriate shorts with.I'm use to the red and green lenses but these are purple and green. Shemp is still on the ball filling in for Curly but as the shorts progress I personally noticed Shemps joie de vivre waning.His energy and vitality are noticeably ebbing away from him.Then I recalled Shemp suffered a mild stroke in late /52 which probably would account for it.And of course earlier that year in January we lost Jerry Curly Howard.Speaking of which one can often see Moe,Shemp or Larry going into a Curly moment in the blink of an eye;whether going in a circle on the floor,over-crying at a frustration or barking like a dog.And this never changed right to the end of the Stooges tenure on film. Technically the films have been remastered,like the ones before,in Hi-Def and they look terrific. In this the next to last volume,the Stooges continue their downward spiral in quality.Columbia cheapness along with Jules White's leaden direction,is more than evident at this stage as the gag writers seem to have been given instructions not to come up with original material so much as to watch all the old films and see what kind of story they could come up with them!So simple an idea a child could have done it....and would have probably done it better! So it's on to the final volume and the worst of the worst.Read more ›