I normally don't review things that haven't been released yet because one usually can't have an authoritative opinion on something s/he hasn't personally watched, listened to, or read. However, in this case I'm going to make an exception, seeing as all 4 of these shorts have already been released. There are no surprises here. This will be like the 13th time that 'Disorder in the Court' has been released, and there's already been a colorised version to boot! Yeah, it's a great short and an undisputed classic, but due to how it's one of the 4 public domain shorts, it's been released over and over again. Sometimes overexposure can make even great things seem boring. Seriously, why did the powers that be think the world needed yet ANOTHER release of 'Disorder in the Court'?
The other three shorts have also been released on various other discs. 'Dizzy Doctors' is already on a disc of the same name, 'Pop Goes the Easel' is on 'Stooges and the Law,' and 'Calling All Curs' is on 'Cops and Robbers.' They're all great shorts, but why, if they insisted on continuing to do this colorised nonsense, couldn't they at least have chosen some titles that haven't been issued on DVD yet, like, say, 'They Stooge to Conga,' 'I'll Never Heil Again,' 'Uncivil Warriors,' or 'So Long, Mr. Chumps'? And why in the name of all that's holy are they only putting 4 shorts on each disc now? The previous two colorised DVDs sold predictably poorly, and now they're doing it all over again, setting themselves up for the exact same situation where a DVD will sell badly and the executives will conclude that that means there's no widespread public interest in this material? Who is actually going to buy this disc when all 4 titles are already all available on other DVDs? At least the other colorised discs didn't consist of ALL repeats.
The latest word on the street is that Sony has confirmed the rumor that, sometime in 2007, they're going to start issuing all 190 shorts in boxed sets, properly, with no colorisation. Supposedly this disaster of a release is just to tide the fans over until the real goods hit the market. This is a pointless and self-defeating marketing move if I ever heard of one. How is one supposed to feel tided over while waiting on proper boxed sets with the likes of this? A disc meant to tide the fans over would consist of shorts not already available on DVD, and any way one slices it, all of the previous DVDs will be rendered pretty much useless and obsolete anyway when the boxed sets start coming out. I'd recommend waiting until next year instead of spending money on this.