Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|March of the Wooden Soldiers|
Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlotte Henry, Felix Knight, Henry Brandon
Directors: Charley Rogers, Gus Meins
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Military & War
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Beware of the two versions
Brian D. Seibel | Walnut Creek, CA USA | 04/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are two versions offered for sale at Amazon. The Koch Vision Entertainment version, despite the description in the technical details, is NOT COLORIZED. The Goodtimes Home Video version version IS colorized. Which you prefer is entirely up to you, but don't order the Koch Vision version if you want the movie in color. The Koch Vision version has an extended silent film extra of the first time Laurel and Hardy appeared together (NOT as a team, however). The extra is interesting, but (by today's standards anyhow) a little slow. The Goodtimes Entertainment (Colorized) version, although a few cents cheaper than the other version, is, in my opinion, a much "cleaner" print. Even with the color level turned down so it appears as the original B&W, the Goodtimes version is sharper and more distinct. March of the Wooden Soldiers, holds up pretty well."
Laurel & Hardy Timeless Christmas Classic (Colorized DVD)!
forrie | Nashua, NH United States | 10/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Adapted from Victor Herbert's Opera "Babes in Toyland" this 1934 Laurel and Hardy Operetta presents us with a timeless Holiday Classic for the entire family to watch during the holidays. The DVD presentation has been meticulously Remastered and Colorized (for the next generation's enjoyment and for the Black & White traditionalists just turn off the color). Laurel & Hardy have never been better. The characters (Based on Mother Goose and popular Nursey Rhymes),the story line of Toyland(Santa's Toy making Headquarters preparing for the upcoming holiday's) & the Villian with his henchmen (Powerful Landlord and his Bogeyman Army) can't lose. The basis is an Operetta (loosely conducted) musical showcasing the infamous song, "Babes in Toyland".Laurel & Hardy play Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee respectively Santa's toymaker workers who are in constant trouble. Stannie accepts a Xmas toy order but mixes it up and he and Ollie are fired. (Mistakens the order of 600 soldiers at 1 foot tall for 100 soldiers at 6 foot tall, can you imagine?). Along with the Villian Landlord, Silas Barnaby trying to evict the "Old Woman in the Shoe" for non payment sets the story for this Family Christmas Classic, "MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLIERS"!!!!!You & the family will love and laugh continuously!! A great value. A must for the Holiday library!!!!"
Stan and Ollie in Glorious Black and White!
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 01/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thanks to the folks at Passport Video, we finally have an uncut black-and-white DVD of the Laurel and Hardy classic "March of the Wooden Soldiers" (1934). For purists who detest the "colorized" version, the Passport disc is a must-own. Transferred from a high-quality 35mm print, the DVD looks and sounds great - far superior to Hallmark's recent botch on "Sons of the Desert." As a special bonus, Passport has included the historic "Lucky Dog," a 1921 short that marked Laurel's first appearance with Hardy (who plays a villainous role). Stan and Ollie fans will not be disappointed with this long-overdue release."
A Holiday Classic
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 01/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Laurel and Hardy treasure remains the definitive holiday movie. "March of the Wooden Soldiers" (the original "Babes in Toyland") is a timeless musical-comedy with Stan and Ollie in top form - abetted by stylish sets and visual effects. Most "colorized" films are an artistic desecration; however, this particular video is rendered in low-key pastels that resemble early Technicolor. The results are better than expected. Laurel and Hardy fans should be doubly pleased because this uncut version contains a delightful "storybook" sequence which hasn't been shown since the film's initial release in 1934. There have been several remakes of "Babes in Toyland," but none can match the original's effortless charm."