Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Shemp Cocktail A Toast To The Original Stooge|
Actors: Shemp Howard, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Bert Lahr, Ed Wynn
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts, Military & War
Much has been made of Moe, Larry and Curly ? and rightly so ? but Shemp Howard was a comic master too often overlooked, with a solo career that far outshone that of the other Stooges. Apart from costarring in many classic ... more »
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Nathaniel B. (FritzFassbender)
Reviewed on 3/11/2009...
This DVD is really nothing special; everything on it can be found cheap other places (it's all public domain).
The one original feature is the 45-minute documentary 'Remembering Shemp'. It's interesting, but not very creative. It's composed almost entirely of three talking heads (Shemp's granddaughter, his daughter-in-law, and her sister), nothing too provocative. Since it's not well edited, they end up talking about their own lives as much as Shemp's, so don't be fooled by the running time.
As a Shemp fan, I'd recommend this as a rental, tops, the only reason you might want to own it is to have all this stuff in one collecion.
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D. M. THOMAS | Clawson, Mi USA | 03/26/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"A shame on you. Another company out to make a quick buck on the popularity of THE THREE STOOGES. The quality of this set is awful. AFRICA SCREAMS, an Abbott and Costello comedy has been released over and over again since it is public domain as are the three STOOGES comedies that are part of this set. They have been released and much better quality. To add insult to injury this company thought it would be cute to add a horrible brownish tint to give the shows an ancient look. All it does it make it even harder to watch. Come on....colorized movies are bad or good depending on the individual. But no need to give it a phony brownish look to make it look like an old tin type photo. Other episodes are soft focus, poor sound and just an insult to a great comic who has so often been considered the "forgotten Stooge". It ain't worth the money fans."
C. FRANCO | Florence, SC USA | 03/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think I am getting very spoiled by the high quality DVD sets that have been coming out of late. Cartoons, old movies, The Stooges Collection Volume 1...I mean, most of the stuff coming out today has been restored and cleaned up and just looks and sounds amazing. Popping this DVD in over the weekend, I realized just how spoiled I have become. The quality of most of the video and sound transfers on this DVD look like they came off some bad reception UHF station from the 1980's via a rabbit ear antenna. Yes, I love Shemp. Yes, I love the Stooges. Is it great to have some of these movies and clips that I have never seen before? Absolutely. But, the 1980's style of poor video transfers made this kind of tough to watch. 5 stars if you are a completest and must have some of this rare hard to find Shemp material. But dont buy this DVD If you are not prepared to watch clips and shorts that look like they come off of an old VHS tape from the 1980's. I'll give it 4 stars just because I love Shemp so much.
jachorn | Venice, CA USA | 04/07/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I so looked forward to receiving this 2-disc set. The exterior packaging seemed complementary to the sets of 3 Stooges DVDs being released chronologically by another company. BUT - and I rarely bother to write reviews here - I was greatly disappointed with the over-all quality of the films on this disc. Granted, the first two selections on disc 1 are rare, Radio Pictures shorts, and they're choppy and not restored. That I could forgive due the rarity of their availability, but the rest of the material was given no attention at all to clarity of picture- it was as bad in quality as they come. Since most of it is available elsewhere in better condition, I expected that Passport would have restored and refined the prints. Alas, not to be. So disappointing... buyer beware!"