Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Three Stooges - Goofs on the Loose / Stooged Confoosed |
Colorized / Black & White
Actors: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dorothy Granger, Billy Bletcher
Directors: Charles Lamont, Charley Chase, Del Lord, Jules White, Lou Breslow
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
No Description Available. Genre: Television Rating: NR Release Date: 10-AUG-2004 Media Type: DVD
Curly in color. Amazing feat.
John M Spangler | Bryan, OH United States | 04/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This collection is soitenley worth your money. This 2 DVD set, 8 shorts in total(allbeit a bit skimpy), are amazing quality and is the best you've ever seen the stooges, even better, you have the option to watch them in full color thanks to technology.
Both DVD's have unprescedented picture quality. Whether you are watching the digitized color or the remastered black and whites, the picture is crisp and clean and there is little if any distortions between the eight twenty minute shorts.
The 8 shorts, all from the 30's and a few in the 40's, most soitenly during the prime time of the stooges era (All Curly), are some of their best shorts ever made. I am waiting for the very first stooge shorts Hoi Poiloi and Women Haters which are viewed by many as their best ever skits.
The color factor of the collection is the main selling addition, and 8 shorts is a bit skimpy for 2 DVD's (about 2 hours total), Columbia could have added at least 10 shorts on each DVD, but I still say seeing them in color and the remastered original prints look is worth your hard earned dough. I personally love the color addition and it's amazing how they can take a 1930's short and make it look like it was released yesterday. It really makes you feel like the short was truly filmed in color. It doesn't look too synthetic or fake, the realistic color with skin tones, color backdrops and every thread of clothing is a site to behold.
I admit, some shorts look better than others, and the indoor scenes seem to suffer the most, but when the action is outdoors, everything looks a bit more natural. When you view the shorts, take a close look at the trees (most notingly in the "Sitter Downers Episodes" when they are working on the house, it's amazing how a computer can bring the color and environments to life. At times I thought the skin tones of the stooges was a bit off at parts, they sometimes have a sunkist orangy tint, but considering the age of these shorts,(We're talking 70+ years here people) what is not to like? Don't want to bother with the color? No problem. With the press of the "angle" button on your remote, you can instantly go back to the remastered black and white originals.
The first DVD includes the rare Violent is the Word for Curly" You Nazty Spy" "No Census, No Feeling" and "An Ache in Every Stake". Certainly not some of their best efforts, but the rare "Violent is the Word For Curly" is a must have for fans. You Nazty Spy" really is a funny spoof on the Hiter Regime and Moe makes a terrific Adolph. An Ache In Every Stake is outrageously funny as Curly and Larry really take beatings. Seeing them try to cater to a party is a funny idea within itself. No Census, No Feeling is probalby the weakest of the bunch, but don't think it's not entertaining, it's s till prime era of stooges when they had their most energy, so a true fan will love every one.
DVD 2 includes Playing the Ponies. This particular short was never released on DVD. Hard to believe considering this is one of their memorable ones. The spoof starts out with the stooges running a restaurant with Curly of course doing all the hard labor in the kitchen. They get suckered into selling the restaruant and trading it in for a run down horse. The lame story may sound silly but the energy and fun filled slapstick humor of the stooges manages to work throughout the 20 minute spoof. Men in Black, one of their earliest shorts, which was nominated for an Oscar, is one of their best shorts ever made. Stooges portrayed as Doctors will get your gun wrenching throughout. The Sitter Downers contains enough slapping and bashing of Larry and Curly to do most stooges fans in, Moe really lays into them and the smacking and eye-poking and is as funny as ever. Watching them attempt to build a house for their wives is funny within itself. Pop Goes The Weasel, a bit of a take off of the other future (boxing/wrestling) short called Grips, Grunts and Groans (1937), is a short that was never released on VHS and a rare find for stooge fans. One mentioned the fact that this short was censored or edited out, I 100% guarantee it is uncut and very uncouth, you won't be disappointed. The ending sequence he was referring to that was left out was regarding "Grips Grunts and Groans" which was released later in the 30's.
I seriously like what Columbia is doing with bringing out remastered shorts. If the addition of color does not entice you, you may not want to spent the 40 smacks on just 8 shorts, but know this up front... whether you're watching this in black and white or in color, this is the best the Stooges have ever looked, so keep that in mind. They want to give us the best possible Stooge collection and this is a good start. When will there be more though???
The shorts are not reprints of the VHS or prior DVD releases. They truly are remastered from start to finish and being a fan of the stooges for 20 years, I can honestly say I've never seen a single short look better than on these two DVD's. The colorized versions are very well done and they were painstakingly conceived by some real savvy people and some top notch technology. A nice little bonus on how the shorts were remastered in color is included and quite interesting if you're wondering "how they'd do that?" I hope the two DVD's offered are not the last, as I would love to have every stooge short ever made (remastered) and in color on DVD. If it takes years to have this accomoplished, I would be willing to wait. Well worth your dough if you're a fan especially if you want the absolute best. Moe, Larry and Curly would be proud.
**Final Call** - A stooges fan's dream, I can't say enough, you need this collection. It's time to relive the funny days of old, this is great stuff."
GOOD JOB ON THE COLOR- BIG SURPISE!
David | Kentucky | 12/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I WAS SKEPTICAL AT FIRST WITH MAKING THE STOOGES COLOR, BUT BELIEVE ME THEY DID A GREAT JOB. YOU CAN TOGGLE BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOR VERSIONS WHILE YOU WATCH. EVEN THE BLACK AND WHITE VERSIONS LOOK ALOT CLEANER. THE EXTRA FEATURES INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THIS COLORIZATION PROCESS WAS DONE. THIS COLOR METHOD IS FAR SUPERIOR TO COLORIZATION ATTEMPTS YOU HAVE EVER SEEN. ITS UNBELIEVABLE. I WAS SKEPTICAL AT FIRST BUT NOW IM A BELIEVER."
Stooges "Colorization" A Success!
M. Conklin | near Austin, TX | 08/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
""If at first you don't succeed, keep on suckin' 'til you DO succeed!"
And as a Stooges fan for well over forty years, I must say that Columbia Pictures HAVE succeeded with these new versions of the Stooges' classic shorts.
I, like many others, turned up my nose when I first learned of these new colorized versions; however, I purchased both DVDs yesterday and have watched them many times since then and I admit it: I was dead wrong! These new versions are GREAT!
The "bonus" short included on the DVDs, "Colorizing The Classics," explains the meticulous research that went into creating these versions, and displays the obvious affection the art directors of the new versions have for the Stooges' legacy.
Besides, if you REALLY can't stand the color versions you can always watch 'em in black and white, and the B&W versions are NOT simply the colorized ones with the color "turned off," they are separate restorations of the original B&W versions with only minor digital "cleaning up" of scratches and other defects in the original film stock.
Now I'm ready for some SHEMP shorts with the new and (IMHO) improved look!
NOTE: The only reason I gave this release four instead of five stars is that on one of my DVD players, the little icon for "camera angle" which you use to "toggle" between the color and B&W versions stays on the screen and will not go away. This is annoying, and is most likely the fault of the player because it doesn't happen on my other, older DVD player. But it is annoying enough for me to knock the set down one star.
By the way, I noticed another reviewer complained about "missing" Stooges shorts and their feature films. All the Stooges' feature films that I am aware of ("...In Orbit;" "...Around The World In A Daze;" "The Outlaws Is Coming;" etc.) and even some of the more "questionable" features, i.e., "Stop! Look! And Laugh!" with Paul Winchell, are currently available on DVD. Besides, most of those feature Curly Joe DeRita or Joe Besser and frankly do not show the Stooges at their best.
Yes, there are MANY original Stooges shorts which have not made it to DVD yet. But the fact that Columbia/Sony spent so much time and money on these "new" versions can only bode well for the future of the Stooges, and seems to indicate a commitment on the studio's part to preserve the great comedy legacy of the Three Stooges!
"Moronica For Morons!"
This is the best colorazation job I have ever seen
ferrell | colorado | 08/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have never seen a colorized movie look so good,the color never goes out of the lines and it looks like it could have been filmed in color,I am very impresssed by it,it is very sharp and clear and it looks like we are there with them back in the 30's,there's alot of outdoor stuff so you get alot of tree's and houses which take you back to that time period....I hope they release more of these..."