Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Three Stooges Story|
Genres: Comedy, Educational, Documentary
Studio: Gaiam Americas Release Date: 08/13/2002
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Michael C. (mbc) from BRENHAM, TX
Reviewed on 12/18/2016...
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The Best Stooges Documentary I've Seen
FritzFassbender | Illinois | 09/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was not expecting much from this after reading the nasty reviews, but this nearly 2-hour DVD is fantastic.
I'm a longtime Stooges fan, for over fifteen years. I've bought lots of Stooges tapes, seen lots of footage. This was crammed with stuff I had never seen before, including:
- footage from one of Larry Fine's last interviews.
- interviews with Emil Sitka (longtime Stooges co-star), and Ed Burns (director). Some of the footage shown was used in the inferior doc 'The Making Of The Stooges', but most of it wasn't.
- color footage and more clips from the rarely seen Ted Healy MGM shorts from the early 30's.
- TV commercials, some from the late 60s!
- TV appearances, including The Steve Allen Show.
- Rare Interview footage with Moe, Larry, & Curly Joe from the late 1950's
- Trailers for rarer films, such as Gold Raiders and Stooges Fun-O-Rama
Anyone who says they've seen all this footage lots of times is spoiled; just becuase it's public domain doesn't mean it's not worthwhile. The use of stock footage didn't seem unusual to me; I'm sure the budget didn't allow for hunting down rare photographs, and you have to have something going while the narrator's talking.
While it does have a lot of stuff from the 4 public domain shorts (and Heavenly Daze, I wonder if that's PD now), it doesn't totally depend on them like The Making of The Stooges or even the A&E Biography did.
Unlike those biographies, instead of learning the basics of The Stooges' lives, I also felt I learned more about their personalities, particulary Moe and Larry, who are not often talked about.
If there's anything I can say against this documentary, it's that it might be too detailed for a casual fan. If you don't know anything about The Stooges and want to find out more, you'd be better off with The Men Behind The Mayhem DVD. But for the hardcore fan who knows every short, this is a great buy.
The DVD itself is certainly not the highest of quality (the one I bought didn't even have chapter stops, but it was part of a set.) but the rarity of the footage and the bargain price make this an essential purchase for all Three Stooges fans."
Cheaply made documentary
Brien Malone | Phoenix, AZ | 10/29/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"...This DVD is a collection of recycled stooge interview/movie/short clips with an original narrative track. There is NO original footage. Often, old film clips that have nothing to do with the stooges are inserted as filler material. In fact, the actual stooge clips they do use are repeated as many as 5 times. Audio quality also leaves a lot to be desired. The narrator sounds as though he's reading from inside a public restroom.I've bought several stooge DVDs...They're ALL cheap, repetitive and have poorly designed menus. The only reason this DVD rates 2 stars is because it does contain some interesting information for those who are not already up on Stooge history."
Best Stooge documentary on dvd
A. Pierre | Somewheres | 07/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I own the A and E biography on Stooges and that is a great video, but its not released on dvd. This was a excellent documentary and I cant see how people can complain about it. The only problem I have was some of the timeline was out of place, but thats small details. Larry's last interview is a bit hard to watch, being a die hard Stooge fan. The dvd is a great, cheap pick up on Stooge history."