Bowery Boys are Great but the DVDs are Lousy
Stevie Vintage | Boston, Mass | 01/25/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I was excited to see 10 of the Bowery Boys/East Side Kids films in a nice box set. I grew up watching these guys on TV and really enjoy their banter and antics. I've viewed a few of these movies so far and I have to write that the DVD quality is horrible, among the worst I've seen. It seems as if the source of these DVDs were really bad VHS tapes. And to add insult to injury, Passport has this bad habit of putting text in the lower right hand corner throughout their DVD films. In these, "Boys of the Bowery - The East Side Kids" appears in light lettering throughout the film, which is very distracting. I had another Passport DVD ("Man with the Golden Arm") and the Passport logo appeared in the lower right throughout the film also.
In conclusion, unless you are a big fan of the Bowery Boys, I would definitely not recommend this set and be wary of all DVDs from Passport."
interested_observer | San Francisco, CA USA | 04/21/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The Passport editions of ten of the East Side Kids movies is a cheap way to get to know one of the fun series of the early 1940's. Cheap is in both senses.
I had already collected a set of Alpha Video and Platinum Disc Corporation editions but had hoped to find editions with better picture and sound quality. Passport didn't do it.
Only occasionally would the quality even equal that of Alpha or Platinum. Usually the quality was markedly worse. There was even missing footage. For example, the opening scene of "Bowery Blitzkrieg" on Alpha and Platinum has Danny (Bobby Jordan) drilling his economics lesson while using a punching bag. Passport starts the movie from a later scene, Muggs (Leo Gorcey) bullying the bad guy.
Passport puts a faint "Bowery Boys / East Side Kids" logo in the lower-right corner throughout. The other two editions do not do this.
No edition has any meaningful extras. I have little hope these films will be cleaned up, Criterion style.
Alpha Video tends to have the best quality on its single-film DVD's, but Platinum's four-paks come close and are more cost-effective. Passport runs last on all counts.
Not quite what I expected
K. D. Morton | Milky Way Galaxy | 08/18/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I thought this would include at least some of the Bowery Boys movies, based on the title. But it turns out none of those movies are available legally. No matter, the East Side Kids are still pretty funny, and you can see how they evolved into the famed Bowery Boys. My other complaint is that the overall picture and sound quality are not the best!
A good 'Start'
W. Hale | Texas, U S of A | 08/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Remembering the Bowery Boys from my Saturday afternoon matinee memories of 1950s and 1960s, I was kind of disappointed in this set. The East Side Kids pre-dated the Bowery Boys, and even their names are different. No Satch, Whitey, etc. No Malt Shop headquarters. But, all-in-all the movies are entertaining, although somewhat dragged out in the plots. I was expecting a bit more comedy."