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Utopia only for the hardcore
Robert Bauer | 07/01/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a fan of Laurel & Hardy then give Utopia a miss. It is a crime that such a great comedy duo should have bowed out of cinema with such a calamitous come-back such as this film was. The pair looked tired and well past their use-by-date (Hardy died six years later). I found myself confronting my own mortality as I saw the two old men bumbling about the screen. I tried to laugh because it WAS Laurel & Hardy but it was an empty laugh, like I owed it to them because their former selves had given me so many laughs in earlier films. A comedy it was not, more a tragedy then anything else. Basically I will say this: if you are just a fan who likes to laugh at their antics then give Utopia a big miss, you will feel empty and disappointed that they ended up like they did - if you are a hardcore fan who wants to see/have all their films then by all means subject yourself to Utopia."
Madacy ruins yet another classic DVD
jenbird | Havertown, PA | 04/09/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the studios really need to stop letting tiny, amateur production companies release their movies on DVD. This Laurel & Hardy DVD is a prime example of why. The most obvious and infuriating problem is that the soundtrack is not synched up to the action; it's about 2 seconds behind. Unless you enjoy "the boys" looking like a dubbed Japanese movie, this is going to drive you crazy. The picture quality is also really poor; I have a VHS copy of "Flying Deuces" that looks better than this. The trivia game was a nice idea, but poorly executed; "what color is Stan Laurel's hair?" How would I know---all their movies are in BLACK AND WHITE! Oy. I thought I was getting a nice double feature for a good price, but I ended up getting what I paid for: cheap movies. Save your money."
Not their best, not their worst.
Robert Bauer | Lilburn. Georgia,USA | 04/23/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Although I am a big Laurel and Hardy fan I will be totally honest about this dvd. In a way I am glad to have these two films on dvd. The quality on the two films do differ. However I feel that the version of Utopia is far superior than the version that was available on video tape. The version of The Flying Deuces is not bad, but it is out of sync. Both versions are complete american versions(the european version of Utopia is longer than the american version) but until that version is available this will sufice. Granted Utopia all around is generally a bad film, but compared to their 1940-1945 films at MGM and 20th Century Fox where they had no say or control on the films they were making, it in a way shows some of thier old style and gags from their Hal Roach films. Stan Laurel was very ill during production and it definitely shows in his appearance and he later regretted completing this film. Today I am glad, as I am sure many people are ,that he at least was able to finish the film. In closing until better versions become available this dvd even though far from perfect is still ok."
Audio not in sync
Robert Bauer | 06/25/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The movies are good, especially Flying Deuces, not so much Utopia but the aggravating thing is poor quality of the Madacy distributed DVD. It sucks. The audio is not in sync with the video, not even close. What a ripoff, why can't they get such a simple thing like that right? Save your money !!"
Andre M. | Mt. Pleasant, SC United States | 01/22/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a mixed bag from L&H. Being that it's probably in the Public Domain, "Flying Deuces" is all over the place on DVD and when I was a kid in the 70s, it showed up a lot on TV.This was a pretty good film. The other reviewers have discussed the plot, so I won't go there. Not up to the (sadly) seldom seen "Pardon Us" or "Pack Up Your Troubles," but a good time-killer. There is an oddly moving scene where Ollie tries to talk Stan into joining him in a foiled suicide effort by saying, "What will you do? Without me, people will stare at you and wonder what you are." Stan cries without going into his usual whiny shtick. This leaves a bizzare, but touching aftertaste. Then there's the famous "Shine On Harvest Moon Sequence." This scene, like much of the movie, doesn't exactly cause you to bust a gut and slap your knees, but it does make you smile.Utopia is another matter. This is a really strange story about L&H inheriting an island and trying to start their own society with a group of castaways. The only reason anyone needs to see it is so that they could say they saw the last L&H film. I tried to watch this one 4 times before I could get all the way through without falling asleep. Peee-ooey. What a sad way to go."