Restored , unedited but re-organized from Cabin Fever releas
Paul J. Mular | San Carlos, CA USA | 11/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally Hallmark has decided to issue another Little Rascals DVD! They promise us unedited copies like the old Cabin Fever release. Unfortunately, if you are replacing your old Cabin Fever VHS tapes you will find this release minus Leonard Maltin and in a different order:
Shorts included on this set:
Former Cabin Fever volume 6
FREE WEELIN' (1932) with Spanky & Stymie
MIKE FRIGHT (1934) with Spanky & Stymie
WASHEE IRONEE (1934) with Spanky, Stymie & Buckwheat
FISHY TALES (1937) with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla & Buckwheat
Former Cabin Fever volume 8
SHIVER MY TIMBERS (1931) with Stymie
DIVOT DIGGERS (1936) with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla & Buckwheat
BORED OF EDUCATION (1936) with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla & Buckwheat
CHOO CHOO (1932) with Spanky (one of his first) & Stymie
Half of former Cabin Fever volume 9
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (1930) with Jackie Cooper
FRAMING YOUTH (1937) with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla & Buckwheat
And yes , you will find SPANKY, ALFALFA, DARLA, STYMIE and BUCKWHEAT in many of these. All of the shorts are five star comedies!"
Has lots of the good stuff!
Andre M. | Mt. Pleasant, SC United States | 11/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD has a REALLY good selection of Gang/ Rascals comedies, among the best of the bunch!
"Free Wheeling" (1932) Much has been said about the supposed racism of the Gang/Rascals, but this is possibly the most ANTI-racist of all gang films. Dickie Moore's snooty mother overprotects her impaired son and refuses to let him play with Stymie, who she referrs to as "that colored boy" and "that street urchin," but guess who saves the day? Strong stuff for 1932 and good stuff for today.
Mike Fright (1934) is a hoot about the gang's "International Silver String Submarine Band" running amuck at a radio station. LOVE the gag where Tommy Bond sucks a lemon ("they're good for your freckles") while Leonard tries to play the trumpet.
As for "Shiver My Timbers," (1931), Leonard Maltin has not spoken well of this film in his Our Gang book, but I LOVE it! This is where a salty old sailor scares the gang with wild pirate stories. Anyone who has ever had the fun of telling children scary stories will have a soft spot for this pix.
I could go on and on, but just GET IT and enjoy."
Would have been 5-stars but loses one star...
Richard A. Harrison | San Jose, CA USA | 11/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"...because the soundtrack for the musical short MIKE FRIGHT is badly out-of-sync throughout. Thus, mouths move a few seconds ahead of what is previously said or heard. In a short such as this where vocals play a prominent part in the narrative I find this highly distracting. How this glaring an error could not be caught and rectified prior to pressing of this disk is beyond me.