Mastered from the original 35mm material, this third volume of lost films from the great comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy includes all silent shorts: "Liberty" (1929, 20 min.), "We Faw Down" (1928, 21 min.), the... more » very first on-screen pairing of Stan and Ollie in "The Lucky Dog" (1919, 24 min.), "Love 'Em and Weep" (1927, 24 min.), the Glenn Tryon/Oliver Hardy short "Along Came Auntie" (1926, 24 min.), and the Charley Chase/Oliver Hardy short "Bromo and Juliet" (1926, 24 min.).« less
"Whomever wrote the scathing review of this disc from "Southern California" must be blind or was watching a different disc than the one I purchased. Volume Three contains several of the finest Laurel and Hardy comedies ever made, and all are copied from visually brilliant material--including some original 35mm camera negatives and fine grains. "LIBERTY" is, in fact, complete, and features the original Vitaphone soundtrack--it was originally issued on 16" discs back in 1929. The gentleman also must be hard of hearing, in as much as all of the soundtracks are quite different, although each was made up of essentially the same music used by Victor in creating all of their Hal Roach Vitaphone accompanyments in 1928-29. WE FAW DOWN features R-2 of the original Vitaphone soundtrack (apparently, R-1 was shattered) and is one of the most entertaining such tracks ever produced. The film is a complete, stunning, 35mm fine grain. LOVE 'EM AND WEEP is pictorially brilliant, also from a rare 35mm, BROMO AND JULIET is hysterical, and THE LUCKY DOG, the rare, complete film which first paired The Boys in 1919, is half comprised of the 35mm camera negative, half copied from famed historian Wm. K. Everson's original 1919 print. Anyone can read all of this info on the beautiful jacket, and your eyes will confirm the truth of the excellence of this Volume. You'd best buy the whole set of Ten while they're still available. (And--despite the Amazon note to the contrary, these discs are NOT regionally encoded and will play anywhere.) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
Classic Laurel & Hardy Silent Shorts, 2 dir. by Leo McCarey!
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 05/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Volume 3 in this series continues to present silent shorts from the early days of Laurel & Hardy. The first two on this DVD have the distinction of being two of the three Laurel & Hardy comedies directed by the great Leo McCarey. "Liberty" (1929) is an absolute classic. The boys escape from prison whereupon they are picked up by friends in a car and change into civilian clothes. The simple premise for this classic comedy is that Stan and Ollie have on each other's pants, and they spend the rest of the time trying to change clothes, ending up on the high girders of a skyscraper. Obviously this is a very large tip of the hat to the work of Harold Lloyd, although the gags are all perfect for Laurel & Hardy. It is also a very risque film for its day, with the boys always being discovered lowering their pants in strange places. In "We Faw Down" the boys announce to their wives they are going to a show when they are really heading out for a poker game. When they hear the theater burned down, the wives are understandably distraught. But Stan & Ollie, having fallen into a mud puddle, have been taken by two pretty young flirts to the girl's apartment. Of course, as the boys are leaving the apartment without their trousers, their wives show up with shotguns. The film's climax is the best gag in "We Faw Down" and one of the funniest endings to a Laurel & Hardy two-reeler. This DVD collection also invludes the very first on-screen pairing of Laurel & Hardy in 1919's "The Lucky Dog," although they are certainly not a team at this point. "Love 'Em and Weep" from 1927 is another one of the Hal Roach-Pathe comedies featuring James Finlayson in which Stan Laurel is the second comic lead and Oliver Hardy has a more minor role. All three are henpecked husbands whose lives are complicated by the return of Finlayson's old flame, Mae Busch. This particular story line is used by the boys to much better effect in their talkie "Chickens Come Home," so track it down after watching this silent version. This time around the bonus shorts reveal Oliver Hardy teamed up with other comics in a pair of 1926 two-reelers: "Along Came Auntie" with Glenn Tryon and "Bromo and Juliet" with Charley Chase. These are more interesting than the Stan Laurel shorts on the first two volumes because they provide cinematic proof that the boys were perfectly matched comedic partners."
JEAN HARLOW IS IN "LIBERTY"
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A previous reviewer noted Jean Harlow is NOT in the Laurel and Hardy comedy "Liberty". In fact, she is. The Boys are running from the cops trying to swap their trousers. There is a series of shots showing them in various venues atempting to accomplish this relatively simple task--behind a store, in an alley, behind some boxes. Finally, a guy and a pretty babe open the door to get into a taxicab--and out come The Boys, pulling up their pants. The Babe: Jean Harlow, in her first L&H appearance. INCIDENTLY, THIS DISC IS NOT REGIONALLY ENCODED AND WILL PLAY ON ANY DVD MACHINE (as it says right on the package). Also, the disc is produced by Hal Roach Studios, which is why the material is so pristine."
Misleading, but still worthwhile
jenbird | Havertown, PA | 03/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think calling this DVD "Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy" is somewhat misleading, because only 3 out of the 6 shorts feature the boys as the pair that most fans are familiar with. "Bromo and Juliet," for example, has Oliver Hardy, buried under a thick mustache, in a small role as a dinner guest of Jimmy Finlayson, and Stan Laurel as one of Jimmy's employees; the two never meet in the film. In another short, Hardy shows up for a few minutes as a taxi driver. In addition, the picture quality is not always good, but that's to be expected in films so old. And as another reviewer mentioned, the same soundtrack is used over and over, which can get a little monotonous after awhile.Depsite the fact that this DVD wasn't exactly what I expected, however, I still enjoyed it. It was interesting to see Laurel & Hardy in roles other than "the boys" and the rest of the casts (Charley Chase, Mae Busch, Vivian Oakland, to name a few) gave hilarious performances. I recommend it to fans of Laurel & Hardy (and other silent stars as well), but be aware that not all the films may be what you might have expected."
A Good Disc For the Great Comedians
sloan123 | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | 03/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This volume of the "Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy" series starts off with "Liberty", which, while going into Harold Lloyd territory slightly, is an utter masterpiece. Some of the stunts performed on the construction site still inspire gasps after the fourth or fifth viewing.
The second and last of the genuine Laurel and Hardy shorts on this volume is "We Faw Down," which is a delightful little comedy which, like many other Laurel and Hardy films, involves the boys trying to hide their latest fling from their wives.
Other shorts presented here are either solo-efforts ("Bromo and Juliet," "Along Came Auntie") or very early pairings, such as the hilarious "Love 'Em and Weep" and "The Lucky Dog" (which is their first film together).
The DVD looks very good, especially in "Liberty" and "We Faw Down," which are clearer than you'd expect. The others can be scratchy at times but are all very sharp. The shorts have been digitally mastered from original 35mm material, or in some cases from the original nitrate camera negatives. Like most silent films released through Image Entertainment, this is quite satisfactory.
There are no special features, other than some liner notes."