A NICE ALL CURLY SET WITH ONE CLASSIC!
Tim Janson | Michigan | 01/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This set of five stooges shorts all feature Curly in some excellent shorts including one bonafide classic.
"The Three Troubledoers" 1946..a late Curly where he clearly is not at the top of his game. Set in the old west The boys set out prevent a marriage between the villain Blackie and the heroine Nell (Christine McIntyre).
"Idiots Deluxe" 1945. Moe is on trial for assaulting Curly and Larry with an ax. Moe relates how Curly and Larry took him on a hunting trip for his nerves and how be came to go nuts.
"In the Sweet Pie and Pie" 1941 - The stooges are convicts about to be executed for some murders they didn't commit. The day before the execution they are tricked into marrying three rich girls who need husbands to collect a legacy. At the last minute the real murderers confess and the stooges are pardoned. The girls are now stuck with the stooges so they plot to get rid of them by making them become gentlemen. One of the many takes on a common Stooges plotline.
"yes we Have no Bonanzas" 1939 - Set in a western town, the stooges are working as waiters in a saloon with the three girls they hope to marry. The owner of the saloon is a crook who has buried $40,000 of stolen money. The boys go prospecting and dig up the stolen money, which the crooks recognize as their loot and abscond with. A wild chase ensues, ending with the bad guy's car crashing into the Sheriff's office.
"Pop Goes the Easel" 1935 The Classic of the set. The stooges are down and out. With a cop chasing them, they flee into an artists studio where they are mistaken for students. The cop continues to hunt for them and they use a variety of disguises and tactics to elude him. A wild clay throwing fight ends the film. Features the hilarious line when Moe says "My old Man used to draw" and Curly says, "yeah, he drew 20 years with one stroke of the pen!" Awesome!
Great Classics, But Worn Out "Themes"
Chuck Potocki | Highland, Indiana | 03/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These are among the best Curly-era shorts that the Stooges made and the prints look pretty good, but it's very apparent that Columbia has run out of ideas for DVD "themes" and have begun to repeat themselves ("Cops & Robbers" comes to mind). I feel the same as many fans that it would've been a lot easier if Columbia had simply released all 190 shorts in chronological order from the beginning instead of doing "themed" releases. At long last, Columbia has finally listened to the many complaints from Stooge fans about not being able to watch the shorts straight through and have remedied the problem on this DVD as well as the previous "Stooges At Work" DVD. Thank goodness they've also done away with the annoying loadup intros that plagued some of the earlier releases, especially the pinball and slot machine sequences. You had no choice but to sit through it because you couldn't get past them.Columbia also needs to include more shorts on the DVD's; they started out with 6 or more in the beginning, but they've now cut it down to 5 each. Maybe someday Columbia will get it's act together...one can only hope!"
rdf8585 | 11/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I could tell you which shorts are on this DVD and the like, but you already know all that. That said...
Video Quality: Considering these shorts range from 58-69 years old, they look pretty good. There's no major problems with the visuals - they're certainly better than the VHS versions.
Audio Quality: Mono is about as good as we'll get with these shorts. It's far from ideal, but it's decent enough.
Etcetera: I'm tired of these themes, especially this one, which is all too close to the "Cops and Robbers" DVD. I'd like to see the DVDs released by year - the Stooges usually made 6-9 shorts per year. Also, I wish there more than 5 shorts here, but Stooge VHS/DVD collections have always been short-changed. The old VHS tapes usually had 3 shorts on them, when they could have had a fe w more."
The Three Stooges And The Law
rdf8585 | 07/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"DVD Review- After releasing the magnificent 'Stooges At Work' DVD, Columbia gives us Stooge fans 5 more Stooge shorts to enjoy. This collection contains 5 shorts that fit the 'Law' theme very well. "The Three Troubledoers" is the only weak short in this collection. The other 4 are as hilarious as can be. Picture Quality- All shorts are 35mm prints and they look good, except there are quite a bit of dirt at times. "Pop Goes The Easel" looks very nice, especially since it's the oldest short in this collection. Sound Quality- All the shorts sound very good, except for "Yes, We Have No Bonanza". The sound on that short is somewhat distorted and could be bothersome at times.
Final Comments- This collection contains some very good shorts. However, Columbia didn't do such a good job as their previous release, 'Stooges At Work', in terms of picture and sound quality. They did a descent job, however. No special features are on this collection except for a Spanish audio track and English subtitles. Columbia gives us the 'Play All' feature which is another plus. Overall, very nice collection, but still could've used better effort by Columbia."