|The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 3: 1940-1942
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Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 08/26/2008 Run time: 396 minutes
The Three Stooges--political satirists? Laugh if you will, but as demonstrated by the shorts "You Nazty Spy" and "I'll Never Heil Again"--both of which are featured on this two-disc, digitally remastered set--the boys were the first act in Hollywood to bring attention to the Nazi threat in the days prior to America's involvement in World War II. "Nazty," which was released in 1940 some nine months before Chaplin's The Great Dictator, and 1941's "Heil," have Moe donning the greasepaint mustache to play Moe Hailstone, a dull-witted wallpaper hanger who runs amok as the dictator of Moronica along with his sidekicks Larry (the Goebbels stand-in) and Curly (Mussolini, natch). If the hijinks aren't exactly drawing room humor, one must still marvel at the foresight of the team and director Jules White for conceiving the idea, and by the sheer ballsiness of the Howard brothers and Fine--all Jews--taking the air out of the most insidious anti-Semitic figure of the period. One might also view 1940's "Boobs in Arms," with the boys accidentally joining the Army, as another riff on the absurdity of the slowly mounting war. Of course, the Stooges were better known for their wild slapstick comedy, and Volume 3 of this long-overdue collection presents some of the funniest shorts in their lengthy careers. Chief among these is "What's the Matador," which pits the boys' bullfighting routine against some real live beef, and the delirious "Sock-A-Bye Baby," with the Stooges attempting to care for an abandoned child. Elsewhere, the two main themes of the shorts--the Stooges as agents of fair play, as seen in "Nutty But Nice" (Curly finds a kidnapped man by yodeling) and "So Long Mr. Chumps" (the boys free an unjustly jailed man)--or menaces to society, as shown by the devastation wreaked at a dinner party in "An Ache in Every Stake," is in full effect. As with the two previous volumes, the shorts featured here (eight of which have never been available on DVD) are presented in chronological order and pristine condition, which soitenly makes up for decades of neglect from previous fly-by-night Stooge releases. --Paul Gaita
Best comedy team ever. Looks like they came out today. keep them coming. jeff phila....more info
can someone please tell me if this is coming out on BluRay?I thought I saw on DVD Town that these 2 discs were in HD,Thanks,Andy ...more info
- Can you ask for anything better?
How much better does it get? The original Stooges with Curly, all restored with nothing removed. Fantastic!...more info
- I am very please and always will shop at amazon.com!
I will always shop at amazon.com, because I trust them.Thank you for you quick shipping! The product I order came in prefect condition! ...more info
- One step further?
A big Thank You to Sony for giving the Three Stooges fans what we've wanted for a long time with the DVD releases of the Stooges shorts [no pun intended!] in their original release order. I would like to request that for future volumes that Sony's research people locate any existing news reel footage, guest appearances in other film shorts, etc, that could be bonus discs for all us loyal fans and product purchasers!
Also, a DVD collection of the films that the boys made with their old boss, Ted Healy, would make a wonderful addition to this marvelous collection!
Thank you, Sony? Certainey!!! Now, spread out!!!
Indianapolis, Indiana...more info
- WHEN!?!? Looking for "Shemp"
I have all of the 3 Stooges DVD's,..However, My question is:
When are they coming out with "Shemp" shorts?!?! PLEEEZZZZ!!!!!!
Love em' all,..however,..SHEMP IS SHEMP!!!
- Hope Shemp get's a "Look-in"
My rating is based on the first 2 releases. Not knowing what to expect with the next, I really hope Shemp is included here or in another release in the future.
My memories of the 3 Stooges goes back to the 1950's, where every Saturday afternoon at the local theatre here in Melbourne Australia, we were entertained with one of the shorts.
I'm going back about 50 years here, but can vividly remember the laughs all around me.
For some reason, Shemp was in nearly all of the versions I saw and I really don't remember seeing much of Curly at all. ...more info
- glad to see
its about time the sony people are coming out with these shorts .They have been bootleg for so long and the picture quality was so bad , a real disgrace to any stooge fan . I hope they release all 190 to show the fans what they are really made of and to show respect for the three stooges for not doing them justice along time ago until now ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, many thanks GO ALL THE WAY SONY!...more info
- Great DVD
The tape is great,timing good by seller. It was advertized 2 days later @ $13.99??
This would not hinder me from ordering from this seller again....more info
- classic act
I watched these guys when I was a kid and they were classics then. It's so neat to see them in such a quality format. Watching my teenage son latch unto them like I did at his age is "soitenly" a kick for me. Or was it a slap? Or was it a poke? It could be all of the above you knucklehead! ...more info
- "An Ache in Every Stake"
As the boys enter the 1940's, their characters and unique brand of comedy have achieved a sort of perfection, displaying the enthusiasm, timing and creativity that comes from familiarity, genuine affection, and physical vibrancy. Curly in particular is in peak form, with a genius that would later fade as his physical problems kicked in. While some of the gags are predictable (and of course, that is part of their enduring charm), the shorts remained varied and fresh, allowing Moe, Larry and Curly to act and react upon different situations.
Several shorts stand out (and this review will only focus upon a few as others have done a marvelous job of reviewing them). These are my personal favorites among the many fine shorts in this volume.
"You Natzy Spy" - This is the Stooges' (and Hollywood's) first spoof of Hitler and his band of "merry men." Moe does a remarkable turn of Adolf; Charlie Chaplin's wonderful "The Great Dictator" was not released until some nine months later. Quite honestly, I found Moe's portrayal of Hitler much better, although Chaplin fans will argue the point. Larry is particularly interesting in his role as Pebble - minister of propaganda.
"A Plumbing We Will Go" - The classic "Moe, these pipes are all clogged up with wires" short, later remade with Shemp. The original version, features a manic Curly, tangled up in the waterpipes; his childlike antics are never more hilarious (as a side note, the remake with Shemp was a classic as well).
"How High is Up" - A frenetic short in which the boys end up at the top of a skyscraper construction site. Nothing particular to note here (other than the "Get the tools" routine), but just a fun one.
"All the World's A Stooge" - Moe, Larry and Curly play three refugee children, who are called upon to pass themselves off to a wealthy society matron. Their parody of precious little children is priceless, especially Larry, with his typical brand of humor.
"I'll Never Heil Again" - The worthy sequel to "You Natzy Spy," provides a fitting end to the erstwhile dictator and his henchman.
"An Ache in Every Stake" - The boys are icemen, delivering ice to a home at the top of one of those long LA staircases. Classic gags abound. Stooge regular Vernon Dent is at his blustery best.
"What's the Matador" - The Stooges are vaudeville performers, taking their bullfighting act to Mexico. They annoy the jealous husband of a gorgeous Mexican woman and hilarity ensures. Perfect timing from beginning to end. Curly is at his best in this one. This short was remade with Joe Besser as "Sappy Bullfighters." While one of Joe's better efforts, it pales in comparison to Curly's antics.
The charm of these shorts is not just with Moe, Larry and Curly, but also with the wonderful co-stars who appeared with the boys at that time. Vernon Dent is the perfect foil: pompous, dignified - the perfect stuff shirt. Bud Jamison, adept at playing butlers, cops, or members of the upper crust, was an able character actor supporting other notable stars such as Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Charley Chase and numerous others in a career that spanned from 1915 until his death in 1944. Talented women abounded in the shorts as well. Dorothy Appelby, Bess Flowers, Symona Boniface provide the feminine touch in a land of lunacy.
As with the first two volumes, the restoration of the shorts is excellent, providing viewers, used to the sliced and diced television versions, with a new found appreciation for the programs as originally released.
- The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 3
I have been a Stooge fan since I was a liitle boy and am 50 now. I have seen them all over the years. I have tried to videotape some of the episodes but it was frustrating. But to have them in cronilogical order and on DVD is great. This way, the Stooge world is assured of getting ALL of the Stooges shorts. I have Volumes 1 and 2 and am ordering Vol. 3 and Volume 4 will be out in October. This is great! It is truly a must for all Stooge fans....more info
- ***FLASH*** Volume 4 - On the Way!!!
I am proud to own The Three Stooges Volumes One and Two and they are awesome. Best transfers I've ever seen and in chronological order. So even sight unseen, I'll assume the same for Volume 3 and award it five stars.
HOWEVER...... AND HERE'S THE GREAT NEWS!!!
Volume 4 is on the way according to "creepyclassics.com". Here are the particulars.
THE THREE STOOGES COLLECTION - Volume 4 (1943-45) Release Date: October 7, 2008
On this one will be there "werewolf" short IDLE ROOMERS!:
They Stooge To Conga (1943)*
2. Dizzy Detectives (1943)
3. Spook Louder (1943)
4. Back From The Front (1943)
5. Three Little Twirps (1943)*
6. Higher Than A Kite (1943)
7. I Can Hardly Wait (1943)*
8. Dizzy Pilots (1943)
9. Phony Express (1943)
10. A Gem Of A Jam (1943)*
11. Crash Goes The Hash (1944)
12. Busy Buddies (1944)*
13. The Yoke's On Me (1944)*
14. Idle Roomers (1944)*
15. Gents Without Cents (1944)
16. No Dough Boys (1944)
17. Three Pests In A Mess (1945)*
18. Booby Dupes (1945)
19. Idiots Deluxe (1945)
20. If A Body Meets A Body (1945)
21. Micro-Phonies (1945)
*new to dvd
It's wonderful to see the Stooges in clear remastered clarity. I also enjoy seeing many of their shorts that I had never seen on TV, so for me nearly half of the shows are new. If your a Three Stooges fan you'll love it, and if not a fan you'll be pleasantly surprised. ...more info
- Volume 3
As a long time Stooge fan, its nice Sony is releasing the complete Stooge shorts. My only question is will it stop after Curly? I hope they release Shemp's shorts, even though alot of them are remakes in the later years. I give props for not changing the format of the discs (thus far) and Amazon preorder price is always $17. Like I said in the last review, Stooges have been around for almost 80 years and have a ton of footage on various dvds that could be used as great extras. Id like to see extra features instead of trailers to movies. All in all, great product and keep up the good work!...more info