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Dogville Collection: Shorts, 1930-31


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In the Early Sound Era, talent from all over - veteran vaudevillians, musical icons, radio personalities, Broadway luminaries - performed in specialty shorts augmenting main features that packed moviehouses. One particular pack stood out: the amazingly trained tail-waggers of the 10 "All-Barkie" Dogville Comedies. Directed by Zion Myers and Jules White, these unusual attractions showcased creatively costumed "talking" dogs of various breeds and spoofed the noble and naughty behaviors of people. They pulled off grrrreat rrrriffs of the era's movies, from unquiet Western Front war heroics and Great Woof Way musical extravaganzas to Great Whelp Hunter jungle expeditions and Prison Pups breakout thrills. A nationwide theatre owners poll in 1930 rated the Dogvilles as the best short subjects over more legendary comedy and musical series. See if you agree, as you walk these dogs and unleash a whole lotta laughter.

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  • Directors: Zion Myers, Jules White
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003156IIY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Very funny too!
Mel
You can buy this two disc set directly from them right now for 24 dollars.
calvinnme
I got this as a Christmas gift for my 9 year old nephew who loves dogs!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 18, 2009
I believe it was the running of an entire herd of animals off the edge of a cliff to their deaths for the sake of filming a Western that led to the humane treatment of animals in films. Remember these nine shorts were made in 1930 and 1931 - not last week. If you can do this, then they are hilarious. In case you've never seen these, the Dogville Comedies of the early 1930's spoofed popular movies with dogs as the actors. There was a "Dogway Melody", "So Quiet on the Canine Front", and "The Big Dog House", and "Dog Tails of Morocco" to name some of the others.

My favorite short is "Hot Dog", and it is basically a canine precode in which a female dog goes into a speak-easy and gets picked up by one of the male dog customers. She thinks her husband is away, but he shows up and interrupts the rendezvous. There is a fight, a shooting, and a dramatic courtroom finale, all spoofing precode film of the era in general. The reaction of people to these shorts has me wondering - in 80 years what films of today will shunned because of changing standards of what is considered decent and humane?

This set was released in September 2009, and Warner Bros. has a 90 day window in which they are the exclusive sellers of any Warner Archive product, of which this is one. You can buy this two disc set directly from them right now for 24 dollars. The shorts are unrestored and are on DVD-R. The audio has a little hissing - after all these are early sound shorts - and the video looks just fine, at least on my copy.

For you film historians out there, writing and directing these shorts was Jules White's big break into the film business. The shorts were so popular that MGM allowed White to graduate to directing human beings - starting with Buster Keaton's "Sidewalks of New York".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Hardman on February 3, 2010
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Okay, in the middle of the night I woke up (finding I had left my TV on) to one of the Dogville shorts on. I was somewhat shocked and dumbfounded by the ridiculousness I was watching!
I searched the TCM website to find out just what I had seen, and it was one of these shorts.

This a 2 disc set, and it's chock full of the silliest, strangest shorts ever. All dogs, voiced over. These dogs are REMARKABLY patient! They are always dressed up to fit the short subject, and sometimes (particularly the college football team) you can pretty much see the wires that are helping the dogs to "walk" upright.

I DO absolutely recommend this set for any dog fancier, just be prepared for bizarre and silly!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G.H. on April 12, 2010
The good: the videos themselves are great, and recommended.

The bad: despite what the description says, this is not a standard DVD. It won't play on computers, but will most likely play on your DVD player. It's basically an inherently defective disc that most DVD players will play anyway, but one of the shorts wouldn't play right on two different DVD players. Is it a problem with the burning process, or a problem with the poor attempt at DRM? Especially considering the price of the 2-disc set, I'd expect an actual working DVD. Since amazon doesn't give a warning about this not being an actual DVD, feel free to buy it, watch it, then return it. After all, you paid for a DVD and received less than a DVD. Also, who knows if whatever devices we're using 5 years from now to play DVDs will play this. I'm not even sure if your typical blue ray player will play this, so buyer beware.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly S. on December 13, 2013
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Crazy dog classic movies. My parents who are in their 80's are going to get a kick out of this when i show it Christmas night. With are annual Rum and Eggnog I know they will be Howling. TCM has shown these as a short and I just had to get the DVD. Can't wait to share!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Q on February 22, 2013
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WOW i was so GLAD they put this on DVD.. I love these Shorts and i LOVE ANIMALS ..This is a great collection of how animals made our hearts glad and shows how smart they all are .... Thanks again for making Dogville fans SO HAPPY lol.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olga Tailor on November 19, 2013
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I saw one of these shorts on TV --It was hilarious. Back then, they probably didn't have any laws protecting animals in films like they do today. The dogs are very cute and well trained.
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By Robert Vance on February 9, 2013
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I first saw these videos on Turner Classic Videos and copied them to tape years ago. I wanted my brother to have a good copy as we both have enjoyed the "Ginger" videos on You Tube.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Meyer on January 13, 2011
It clearly states on the Amazon and Warners' Archive sites
"This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.\r\n

This disc is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives. \r\n "

Maybe this was added after you bought yours.
The problem with most shorts series is they are too much of a good thing to watch in a sitting. View one or two before a feature over many weeks and you will have more fun.
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