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The Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Road to Comedy Collection
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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Bob Hope and Bing Crosby + Dorothy Lamour made six "Road" pictures for Paramount between 1941 and 1953:
1) Road to Singapore - 1940
2) Road to Zanzibar - 1941
3) Road to Morocco - 1942
4) Road to Utopia - 1946
5) Road to Rio - 1947
6) Road to Bali - 1953 (the only one in color)

Paramount's pre-1948 catalog is now owned by Universal, which has a spotty record of reissuing these wonderful films on DVD.
Films 1-4 are available in three different editions:

Best, but most expensive, is 4 movies on 4 DVDs (2002): Bob Hope Tribute Collection - The Road Show Series (The Road to Morocco / The Road to Singapore / The Road to Utopia / The Road to Zanzibar)
(available separately).

Worst is 4 movies on 1 double-sided DVD (2004): On the Road With Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Collection (Road to Singapore/Road to Zanzibar/Road to Morocco/Road to Utopia)
Double-sided DVDs fail at an alarming rate.

The most recent edition (2012) is the one one one being reviewed (light blue and orange cover).
Two DVDs, with a double feature on one side of each disc (not double-sided, thank God).
Picture quality is equivalent to the 2002 4 disc version, but the price is a lot less.
Some of the "extras" from the 2002 4 disc version were left out. The only important loss was the movie trailers.
All three versions are closed-captioned.
At the price, this is the new recommended version.

Annoyingly, films 5 and 6 were left out of each collection.
Paramount stupidly allowed the copyright to expire on these films, so they are now in the Public Domain.
Lots of inexpensive copies are available on DVD from various cheapo labels.
The situation was somewhat rectified in 2010 when Shout Factory released an authorized 3 DVD collection: The Bob Hope Collection (The Lemon Drop Kid / Road to Bali / Road to Rio / My Favorite Brunette / The Seven Little Foys)

Less expensive, almost as good: Road to Bali / Road to Rio

I only wish Universal would issue the six film collection complete in a nice box on 3 double-feature DVDs (NOT 2-sided!).
Maybe even blu-ray.

P.S. Missing from my list is the seventh film, The Road to Hong Kong (1962), but it is owned by MGM, not Universal:
The Road to Hong Kong - or - Bob Hope MGM Movie Legends Collection (Alias Jesse James/Boy, Did I Get the Wrong Number/The Facts of Life/I'll Take Sweden/The Princess and the Pirate/The Road to Hong Kong/They've Got Me Covered)
The boys are a bit long-in-the tooth (Dorothy Lamour is reduced to a cameo).
Not as good as the first six, but still worth a look.

P.P.S. All seven films are available in a boxed set, but its only available in the United Kingdom (issued in 2005).
They are region 2 DVDs, which means American DVD players won't play them.
Available on Amazon UK (amazon.co.uk):
ASIN: B0009W09GE
To view them you will need a region-free DVD player.
These machines are "gray market" (not "black market" which would be illegal).
Removing the region 1 encoding chip is considered "tampering" and voids the manufacturer's warranty.
Most sellers provide their own 30 day or 90 day warranty.
Look up "region free DVD player" on the Amazon search bar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2013
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Bob Hope and Bing Crosby made seven "Road" movies. The first four: Road To Singapore (1940), Road To Zanzibar (1941), Road To Morocco (1942) & Road To Utopia (1946) are all here (two films on each DVD). These musical comedies really have withstood the test of time; still refreshing after all these years! Good sound and picture quality. Need I say more? Buy this classic set while you still can!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2014
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Hope and Crosby made tremendous comedic movies together. While some would say that they are fairly silly and unimportant films, they were films to make people laugh and forget their troubles, not be serious or give us a "message". We get enough of that every day.... from our lives, and the news, even the weather. Watch and enjoy yourself........ give all that reality, seriousness, and despair, that we input to our overworked brains and emotions, a good rest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Bob & Bing are great in this compilation of four films. Road to Morocco is the best, with Bob and Bing talking to the viewers -- "Paramount gives me more time on my contract..." etc. Hilarious. A must-see. No special features.
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on March 6, 2015
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These are great movies to watch, but the quality was so poor, it was unwatchable. I watched 1 of the discs, and while the "Road to Singapore' was fine, the 'Road to Zanzibar" was unwatchable. Half way through the movie, the picture would freeze, skip, and distort to where you couldn't watch it. I tried to restart the movie, fast forward, and totally remove the disc and start over, all to no avail.
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on May 4, 2014
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Bought this as a gift for my SIL...she loved it!!! Will be enjoyed for years to come and I can't wait to be invited over to watch them :)
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on January 8, 2014
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Hope and Crosby are still very entertaining with a mixture of music/singing, comedy/gags, romance, and a story for background.
Technically they are in very good viewing condition. These movies are in the genre of the Marx brothers.
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on January 4, 2014
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Timeless humor from Bob, Bing, and Dorothy. Can be enjoyed together with all generations. Road to Morocco is the best!
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on July 21, 2013
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Always been a fan of Bob Hope and the Road pictures are some of his best. Road To Utopia remains my favorite for the simple fact that they make fun of the genre.
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on January 7, 2015
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WE really love the road movies and we were looking for a reasonable purchase and I think this fit the bill. It is not the complete set, but you could go crazy trying to find the right set. If you like Hope and Crosby in the road show's this is the best selection, or at least I feel that it is.
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