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Laurel and Hardy Collection, Vol. 1 (Great Guns / Jitterbugs / The Big Noise)


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Laurel and Hardy Collection, Vol. 1 (Great Guns / Jitterbugs / The Big Noise) + Laurel and Hardy Collection, Vol. 2 (A Haunting we Will Go / Dancing Masters / Bullfighters) + TCM Archives: The Laurel and Hardy Collection (The Devil's Brother / Bonnie Scotland)
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  • Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Doris Merrick, Arthur Space, Veda Ann Borg
  • Directors: Malcolm St. Clair, Monty Banks
  • Writers: Frank Fenton, Malcolm St. Clair, Henry Lehrman, Lou Breslow, Scott Darling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 221 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6ESF8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Laurel and Hardy Collection, Vol. 1 (Great Guns / Jitterbugs / The Big Noise)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Laurel and Hardy author historian Randy Skretvedt on each feature
  • "Revenge of the Sons of the Desert" featurette
  • Movietone News clip: "Inauguration of the Railway"
  • Still galleries
  • Original trailers
  • Bonus Laurel and Hardy trailers

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Episode Description: Disc 1 "Big Noise": Rating: NR Audio: English: Mono & Stereo Subtitled: English and Spanish Special Features: Commentary by Randy Skredvedt, Photo Gallery, Theatrical Trailer, Laurel and Hardy Theatre: Bullfighters Theatrical Trailer, Great Guns Theatrical Trailer, & The Dancing Master Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2 "Great Guns": Rating: NR Audio: English: Mono & Stereo Subtitled: English & Spanish Special Features: Commentary by Randy Skretvedt, Photo Gallery, Opening the Freemont Theatre Movietone News, Theatrical Trailer, Laurel and Hardy Theatre: Big Noise Theatrical Trailer, Bullfighters Theatrical Trailer, & Jitterbugs Theatrical Trailer

Disc 3 "Jitterbugs": Rating: NR Audio: English: Mono & Stereo Subtitled: English & Spanish Special Features: Commentary by Randy Skretvedt, Photo Gallery, Inauguration of the Railway Movietone News, Theatrical Trailer, Laurel and Hardy Theatre: Big Noise Theatrical Trailer, Bullfighters Theatrical Trailer, & Great Guns Theatrical Trailer

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Though Laurel and Hardy fans will attest to the relative weakness of the three films included in this Gift set, Great Guns, Jitterbugs, and The Big Noise, the films still brim with classic Stan and Ollie antics, and more intriguingly, serve as historical markers of American Wartime Cinema. These post-Hal Roach, Twentieth Century Fox releases offer, even in the liner notes, information about how the film industry was influenced by World War II. Great Guns' plot most directly refers to the war, showing what happens when the Army recruits two clowns. Gunpowder gags, planes dropping flour bombs, and physical comedy inside the barracks, involving cots, dangling light bulbs, and mess kits abound in this film that hopefully entertained soldiers. Jitterbugs, the funniest film in the set, provides comedic escape from hardship by constructing a plot based on a dislike for gas rationing. In Jitterbugs, Stan and Ollie, stars of the Zoot Suit Band, encounter a scam artist who allegedly can turn water into gasoline with an invented pill. Together, the three men swindle their ways into absurd situations, culminating in hilarious scenes of Stan disguised as a wealthy elderly lady who at one point declares, to a bunch of gangsters, that she's feeling "quite gay." Clever double-entendres, subtle wordplay, and co-star Vivian Blaine make this film wonderful. A documentary entitled "Revenge of the Sons of the Desert," about Laurel and Hardy fan clubs and conventions, shows how the wacky spirits of Stan and Ollie live on into the present day. True, these three films may not be their strongest, but they defined comedy during some of America's grimmest times. --Trinie Dalton

Customer Reviews

My point is that not everyone buys Movies(dvd's) just for the sake of :Is It a good movie or not?!?
Rodney Sell
ROUGHEST AFRICA - Stan Laurel - Buy either the "LOST FILMS OF LAUREL & HARDY volume 2" or the KINO "STAN LAUREL COLLECTION", both are restored from 35mm.
Paul J. Mular
Picture and sound quality in these DVDs should be excellent, based on the studio's former VHS releases in this series.
Scott MacGillivray

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

106 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Mular TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 12, 2005
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Amazon seems to think that every DVD set called Laurel & Hardy Volume 1 is the same set, so they are combining the reviews.
The set I am reviewing is the Public Domain silent comedy collection of their solo films distributed by Televista.
Laurel & Hardy, Vol. 1: The Laurel & Hardy Collection

BEWARE OF THIS POORLY DONE DVD RELEASE!!!!!

a) The films recorded on the DVD are NOT the ones listed on the case back or the above description. The below review from another buyer must have based his review on the back cover, the copy I got from Amazon did not have those titles recorded on the disc.

b) This DVD is very poor quality VHS mastering. The picture is even slightly letterboxed!

HERE IS WHAT IS REALLY ON THE DVD: (ALL POOR COPIES!!!!)

1) HUSTLING FOR HEALTH - with Stan Laurel - Buy the LOST FILMS OF LAUREL & HARDY volume 1, it is restored from 35mm.

2) PAPERHANGER'S HELPER (Cut down title for STICK AROUND) - with Oliver Hardy & Bobby Ray - Buy the KINO "OLIVER HARDY COLLECTION", it has the complete film mastered from 35mm!

3) LUCKY DOG (EXCERPT) - Stan Laurel's first encounter with Oliver Hardy - Buy the "LOST FILMS OF LAUREL & HARDY volume 4", that version is complete & restored from 35mm.

4) THE SOILERS - Stan Laurel & Jimmy Finlayson - Buy either the "LOST FILMS OF LAUREL & HARDY volume 6" or the KINO "STAN LAUREL COLLECTION", both are restored from 35mm.

5) ROUGHEST AFRICA - Stan Laurel - Buy either the "LOST FILMS OF LAUREL & HARDY volume 2" or the KINO "STAN LAUREL COLLECTION", both are restored from 35mm. However, BEWARE OF THE SUICIDAL ELEPHANT JOKE! It could bother some.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Jon Obert on September 8, 2005
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[...] First, the actual movies are not what is on the DVD cover. The actual movies are: Hustling for health; Paperhangers Helper; Lucky dog; The Soilers; Roughest Africa. All of these are on the "lost films" series, so if you have those you waste your money buying these (as I did)!!
Second, the quality of the transfer is poor. I suspect the makers, "borrowed" these from the source of the "Lost" series and put them on one disk at a low bit rate, so the quality is worse then the "lost" series, which are are about the best you can get, other than the Universal release in Europe (not available here). If you care about the "Boys" don't buy this drek!!
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Fox is releasing three of its Laurel & Hardy features on DVD: GREAT GUNS (1941), JITTERBUGS (1943), and THE BIG NOISE (1944). These are among the team's later works, and Laurel & Hardy collectors and completists should welcome this boxed set.

GREAT GUNS is Fox's topical answer to Abbott & Costello's hit "Buck Privates," with awkward rookies Stan and Ollie in the army. The script is rather lame, but there are some choice moments (you'll howl when Laurel stashes a live crow down Hardy's pants during inspection). Watch for Alan Ladd in a bit part.

JITTERBUGS is an engaging comedy with music, with Stan and Ollie as zoot-suited bandleaders who get mixed up with swindlers, and who right the wrong by adopting disguises for a sting operation. Vivian Blaine sings three songs, radio actor Bob Bailey is fine as the stingmaster, and Stan and Ollie are in good form (and fun to watch when they're in disguise). This is the glossiest Laurel & Hardy movie from this period, with a notable supporting cast.

THE BIG NOISE is a matter of taste. Some viewers regard it as merely a humdrum rehash of old routines, while others enjoy it as a virtual textbook of tried-and-true Laurel & Hardy material. Either way, it's loaded with vintage gags. The boys are janitors-turned-detectives, who safeguard a gadget-crazy inventor and his new high explosive. Watch for young Robert Blake as a mischievous brat. First-time viewers should enjoy it; if you know Laurel & Hardy you'll certainly recognize the jokes: an upper-berth scene with drunken Jack Norton is a highlight.

This DVD set also includes bonus material, including vintage coming-attractions trailers, and audio commentaries by author Randy Skretvedt.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steven Bailey on February 22, 2006
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Laurel and Hardy -- and especially Laurel -- would have been the first to admit that the movies they did for 20th Century-Fox in the 1940's were not their greatest work. That said, they did a lot of misfires for Hal Roach, too. (Watch BONNIE SCOTLAND, due out on DVD in April, and you'll see what I mean.) And the paucity of *any* L&H DVDs is so sad that even the announcement of Fox's DVD release of three of their middling L&H movies is cause for at least minor joy.

Of the trio being released, the one with the best reputation is JITTERBUGS, mainly because of its high production values and its hilarious L&H impersonations (Ollie as a windbag Kentucky colonel, Stan as a fuddy-duddy British aunt). It has its share of fits and starts but is funny enough.

The movie with the worst rep is THE BIG NOISE, long regarded by L&H buffs as their worst-ever movie. It rips off a lot of their old routines and has somewhat leaden pacing, but even this movie has its moments. (For total L&H character assassination, wait until Fox releases THE DANCING MASTERS.) The movie also stars a young Robert ("Bobby") Blake, six decades before his own notoriety with a deadly weapon.

GREAT GUNS was L&H's first Fox movie and the first indication that things were awry in Stan-and-Ollie Land. The movie is an obvious rip-off of Abbott & Costello's then-current Army comedy BUCK PRIVATES, with L&H forced into war hijinx when the rich youngster they caretake goes in for the draft. But again, L&H manage to overcome the so-so script and create some comedy out of nothing (particularly Stan with his charming pantomime).

Laurel & Hardy are national treasures in my book, and the lack of DVDs of their best work (currently owned, and doled out sparely, by Hallmark Home Entertainment) is appalling. So pick up the Fox set, uneven as it is, and discover how even these in-and-out comedies play better than much contemporary stuff.
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