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Laurel & Hardy were one of the most critically acclaimed comedy teams of early American cinema. Their films produced by Hal Roach during the 20s and 30s defined their legacy, and are now available for the first time in a one comprehensive 10-DISC COLLECTION! This set contains films from Hal Roach library such as The Music Box (Academy Award® Best Short Subject), Brats, Hog Wild, Chickens Come Home, Sons of the Desert and Way out West to name a few. A special bonus disc features entertaining never before seen interviews from Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Lewis and Tim Conway, insightful commentaries, additional films and original trailers.
"Eternal pals and eternal antagonists, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are the great partnership of movie slapstick. They finally get their DVD due with Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection, a 10-disc orgy of pratfalls, slow burns, and slap fights--in short, a collection that truly qualifies as a must-have for connoisseurs of comedy. The collection contains the sound films that Laurel and Hardy made for producer Hal Roach, the man who teamed the simpering English vaudeville player and the rotund American actor in the first place (although their laughs are evenly divided, Laurel was the creative force and chief gag-inventor of the duo). Their track record is proof that it isn't merely the jokes that make for comic success; it's the personalities of the comedians. Thus, Stan's dimwitted innocence and Ollie's perpetually exasperated reactions (raised to an exquisite art by Hardy's comprehensive glances at the camera, assuring the audience's complicity in his misery) are the essence of their success. Some films are great, some merely passable, but all stick blissfully to character. This is on glorious display through these Roach pictures, whether it's the boys sharing one small train berth in Berth Marks, executing their famous synchronized dance in Way Out West, or laboring to get that piano up a very steep flight of stairs in the Oscar-winning The Music Box.
The films look as good as movies from 1929 to 1940 can reasonably be expected to look. Included in the boxed set are seven foreign-language films (six in Spanish, one in French), shot in order to keep the duo popular in overseas markets, before dubbing made that goal easier. Fascinatingly, these films often extend the English-language films they are ostensibly adapted from, with different gags and plot turns--and it's fun to hear Stan and Ollie speaking in another language. Special features include a ho-hum 40-minute tribute with testimonials from fellow comedians (especially talkative are Dick Van Dyke and Jerry Lewis); an ""Interactive Map"" with Los Angeles location sites from their movies; three Roach shorts in which L&H pop up in cameos; and a 1942 short produced for the Department of Agriculture (another L&H cameo). A few (not many) films have commentaries that include the informed Laurel and Hardy buff Richard W. Bann; Sons of the Desert has a track with Tim Conway and Chuck McCann, who don't seem to know how a commentary track works but have a nice time watching the movie. --Robert Horton"
Here are Laurel & Hardy in their best stuff. From early on through their best years. I was happy to find that included are the fulll length versions on films like "A Chump at... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dan
this is defitnetly the best laurel & hardy collection you'll ever own! the slapstick comedy from the hal roach collection is not to be missed.. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Albert Melendez
I purchased this collection for my husband. He loves it! Every episode contains hilarious moments. The episode called "Twice Two" contained one gag so funny it had my... Read morePublished 14 days ago by P. Dorsher
Very funny and very best collection I watch it and good price too.Published 18 days ago by Ian Allen
Short review, as I'm sure everyone taking the trouble to view this product is familiar with the brilliance of L & H's work. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
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This box set only collects the sound films. Hopefully there will also be a box set of the silent classics like Big Business!
Feb 23, 2013 by Douglas Decker | See all 4 posts
|Costco had these on sale today and would not sell them because..||
I have the set. Mine was not defective at all, played very well. I wonder if they do not mean defective in that it lacked closed captioning and/ or subtitles. Or maybe it was "defective" because it lacked certain films (which may be under another company's ownership). I am curious to... Read More
Dec 14, 2011 by Jonathan M. Fetsch | See all 2 posts
|why arent these in 3d???????????/||
How about a Virtual Reality set with "Odor-Rama" , that African clicking language, closed captions, and hologram functions? YEAH! No matter though, L&H are wonderful.
Oct 20, 2011 by michael randall | See all 12 posts
I bought a little CD case at the local dollar store with soft fabric sleeves and put all the discs in that for safe removal and storage. The image quality of this set is amazing and I think for the price this is a "must have" for any L&H or classic comedy fan.
Nov 5, 2011 by Movie Buff in LA | See all 9 posts
At this point in time the Laurel & Hardy Essential collection is only available on standard DVD (not blu-ray). My guess is that the price tag of this 10-disc set on BD would be higher than most people are willing to pay. I must tell you though -- I received the set yesterday and using my... Read More
Nov 5, 2011 by Movie Buff in LA | See all 2 posts
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