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March of the Wooden Soldiers [VHS]

 NR |  VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (489 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Good Times Video
  • VHS Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (489 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CX13O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,068 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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163 of 169 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the two versions April 5, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There are two versions offered for sale at Amazon. The Koch Vision Entertainment version, despite the description in the technical details, is NOT COLORIZED. The Goodtimes Home Video version version IS colorized. Which you prefer is entirely up to you, but don't order the Koch Vision version if you want the movie in color. The Koch Vision version has an extended silent film extra of the first time Laurel and Hardy appeared together (NOT as a team, however). The extra is interesting, but (by today's standards anyhow) a little slow. The Goodtimes Entertainment (Colorized) version, although a few cents cheaper than the other version, is, in my opinion, a much "cleaner" print. Even with the color level turned down so it appears as the original B&W, the Goodtimes version is sharper and more distinct. March of the Wooden Soldiers, holds up pretty well.
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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Must-Buy December 3, 2008
The Laurel and Hardy classic, March of the Wooden Soldiers (originally released as Babes in Toyland), was the fantastic result of combining two tremendous talents with a childlike, fantasy world and adult situations (Laurel and Hardy, Toyland and an evil landlord's mortgage conspiracy, respectively). Such rich source material makes for a film of unsurpassed quality: featuring rich and imaginative environments, costumes, sights and sounds. Every fairytale has its day, from Little Bo Peep to the Three Little Pigs to Mother Goose, and even Santa. We all know that the winter months are a time to remember to greatest holiday classics from years past, and March of the Wooden Soldiers is unsurpassed in its genre.

The holidays are associated with bright and festive colors--bright reds, greens, blues and golds--that set a warm and cheery mood, and the movies that we choose to enjoy during this season are no different. Fortunately, this edition of March of the Wooden Soldiers has been colorized, bringing newfound vibrancy to the events on screen and helping to integrate this classic tale with the traditional warmth of the holiday season. Rather than a visually dull grayscale that reminds one of the dour winter weather, toy soldiers shimmer in brilliant red onscreen, and our two comedian leads are further humanized by their newfound flesh tones and colorful Christmas garb.

As colorization efforts go, March of the Wooden Soldiers is a superlative effort, looking as though it was originally produced in the first generation of Technicolor, rather than decades earlier. The producers in charge of this re-mastering effort clearly thought that we would find an "aged color" appearance more acceptable than attempting to make it look completely modern, and this approach works very well.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
The "review" from Robert Badgley of March Of The Wooden Soldiers is certainly not the truth and clearly appears to be written by someone with a strange agenda. I suggest he get his facts straight before writing such a misleading, false and defamatory review. Amazon reviews are intended to inform, not mislead and misinform.

I was personally responsible for producing the prior color release from Goldwyn and I am also responsible for producing the current color and black and white release from Legend Films.

This was truly a lost Laurel and Hardy film. Film prints of this movie have gone from distributor to distributor and are well worn. However, both Goldwyn and a renowned distributor and collector provided 35mm material to produce a complete print that is widely recognized to be the highest quality. In my previous colorization company, American Film Technologies, I transferred that 35mm print to analog one-inch video tape. While extremely inferior by today's standards, one-inch video tape was the industry standard in video resolution at the time.

Now, for the FIRST TIME the Goldwyn film of March Of The Wooden Soldiers has been transferred Digitally in High Definition. The black and white High Definition tape, was completely restored using the Legend Films proprietary restoration technology. Then with the latest colorization process the film was colorized in High Definition resolution. This is the same Legend Films process used by Martin Scorsese to produce color special effects for The Aviator. The resulting color frames were then used to create a new High Definition colorized version. So you have on the Legend Films DVD, both the fully restored black and white version and a separate, fully restored color version.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Wow is all I can say! Laurel and Hardy's March of the Wooden Soldiers (aka Babes in Toyland) has never looked better. Legend Films and Genius Products found rare 35mm film elements and did a high definition digital restoration to create the finest looking black-and-white version of this L&H holiday classic ever seen. And to beat that, they created a stunning new COLOR version on the same DVD with a new Colorization technology. It really looks like it was shot in color. This disc is then jammed full of great bonus features to take any nostalgic viewer down Christmas memory lane. This DVD is FAR superior to the Goodtimes version (I viewed them side by side) and well worth the extra couple of dollars. I highly recommend this new definitive version of March of the Wooden Soldiers (with the Red box) both for yourself or for a gift.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 3D and Color??
This is amazing!!! A ancient black and white comedy with two of the greatest comedians ever, converted to realistic color AND realistic 3D??? Read more
Published 8 days ago by Lee B. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie
Always a classic. Watched this movie every year on tv around Thanksgiving time and Christmas. Always in black and white.
Published 11 days ago by John H. Larberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids movies
A very old favorite which kids today can still enjoy; I enjoyed watching it and I hadn't seen it in years. Great gift.
Published 14 days ago by Albert E. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my all time favorite classic movies by my #1 favorite...
I always loved this movie ever since I was a little boy, my parents and family members were huge laurel and hardy fans so I grew up with this movie because of them. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Roman Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I remember watching this as a kid in the 60s every holiday season. The quality on this is quite good, probably clearer than I ever saw it on my grandparents' TV.
Published 14 days ago by Dr. Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars blu ray movie
great old time movie...great price, best price in town, have lent this movie out to many friends and everyone is enjoying it
Published 19 days ago by trudy
5.0 out of 5 stars really good movie
I love the movie, know matter how many times I see it can make me laugh. and I am so glad I could find it at amazon thank you.
Published 19 days ago by Denise Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT LAUREL AND HARDY'S BEST
I am a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy but this film was not one of their best.It had a different title in some countries as did many L&H films.
Published 21 days ago by Peter Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Ok my younger sister hadn't seen this so i had to buy it. She loved it good family movie that ll make you laugh
Published 22 days ago by Ryland Cully Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars They were such a marvelously funny team..
it would be sacrilegious to utter one negative word about them. Pure genius and certainly one of their most popular movies. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Joymarie
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