The Stan Laurel Collection 2 (Slapstick Symposium) (2 disc)
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Prior to forming a fruitful partnership with funny man Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel was a slapstick headliner in his own right. This two-DVD set continues Kino International s monumental tribute to Stan Laurel with twenty-one slapstick classics, painstakingly restored by Paris s Lobster Films. Beginning with Huns and Hyphens (1918, in which Laurel plays a supporting role to Larry Semon), the collection follows Laurel s rapid rise to stardom, passing through Hal Roach s stable of master comedians to carve out his own big-screen niche. In addition to playing the inept everyman wreaking havoc in a variety of domestic and professional situations, Laurel often starred in elaborate parodies of popular films, including Mud and Sand (1922, posing as Rhubarb Vaselino), the desert adventure Under Two Jags (1923) and Rupert of Hee-Haw (1924, spoofing the now-forgotten Rupert of Hentzau).
Huns and Hyphens - 1918 - 19 Min.
Just Rambling Along - 1918 - 9 Min.
Frauds and Frenzies - 1918 - 21 Min.
Do You Love Your Wife? - 1919 - 13 Min.
Hustling for Health 1919 - 12 Min.
The Egg 1922 - 22 Min.
Mud and Sand - 1922 - 29 Min.
The Noon Whistle - 1923 - 11 Min.
White Wings - 1923 - 11 Min.
Under Two Jags - 1923 - 11 Min.
Pick and Shovel - 1923 - 13 Min.
Kill or Cure - 1923 - 13 Min.
Short Orders - 1923 - 12 Min.
A Man About Town - 1923 - 12 Min.
Smithy - 1924 - 24 Min.
Rupert of Hee Haw - 1924 - 23 Min.
Mandarin Mix-Up - 1924 - 21 Min.
Detained - 1924 - 14 Min.
Somewhere in Wrong - 1925 - 22 Min.
Pie-Eyed - 1925 - 20 Min.
Get Em Young - 1926 - 23 Min.
Top Customer Reviews
Much of Stan's early comedies are satires of then-popular dramatic movies. While this satire may be lost to today's audiences, Stan's performance still pulls off the comedy and make these very enjoyable.
This set is a bit of a misnomer being called Collection 2, as most of the comedies here predate the previous KINO collection. These are the earliest of Stan's surviving comedies! Some of them may be a little raw, while others are well polished.
Two of Stan's three appearances in Larry Semon Comedies are presented here: HUNS AND HYPHENS (The ealiest known complete surviving Stan Laurel comedy) and FRAUDS AND FRENZIES. In watching 'Frauds' you will see how easily Stan steals the show from the main star, this would lead to stories of Larry refusing to have Stan in his films again. While this story has been disputed, this film does show some credence to the story. It is too bad that a third Larry Semon Comedy, 'Bears And Bad Men' is not here as I would like to see a watchable 35mm presentation of this mountainside comedy.
There are signs of things to come. My favorite in this group is SMITHY, in which Stan is mistaken for a contracter and put in charge of building a house. This house building comedy forshadows his future comedy with Oliver Hardy called "The Finishing Touch". I won't spoil the gags by telling them here.
***Note*** "Kill Or Cure" is listed on the DVD case (and here) as being the last short on disc 1, it is not there. You will find it at the beginning of disc 2.Read more ›
The only entry of lesser distinction,technically speaking, is "Mud and Sand" the take off on the Valentino film "Blood and Sand".This print is just about the same as I have ever seen it.It seems to be a poor dupe of a multi generational print,but Lobster films has at least tried to improve the contrast and detail as much as it will allow.
We have some real gold here folks.All the shorts with Larry Semon are present as is Stans' first foray with his later-popular nemesis James Finlayson.Again,as in Volume#1,this is a comic in transition so we don't see the Stan of the team(with Hardy) which is in his future.Instead we see a comic looking for that special something that the public will latch onto.Most of the gags you see in these films are Stans in thought and execution.He has been praised by many as even a better gag man than Chaplin and in these films it is easy to see why.Some of his ideas are priceless and very,very funny to watch.Even though most were quite popular with the general public this is an entertainer that is all over the proverbial comic map.They are far more frentically paced than the later team films would be but then again that was what the public and most comedians' films of the day were like.Read more ›
As you already know from the reviews here, these two-reelers feature Stan Laurel before his later teaming with Oliver Hardy. Although I prefer Laurel together with Hardy, his solo turns here are quite funny. And his persona is more on the manic, crazy side before becoming the calmer, dim-witted crybaby Stan we all know and love. This solo Stan Laurel is quite loveable, too. In many of the shorts, Stan often smiles broadly, flashing those cute large teeth of his. I like to nickname him 'Toothy' as he constantly laughs at himself and his mishaps.
Stan is a pretty good physical comedian, too. His pratfalls come close to Buster Keaton's - although Buster had that unique fall where he lands on the middle of his back. No other comedian has ever imitated this; at least, not to my knowledge.
Here are some of my favorites. (Sorry to be so detailed, but I must!):
"HUNS AND HYPHENS" - This is Stan's first comedy with Larry Semon. In it, he plays one of a group of thugs (What? Loveable Stan Laurel a thug??). The `Chase' sequence with the thugs chasing after Semon near the film's end is my favorite. There is some ridiculous slapstick involved, particularly in the wacky running styles of Larry and Stan. Observe each comic closely. Larry appears to be airborne as he `runs' (I'm quite sure with the aid of an invisible wire); his feet remain still as he assumes a running pose. The image is cartoonish.
Next, check out Stan's 'sideways' run.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When the name Stan Laurel is mentioned, most people automatically think of Oliver Hardy. Not everyone is aware that Stan had a very successful solo career before he teamed with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arch Stanton
Stan Laurel, in my opinion, was the greatest comic genius that ever came into the movies during it's golden age. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Bruce Weaver
I think the other reviewers have done a great job covering image quality (mostly excellent), restoration (excellent), completeness of the set (really good, particularly as... Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by frankebe
Bought DVD out of curiosity wanting to see comedian
STAN LAUREL. Only a few movies were really worth
watching like "HUNS AND HYPHONS" with Larry Semon
and Madge... Read more
Kino's new 2 disc set of Stan Laurel comedies in their ongoing SLAPSTICK SYMPOSIUM series is better than the earlier set which was released in 2004. Read morePublished on June 3, 2008 by Chip Kaufmann
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