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Laurel and Hardy Collection (TCM Archives) (DVD)

They were one of the movies' most successful and best-loved comic duos, probably because their irresistible slapstick antics were underscored by an indomitable optimism. Beginning with shorts made at the Hal Roach Studios, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy struck a universal chord by sharing a contentious yet benign friendship that always survived whatever indignities their mutual bumbling brought upon them. This TCM Archives two-disc collection focuses on the team at their zenith during the sound era and spotlights two features produced by Roach for MGM. The Devil's Brother (1933) (also known as Fra Diavolo) is a laugh-filled adaptation of the Auber operetta in which "Stanlio" and "Ollio" tangle with a notorious robber baron. The delightful Bonnie Scotland (1935) is a misadventure that takes the boys to Scotland and India.

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Unlike many silent screen comedians, Laurel & Hardy made a seamless transition to talkies, and this TCM Archives double-feature showcases some of their funniest work from the early 1930s. As always, TCM/Warner has packaged this must-have set for true film buffs: The prints are pristine, image quality is crisp and clean, sound quality is the best available (allowing for some hiss and minor drop-offs due to the age of the soundtracks), and bonus features have been chosen with care and authority, including several highlight excerpts from Laurel & Hardy short subjects. While continuing to enjoy their priceless partnership with producer Hal Roach, Stan & Ollie were at their sound-era peak in The Devil's Brother (1933), a hilarious adaptation of the Auber operetta Fra Diavolo (also the film's alternate European title), in which "Stanlio" and "Ollio" find themselves entangled in the exploits of the Marquis de San Marco, a notorious singing bandit named "Fra Diavolo" (played with adequate panache by Dennis King) who's set his sights on the lovely Lady Pamela (played by '30s screen queen Thelma Todd). Plots in Laurel & Hardy films are almost always perfunctory, but this is one of the better ones, lending Stan & Ollie ample opportunity to cut loose with Roach-invented gags and trademark slapstick. The highlight has to be Stan's drunken laughing fit, a miraculously sustained bit of hilarity (with Ollie eventually joining in) that's absolutely infectious and irresistible--it's impossible to watch without laughing right along with Stan.

Bonnie Scotland (1935) finds L&H in Gunga Din territory (or if you prefer, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer) as they arrive in Scotland hoping to collect "MacLaurel's" inheritance, only to end up recruited into a Scottish infantry regiment in the Indian desert. The comedy is mildly compromised by a standard-issue romance plot involving costars June Lang and William Janney, but whenever Stan and Ollie are onscreen, the laughs are consistently plentiful and timelessly entertaining. Adding expert context to the comedy, audio commentaries by film historians and lifelong L&H fans Leonard Maltin and Richard W. Bann are packed with knowledgeable information out each film, the careers of the cast members, working methods at Hal Roach studios, shooting locations, and fascinating anecdotal details (such as the fact that long-time L&H supporting player James Finlayson was the direct inspiration for Homer Simpson's beloved exclamation, "D'Oh!" on TV's long-running animated sitcom The Simpsons. The package is rounded out by "Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story," an excellent TCM feature-length documentary, narrated by Chevy Chase, that extensively chronicles the many varieties of short subjects produced during the 1930's and '40s--essentially an extension of Vaudeville and newsreels that gave rise to many of Hollywood's finest performers during the golden age of the studio system. All in all, this is a perfect DVD set for longtime Laurel & Hardy fans, or newcomers to their classic brand of comedy. --Jeff Shannon


Special Features

  • Disc One:
  • The Devil's Brother (1933)
  • Bonnie Scotland (1935)
  • Commentaries on both movies by Laurel and Hardy aficionados Richard W. Bann and Leonard Maltin
  • Introductions by Turner Classic Movies Host Robert Osborne
  • Disc Two:
  • Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story 2002 TCM Feature-length documentary
  • Vintage Laurel and Hardy excerpts from feature films: magic act segment from The Hollywood Revue of 1929, fragment from Rogue Song (1930), two segments from Hollywood Party (1934), three segments from Pick a Star (1937)
  • Theatrical Trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1MXTQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,945 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on October 13, 2006
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The material included on this two-disc set does seem more geared to serious fans as opposed to new or casual fans, but these films, while not as essential as the likes of 'Our Relations' or 'Way Out West,' still charm and entertain regardless, and aren't the type that would turn off a newer fan. We should feel lucky that there have been so many releases of L&H films lately instead of complaining about what isn't getting released. Besides, there's always the option of getting a region-free DVD player and paying a little extra to get the boxed set of their Hal Roach shorts and major features from amazon.co.uk, like I did, or buying the German Hal Roach set, which I've heard is just as great.

'Fra Diavolo,' aka 'The Devil's Brother' (1933), is a costume comedy and one of their comic operettas. While I don't really care for this film too much, I can still really appreciate how well-made it is. Like with just about any comedy group, one doesn't watch L&H to see secondary characters taking up a lot of the action and detracting attention away from the stars with a subplot that doesn't involve them enough! Coupled with all of the songs, it's almost like one of their Fox films, although at least here they're not yet being relegated to almost supporting characters. And it is a joy to see the always wonderful Jimmy Finlayson and the beautiful Thelma Todd, even in costumes and powdered wigs. Dennis King, as Fra Diavolo, is also a delight to watch. I basically like the film well enough when L&H are center stage, but not that much when they disappear and the secondary characters start taking up all of the action.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Sinnott on March 29, 2006
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In answer to another poster's comments, this set does include the Laurel and Hardy segments from "Hollywood Revue of 1929' (1929), 'Hollywood Party' (1934), and 'Pick A Star' (1937). These are the best bits from these films. 'Holywood Revue' is painful to watch in its full form, and 'Hollywood Party' isn't much better. 'Pick a Star' is the only one that's worth watching. With these excepts of 'the boys' performances, you get all the laughs with none of the tedium.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brent R. Swanson on August 27, 2006
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This era of the DVD and competing new formats frequently brings us astonishments of riches (such as the "Looney Tunes" collections), but when it comes to Laurel & Hardy, we American fans must wax nostalgic for the good old Blackhawk Films days or dig around for the Hal Roach Studio's "Lost Films of L&H" DVD series. Just about everything else we're getting is crumbs.

This particular double-disk set from TCM is sort of a cake and crumbs combination. The cake is "The Devil's Brother" in a sharp print. It's a bit long in song, but it's been the least-available of the L&H operettas, and it has plenty of hearty comedy to ease the pain of the romantic stretches (and with Thelma Todd in those, they aren't that hard to take). A finger on "fast forward" may be required to get through "Bonnie Scotland," in which the L&H material is interrupted by a storyline that would have been more at home in one of their later Fox features. Fortunately, TCM has saved us that trouble with "Hollywood Party," "Hollywood Review of 1929," and "Pick a Star," which are represented with only their best moments: the Laurel & Hardy scenes.

I liked this collection, but we need a lot more like it. When do we get a worthy collection of the sound shorts, or restored editions of "Pardon Us" and "Pack Up Your Troubles?" (As of October, 2011, we've finally gotten it: Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection. This TCM collection rounds-out the essential collection, with the exceptions of "Flying Deuces" and "Babes in Toyland," which are available as individual releases:The Flying Deuces (Restored Edition)March of the Wooden Soldiers (Colorized / Black & White).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ferrell on August 30, 2006
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...Warner Brothers isn't afraid to release their Hal Roach Productions...since Hallmark has only released 2 l&h dvds in the last 6 years and in the last year we have seen more post Hal Roach movies released,which by the way aren't even considered their best movies...with this dvd and the 2 former hallmark releases you get what little bit of hal roach l&h that is out there in america,since HALLMARK has somekind of anti laurel and hardy agenda this release is a breath of fresh air for us l&h fans,"The devils brother" is a funny movie with some great gags,"Bonnie Scotland" starts off great in the first half of the movie but changes direction rather quickly somewhere in the middle making the second half not as good,almost seems like two movies edited together,I would say that since hallmark is not doing anything with their hal roach films I would suggest picking uo this set......
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Josef E. Silvia on January 18, 2007
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Laurel & Hardy are at their best in these two Hal Roach comedies. Behind teh subplots, and inconsistent plot lines of lovers, devils brothers, and thieves, Laurel & Hardy are at their magical best. Their scenes in both "The Devil's Brother" and "Bonnie Scotland" are filled with the charm and wit that made these comedians the best in their business.

Warner Brothers has definitely scored high for me. The extras filled in this DVD include scenes from the various cameos they were in, as well as the only color extract known from "The Rogue Song." Truly a treat for all Laurel & Hardy fans.

My only with is that Halmark would get on the bandwagon and release the rest of the films that they own. Even Fox and MGM have now released their Laurel & Hardy movies (which were post-1940, and not the team's best films either).
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Are there any other good quality dvds of L & H
Universal released a 21 disc set in the U.K., the DVDs features all of the (sound and silent) shorts L&H made at Roach and most of the Roach features. The films are beautifully restored, some of the films have foreign language versions and (gads!) colorized versions as extras. The DVD set is... Read More
Dec 10, 2008 by Bil Barrett |  See all 4 posts
I like Bonnie Scotland better of the two movies on this dvd
I liked Bonnie Scotland, too, but I have to tip my hat to Fra Diavalo. In the book The Complete films of Laurel and Hardy the author does not rate Bonnie Scotland very high and compares it to Swiss Miss which I think is worse than the Flying Deuces. Ollie sneezing under water in Bonnie Scotland... Read More
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