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Stooges fans may experience a sense of the bittersweet mixed with their elation over the arrival of Volume 4 in the digitally remastered Three Stooges Collection; although the new set continues to present the knucklehead's legendary comedy shorts in pristine condition and chronological order, it's also the beginning of the end in regards to the participation of Jerome "Curly" Howard, who arguably remains the most popular member of the trio. By 1943-44, a variety of debilitating health issues robbed Howard of his manic energy, which is more than evident in shorts like "If a Body Meets a Body" and "Micro-Phonies," both from 1945. Unfortunately, brother Moe Howard's requests to halt production was nixed by Columbia, which resulted in a further decline in Curly's health that would eventually lead to the stroke in 1946 that forced his retirement from the team. And while the knowledge of Howard's health issues casts something of a pall over the set, there are still plenty of laughs to be had over the course of the two-disc set. Chief among the highlights is "Dizzy Detectives," which pits the boys against a rampaging ape man; "Spook Louder," (Stooges vs. mad scientist with death ray machine; viewers should note that the short features some World War II-era anti-Japanese sentiment); "Gents Without Cents," which features their version of the "Niagara Falls" routine; and "Dizzy Pilots," which chronicles the Stooges' contributions to the aviation industry (all disastrous, of course). As with the previous Collection releases, seven of the 21 shorts included in the set are making their DVD debuts; the flawless quality of the DVD presentation, as well as the sheer amount of nyuks on hand, make Volume 4 a must-have for every self-respecting Stooge-phile. --Paul Gaita
This collection, like the three before them is comedy at it's greatest.
I REALLY hope they continue to go through ALL the shorts, so we get cleaned up Shemp shorts as well, as I loves me some Shemp.
My great grandson and he is 3 years old loves the Three Stooges and goes to sleep at night watching them.
My son loves the dvd . and the three stooges . and I love the price. I will be buying more DVDs.Published 21 days ago by Cheryl Janaitis
In my opinion the three stooges is one of the best slap stick comedies that have lasted the test of time. This set was priced right enjoy.Published 1 month ago by Donald Jones
Even though a lot of these were made after Curly had his stroke, I had to get Vol 4 to complete my Curly collection.Published 3 months ago by RD
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|It should take 9 box sets to present all the Stooge shorts.||
Heck no. If we did, Sony might get the wrong idea and stop. I hope the lag we're experienceing now is not because they think the sets are not selling. Please continue Sony. I want to see the rest of the shorts and movies come out (maybe even on Blu-Ray :))
Nov 13, 2008 by Jonathan Buchanan | See all 4 posts
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Try this site http://www.threestooges.com/con
Sep 20, 2008 by Jonathan Buchanan | See all 3 posts