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The Three Stooges: Stooged & Confoosed (Colorized / Black & White) (1940)

Moe Howard , Larry Fine , Charley Chase , Del Lord  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Don Beddoe, Chuck Callahan
  • Directors: Charley Chase, Del Lord, Jules White
  • Writers: Al Giebler, Clyde Bruckman, Elwood Ullman, Felix Adler, Harry Edwards
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002A2WG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Three Stooges: Stooged & Confoosed (Colorized / Black & White)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes: Violent Is the Word for Curly, You Nazty Spy!, No Census No Feeling, An Ache in Every Stake
  • ChromaChoice allows you to toggle instantaneously between the enhanced colorized and original black & white versions using your DVD remote
  • Colors were intensely researched to preserve historical accuracy, then the movies were colored frame-by-frame by artistic talent on high-definition masters and color-corrected like any other film

Editorial Reviews

A quartet of Three Stooges shorts (three new to DVD) make up this solid disc, all with mid-period Curly in woo-woo-woo form. "Violent is the Word for Curly" somehow morphs the boys from gas-station attendants to European college professors. Not only does it feature Curly roasting on a spit, but the Stooges instruct the students of Mildew College for Women in the intricacies of "Swinging the Alphabet," a memorable nonsense song. "You Nazty Spy" is the Stooges' answer to Duck Soup and The Great Dictator, as a cabal of businessmen install Moe as the dictator of Moronika. With an accidental mustache and jibbering German, Moe does a convincing Hitler. (But didn't he always?)

"No Census, No Feeling" is a rangy, so-so bit that begins with a lame premise about the Stooges as census takers (it was 1940, after all) and ends up at a football game. But the best gag has Curly mixing up a noxious fruit punch. You know "An Ache in Every Stake" will be a goodie from the moment Moe and Larry attempt to remove a block of ice from around Curly's head by using a chisel and mallet. Its centerpiece is a variation on the flight of stairs from Laurel and Hardy's "The Music Box," but Curly does nicely stuffing a turkey, too.

Stooged & Confoosed is presented with Columbia's "ChromaChoice" device, which allows for easy toggling between the original black-and-white shorts (which appear in great shape) and a colorized version. The colorized images are sensibly rendered, but they still have that washed-out paleness they've always had--eggshell greens and light browns abound. Stooges purists will stick to black-and-white, the better to appreciate the subtleties of a cheese grater being scraped across Curly's face. --Robert Horton

Product Description

These four adventures boast the latest in film restoration technology: they've been digitally colorized and remastered into high-definition video and feature ChromaColor, allowing you to switch between the new color and classic black-and-white versions instantaneously using a DVD remote! Includes Violent Is the Word for Curly," You Natzy Spy!," No Census, No Feeling" and An Ache in Every Stake". 1938-41/color-b&w/70 min/NR/fullscreen.

Customer Reviews

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colorization at it's Best January 12, 2007
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'The Three Stooges- Stooged and Confused', is without a doubt the best example of colorization I've seen, and couldn't have looked better had it been filmed in color to begin with! I can't understand those who criticise these discs, after all, you also get the original black & white prints, so how can you go wrong? O.K. as with all such discs, some shorts may be better than others, but that's just a matter of which ones are your favorites, but as far as the color goes, it's very realistic, and it's a great way to see the 'Stooges' as close as possible to how they would have been seen if color was the norm back in those days. I personally hope they do it to all of them.

Girvan Paterson, Melbourne, Australia.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I won't watch it if it's in black & white!" January 9, 2007
That's what a friend's 12-year-old son told me when I gave him a video compilation of stuff I loved when I was his age. That is why all you huffalumps should quit complaining about the amazing colorization technology used here, unless you want the Stooges to become a relic. It's obvious to me that trying to appeal to a new, young audience is the main reason for offering both versions on one disc. To a 12-year-old who has never seen it in black & white, they would never know the difference, but being in color it would at least hold their interest. Get over it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're gonna love the colorized episodes! January 13, 2007
Screw the nitpickers! So what if there's only four episodes, it cost bucks to do colorization as good as this. And so far this is the best I've seen, and I have seen a lot. If you are into the Stooges you are gonna love the colorization and it has the option to be seen in B/W. I love it so much, I'm gonna purchase all the colorized dvd's.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite episode of all time is on this DVD! March 3, 2006
Regardless of the questionable quality as well as quantity of what's on here, I really wanted to praise this DVD for it's inclusion of the brilliantly done short called "You Nazty Spy" which does a spine-splittingly hilarious job of spoofing Nazi Germany during the end of the 1930s and early 1940s. In fact, it was the first of any kind of film that actually spoofed Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Here Moe Howard plays a fascist bumbling dictator named Moe Hailstone who is installed after the country of Moronica's kind is deposed and sent into exile. Moe's imitation of Hitler's speeches is scary at times but the way he barks in his version of German is so funny you may end up shedding tears from laughing so hard.

While nowhere near "You Nazty Spy", the other three shorts included are also entertaining but "An ache in Every Stake" is my second favorite. Moe Larry and Curly star as icemen who deliver ice to customers during a severe heatwave but during that time destroy two birthday cakes that were meant for a police chief's birthday party. As they escaped from losing their icebox which actually crashes into the chief at the bottom of the stairs, the boys wind up as cooks after the original chef quits. The chef actually was assigned to make the birthday for the police chief who when he meets the new cooks is unaware that it's the same guys who ruined two of his previous birthday cakes.

While I'll give credit for the colorizing job on the DVD, I'll always prefer the black & white version because it always feels more true to the spirit of the Three Stooges. There are certianly better buys out there than this one but the inclusion of "You Nazty Spy" and "Ache In Every Stake" make this DVD a five star for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the colour is brilliant ! April 2, 2007
The colour in these shorts is brilliant - it looks authentic for the era and highlights so much more detail in the scenes. One can now empathise with the action rather than view it simply as a relic of the dim past. The Stooges come alive as flesh and blood people, young and vital again! Let's hope the studio produces many more of these remastered and coloured shorts.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying Toggle Icon November 26, 2004
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It is a great idea to be able to toggle from black and white to color, but it would be much more enjoyable to watch if there wasn't the camera icon on the upper center screen throughout the whole DVD. I have two DVD players and both of them show this annoying icon and there is no way to get rid of it. Great idea for a Three Stooges DVD but not enjoyable to watch at all with that spot on the screen. I have done a little research on the net and found out that it does this on several models of DVD players.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COLORIZED a-n-d in magnificent Black; grey; and White! February 1, 2013
Gotta admit, I kept these three {authorized} colorized collections.
It has the correct eye-color for the Stooges, and certain vintage items are propery colored.
I HATE the colorization process, but, I'll put up with it for those occasional CHILDREN that just
fall asleep watching Black & White movies.

Spoiled rotten kids! I never owned a color-TV until I was well into my thirties... used ta change
those 6AU6 TV-vacuum tubes, and check 'em on a radio/TV tube tester at the local Rexall Drug Store,
and keep my 12" B&W TV goin' when I was a kid... got quite a few shocks with my little fingers.

Well, anyway, there's this one, and the o-t-h-e-r one in a double pack:
Three Stooges, the (Colorized) [01] - Goofs on the Loose / Three Stooges, the (Colorized) [02] - Stooged & Confoosed Pack
or, the other two colored-ones, seperately:
The Three Stooges - Goofs on the Loose (Colorized / Black & White)
The Three Stooges: Stooges on the Run (Color)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
great seeing the fella s at best in color
Published 17 days ago by Fred Copeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all is great
Published 24 days ago by Armond Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great colorization!
So great seeing the Stooges in color. I recommend this for any collector. A great addition to my stooges collection.
Published 6 months ago by David J. Hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars great audio and video restoration plus COLOR!
great colorization job, good restored audio as well. on a judder-reducing tv set it looks almost like it was video-recorded yesterday!
Published 10 months ago by theatre organ afficionado
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stooges: Out From theDark Into the Light
To see the stooges in color brought to it a whole different dimension to it that was missed when I saw them as a kid on TV reruns after school. Read more
Published 10 months ago by monette c. brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to see them in color
The picture is crisp, the colors are sharp. Great to see them in color. The shorts are great. Well worth the price
Published 14 months ago by kopfy
5.0 out of 5 stars Stooges should be in color
Their style of humor was copied so much by Bugs Bunny and Road Runner cartoons that colorizing the Stooges just seems right. Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by bob turnley
1.0 out of 5 stars not good
i ordered it got to my house on time but didn't play at all all 8 discs
Published on November 16, 2009 by T. walsh
1.0 out of 5 stars Includes a much-wanted episode but doesn't play correctly
I bought this DVD for my dad as a Christmas gift but unfortunately it isn't playing correctly. It skips back and forth between color and B&W mode in the middle of play and it... Read more
Published on December 28, 2007 by M. Sanders
1.0 out of 5 stars If they can make them look so great in B&W, why keep on colorizing...
I love the old Stooges shorts. At less then twenty mintues, some of them have more laughs in then some full-length comedies today. Read more
Published on May 23, 2007 by I know more about comedy movies than you
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