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The Three Stooges: Hapless Half-Wits (2009)

Larry Fine , Moe Howard  |  NR |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LP5CY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Three Stooges: Hapless Half-Wits includes three classic Stooges DVDs, I’ll Never Heil Again, Beer Barrel Polecats, Dopey Dicks and Brideless Grooms.

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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What an appropriate title January 16, 2007
This is an absolutely ridiculous waste of a disc. Besides the obvious issue of colorising black and white classics that generations have been enjoying without feeling they're missing much because they're not in color, there are only 4 shorts on this disc, and two of them have already been released (one of them many many times over). If one counts the black and white and colorised versions as separate entities, there are actually 8 shorts on here. I guess it makes too much sense to Columbia to have released a disc with 8 all new-to-DVD shorts, and then, if they had to, including optional colorised versions, as was done on the British Laurel and Hardy boxed set. People who prefer the films the way they were originally released and the way they've been enjoyed for decades can watch them in the black and white, and the small minority of people who are heartily cheering on this artificial colorisation can choose to watch them in that incarnation. Yes, you can choose which versions to watch, but there are still only 4 shorts on here, with only two new to DVD (and only one of those two worthwhile), and for a higher price than is merited for such a small amount of material! (Who are these people who are gushing about how great color is anyway? One would think that classic comedy is just about the only thing immune to modern-day whining about how it's inferior just because it's not in color. It makes no sense for someone who was introduced to the shorts in their original black and white and who has loved and enjoyed them that way for years to now be singing the praises of watching them in this fake-looking Chroma Color. Read more ›
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Hapless Half-Wits", eh? December 11, 2006
"Hapless Half-Wits" is clearly what Sony thinks of the people who would be interested in buying this atrocity... only four shorts, two of them on DVD already, and -- yes -- they're colorized. (I know you can "turn off the color", but that's a small consolation for being asked to pay $25 for only 2 shorts you don't already own on DVD.)

Sony is coming close to getting a "Worst DVD Producer EVER" award for these Stooges monstrosities.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Another Fine Mess!!!!!" January 14, 2007
I'm beside myself that after so many years, Sony has yet to give Stooges fans what they deserve. A fairly priced set, or sets, of "ALL" stooge shorts. Completey remastered, completely uncut and in chronological order. As the years go by, and we keep getting these horrible releases, I'm starting to think that it may never happen. This will be the fourth colorized set, and once again, some of the included shorts have already been released. And how in the world do they justify the $24.99 list price for 4 17 minute shorts? Now I know they were originally theatrical shorts, but since the late 50's, they have been mainly TV programs. The upcoming "All In The Family, Season 6" by Sony has a list price of $29.95. 24 episodes, 24 minutes each. Why won't they price Stooge discs acordingly? As a very large lifelong Stooge fan, I'm downright sick of this. Look at what Universal has done for Abbott And Costello fans with thier franchise sets. Sony needs to wisen up and and give Stooge fans what they deserve.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars keep on suckin' til you do succeed May 3, 2007
As one of the biggest Three Stooges fans around, I'm puzzled as to why so many of the reviews for these "colored" series are so harsh.

When VHS tapes came out, we paid $30 for three shorts. Then the price dropped to $15 for three titles.

With these current DVD's, there are four titles with impecible restored quality for the same price as the latter VHS format. Each short on the new DVD comes to $5 per episode. No more low contrast, dust, lines, muffled sound. While I will always prefer the original black and white format to the color (which looks good with the exception of the skin tones), if all we had to choose from was the color version, I could see what all the fuss is about. These prints look like they were filmed this morning. The quality is amazing!

As most Three Stooges fans would want a comprehensive set that chronicles the shorts in order (and I'll include myself in this desire), I'd rather have four shorts that look and sound beautiful to earlier releases. Compare these restored shorts to the quality of the prints on earlier DVD releases like "Curly Classics". It's like night and day.

As for another "Brideless Groom" entry, it's really like seeing it for the first time. In all past releases (including its previous DVD premiere), the scene with Shemp shaving always had an abrupt blackout which has been corrected here.

It seems to me that people are reviewing these discs without actually viewing them ( or as Curly might say, "I've got my eyes closed".) You have the choice to view these episodes in restored black and white or with the computerized color.

Until there is a proper chronilogical ordered release, the current series should be getting higher praise. The care that has gone into restoring these 70+ year old shorts is nothing less than breathtaking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never looked better May 15, 2007
I agree it would be nice to see more shorts on one disc, but I must applaud the producers of this DVD for making raising the bar on quality. Being a fan, I've seen these shorts at least a hundred times before, but the picture and sound was so remarkable, it felt like I was watching it for the first time. I think the research and development of these shorts kind of justifies the price. They don't just pick a color. They actually look things up to see what color various clothing and props were at the time and make things as accurate as possible. The color is amazing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all is great
Published 10 days ago by Armond Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars There ARE reasons to by these 4; 5; or 6 episode "two-reelers" -- this...
Some single disc releases [from Columbia/Sony Studios] have special features that MIGHT be important to growing portion of people living in America. Read more
Published 19 months ago by THE 'Older Than Dirt' Time Traveller
4.0 out of 5 stars The Three Stooges - Hapless Half-Wits
These are Great Timeless Slapstick Comedy Shorts from the 1940s and well worth the 14 dollars for the Colorized versions. Read more
Published on April 15, 2010 by Richard A. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Colorization
True...At $5 Bucks A Short It Creates A Rent & Rip Mentality But I Like The Colorized Shorts......... Read more
Published on January 8, 2008 by Robert M. Groves
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Colorization and restoration.
I just rented this DVD and I'm very impressed with the restoration and colorization. I only noticed one place where the inside of shemp's mouth was a little purple. Not bad. Read more
Published on October 1, 2007 by FranTheGardner
1.0 out of 5 stars Sony, will not give us anything new..just recycled shorts with a...
Two of the shorts on this disc....have already been released on OTHER Columbia/Sony DVD's. The only difference is that these shorts are colorized and the others are not. So... Read more
Published on April 13, 2007 by Akeem the African Dream
1.0 out of 5 stars Three Stooges deserve much better respect than this DVD
The Three Stooges made 190 short films. Rather than putting care into complete, chronological sequenced box sets, Sony keeps dumping a random 4 shorts on overpriced discs. Read more
Published on April 4, 2007 by Larry Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB BLACK AND WHITE & GORGEOUS COLOR
"purists" moan and groan about coloring old movies.Don't they realize that you can watch this DVD in perfect black and white restorations AND/OR amazing colorized versions by... Read more
Published on March 26, 2007 by Movie Dude
1.0 out of 5 stars boycott these piece-mealed offerings
I don't know who's in charge of the stooge shorts but it is a scandal what they're doing, piece-mealing them out a few at a time and not even showing the whole show in its... Read more
Published on March 17, 2007 by ron rossi 22
1.0 out of 5 stars "Hapless Half-Wits" - You'd have to be one....
....to buy these things, folks. The so-called "big draw" here is the colorizing of these shorts. Personally, I hate this. Read more
Published on March 3, 2007 by ImEzekiel65
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