W.C. Fields Comedy Favorites Collection
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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2013
It's amazing to think of the diversity of great, iconic comedians working in Hollywood at the same time during the 1930's: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, The Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Mae West, The Three Stooges, The Little Rascals... Certainly among this elite group is the inimitable W.C. Fields, who was, and still is, truly one of a kind with his particular brand of comedy.

This definitive DVD collection includes the lion's share of Fields' work in feature films: INTERNATIONAL HOUSE (1933), IT'S A GIFT (1934), YOU'RE TELLING ME (1934), THE OLD FASHIONED WAY (1934), MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE (1935), POPPY (1936), YOU CAN'T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN (1939), MY LITTLE CHICKADEE (1940), THE BANK DICK (1940), and NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK (1941). Spread over three single-sided discs, all the films look and sound really nice, and come with optional subtitles but no chapter menus. The single bonus feature is a vintage documentary, "Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look at W.C. Fields".

It's great to have all these classics in one compact, very affordable volume which, along with Criterion's edition of Fields' sublime shorts, make up some of the most timeless comedies ever made.

Highly recommended.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2013
The ten films found in this DVD collection were previously released by Universal in two fairly expensive DVD box sets of five films each. Instead of only allowing one movie per disc as seen with the two earlier releases, Universal has opted to either put three or four movies onto each of the three discs found in this collection. Since these particular movies tend to only run about sixty to seventy-five minutes each, putting multiple movies onto each DVD does not present any technical problems to the audio/visual quality of the films. The transfer quality of the films is very good (so good in fact that I wish that Universal would have gone the extra step and presented these films on blu-ray). Even though I already own the two previously released W.C. Fields collections, I have actually purchased two copies of this budget reissue - one for myself as a "back-up" copy and another that I plan to give as a gift next Christmas. Given how inexpensive this set is, you have no excuse if you're a fan of the Great Man and yet lack DVD copies of these movies. The only reason why I am giving this release four stars instead of five is that I am disappointed that Universal did not make this a comprehensive W.C. Fields collection by including all of the Fields movies they own on it. Granted, some (not all though) of the Fields movies not included in this set have been included in other collections. Even still, it would have been very nice to have them all collected in one set(and it's not as if Universal has never released the same movie in different collections - e.g. "My Little Chickadee" in both W.C. Fields and Mae West DVD collections and "We're Not Dressing" in both Bing Crosby and Carole Lombard DVD collections). Universal, if you're listening, please release the rest of your W.C. Fields movies in a follow-up collection. The films in that collection should include:
1. Million Dollars Legs (1932): available in a TCM DVD collection of Universal rarities. Also available as a standalone DVD-r movie on demand release.
2. If I Had a Million (1932): this movie has not been available on home video in North America since the DiscoVision laserdisc days of the late 1970s. This film is comprised of various segments dealing with how certain people react to getting a million dollars. Most of the W.C. Fields segment is included on the Wayne and Shuster tribute to Fields that is included on this DVD set, but it would be nice to have the entire movie.
3. Alice in Wonderland (1933): probably one of the most bizarre movies to have come out of 1930s Hollywood. This movie is available on DVD (and the DVD is very inexpensive). Fields (or just his voice) appears briefly as Humpty Dumpty.
4. Tillie and Gus (1933): not available on DVD in North America.
5. Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934): not available on DVD in North America
6. Six of a Kind (1934): available on a Burns and Allen triple feature DVD.
7. Mississippi (1935): available in a Bing Crosby DVD collection.
8. The Big Broadcast of 1938: available on one of the "Bob Hope: The Tribute Collection" DVDs
9. Follow the Boys (1944): not available on DVD in North America. During WW2, each of the major studios made at least one all-star movie revue to bolster the morale of the public. "Follow the Boys" was the one made by Universal. W.C. Fields made a brief guest appearance to do his famous pool playing routine.
In conclusion, Universal has done well in making these ten classic W.C. Fields movies available at a budget price, but as I have just shown, Universal can still make many Fields fans happy by releasing at least one more collection dedicated to the cinematic legacy of the Great Man.

Edited to add (9/11/13): About a month after I wrote this review, Universal released a DVD-r copy of "Tillie and Gus." I just received and watched my copy the other day, and I can report that the print quality is very good. Fans of the Great Man should not hesitate in adding this title to their collections. Now, let's hope that Universal gets around to "If I Had a Million," "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch," and "Follow the Boys."
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2013
The W.C. Fields Comedy Favorites Collection DVD set is a must have for all fans of America's Grandest Comedian, W.C. Fields. All ten films have been previously released, by Universal, on DVD in two DVD sets, know as Volume One and Volume Two. The big difference with this new release is affordability. Volumes One and Two retailed for approximately $50. each retail and now you can own all ten films for approximately $15. If you have enjoyed a W.C. Fields film on television or at the movies you have to purchase this DVD set. And even if you own the original two volumes of the W.C. Fields Collection you should purchase the new W.C. Fields Comedy Favorites Collection, as it makes a great set makes a great gift for future fans of W.C. Fields or to make it easier to travel with your favorite W.C. Fields on DVD.

Even thought I am starting to sell off some of my vast W.C. Fields memorabilia collection, I purchased this new DVD set. I hope is that this set sells well and that Universal decides to release the remaining, never before officially released, films of W.C. Fields on a "Volume Three" set in the future.

Ted Wioncek Jr.
President
W.C. Fields Fan Club
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 17, 2013
Universal's budget-friendly DVD set combines both volumes of the "W.C. Fields Comedy Collection" - minus the surviving theatrical trailers. Once again, the sole bonus feature is a 1965 Canadian TV documentary with highlights from "If I Had a Million," "Six of a Kind" and "Mississippi." Three generous discs of 100-proof Fields in excellent quality.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2013
I don't know which of these excellent films is my favorite. All I can say is this collection is a bargain. Thing about them is, you almost have to watch all of them three or four times to get all of what he's doing. For example, in "It's a gift", there is a long scene on the back porch that grows on you the more often you see it. This poor man, put upon by everybody, including his wife and daughter, is just trying to get a little sleep - - - amazing what can go wrong. But you have to let him tell his story in his own inimical way. Then it's funny! You won't regret spending the money to buy this absolutely first class DVD. Universal did a great job with this. Great comedy has pathos as well. Watch the end of "The Old Fashioned Way" as he says goodbye to his daughter, it'll tear your heart out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
ALL the movies are in THIS affordable collection... maybe not ALL the special features,
but IF you want THOSE, wait till both of the OTHER sets go down in price. THIS is NICE;
and the PRICE rocks!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best package of Fields films ever...at this price!!! If you wait long enough, good things come to you and yours!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2014
This a cheaper version of the Universal box set released a few years ago. The set includes the features that are all great. TOM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
A large collection for the money. All of these films are classics. Fields is at his funny best! Made from good quality prints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2013
I put my order in ,it arrived on time . I used to see movies of W.C. Fields on tv , I thought it was funny then as it is now still funny. If you have one of those days of mess take out the W.C.Fields , I guarantee you , you will enjoy yourself.
Thanks Amazon
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