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Accoutrements Donkey Novelty Cigarette Dispenser
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, October 8, 2014
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Very much enjoyed. A little fragile, but no more so than expected, especially at the price.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!, October 8, 2014
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So much fun! Enjoying using every day. Probably a little fragile (an ear has broken on the donkey one, but nothing on this yet), but no more than expected, especially at the price.


Atomic Knights
Atomic Knights
by John Broome
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the memories, October 24, 2010
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This review is from: Atomic Knights (Hardcover)
I logged on to write this review primarily to mention the fact that this book is not printed on the archive-quality paper of the DC Archives series, but a cheaper quality paper, reminiscent of the now-yellowing newsprint the original comics were printed on. But I see that a number of other reviewers have already referred to that.

This was one of my favourite series way back when. I am a little surprised, in retrospect, to see that there are so few stories in the oeuvre. They haven't aged particularly well, firstly, because we have now come past the date when it was set, and the Atomic War didn't in fact happen, and secondly, because the writing was so constrained by the format and the age group to which the stories were intended to be pitched. But I was part of the age group at the time, and I loved it then, and I am enjoying re-living it now. I don't take back anything I said in the 60s about what a great writer John Broome was!

The Murphy Anderson art is something else. Those skills don't age, and could be proudly displayed in any era.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the "extras" in this book are kinda thin. It's a bit like buying a DVD of one of your favourite movies or TV series and finding the only extra is a PDF file of the actors' filmography, lifted straight from IMDB.

It could have been done better, but it's great that it's been done at all!


The Three Stooges Meet Hercules
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules
DVD ~ Moe Howard
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little past their prime, October 20, 2009
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Sadly, by the time this film was made (1961, according to the copyright date on the film itself, not 1962), the Three Stooges shtick was a little beyond its prime. Partly that was because of the age of the Stooges (Moe was 64, and Larry and Curly-Joe weren't far behind), but partly it was because of the age itself -- their trademark physical comedy had to be heavily toned down because it was no longer acceptable to over-protective children's advocates. And partly, of course, it was because the act no longer had either of its classic line-ups: views vary on the worth of Curly-Joe DeRita, but it may be agreed he was neither Curly Howard nor Shemp Howard.

That said, this film has more resonance of the classic Stooges shorts than most of their later films, even if without the belly laughs. It is also interesting that the producers cared enough about it to invest in wide-screen format, but not enough to invest in making it in colour. There was a lot of that going on in Hollywood in the late 50s and early 60s. Interestingly, there is a promo on the disc for a series of colourised Stooges DVDs, but this one has not itself been given the treatment.

It is disappointing that, aside from that promo, there are absolutely no extras on this disc.

Nevertheless, this is fair value, but probably for hard-core Stooges fans only. Anyone wanting to be introduced to the Stooges for the first time would be better served with one of the many anthologies of their short subjects available than one of these films from the later period. But if you do want to dip into the movies, this is probably the best of them.


Soup to Nuts with the Three Stooges
Soup to Nuts with the Three Stooges
DVD ~ Ted Healy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stooges are not the stars!, October 20, 2009
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The first thing to understand about this DVD is that, although it is promoted to Three Stooges fans, this is really a 1930 movie in which Moe (not even called that at this stage!), Larry and Shemp are bit players in pre-Three Stooges days. It is most interesting in terms of the evolution of the Stooges, and indeed the evolution of film itself. Bear in mind, this is only two or three years after the first talkie, and it is evident that microphone technology is still in its infancy. Actors dare not wander too far away from wherever the microphone is hidden, for fear they will not be picked up. In one or two scenes on larger sets (e.g., in the fire house), there is a certain hollowness. Bearing all this in mind, the quality of the sound -- and, indeed, the picture -- is terrific.

The Stooges (and there are more than three) are mere adjuncts to the relatively unfunny vaudeville player Ted Healy, whose "stooges" they originally were. He is one of the stars of the movie, but the Stooges aren't. One wouldn't get this DVD as an example of the Stooges' work, but for its historical value only. And in that context, it is a very good buy indeed. It is a pity that there are no extras; a commentary track by a knowledgeable film buff would have been valuable. It is also a pity that the packaging designer seems to have thought that this is either a colour or a colourised movie. The cover photos have been colourised; the movie certainly has not.

As with most comedy films of this period, there is very little plot to speak of, just a series of connected gags, and the connections are often tenuous. Such as it is, the script is by the legendary Rube Goldberg, better known for his cartoons featuring impossibly complicated "inventions" designed to do stuff that was actually quite simple.

By all means buy this item. I think it's quite good value, but be aware of what it is -- and what it isn't.


Swing Parade starring The Three Stooges - In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced!
Swing Parade starring The Three Stooges - In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not really a Three Stooges movie!, October 20, 2009
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This is promoted as a possible purchase for Three Stooges fans, and it is a legitimate one, but anyone who thinks this is actually a Three Stooges movie will be sorely disappointed. They are supporting players, not the stars. They do, nevertheless, appear in quite a few scenes and are at the height of their fame at this stage with well-developed routines.

As other reviews have made clear, this is primarily a vehicle for Gale Storm, several years before her television stardom on My Little Margie. There is a charming My Little Margie episode among the extras, the others of which are numerous but ultimately disappointing (what possible relevance could a colourised fragment from a contemporary Abbott & Costello movie have?). The "commentary" is particularly disappointing, adding no value at all. The commentator appears to be watching the movie for the first time, knowing fewer background facts than the average viewer might. He's also not as witty as he evidently thinks he is.

The colourisation is also a little disappointing, frequently seeming overwhelmed by the original dark tones. An earlier reviewer who said this version is simply a transfer from an older videotaped version might have provided the key, the colourisation technology at that earlier time being more primitive than that available now. That said, it is a novelty to see a B movie of this period in colour at all, and I for one prefer it to the original black and white, which is also on this disc, looking quite good.

Ultimately, the value of this disc has to be judged on the value of the Swing Parade movie alone. I think it is quite good as an example of its genre, and of course, for Stooges completists, although the Stooges are minor players, it is a must.


Flash, The: Archives - Volume 2 (Flash Archives)
Flash, The: Archives - Volume 2 (Flash Archives)
by John Broome
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful with the contents of this book, January 15, 2006
I don't actually have this book, and was (still am) considering buying it based on the reviews below and what they say about the contents. I'm just warning other prospective buyers to be very careful with the review immediately below this one: it seems to in fact be listing the contents of Flash Archives, Volume 1, not Volume 2.

This one (Volume 2) presumably starts from Flash #109 -- definitely worth buying (and I will eventually!), but don't expect to get #104-108 and the Showcase issues.


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