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5.0 out of 5 stars The Road To Quality, December 14, 2010
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This review is from: The Bob Hope Collection (The Lemon Drop Kid / Road to Bali / Road to Rio / My Favorite Brunette / The Seven Little Foys) (DVD)
(EDIT: This is a review for The Bob Hope Collection (The Lemon Drop Kid / Road to Bali / Road to Rio / My Favorite Brunette / The Seven Little Foys). If you are reading this under the listing for The Bob Hope Collection: Volume Two (The Great Lover / Paris Holiday / The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell / How to Commit Marriage / Son of Paleface / Cancel My Reservation), it's irrelevant.)

There have been so many rubbishy public domain releases of Road to Bali & Rio, with the quality ranging from horrendous all the way up to almost acceptable. But thanks to the good folks at Shout Factory and Fremantle, finally here is a set with decent picture and sound quality. Bali is clear with vivid eye-popping Technicolor; Rio is in crisp black & white. Both are from prints far superior to anything I've seen before. As noted in a previous review, My Favorite Brunette is also looking rather dandy.

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Initial post: Jan 28, 2011 5:17:34 AM PST
Check these reviews carefully - most are for Vol. 1, not this Vol. 2

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2011 12:13:02 AM PST
Indeed - my review was written for Vol 1. I can't imagine why Amazon are conflating the comments for two completely different products. It's bad enough when they mix up reviews of different releases of the same film, but this is just silly.

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 7:27:34 AM PDT
Does this 3 DVD set come with a booklet?
I just bought a used set and there is no booklet.
I have a nagging feeling that there might have been one.

Any help will be appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2013 8:09:44 PM PDT
Hi John.

No, there was no booklet with this set.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 5:16:08 AM PDT
Thank you.

Posted on Jun 1, 2013 1:16:26 AM PDT
Bill K. says:
There are 3 discs in this set and 5 movies. Do 2 of the discs contain movies on BOTH sides ?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2013 4:40:54 AM PDT
No.
2 discs have 2 movies on one side.

No double-sided DVDs. Yeah!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2013 2:59:15 PM PDT
Bill K. says:
Thanks very much for your reply, John - I couldn't find this answer in any of the reviews.
I definitely agree with you and I'll add another YEA!!!. I can now buy it and be totally happy, but wouldn't have bought if they were double-sided.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2013 4:30:15 PM PDT
I am kind of annoyed with the way Universal has handled the Hope-Crosby Road Pictures.
There were 6 (not counting a 1960s entry from MGM - Road to Hong Kong).

Universal has never issued a box set of their 6 films: It would be 6 DVDs or 3 double-feature DVDs.
Films 5 and 6 are in the Hope Collection Vol. 1 that you are looking at.
Films 1 - 4 have been issued in 3 different versions.

Best is 4 movies on 4 DVDs:
Bob Hope Tribute Collection - The Road Show Series (The Road to Morocco / The Road to Singapore / The Road to Utopia / The Road to Zanzibar)

Worst is 4 movies on 1 double-sided DVD:
On the Road With Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Collection (Road to Singapore/Road to Zanzibar/Road to Morocco/Road to Utopia)

There is a more recent issue on 2 DVDs.
Problem is it doesn't specify if there are 2 DVDs with a double feature on one side or two 2-sided DVDs:
The Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Road to Comedy Collection

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2013 10:26:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2013 10:27:52 PM PDT
Bill K. says:
Thanks for the additional info., and YES!, I've had my scope on the "Tribute Collection" for some time now, but just haven't sprung for it yet - I'm still concentrating mainly on the T.V. Shows part of my collection.

Here's returning your favor for answering my question. I went to the "Home Theater Forum" website and someone had posted this about the new 2-DVD release: "The Bob Hope & Bing Crosby Road To Comedy Collection":

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Posted March 26 2013 - 06:02 PM
Picked up ABBOTT AND COSTELLO, VOL. 1 and THE BOB HOPE AND BING CROSBY ROAD TO COMEDY COLLECTION at Walmart tonight. Both are single-sided discs, four in the A&C set and two in the Hope-Crosby set.
I've never had any problem with the DVD-18s [double sided discs] I own, but so many people have had trouble with them, that I've always been a little nervous about them.
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This NOW sounds like the package to get - I just wonder if Universal compromised in other ways on the picture quality or reliability factor.....hmmm. I guess though, the price is cheap enough to take the chance.
Thanks for making me aware of this package. I didn't know it had been released.
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