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In The Flying Deuces, one of the best and funniest of all the Laurel and Hardy features, these master comedians blunder their way through one hilarious, hair-raising adventure after another in the Foreign Legion. Joining the Legion to help Ollie recover from being jilted' by the girl of his dreams, they ironically get involved trying to straighten out a tangled love affair between a young officer and his fianc.
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The movie's a classic and Laurel & Hardy are eternally funny. Even the dated parts are now like looking back at a time capsule so you can't go wrong. If you're as big a fan as I am then this is good enough!!!!
I have the Network Blu-ray. It is better than VCI's. There is detail on Ollie's dark coat that is missing in the black-crushed VCI copy. The film speed is the correct 24fps, there is NO speed-up. I updated my review, but there is conflicting information regarding Network's disc playing in region A.
The Flying Deuces
Original unedited review:
I have an advanced Blu-ray check disc of the VCI FLYING DEUCES.
Is this the ultimate Blu-ray restoration? No, the picture is not Blu-ray sharp. The contrast is higher than it should be. The disc is encoded MPEG2 and not AVC. I'm not sure if AVC would make any improvement here.
Is it the best on the market to date? YES.
Let me say that VCI's 35mm RKO print is in PRISTINE condition! The Blu-ray was produced by Sabucat Film archives.
1) It is nothing like the Legend Blu-ray release or the Kino PAL converted NTSC DVD.
a) TRT is 68:54
b) It has the original RKO beeping tower logo and titles, as well as end credits never on U.S. DVD before. It is mastered from 35mm, but I think the faces look a little light at times. While it looks nice, clear and the best U.S. presentation to date, it lacks the crispness of video restored classics from major studios. This has a natural film look and is the best release out there on this title.
c) The audio is crisp and clear as if it was recorded yesterday.
2) The Bonus material is more than reported on other sites,
a) This Is Your Life with Laurel & Hardy (29:31) **Remastered from a 35mm Kinescope! This is the sharpest I have ever seen this show outside of the
official DVD release!
b) Foreign trailer for Sons of the Desert called "Hijos Del Desierto" (2:32)
c) The Paperhanger's Helper - an Oliver Hardy solo film. (8:52) this is the Castle Films cut-down 16mm home movie release with the Em Gee rental library logo.
d) an extract from Lucky Dog (16:49) - the famous Stan Laurel comedy in which Oliver Hardy makes an appearance holding Stan up on the street.
To be honest, this presentation of Lucky Dog is a waste, it is incomplete and has compression artifacting.
My apologies for the image quality on the screen captures, my computer does not have a Blu-ray player so I had to photograph them off of the TV.