The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection
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The Little Rascals can also righteously claim to be a racial groundbreaker, with its depiction of African-American and white kids playing together, with black kids--particularly Matthew "Stymie" Beard--frequently taking the lead in the shenanigans. Nonetheless, viewers should be prepared for stereotypes, all common to the era and without any real malice, but hardly pleasant. This painful element gets addressed in several of the bonus features; in one of four interviews with surviving Rascals, Dickie Moore reflects acutely on the racism of the time and tells some powerful anecdotes. All of these interviews are fascinating and among the best reasons for any fan of The Little Rascals to own this set--though this incredible abundance of Little Rascals material seems pretty must-have for anyone with fond memories of watching these kids, either on TV or the big screen. --Bret Fetzer
3 Original Silent Shorts
Story of Hall Roach and Our Gang
The Rascals and Racial Issues
Catching up with the Rascals
Top Customer Reviews
I must make it clear that I would give 5 stars to The Little Rascals shorts for the shows themselves, but this set is such a huge disappointment, that I have to give it one star, since I cannot give it minus 10 stars, which is what it deserves!
Since I have these Little Rascal shorts on other dvd's, which I am certain people taped from their tv's over the years, I have something to compare them to. As I watched some of the episodes from my old copies and this new set, side by side, the most noticeable thing is the size of the film. This dvd set is blown up enough to cut off a border around the edges, leaving heads and feet cut off! I hate when things are "remastered" like this, cutting off parts of their heads or feet! They did this with Route 66, until the complaints were so numerous about it, that the company remastered Route 66 in it's proper size, where everyone had all their body parts.
The next thing that was very noticeable, were very wide white lines and specs throughout many of the shorts, that make it far too irritating to watch. The only obvious thing that they did was make the contrast stronger, the whites are whiter and the blacks are blacker.Read more ›
Comparing this release to Cabin fever's 1999 DVD release shows that Cabin Fever's has less artifacting. Those are defenately the superior DVD releases!
The Little Rascals: Vol 1 - 12 Cabin Fever Box Set (6 discs)
The edited titles in this set are BEAR SHOOTERS & WASHEE IRONEE, they were complete in the Cabin Fever DVDs.
The old RHI VHS master got used for WASHEE IRONEE, about 11 minutes into the short, when the gang askes a Chinese boy how to wash clothes, you see him drink some water but the close up of him spitting the water on the clothes & saying "Washee, Washee" is MISSING. The shot right after with the gang looking puzzled is also MISSING. We pick up again with a longer shot of the gang spitting the water on the clothes. The reason for this edit is really a mystery. It does not censor anything that we don't see elsewhere in the short, it must have been an editing error when putting reel 1 & reel 2 together.
Blackhawk never put their name on any 35mm material that they used. They spliced their titles in to their 16mm negative. The sad part is that we will be deprived of the original title artwork.
Here is the list of the 14 titles with the Blackhawk homemovie title cards:
Barnum & Ringling Inc., which does NOT have the original Hal Roach Music & Effects soundtrack! This was one of the first Hal Roach silent films to be produced with a Music & effects soundtrack disc for theaters to run with the film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Better then Cabin fever sets and depending where you buy , have found the set for $7.50 to $10 . All the discs excel the bonus disc are Vivendi inside as of 7-12-2016 .Published 11 days ago by Jessica A.
My o yr old son loves this! Thanks for making this available not only to remember my childhood love, but to make memories with him!Published 1 month ago by Melissa J. Finley
I love the contents of the set, but the packaging is horrible. Discs overlap in the case and only have half a hub holding them in place, in order to accommodate the other... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Mykita
((((I have added an AWESOME UPDATE to the end of this review))))
LETS SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT! A lot of people are posting false information about this set (The Little... Read more
Lots of hate for this collection. Not sure why. These are the UNCUT, uncensored and full collection of the Our Gang collection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johnny