The Little Rascals: Superstars of Our Gang
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Superstars of Our Gang - The Little Rascals scare off their teacher s suitor take a crazy cab ride and strike a unusual deal with a toy store owner until Pete the dog destroys his shop!System Requirements:Run Time: 83 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: NR UPC: 796019799478 Manufacturer No: 79947
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In addition to the quality improvements inherent in DVD over pre-existing VHS, Legend has gone the Lucasfilm route and employed its advanced colorization technology to not only add color to existing film, but also to completely re-master the black and whites themselves, dramatically improving the visual quality from tapes you might've seen in childhood. Yes, this disc contains both colorized episodes and black and white episodes, so you're free to take you pick based on personal preference. Judging from my own experience, the younger generation is likely to be more receptive to the colorized episodes than to the black and whites, but at least this disc allows you flexibility either way, for substantially the same price as other Little Rascals incarnations. Additionally, this DVD contains some harder-to-find material that is sure to delight the hardcore Rascals fan, including rare cuts from Rascals' appearances on other contemporary shows.
It seems that kids don't like to watch B&W movies, so lets COLORIZE The Little Rascals/Our Gang! But purists can also watch them in their original B&W, which is good since the colorization looks cartoony & unnatural.
If you don't have the old CABIN FEVER DVDs you may want to build up your Little Rascals collection with these. Hallmark seems to be taking their time releasing their DVDs.
I just could not pass up the extras that are included on these DVDs.
SUPERSTARS OF OUR GANG has
The Jackie Cooper go-cart race with The Marx Brothers,
Our Gang old & new FOX Movietone Newsreel clip from about 1936, probably during the filming of 'Reunion In Rythm'.
"Little Rascals Follies" preview trailer from the 1950's Allied Artists re-issue.
Clip of Alfalfa's appearance on "The Roy Rogers Show".
Oh, yes.. there are the comedy shorts. These are all from 35mm 1950's RE-ISSUE PRINTS, not the same MGM transfers as the Cabin Fever / Hallmark DVDs. But they are 35mm prints and they look very good. There is a variety of title sections representing almost every company that re-issued these shorts in 35mm, including Official Films which I never knew made 35mm prints.
SUPERSTARS OF OUR GANG
"SCHOOL'S OUT" - MGM Our Gang titles minus the roaring lion. This was one of my favorites as a kid, but it has trouble holding up today. Basically the teacher Miss Crabtree would be in jail for what she does.
1) When Joe Cobb says he can't sit down in the car because his father gave him a wipping with the shaving belt, Miss Crabtree just laughs. Today she would have to report this child abuse.
2) Since Joe can not sit down, Miss Crabtree allows him to hang on to the side of the car as she drives to the schoolhouse. What state would allow this today? The police would certainly stop her for this.
3) During school recess, Miss Crabtree leaves the children at the schoolhouse, unsupervised, while she goes into town. Allowing a stranger to enter the schoolhouse and ask the kids about her. Imagine the lawsuite this would bring today. This would be child endangerment and she would be out of a job.
4) There are also the usual black jokes prevelent at this time. Farina talks of how his mom keeps marrying men so much that it has gotten to be a habit.
Times have changed alot since this short was made, and it is most evident in this one. You can enjoy it if you remember that this is not happening now. It took place over 75 years ago when life was a bit more simpler, safer, cars did not travel very fast, and wippings were more standard with families that remembered the ways of 'the old country' they came from.
"FREE WHEELIN'" - Official 'Famous Kids' titles - Stymie runs a TAXI service with Spanky as his #1 rider. They try to help a sick rich kid with a stiff neck, who just seems to be sick of being a shut-in rich kid.
"FOR PETE'S SAKE" - Interstate Television titles (the title card looks like 16mm, but the credits & short are 35mm)- The Gang tries to raise money to buy a little girl a doll. After some comic failures they try trading Pete the Pup to the store owner for the doll.
"DIVOT DIGGERS" - Allied Artists titles - The gang invades a golf course. This timeless tale is as funny today as it was 75 years ago. Possibly the best in this set.
"WALDO'S LAST STAND" (only non-Roach comedy here) - MGM Our Gang titles minus the roaring lion. Made after Hal Roach sold the series to MGM, this is more of a musical comedy with polished acting. Still enjoyable, and an example of how the series turned out.
The shorts are offered in both Colorized & original B&W restored versions, but switching back & forth while playing the short is not possible. The bonus material is B&W only.