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The Little Rascals Vol 5

4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Volume 5 includes shorts
spanning from 1934-1935.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: George ", Spanky", McFarland, Carl ", Alfalfa"
  • Directors: -
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 181 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RBC5QU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,608 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In this set, these films are centered on Spanky - he is shorter than the other kids, pudgy, but clearly he has a commanding presence. Alfalfa, sans his cowlick, makes his first appearance in this set as a talent contestant in "Beginner's Luck." The running time for these shorts average 18 minutes.

Honky-Donkey - The rascal's mule runs amok in a posh mansion.
Mike Fright - The rascals enter a radio talent contest with their makeshift band.
Washee Ironee - Waldo's mother wants him to show off his violin playing skills, but before its time, he gets muddy.
Mama's Little Pirate - The rascals want to find treasure in a cave but its too dark; Spanky goes home to get a flashlight.
Shrimps for a Day - A rich couple are magically transformed into children and are whisked off to the orphanage.
Anniversary Trouble - Spanky takes his club's money home for safe keeping; it gets mistaken for an anniversary present.
Beginner's Luck - Spanky, while reciting "Friends, Romans, and Countrymen", fends off flying beans with his shield.
Teacher's Beau - Kindly Miss Jones is getting married; the new teacher will be Mrs. Wilson; they try to stop the marriage.
Sprucin' Up - A truant officer moves in across the street with his lovely daughter; Spanky & Alfalfa vie for her affection.
Little Papa - The rascals want to play football but Spanky had to mind the baby; if only they could get him to go to sleep.

Picture (DVD - 2011): 3 to 3.5, good contrast. Subtitles: none.
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I cannot take credit for the following message, but it was told to me by a film archivist who has close ties to the entire Our Gang and Laurel & Hardy films: The reason for the abrupt cut in this certain scene of Washee Ironee is because the lab that remastered the print, accidentally destroyed it. So when the shorts went to distribution, they didn't have the good sense to find a Blackhawk print that might have had that scene and re-insert it. In their haste and neglect, we are subjected to this short in a slightly edited format. And by all means it is not a syndicated racial cut as done by King World back in the 70's. It is just the neglect of assorted "brain surgeons" who didn't go thru the proper people and get help on this project.
So unless you have an old Blackhawk or other type of 16mm film that may have this missing footage, we will never see the light of day of a full uncut copy. If there is someone out there who wants to take on the challenge of restoring it back and press new discs, I will welcome that. But there's already enough money invested that I don't think that it would be worth the time of day for these yahoos to do something good for fans of the series.
The trouble is is that the folks who put these discs together never consulted film archivists and purists who would have helped in restoring the entire Our Gang project. Unfortunately the swelled corporate heads prevailed. All things considered, the out of print Cabin Fever versions and the Vivendi discs, which are the Cabin Fever re-dos, are the best sources bar none. Don't buy the DVD box set by Genius Entertainment. And they are by far geniuses !. It does not have original titles on most of them and the liner notes are completely fabricated. So buyer beware ! Although I must say that the current Laurel & Hardy collection that was just released WAS overlooked by aforementioned film archivists and is a must buy !
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NEWS FLASH for frustrated collectors of this series: While the discs of the 2008 set, which follows the same contents list as these separate discs, did not live up to the 'complete', 'uncut', 'from original masters' claims on the box at that time, it seems that once remastered c.2011 to better fulfill the promise, each disc was issued separately (as here). Collectors assumed that the boxed set continued to supply the inferior 2008 discs, and that one had to purchase the 2011 discs separately to get the upgrade.

What is less well known, and which I discovered the 'expensive' way, is that these 2011-remastered discs are identical to those being used in current printings of the box set as well. I bought the set (with inferior transfers, many not from masters) in 2008, years later buying these much improved separates, then in the last few months, I bought the box set again. The discs of the set (whose box markings still carry the c.2008 date - but whose box has dropped the 'from the original masters', 'remastered', 'restored' and 'uncut' claims form the front), all say c.2011, have the MGM intros where the 2008 set had Blackhawk films intros, etc., and are identical to the 2011 separate disc issues. Though the newer boxes have dropped some of the claim blurbs which were on the original boxes, it remains unclear if they were dropped prior to 2011 during the controversy generated by disappointed fans, or if they were dropped at the same time the upgraded discs were being used. As this remains a mystery, it is still going to be uncertain whether a particular sealed box set will have the 2008 discs or the upgraded 2011 discs, so I would go with purchasing an open set after inquiring with the dealer first.

Good luck!
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The Vivendi Entertainment version does not include any Blackhawk prints which are horrible. Love these 7 Volumes. I also own the 21 Volumes of the Cabin Fever Entertainment VHS collection. Our Gang, His Rascals, The Little Rascals never looked or sounded like this back in the day when they were viewed in movie theaters. Enjoy this snapshot in time which couldn't have happened at any other point in time with any other actors/actresses and with current 35mm film technology
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