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The Three Stooges DVD Collection (Curly Classics / Spook Louder / All the World's a Stooge)

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Includes 3 Classic Stooges DVDs:

Curly Classics : Fun with The Three Stooges in six zany episodes: "A Plumbing We Will Go", "Men In Black", "Micro-Phonies", "Punch Drunks", "Three Little Pigskins" and "Woman Haters."

All the World's a Stooge: Includes these hilarious episodes: "Grips, Grunts and Groans", "All the World's a Stooge," "3 Dumb Clucks," "Three Little Pirates," "Uncivil War Birds," "Back to the Woods" and "Violent is the Word for Curly."

Spook Louder: Digital mayhem ensues in this spooktacular selection of the trio's six funniest fear fests: "Spook Louder", "Mummy's Dummies", "Shivering Sherlocks", "The Ghost Talks", "Hokus Pokus", and "Fright Night."

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Product Details

  • Actors: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Carmen Andre, Betty André
  • Directors: Archie Gottler, Charley Chase, Del Lord, Edward Bernds, Jack White
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 331 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M2C1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Three Stooges DVD Collection (Curly Classics / Spook Louder / All the World's a Stooge)" on IMDb

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Columbia Tristar continues to neglect their wealth of classic catalogue titles by giving us movies that we really want to see in transfers that range from disappointing to absolute rip-offs. Over the course of their tenure at Columbia, "The Three Stooges" made some 200 short subjects that rank among the funniest one reelers ever made. It's no wonder these guys are a cultural icon - they're incredibly funny.
But you won't be laughing when you see the quality of some of the transfers represented on these discs. Here's the long and short of it - in the mid 1990's somebody at Columbia decided it was time to honor the stooges with a laserdisc box set. So technicians at the studio went to their library and digitally remastered 32 short subjects and marketed them as a box set.
However, in the intervening years, DVD replaced laserdisc and, with sales of classics slumping over at Columbia, the new regime decided that they would rather just slap any old quality of transfer onto a disc, rather than take the time to repair and remaster these classic shorts. But, they still had the original 32 remastered laserdisc transfers at their disposal. So what Columbia did was to spread these 32 shorts throughout their recently released DVD series and shove in three or four truly awful transfers in between on each disc, hoping the consumer wouldn't notice, wouldn't care or wouldn't complain about the varying degrees of quality. Well - I'M COMPLAINING!!!
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This Three Stooges box set collects 3 of their best DVDs, for a total of 19 shorts. "CURLY CLASSICS" has 6 shorts, starting with their very first one from 1934, "Woman Haters." It's also unique in that the entire short is done in rhyme. "Men In Black" features the stooges as doctors whose motto is, for duty and humanity! It's one of their best and was even nominated for an Academy Award. "Three Little Pigskins" finds the stooges mistaken for star college football players, and is notable for featuring a blonde Lucille Ball. "A Plumbing We Will Go" shows the stooges to be three of the best plumbers who ever plumbed! As with many of their shorts with Curly, it was later remade with Shemp. In "Punch Drunks" Curly pops off whenever he hears Pop Goes The Weasel and punches his way to the heavyweight boxing championship. "Micro-Phonies" is hilarious, with Curly in drag as Senorita Cucaracha, and Moe and Larry as Senor Mucho and Senor Gusto. It's my all-time favorite Curly short subject.

"All The World's A Stooge" has 7 shorts. The title short has the stooges disguised as children who are going to be adopted by a wealthy couple. "Violent Is The Word For Curly" does NOT involve him as a boxer or a wrestler. In fact, the stooges go from gas station attendants to being mistaken for visiting professors at Mildew College for Women. This short features them doing the classic song Swinging The Alphabet. In "Three Dumb Clucks" the stooges try to stop their father (played by Curly with sideburns) from marrying a young gold-digger, whose gangster friends plan to kill him for his money shortly after the wedding. This short was also redone later with Shemp to great effect.
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First off let me say that as a "Three Stooges" fan this set is worthy of 5 stars. I only gave it 4 stars because of the DVD format and not the actual shorts themselves. After each short is done you have to return to the main menu to select the next short on the disc. This set is a great deal for stooge fans at Amazon's current price. I just purchased 4 other stooge titles separately at over $100 so this really is a bargain.

Now as far as Columbia Pictures and their release of the "Three Stooges" on DVD, I'm disappointed that the discs only have 5-6 shorts on them. We all know that a DVD can hold more than what they have put on them, so this really is all about making more money for Columbia Pictures and their blatant attempt to gouge the consumer some more.

If Warner Studios can put out Gilligan's Island on 3 double sided discs with 36 episodes in running order, than Columbia Pictures should be capable of doing better. I am anxious to see what Universal Studios has done with the upcoming Abbott and Costello box sets. Universal Studios have a 2 double sided disc set with 8 movies for around $22 coming out. Columbia Pictures should take note of what the other major Studios are doing and give us "Three Stooges" fans more for our money!

I have a feeling that eventually Columbia Pictures is going to do the right thing and finally release the "Three Stooges" in chronological order in box sets. I just hope I'm around to see it!
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