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The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 1: 1934-1936

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When the Three Stooges first signed with Columbia Pictures, their deal was for one short. 1934's Woman Hater, done entirely in rhyme, wasn't a huge success, but the Stooges hit their stride with their second short, Punch Drunks, and began to settle into their definitive roles - Moe as boss, Larry the middleman and Curly as their foil. Witness the rise of these comedy icons in this high-spirited collection containing the first 10 Columbia shorts, all of which have been remastered for the best quality picture and sound. You'll experience the eye-pokes, face slaps, hollow head knocks and knuckle cracks like you've never heard or seen them before. So go ahead, nyuck yourself out!


Finally, the studio knuckleheads got it right! The way that the Three Stooges have been presented on home video has been a real slap in the face and a poke in the eye to fans. The Stooges have been anthologized, colorized, and public domained. Their shorts have been released and re-released in varying degrees of quality. In the immortal words of Curly, they have truly been victims of circumstance. This two-DVD set, then, is for what Stooge-philes have long been waiting. Spanning the years 1934-36, it presents the first 19 Stooges short subjects chronologically. These shorts hail from the Curly era, which makes them essential. The first, "Women Haters," comes billed as a "musical novelty" and is performed entirely in rhyme. More interesting is that Moe, Larry, and Curly appear as Tom, Jim, and Jack. In the second short, "Punch Drunks," they are again not quite a team, but teaming up to make a boxer out of put-upon waiter Curly. This is the one in which Curly "pops" when he hears "that 'Weasel' tune." And the hits just keep on coming.

Remember the prologue of The Twilight Zone: The Movie, in which traveling companions Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks trade favorite "Zones"? Many of the shorts gathered here are the ones most quoted or referenced by Stooges fans, such as "Men in Black," the only Stooges short to be nominated for an Academy Award, and the one with the immortal page "Calling Dr. Howard, Dr Fine, Dr. Howard." "Hoi Polloi" is the first Stooges short to tackle the "environment" vs. "heredity" conundrum by introducing the Stooges to high society, reducing the well-heeled stuff shirts into a slap-happy mob. "Pop Goes the Easel" introduces another recurring theme in the Stooges oeuvre as the boys pose as artists in the art school in which they take refuge from a pursuing cop. This short contains a signature Curlyism, "Look at the grouse," as does "Horses' Collars," in which the mere sight of a mouse completely unnerves Curly ("Moe! Larry! The Cheese!) "Three Little Pigskins" is another mistaken identity gem, as the boys pose as three football players (look for a very young and very blonde Lucille Ball). Like the Little Rascals, the Stooges in these shorts were very much of their Depression-era times, but "Uncivil Warriors," "Restless Knights," and the decidedly un-PC "Whoops, I'm an Indian" get their anachronistic kicks by placing the boys behind enemy lines during the Civil War, in the medieval castle of a kidnapped Queen, and in the Old West. Collectors who have suffered through, say, "Disorder in the Court" on one of those $1 bin Stooges collections will be heartened to know that this set at last does these comedy classics justice. More than 70 years old, and they look better than ever! So spread out and get your n'yucks on! --Donald Liebenson

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Nick Baskovitch, Alice Belcher
  • Directors: Archie Gottler, Charles Lamont, Clyde Bruckman, Del Lord, Jack White
  • Writers: Al Giebler
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Black & White, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 340 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SSQ7JW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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To Stooge or not to Stooge, that is the question. For almost a decade since Sony began issuing The Three Stooges shorts on DVD, fans have been asking when chronological ordered sets would be released. During the last nine years, previous compilations have been a mixed bag of quality prints; odd pairings of titles; ill fated "themed" discs, and a color/B&W series. Some shorts were duplicated several times, while other films never saw the light of day. The number of shorts appearing on each disc steadily decreased. If you've felt burned by previous DVD releases that had splices, missing dialogue or deleted scenes, worry not.

Sony got the message. The Three Stooges Collection 1934-1936 is the first in a series of DVD's that presents the shorts in their original release order. For ardent fans, it's a knucklehead's dream. For the beginner, it is the proper way to be introduced to the legendary trio. Each short has been restored to its original running time.

For those of you not familiar with the history of the Three Stooges, they made more films than any comedy team. A total of 190 shorts (or two reelers) and five starring feature films were produced from 1934 through 1965 at Columbia Pictures. They hold the record for the longest running studio association in Hollywood history. This was no accident. Simply put, The Three Stooges are funny. They produced a bunch of classic episodes. Of course, with 190 titles, there are some lemons in the barrel. However, with the first set of chronological shorts, each one has plenty of Stooge brilliance.
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Here are Three Stooges compleat 1934-1936 classic shorts listing with chronological order.

Woman Haters / Punch Drunks / Men In Black / Three Little Pigskins

Horses' Collars / Restless Knights / Pop Goes The Easel / Uncivil Warriors / Pardon My Scotch / Hoi Polloi / Three Little Beers

Ants In The Pantry / Movie Maniacs / Half-Shot Shooters / Disorder In The Court / A Pain In The Pullman / False Alarms / Whoops, I'm an Indian / Slippery Silks

Total nineteen classic shorts. Some of the finest Three Stooges shorts made between 1934-1936. Disorder In The Court, Movie Maniacs are two of the best examples of three Stooges early period. Thanks for reading.
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Being a big stooge fan since I was a kid a long time ago, it doesn't take a lot to please me with a 3 Stooges Video set. All you need to do is provide every episode uncut, a nice clear picture and good audio. I don't even need any extras on the DVD set. And this set does provide a great picture and audio. But at least one episode is cut and that is "Punch Drunks". If you remember the episode, Curly goes from being a gentle, inept fighter to a unstoppable champion whenever he hears the tune "Pop Goes the Weasel". In fact, Curly will dispense with anyone near him when he hears the music, friend or foe. Moe is Curly's manager and Larry's job is to provide the music, so that Curly can win the fight. Naturally, things keep happening to the music throughout the short. Finally at the end, Larry gets hold of a truck with a P.A. system on the roof (unlawfully, of course) and crashes it through the wall of the boxing arena. Curly hears the music and as the song ends, he has won the fight. It is at this point that the episode is cut because take notice that not only is his opponent out cold on the floor of the ring but so are lot of other people. You may wonder where they came from? What you didn't see because of what was cut out was the following: After the music ends and he wins the fight, people climb into the ring to congratulate Curly. At this point, the music starts up again on the truck. Curly thens boxes everyone in the rink unconscious. But you won't see that because it has been cut out. I remember this episode well, so I readily noticed that it was missing. So are other episodes cut on this set? Only other people's memories could tell us. It was very disappointing that studios continue to put out sets that are billed as complete but aren't.
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At last, Sony has (eventually!) gotten around to releasing ALL the Stooges' films, and in chronological order. I just hope they don't intend to wait several months between releases. The Stooges made films for 23 years and if each DVD set includes just two years' worth of shorts, without a frequent release schedule it could be a decade before all the films are out. In other words: Sony, please don't "spread out."
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It might have taken a really long time for Columbia to finally issue Stooge shorts on DVD properly, in a way that fans wanted (chronologically and in black and white), but in the end the extremely long wait was worth it. I know some people initially feared this set might not sell as optimally as it could have five or seven years ago, when the Stooges were last regularly shown on television and thus in the minds of more people, but it appears those fears were unfounded. These shorts have never looked better; it's a huge upgrade in quality from the old VHS collections and the prints used on a lot of the older DVDs. The only short whose quality isn't a big improvement is 'Whoops, I'm an Indian!' (which isn't one of my favorites anyway). For some reason, the print used is darker than the nice one used when it was issued on DVD before. Though apart from that, the set is perfect. They even used a complete print of 'Three Little Beers,' so much better than the previous DVD version that had a brief section of footage missing.

While I'm sure it is painful on one's wallet if one has already bought all of the previous "themed" discs and now has to start all over again, the extra money is really worth it. This two-disc set provides a LOT more shorts per buck than any of the previous discs did, in mostly all pristine quality, and finally with a "play all" option, something most of the other discs didn't have. Eight of the twenty-one shorts have never been issued on DVD before. I also love how the discs are stored in individual thin boxes instead of stacked overlapping one another or just in one regular-sized DVD box.
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