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The Three Stooges - Goofs on the Loose (Colorized / Black & White)

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Digitally remastered and colorized using the latest technology. Includes both the colorized version as well as the restored black and white original, which ChromaChoice™ allows you to toggle between versions while you watch. Includes these hilarious shorts:

Men in Black (1934) Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard. Three nitwits take medical malpractice to a whole new level in this Oscar® nominated Short Subject.

The Sitter Downers(1937) A sit-down strike not only wins three imbeciles the girls of their dreams, but a prefabricated cottage complete with wifely ultimatum: no house, no honeymoon!

Punch Drunks (1934) Whenever Curly hears "Pop Goes the Weasel," he turns into a fighting madman, so Moe promotes him as the next heavyweight champion of the world.

Playing the Ponies (1937) You can lead a horse to water and make him drink if you feed him chili pepperinos, as the Stooges do to a broken-down nag, turning him into the thirstiest - and fastest - racehorse on the planet.

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A four-pack of mid-'30s Three Stooges shorts, with enough concentrated nyuk-nyuks to satisfy fans. Two of the shorts are from their first year with Columbia, 1934. "Men in Black" has the boys as residents in a very unlucky hospital. It's nonstop mayhem, featuring an unorthodox approach to healing (the words "Give 'em the anesthetic" usually means a mallet will be applied to skull) and a good running gag about an ill-advised glass door. This one was nominated for the best short subject Oscar. "Punch Drunks" is an all-time Stooges gem, with Curly as Moe's new boxing discovery--but he can only achieve his fighting fury when Larry plays "Pop Goes the Weasel" on the violin.

From 1937, "The Sitter Downers" has three brides for three stooges, but their honeymoon is delayed by the building of a house, in typical Stooges style. Curly is wound up especially tight in this one, and it has some primo sight gags about home construction. "Playing the Ponies" navigates a zig-zag Stooges storyline, taking them from restaurant (Curly fixes an appetizing filet of sole) to horse track. It has a classic Stooges hand jive, although it shows how slapdash their shtick could get.

The DVD has Columbia's "ChromaChoice" colorized gimmick, which simply means easy toggling between the original (well preserved) black-and-white shorts and the colorized versions. The colorized images are sensibly rendered, but they still have that washed-out paleness they've always had--eggshell greens and light browns abound. So real Stooges fans can ignore the color, and ponder the eternal questions: Why was Moe so angry? Why is a bald man named Curly? What was the deal on Larry? And "Why don't catfish have kittens?" --Robert Horton


Special Features

  • Includes: Men in Black, The Sitter Downers, Punch Drunks, Playing the Ponies
  • ChromaChoice allows you to toggle instantaneously between the enhanced colorized and original black & white versions using your DVD remote
  • Colors were intensely researched to preserve historical accuracy, then the movies were colored frame-by-frame by artistic talent on high-definition masters and color-corrected like any other film

Product Details

  • Actors: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Carmen Andre, Betty André
  • Directors: Charles Lamont, Del Lord, Lou Breslow, Ray McCarey
  • Writers: Curly Howard, Al Giebler, Charlie Melson, Elwood Ullman
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002A2WFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I normally don't review things that haven't been released yet because one usually can't have an authoritative opinion on something s/he hasn't personally watched, listened to, or read. However, in this case I'm going to make an exception, seeing as all 4 of these shorts have already been released. There are no surprises here. This will be like the 13th time that 'Disorder in the Court' has been released, and there's already been a colorised version to boot! Yeah, it's a great short and an undisputed classic, but due to how it's one of the 4 public domain shorts, it's been released over and over again. Sometimes overexposure can make even great things seem boring. Seriously, why did the powers that be think the world needed yet ANOTHER release of 'Disorder in the Court'?

The other three shorts have also been released on various other discs. 'Dizzy Doctors' is already on a disc of the same name, 'Pop Goes the Easel' is on 'Stooges and the Law,' and 'Calling All Curs' is on 'Cops and Robbers.' They're all great shorts, but why, if they insisted on continuing to do this colorised nonsense, couldn't they at least have chosen some titles that haven't been issued on DVD yet, like, say, 'They Stooge to Conga,' 'I'll Never Heil Again,' 'Uncivil Warriors,' or 'So Long, Mr. Chumps'? And why in the name of all that's holy are they only putting 4 shorts on each disc now? The previous two colorised DVDs sold predictably poorly, and now they're doing it all over again, setting themselves up for the exact same situation where a DVD will sell badly and the executives will conclude that that means there's no widespread public interest in this material? Who is actually going to buy this disc when all 4 titles are already all available on other DVDs?
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I may be a numbskull, but I love these collections!!! I notice some people really don't like the idea of color for the stooges. But being a true fan of stooge-mania, there is really a lot to like. These 4 amazing shorts look spectacular and I've never seen any stooges short look better, either on DVD or the old VHS tapes that I own. The picture is crisp and there is little if any distortions between the four twenty minute shorts. Even more amazing, all have also been colorized with the power of computer technology and it looks quite amazing, was this filmed in 05?? Wow! The 4 shorts, all from the 30's druing the prime time of the stooges era (All Curly), are of unmatched quality. Columbia painstakingly removed the scratches and blemishes that have progressed throughout the years and they got a hold of the original prints and touched them up to boot.

The color factor of the collection is the main selling point, and although Columbia got a bit lazy as 4 shorts may seems pretty skimpy (about 60 minutes),but seeing them in color and the remastered original prints look is worth your hard earned dough. Some feel the color seems fake or washed out, but I personally love the color addition. It really makes you feel like the short was filmed in color. It doesn't look too synthetic or fake, the realistic color with skin tones, color backdrops and every thread of clothing is a site to behold. Some shorts look better than others, the indoor scenes seem to suffer the most, but when they're outside, it seems to look more natural. When you view the shorts, take a close look at the trees, it's amazing how a computer can bring the color to life.
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What a treat to be able to see something "new" after so many, many years and so many, many viewings of these classic episodes in black and white. The "new" color is absolutely dazzling---quite an incredible technical accomplishment.

These four episodes contain some of the most classic Stooge gags ever. "Punch Drinks" was actually written by the Stooges, and all three are prominently featured, including Larry with his actual violin playing, and then his scrambling through town to locate music to help Curly defeat his boxing opponent ["that weasel tune"], as the music gives him unbeatable strength. "Playing The Ponies" is one of the all-time cleverest Stooge features: Curly cooking up hilarious fun in the restaurant kitchen, Larry constantly getting frustrated (by Moe, of course) when he tries to pilfer a few cents from the till, and that entire, hilarious horse race-- hot pepper, speed-induced, water-chasing sequence. In their Academy Award nominated "Men In Black," the Stooges play medical interns at Los Arms Hospital, and we learn that they graduated med school with the highest temperatures in their class! [Some class!] "For duty and humanity!" "The Sitter Downers," the weakest of these episodes, still has some very clever gags and funny moments, as the guys play newlyweds who get a free house (which they have to put together, with hilarious and disastrous results).

If you think you would enjoy the Stooges in color (again, very effectively done), and remember these episodes fondly (all with Curly at his very best, along with great contributions from Moe AND Larry), or are just curious, grab this collection QUICK! As a side note, I would like to add that, in my opinion, the treatment of the legacy and the product has been reverent in creating these exciting color episodes. Thanks to the producers and technicians!
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