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The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection

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Includes 25 years of the Three Stooges unique brand of humor with Moe as boss, Larry the middleman and Curly as their foil. Witness the rise of these comedy icons in this high-spirited collection, which has been re-mastered 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.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Shemp Howard, Joe Besser
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Black & White, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 20
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 3867 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (813 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006WN5W5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Restored, preserved and now shared with the world. This collection of the 190 Columbia Shorts starring the boys now includes 28 shorts made by Shemp Howard, Joe Besser and Joe Derita.
The credit for the restoration goes to Grover Crisp and his outstanding crew of film preservationists. All the shorts were preserved onto film stock and mastered onto digital formats. This allows for the films to be projected either from 35mm film sources and digitally from DCP or DVD.

The reason these made it to home video is due to the tenacity of one individual; an executive at Sony who knows the importance of the "solo" shorts to the fans of the Stooges. He has been in the industry for over thirty years, making sure that many films were saved from extinction and, for the fans, pushing hard for their exhibition in revival houses and on home screens. With this box set of 218 two reel comedies (the largest complete collection of short subjects ever released by a major distributor), we all owe a deep debt of gratitude to Michael Schlesinger for staying true to his convictions and pursuing Sony to release these vaulted gems. Thank you Michael and Grover. You have given us all a great gift.
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Despite being the longest running comedy act in motion picture history, The Three Stooges never received the same respect that other acts and comedians did. Part of that may be due to their type of humor since they didn't have Chaplin's sentimentality, Keaton's inventiveness, or Lloyd's precision. The Three Stooges focused mainly on slapstick and their own brand of physical humor that involved hitting each other which seemed to divide audiences into those that thought they were hilarious and those that just didn't get it. That lack of respect also included the studios that the Stooges worked for since they reaped the rewards from the various shorts and movies but never let the Stooges know just how valuable they really were and didn't share the wealth like they should've. Time has been more kind to the Stooges as they've gained fans across the world and now with this complete collection, they've finally gotten the respectful treatment their legacy deserves.

The Three Stooges included Moe Howard (born Harry Horwitz, June 19, 1897 - May 4, 1975), Larry Fine (born Andrew Feinberg, October 22, 1902 - January 24, 1975), Curly Howard (born Jerome Horwitz, October 22, 1903 - January 18, 1952), Shemp Howard (born Samuel Horwitz, March 4, 1895 - November 22, 1955), Joe Besser (August 12, 1907 - March 1, 1988) and Joe "Curly-Joe" DeRita (born Joseph Wardell, July 12, 1909 - July 3, 1993). Moe and his brother Shemp got their start as Ted Healy's Stooges, a vaudeville act that Larry joined three years later. The act was successful enough that it led to a movie starring all of them called Soup to Nuts and not long after that the Stooges went off on their own.
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Great to see Columbia release the entire "canon" of the 190 Stooge shorts in one set; it is an iconic body of work, and automatically gets the five-star rating.

Also great to see Columbia's 3-disk supplement, which will give the general public (who only know the Stooges as a team) an idea of the OTHER comedy shorts that were being churned out by Columbia during their heyday. You will see the same directors, writers AND supporting cast members that we have come to know and love through their work with the Stooges...and it's cool to see them in all of these unfamiliar efforts (three of the Shemp appearances are in films starring the wacky but sad-sack Andy Clyde, who was Columbia studio's 2nd-biggest comedy film-star after the Stooges).

HOWEVER---BE ADVISED: there's a reason that only the Stooges shorts have survived in the public consciouness for the past 80 years; for even when an excellent director like Ed Bernds, who did such great work with the Stooges, worked with Shemp as a solo comedian (or Joe DeRita), the results were....well, you'll see for yourself. The chemistry, the PACING (as you will painfully become aware) and that special Stooge magic just ISN'T there. Still, it's fascinating to see what the old studio days were all about via these relics from the past.

You will undoubtedly come away from these 3 Bonus discs with a greater appreciation of the Stooges and just HOW GOOD THEY WERE; they were a brilliantly talented team that really lit up the screen with their unique brand of insanity.

LR

PS; Want to read/own a great BOOK, excellently researched, that covers ALL of Columbia's comedies in great detail (w/lots of photos and COMPLETE plot synopses)?? Get "THE COLUMBIA COMEDY SHORTS" by Ted Okuda, published by McFarland Press; you'll be amazed.
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GREAT SET! The COMPLETE Collection of all of the Three Stooges Columbia shorts as well as three discs of Bonus material featuring the solo efforts of the Stooges!
***2013 UPDATE: NO 3-D shorts on the new pressings! *** You need to find the original pressing of Volume 7 (which indicates 3-d versions on the back title list) to get the 3-D shorts!
Who could ask for more? And speaking of more.. IF YOU ALREADY BOUGHT THE INDIVIDUAL SETS, YOU CAN BUY THE THREE BONUS DISCS HERE: The Three Stooges - Rare Treasures from the Columbia Vault

If you have not bought the previous individual sets, then get this 5-star set! The restoration is wonderful! They look like they were filmed yesterday! Kudos to Sony Home Video for this wonderful presentation!

New Bonus Contents Included are (and these WILL also be available separately outside of this set):

Disc #1
Rockin' In The Rockies (1945) (feature film with Curly)
Have Rocket--Will Travel (1958) (feature film with Curly-Joe)
Columbia Color Rhapsody cartoons:
The Bon Bon Parade (1935)
The Merry Mutineers (1936)
A Hollywood Detour (1942)

Disc #2
SHEMP HOWARD solo shorts:
Most of these solo shorts have Stooge story lines and will leave you missing the other Stooges. It can seem strange to see other actors do the Stooges roles. They are curiosities for sure, but I have yet to find a five-star comedy here.

HOME ON THE RANGE (1938) - An Andy Clyde comedy.
After getting bit by Andy's dog, Andy;s wife & brother-in-law (Shemp) plot to kill the dog. Andy over hears this and thinks they are trying to kill him. Hard for animal lovers to watch.
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