The Three Stooges Collectors Edition – Volume 1 – DVD Review

Posted: July 21, 2008 in DVD Review, Movie Review
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The Three Stooges Collectors Edition is a relatively new box set DVDs containing Three Stooges shorts and feature film that has been released by Force Entertainment here in Australia. It is not to be confused with the official Sony release that has the Stooges shorts listed chronologically that is now available in the USA.

The first of 4 (so far) box sets that Force has released, this set focusses mainly on Curly’s shorts, with a few of the Shemp shorts also featuring on the set. The DVDs have all the typical Stooge slapstick comedy that they were renowned for, but one short on the set, “You Natzty Spy!” which is more a brilliant satire on the situation in Nazy Germany in the early 1940s. In fact, the Stooges were the first comedy team to satirize Hitler and the Nazis, with this film coming a little before Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator”. “You Nazty Spy!” is probably the best Stooges film ever made, and proves that they didn’t necessarily have to beat each other up to make people laugh. This film alone is reason enough to recommend this set to classic comedy lovers, especially since it is priced at just $13 at Target, even though there are no extras to speak of. The transfer quality to DVD is OK, but a couple of the films do have slight imperfections with the prints that don’t really interfere with the enjoyment of the films. Still 6 disc featuring 9 hours of Stooges material is perfect for any fans of Larry, Curly, Moe and Shemp.

The Full List Of Contents:

Disc 1

  • Back To The Woods (1937)
  • Half-Wits Holiday (1947)
  • Matri-Phony (1942)
  • Restless Knights (1935)
  • Violent Is The Word For Curly (1938)
  • An Ache In Every Stake (1941)

Disc 2

  • Gents Without Cents (1944)
  • Healthy, Wealthy And Dumb (1938)
  • If A Body Meets A Body (1945)
  • Phony Express (1943)
  • Rockin’ Thru The Rockies (1939)
  • No Census No Feeling (1940)

Disc 3

  • Idiots Deluxe (1945)
  • In The Sweet Pie And Pie (1941)
  • Pop Goes The Easel (1935)
  • The Three Troubledoers (1946)
  • Yes, We Have No Bonanza (1939)
  • Three Little Pirates (1946)

Disc 4

  • Booby Dupes (1945)
  • Crash Goes The Hash (1944)
  • Dutiful But Dumb (1941)
  • How High Is Up? (1940)
  • Three Missing Links (1938)
  • You Nazty Spy! (1940)

Disc 5

  • 3 Dumb Clucks (1937)
  • All The World’s A Stooge (1941)
  • Grips Grunts And Groans (1937)
  • Uncivil War Brides (1946)
  • Whoops I’m An Indian (1936)

Disc 6

  • Swing Parade (1946)
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Comments
  1. V.E.G. says:

    Listen very carefully for the tune from the Ache in Every Stake. When the chef, who was played by Gino Carrado and he was hit against the wall and the canisters hit on his head a tune appears. It was called, “America the Beautiful” from Katherine Lee Bates and the tune is like the words “with brotherhood from sea to shi[ning] sea!”

  2. V.E.G. says:

    Three Missing Links were released on the very day the once lost cartoon, now found was Buzzy Boop. The very day Peter Jennings was born!

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