Reviewed Disc by Disc
These DVD's are PAL REGION 2 and will not play in the USA.
|1. A CHUMP AT OXFORD and Related
A Chump At Oxford - 1940- An excellent print of one of the Boys best movies. Main titles all round in the usual 6 reel version. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
From Soup To Nuts - 1928 (silent)- Replacement main titles, the absence of the opening title card and replacement inter titles in reel 1 immediately disappoint. However it should be noted that the inter titles from reel 1 were replaced due to decomposition. A generally grainy picture but somewhat compensated for by an excellent Beau Hunks score.
Another Fine Mess - 1930- Very good picture with original opening titles spoken by the Crane twins. One of my favourites. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
|2. SOMEONE'S AILING Classic
County Hospital - 1932 - Excellent picture quality with original titles all round (even the MGM logo!) on the standard late 1930's reissue print. There are no director or technical credits either or opening gag title - these were all dropped on reissue. The background music was culled from the Our Relations score to bring it bang up to date (by 1936 standards anyhow!). There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Them Thar Hills - 1934- Very sharp picture and sound plus and original titles. However there is a slight loss of sound when Stan hands Ollie the whisk to open the tin of beans. Overall it looks as good as new! There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Tit For Tat - 1935- The sequel to Them Thar Hills is presented here in fine form with original titles, good picture and sound. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Perfect Day - 1929- The usual reissue version from 1936 reissue. For this the main titles were refilmed, the gag intro was dropped and a new music score was added. Picture quality and sound are very good. Watch out for the scene where Ollie panics at the approach of a clergy man and Uncle Edgar lets slip an expletive! I can see you all fast forwarding your DVD copy now to find out which one he used! (Should this film not have been classified as PG!) There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
They Go Boom - 1929- Original opening titles plus opening music Runnin' Wild, a hit at the time the movie was made. The climactic explosion of the mattress appears to have been overdubbed with a louder explosion. Curiously there is no colourised version of this film.
Leave 'Em Laughing - 1928 (silent)- The remade title cards immediately disappoint and picture quality is very poor indeed. The inter titles have been replaced all round. Far better material can be found on the Lost Films Of Laurel and Hardy series in the US.
|3. WAY OUT WEST Plus Shorts Featuring
Way Out West - 1937- Complete titles with original MGM fanfare and ok picture but which seems a bit dark (I've seen cleaner and brighter versions) and sound. However there is some damage during The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine song, regrettable and in my opinion unforgivable (how can this be called "Restored" when other pristine material is available?) There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
One Good Turn - 1931- The main titles have been replaced by the Film Classics logo. Picture is a little grainy but then again I've never seen clean copies of this film. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film which has no main title!
Thicker Than Water - 1935- The boys last starring short film has original titles in a very nice clean copy. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
|LAUREL & HARDY VOL. 4: Ollie and Matrimony
- Classic shorts
Beau Hunks - 1931- Standard late 1930's reissue version which was sadly edited with the loss of at least 2 minutes of footage. At present only 1 original version of the several reissued L&H films have been recovered - Brats. It would be interesting to see the original Beau Hunks, not least for this missing footage. Picture is ok with original titles. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Our Wife - 1931- Nice print with original titles. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Helpmates - 1932- Original titles here with very good sound and picture. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film (the worst colourisation I've seen not that any of them are good!). Webmasters Note: This was the first ever film world-wide to be colorised in its entirity, this is why it is basic compared with today's standards.
Me And My Pal - 1933- This version opens with the Film Classics "Plaque" and then reverts back to the original titles (strangely the colourised version has all of the original titles although this section may have been lifted from Towed In A Hole). Picture and sound is very good, however there is a vertical scratch towards the lower right running throughout the film. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 5: Our Relations
and dual roles shorts
Our Relations - 1936- Excellent sound and picture with original titles.
Brats - 1930- Usual reissue version for which the titles were re-filmed, the gag intro omitted and a new music score was added. Picture is quite scratched at the beginning and at the reel change. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Twice Two - 1933- Original titles with clear sound and picture. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 6: Murder in the
Air - Classic shorts
The Laurel - Hardy Murder Case - 1930- Very nice version with original titles, clear sound and picture. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Noche De Duendes - 1930 (Spanish version of The Laurel - Hardy Murder Case and Berth Marks
A rare chance to hear the boys speak Spanish and even better is the inclusion of longer and sometimes additional scenes not in the English versions. These versions were discovered several years ago in the MGM vaults. Interestingly enough Berth Marks was only filmed in English, however here we have reused footage from the English version of Berth Marks (where no dialogue is spoken). The footage with Spanish dialogue from what resembles Berth Marks was I believe refilmed a year later at the same time as The Laurel - Hardy Murder Case. Also see GERMAN VERSION DISCOVERED
Berth Marks - 1929- An immediate disappointment with unnecessarily remade main and end titles and gag title. The rest originates from the late 1930's reissue version with added 'cookoo' music recorded in 1932. Picture quality isn't the best and the sound is quite rough. I would have preferred to have seen decomposing main titles than the remade titles, a curious waste of time and expense. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film which bizarrely enough has the original silent introductory titles!
The talkie version the titles state:
"Mr. Hardy told Mr. Laurel to meet him at the Santa Fe Station at a quarter of ten - but Mr. Laurel became confused and thought he meant 9:45".
However, the titles on the colourised version (which was prepared from the negative of the silent version) state:
"Mr. Hardy told Mr. Laurel to meet him at the Southern Pacific Station Wednesday morning - So Mr. Laurel went to the Santa Fe on Thursday afternoon - "
It is well documented that both sound and silent versions of this film were made. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Oliver The Eight - 1934- This film has all original titles with good clean sound and picture. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 7: Block-Heads and
Block-Heads - 1938- Great picture and sound plus original MGM fanfare and main titles. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
With Love And Hisses - 1927 (silent)- Very muddy picture quality with remade titles, the originals are I believe lost, however the intertitles are original. Great score from the Beau Hunks Orchestra.
Unaccustomed As We Are - 1929- Great print with original main titles.The sleeve notes indicate that only 1 version of the soundtrack exists. Well according the The Vitagraph Project another copy has been located and is sealed i.e. has never been played. It's a pity this version was not restored for this DVD. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Should Married Men Go Home? - 1928 (silent)- This version has remade titles and a nice score from the Beau Hunks Orchestra. Nice picture quality but remade inter titles and end title.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 8: Blackmail - Classic
Chickens Come Home - 1931- A disappointment in that the main titles, introductory and end titles are replacements. I thought they were original but they seemed a bit too 'fresh' so a quick comparison with the colourised version proves that the flowery background and typeface are different. The rest of the print is quite good, but why bother make new titles? Is this restoration? Definitely not. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film (with original titles!).
Politiquerias - 1931- The Spanish language version of Chickens Come Home which thankfully has original main titles and MGM fanfare from what has to be said is a sparkling print. Watch out for the amazing Hadji Ali who makes this extra long version a treat to watch.
Come Clean - 1931- Again remade titles (I've never yet seen the originals) but with remade introductory title and end title which do exist. A rough print that has not been colourised.
Love 'Em And Weep - 1927 (silent)- At last original titles! And from an early silent too! However the introductory gag title, inter titles and end title are replacements. The print quality is very good, however is worn at the reel changeover.
Early To Bed - 1928 (silent)- Again replacement main and introductory titles. The print quality is ok but is very poor in places particularly at the end where it's worn and faded.
Sugar Daddies - 1927 (silent)- Remade main titles which omits the introductory title. The print is generally very good considering it's age with minor scuffs.
LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 9: The Bohemian Girl
and related shorts
On The Loose - 1931- MGM fanfare plus original titles again in a Laurel and Hardy cameo appearance.
That's My Wife - 1929 -All of the titles on this print have been unnecessarily replaced. The print is quite good but the real bonus is the original Vitaphone synchronized music and effects track.
Along Came Auntie - 1926 (silent Oliver Hardy solo)- Rather strangely there are 3 Oliver Hardy solos in the collection but none from Stan! This one has the first title remade like the ones that used to appear on the original batch of Virgin silents in the late 80's and early 90's with that awful music. Thereafter the rest of the titles are original but the print is a bit faded.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 10: Snow! - Classic
Laughing Gravy - 1931 (original 2 reel version)- Wonderful to see so many of the MGM fanfares reinstated to the shorts as is the case here with original titles all round in fine print. The last time this film was released on video it was the 3 reel version which omitted the quarantine ending. I'm glad to say that this is the original version with the correct ending. I'm not saying that I don't appreciate new footage and expanded versions but I would view them merely as a supplement to the original versions, after all the footage was cut out for a reason but its fine to view them in tandem with longer versions as is the case on this disc.
Laughing Gravy - 1931 (3 reel version)- Curiously this omits the MGM fanfare and it also omits the quarantine ending as the 3rd reel has an alternative ending itself.
This reel was discovered in the mid 1980's by leading L&H film restoration expert Michael Agee. Michael was responsible for restoring most of the sound L&H films during this period. He has gone on since then to produce the definitive restoration of the silent L&H films currently available on DVD in the US - The Lost Films Of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. It's a pity the chapter doesn't start on the 3rd reel. Sound is a little rough on this reel. Originally there was no music score on this reel but this one has a score. The odd thing is that the music sounds original, it has that slightly aged sound rather than the stereo effect of the Beau Hunks Orchestra. This suggests that original background tracks were added. The result is quite delightful. This is probably how Laughing Gravy was first previewed. Afterwards the last reel was cut out and the quarantine ending was added. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film which has both the 3rd reel and the quarantine ending. The music in the 3rd reel of this version differs from the B&W version being from Ronnie Hazelhurst.
Les Carottiers - 1931 (French version of Be Big & Laughing Gravy)- MGM fanfare plus original titles in a rare release of a nice print. If you watch closely you can watch Babe reading his French cue cards 11 minutes into playing time!
The Fixer-Uppers - 1935- Original titles all round in a lovely crisp print. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Slipping Wives - 1927- The titles appear original but sometimes what appears original has been replaced by new titles artificially aged with added dirt and scratches! The intertitles themselves look flawless (they look original) the rest of the print has several scratches but overall is a very well restored film. The end title is a replacement.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 11: Saps at Sea
and music shorts
Saps At Sea - 1940- The boys last film for Hal Roach in ship shape form. Superb picture and sound of a very funny L&H film. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Below Zero - 1930- Original titles all round with very sharp picture and sound. One of my least favourite L&H films. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Tiembla Y Titubea - 1930- Again this is the rare Spanish version of Below Zero. Wonderful to see especially for the extended and additional scenes. Print quality is very good. This is one of their shortest Spanish films at 27 minutes.
You're Darn Tootin' - 1928 (silent)- Again someone has gone to a lot of trouble replacing the main titles. Curiously these were on the previous video version by Vision Video! Print quality is excellent. The inter titles appear to be replacements. The sound track is irritating at best. I would have much preferred a Beau Hunks score but this version has obviously been timed to the musical shenanigans on screen. Print quality degenerated a bit at the shin kicking scene but reverts to excellent material thereafter.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 12: L&H and
the Law - Classic shorts
Night Owls - 1930 -Great to hear the original "Cuckoo" music (making its debut in this film). Original titles with picture quite good. Curiously there is no exit music on the end title! There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Ladrones - 1930- This is the Spanish version of Night Owls. Again great to see in such fine form with additional and lengthened scenes - especially the hilarious alternative ending!
Forty Five Minutes From Hollywood - 1926 (silent)- The boys first appearance together at the Roach Studios but alas they don't share any scenes together. All of the titles have been remade. Picture quality is quite good considering its age but is rather worn during Stan's scenes.
Call Of The Cuckoo - 1927 (silent)- This is a L&H cameo in Max Davidson film. Again the titles are very clever remakes of the originals. The inter titles are also remakes. The print seems to be exactly the same as The Lost Films Of Laurel And Hardy Series in the US as the same spots and scratches are evident in the opening scenes. The picture quality is excellent throughout.
Big Business - 1929 (silent)- Again remade main and inter titles. Picture quality is excellent though. There are even Christmassy tunes played on a pipe organ.
The Second Hundred Years - 1927 (silent) New titles all round with a Beau Hunks score. The picture quality is quite poor, however this film has always surfaced in similar quality.
Duck Soup - 1927 (silent)- The first film where they resemble the L&H characters. This was one of their long lost films which was recovered in 1974 from a Belgian Archive. The print was incomplete, however another version was discovered in France with some scenes from the Belgian print missing but with the missing sequence from the Belgian print intact. Tell me that again! A disappointment here though as the missing sequence has not been included. The print retains the vertical streak that was on the original Vision Video version. Terrible background music only adds to the disappointment. The print quality is not very good. The boys remade this in 1930 with the superb Another Fine Mess (the story works better as a talkie).
Scram! - 1932- A very nice print with original titles. My favourite on this disc (the laughing gag always gets me going!). There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 13: Sons of the
Desert and related shorts
Sons Of The Desert - 1933- Beautiful print with sharp picture and sound complete unlike the US version. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
We Faw Down - 1928 (silent)- Wonderful presented with original opening titles, the introductory, inter and end titles are replacements however. Picture is as good as their talkies ie. excellent. The music and effects are very effective but not original Vitaphone.
FOOTNOTE BY Chris Seguin: The original discs for We Faw Down do exist, they're used on the German disc... I wonder why the original score isn't on the UK version.
Their Purple Moment - 1928 (silent)-Replacement titles all round, a shame as the originals exist. Picture is a bit grainy but so is material in the US.
On The Wrong Trek - 1936- The Boys play a brief cameo in this Charley Chase 2 reeler also starring Rosina Lawrence ("Way Out West" and "Pick A Star") MGM lion is present again but with and RNA logo and the Film Classics logo obliterating the MGM logo on the main title card indicating a re-release print of later vintage. Print and sound are sparkling. The end title is also a replacement and if one has a 'zoom' function on their DVD player you can read the small print as "Copyright 1936 MGM renewed 1963 HRS".
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 14: A Job to Do-
Busy Bodies - 1933- Nice print with original buzz saw opening and closing titles. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Double Whoopee - 1929 (silent)- Nice print with original opening and closing titles but replacement inter titles. The soundtrack is from a rather irritating organ score.
Dirty Work - 1933- Nice print with original laboratory opening and closing titles. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
The Finishing Touch - 1928 (silent)- Replacement main (the originals appear to have decomposed as is the case with the US version) and intertitles but with good enough picture.
The Music Box - 1932- The Boys Academy Award winning picture appears to have been tampered with in the opening music. It starts off with the intro music which heralds their first appearance from Way Out West and then reverts to the very last note of the original Cuckoo theme and continues on with the player piano. Picture is a bit rough at the start. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film. The colourised version has the Cuckoo theme but appears to be cut off abruptly when the player piano takes over, this stems I believe from the original print.
Hog Wild - 1930- Usual ok print from the Film Classics reissue (I have never seen the original titles). The peripheral streaking which slightly marred the VHS issue is back towards the end of the film. One of their most rewarding films. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Hats Off - 1927 (stills gallery from the lost treasure)-Here we have some nice still and explanatory notes on the film.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 15: Pack Up Your
Troubles - and related Adopt-a-Child shorts
Pack Up Your Troubles - 1932- Very nice complete print with kettle sequence. I originally got the German DVD release from Kinowelt only to discover that the subtitles cropped up intermittently throughout the film with no way of turning them off! No problem here though. The opening cuckoo music is slightly out of tune! There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Their First Mistake - 1932-Nice print with remade main titles. I have yet to see the originals but rumour has it that they exist. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Putting Pants On Philip - 1927 (silent)- Replacement main titles (the originals do exist) but original introductory and intertitles. Picture is a bit grainy but with a nice Beau Hunks score. Check out the blonde on the top deck of the bus when Ollie thinks he's sitting next to Stan - Gee what a pip! Does any one know who she is? Ok I know she probably isn't so hot any more as James Finlayson would say but maybe she hasn't altered a bit!
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 16: Maritime Adventures
- Classic shorts
Perhaps the best value disc as there are no less than 7 different films here, mainly due to the lack of colourised versions which tend to needlessly repeat the films in incomplete form.
The Live Ghost - 1934- Excellent print with good sound & picture and original titles. Curiously there is no colourised version included although one exists.
Sailors, Beware! - 1927 (silent)- New titles all round with a generally muddy print, but I've never seen a good print of this film. The Beau Hunks Orchestra compliment the film nicely.
Two Tars - 1928 (silent)- Replacement titles all round (the originals do exist), picture quality is very good indeed with a Beau Hunks Orchestra accompaniment.
Men O'War - 1929- Original titles and opening music restored to the opening section to approximate the original, however the bandstand shot had different music originally. Picture quality is very good but 2 prints were used in this restoration leading to a change in picture quality mid-scene in several sequences. Sound is quite clear.
Any Old Port! - 1932- Original titles with clear sound and picture in one of the boys best films. There is no colourised version available as I believe it was never colourised.
Why Girls Love Sailors - 1927- A long-lost film rediscovered in France in the 1980's this has been restored from the French print. The titles have been translated back into English retaining the caricatures contained in the French print with facsimile main titles. Picture quality is a bit muddy but hey it's the only one available. The Beau Hunks again do their best.
Towed In A Hole - 1932- Original titles with great sound and picture quality. There is some dirt at the bottom of the frame in the opening sequence in the model T which does not detract from the overall picture. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 17: Swiss Miss -
and Animal shorts
Swiss Miss - 1938- Original MGM logo and titles all round but curiously a less than satisfactory grainy print. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
The Chimp - 1932- A big disappointment. I had expected the original opening titles instead we get the botched up Film Classics titles which reversed the gag titles rendering them incomprehensible. A far better version with the original circus hoop opening titles may be found on the German release of Swiss Miss available from www.Amazon.de. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Flying Elephants - 1927 (silent)- Replacement main titles (they original are I believe lost) but with original intertitles. As with most surviving Pathe L & H films the print is generally very muddy.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 18: Married Life
and Anita Garvin
Blotto - 1930- This is from the 1936 reissue print. When this was re-released several scenes were trimmed slightly. I have privately for my own use taken this version and the Spanish version and reinstated the trimmed sequences from the Spanish version to approximate how it would have looked 1930. It's a shame this was not also done professionally as in the case of Pardon Us which has had the last reel from the Spanish version reinstated on the English print. All in all this is a very nice print. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
La Vida Nocturna - 1930- This is the Spanish version of Blotto. Again great to see in such fine form with additional and lengthened scenes and MGM fanfare - especially those scenes which were cut from the domestic re-release print.
Be Big! - 1930- Great quality print with original titles. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Los Calaveras - 1930- This is the Spanish version of Laughing Gravy and Be Big!. Again great to see and hear such rare footage with MGM fanfare.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 19: Pardon Us and
Pardon Us - 1931- This version has been extended to include scenes preserved from the preview print and an additional sequence from the *Spanish version wherein they save the warden's daughter from a fire. I would have liked to have the original release print also. Purists should look for the original domestic print on the German disc form www.Amazon.de. There is also an alternative colourised expanded version of this film but which does not contain the fire sequence.
*The full Spanish feature was discovered by Michael Agee when he was working on the restoration of the Laurel and Hardy titles in 1984-86. In the Spanish version also has a slighly differnt ending as you see Laurel and Hardy leave the jail.
The Hoose-Gow - 1929- Original opening titles but with replacement introductory titles. Print quality is very good. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film which does have the original introductory titles!
The Battle Of The Century - 1927 (silent)- This film is partially lost, presently about 9 ½ minutes of original footage exist from a 20 minute film. This film has explanatory cards to fill in the missing sequences. Quality is superb.
|LAUREL & HARDY DVD VOL. 20: More Brushes
with the Law - Classic shorts
Going Bye-Bye! - 1934- Great sound and picture from a great L&H film with original titles. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Do Detectives Think? - 1927 (silent)- Remade main and inter titles (they do exist!) mar what is otherwise a satisfactory print of this film. Picture is quite good with a Beau Hunks score.
Habeas Corpus - 1927 (silent)- I had expected the recently rediscovered original synchronized music & effects disc to be included here but this is not the case. Instead we have a truly awful pipe organ score. Main and inter titles are replacements also unnecessary as they too exist but picture is quite good.
Angora Love - 1929 (silent)- Again a disappointment as the original pipe organ score has been replaced by a Beau Hunks score. Main titles are replacements - the originals are feared lost. However, the intertitles are originals. Picture quality is quite poor for a late 1929 release.
Bacon Grabbers - 1929 (silent)- Again someone has decided to dump the original pipe organ music & effects disc and use the Beau Hunks instead. Main titles are replacements - the originals are feared lost. The inter titles have also been replaced. Picture quality is quite poor but this film seems to only circulate in muddy prints.
The Midnight Patrol - 1933- At last, some original titles! Good clean sound and picture too. There is also an alternative colourised version of this film.
Liberty - 1929 (silent)- This film opens with replacement titles which are remakes of believe it or not the Film Classics Reissue titles. We also thankfully have the original music & effects discs. Picture quality is very good although the replacement inter titles are unwarranted.
Wrong Again - 1929 (silent)- Again the original music & effects discs are utilized. Main titles are replacements as the originals appear to be lost. That's no excuse for replacing the inter titles too which do exist.
|Laurel & Hardy DVD VOL. 21: Special Bonus
Disc (available only in the box
Brats - 1930 (original version)- Several L&H shorts were reissued in the late 1930's with new titles and music scores and in some instances trimmed footage. Most of these exist only in revised form.
Here we have the original version of Brats. What's new (or should that be old?) about this version? The main differences are the original Art Deco style opening titles preceded by the MGM logo. The original gag title cards are also seen for the first time in 74 years. The background music too has changed but is bright and cheery. (I am amazed at how many lost L&H items are turning up lately!) All in all it's worthy getting the bonus disc for this film alone.
A Tribute To The Boys - Documentary.- I was immediately disappointed at this so called documentary which uses mostly fuzzy colourised clips. This is hosted by Dom Deluise (who?) with Steve Allen (who?), and a whole host of people I have never heard of before with the possible exception of Blake Edwards, Walter Matthau and Chuck McCann. The whole programme would make you cringe it's so embarrassingly awful. It seems to have been aimed at 3 year olds. It tells us nothing new and the comments from the guests are frankly boring. A total waste of disc space.
Hinter Schloss Und Riegel - 1931- This is the recently discovered brief reel of clips from the German version of Pardon Us. At the time of manufacture of these discs this was the only known footage of L&H speaking German. Subsequently the German version of The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case has been located in Moscow. The print is quite good considering how long it was lost. The main music has been culled from The Flying Deuces for this restoration.
Prudence - 1927 (silent)- This is a Max Davidson film and does not contain L&H. The Boys appeared with Max in Call Of The Cuckoos the same year. Prudence was reportedly written by Stan Laurel. The film itself is not in great quality and is strictly for Max Davidson fans. I would much rather have seen a Stan or Ollie solo.
Thundering Fleas - 1926 (silent Oliver Hardy solo)- Here we have a solo Oliver Hardy film from the 'Our Gang' Series. Main titles are replacements and that awful music score that accompanied the L&H silents on video tape in the late 1980's is back! The inter titles are originals. All in all an interesting film with some nice cartoon work.
Fluttering Hearts - 1927 (silent Oliver Hardy solo)- The film seems to have undergone restoration in similar style to the L&H films recently with the added introductory about Charlie Chase preceding the main film. Main titles are replacements but the inter titles are originals. The print itself is very muddy.
What is apparent with this overall box set is that the silent films have not been substantially upgraded in 10 years despite recent discoveries of first generation printing materials and the presence of original titles. The inclusion of the colourised versions is in my view a waste of disc space. They are for the most part incomplete, fuzzy and out of focus and the colourisation was not good to begin with. The sound films are on the whole treated well. The inclusion of such rarities as the Spanish versions, the French versions, the original Brats and the German clips from Pardon Us combined with the superior sound and picture quality from DVD itself make this Box Set a worthwhile addition to your collection. We can only hope that MGM & FOX will follow suit and release their L&H owned titles.
Hickory Hiram, Near Dublin.
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