Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 05/27/2008 Run time: 412 minutes
By 1937, where Volume Two of this long overdue chronological collection picks up, Moe, Larry, and Curly had been performing together for over a decade, and appeared in several feature films and 19 short subjects for Columbia. They were just getting warmed up; there is nary a clunker among the 24 shorts on this two-disc set. Several rank in the Stooges pantheon, including "Grips, Grunts and Groans" (with Bustoff the wrestler), "Violent is the Word for Curly" (with "Swinging the Alphabet"), and "Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb" (the Stooges live the hotel high life after Curly wins a radio contest). These comedies must have been a great escape for Depression-era moviegoers, particularly the ones in which the rich are reduced to food-throwing goofs ("Three Sappy People"). For the Stooges, it's not prosperity that's around the corner, but more often, con men on the lookout for "suckers" to swindle ("A Ducking They Will Go," "Playing the Ponies"). Reflecting America's can-do spirit, the Stooges are nothing if not resilient. These shorts may find them down, but they are never out. The boys are ungainfully employed as Calvary spies ("Goofs and Saddles"), janitors ("Three Missing Links"), dog washers ("Mutts to You"), firemen ("Flat Foot Stooges"), traveling salesmen ("Saved by the Belle"), and vets ("Calling all Curs"). Some of the best shorts turn on mistaken identity: They are confused for college professors in "Violent is the Word for Curly," high society escorts in "Termites of 1938," and famous decorators in "Tassels in the Air." For all the hair-tearing, eye-poking, and shovel-clobbering, the Stooges surprise with the odd musical grace note, such as their rendition of the silly "The Lollipop Song" in "Wee Wee Monsieur," and their music box-accompanied pas-de-trio with pilgrim lasses Faith, Hope, and Charity in "Back to the Woods." One also does not ordinarily look to the Stooges for pathos, or, for that matter, heartwarming happy endings, but "Cash and Carry" delivers both as the boys set out to raise $500 for a crippled boy's operation. "Flat Foot Stooges" is something of a milestone. It marks the debut of "Three Blind Mice" as the Stooges new theme song, which would replace the twittering "Listen to the Mockingbird." The shorts are presented complete and uncut, which means the PC police are standing by to issue citations for such egregious stereotypes as the grunting, shrieking "savages" in the colonial comedy, "Back to the Woods," and the Stooges' turn as Yiddish-speaking Chinese launderers in "Mutts to You." --Donald Liebenson
At last! "Say, don't look now but we're about to be killed . . . nyuk, nyuk, nyuk . . ."
I can't believe these are finally available in a fine DVD....more info
Stooges in their prime THIS DVD HAS BEEN VIEWED IN FULL FROM AN ADVANCED COPY I RECEIVED FROM SONY PICTURES ON 5/16/08:
Either you get the Three Stooges or you don't. There is no middle ground.
It seems that everyone from Jay Leno to University of Arizona Professor Jon Solomon have chimed in on the subject. Essays, numerous books and college lectures have addressed the topic. There are two distinct classes of people. Those that love the classic comedy team and others who scratch their head and wonder why.
During their impressive career, The Three Stooges made 190 short subjects for Columbia Pictures. Add to that their 6 full length features; film cameos; television appearances and 156 cartoons with live wraparounds and their output is staggering.
With last year's Three Stooges Collection Volume One 1934-1936, Sony/Columbia Pictures finally began releasing the Stooges' crown jeweled two-reelers fully restored and in chronological order.
Fans rejoiced! Naysayers found something else to get excited about.
There is good news in Stoogeville as Sony's second volume of restored shorts hits the street on May 27. The Three Stooges Collection Volume Two: 1937-1939 contains 24 titles presented in their original release order.
Each short in this compilation has been digitally remastered and the soundtrack has been fully restored. Never before have these 70+ year old films looked or sounded so good. Gone is each pop, scratch, hiss, splice and wobbly frame. The contrast has been lovingly corrected. Granted, there are times when the picture fluctuates in contrast (when the camera is sped up to make images move faster), but that was limited to the technology for the time.
Most importantly, it shows the team at their peak. Moe, Larry and Curly were never more vigorous than during this period. While there are a few shorts that miss their mark here, many are high energy romps. The fact that numerous directors were in and out of the mix during this era didn't hurt the series.
Here's a blow by blow (no pun intended) analysis for the shorts included on Volume 2:
"Grips, Grunts and Groans" (****) opens the set and previous VHS and DVD releases were grainy and terribly dark in contrast. The soundtrack
was flat and there was no bass on it, giving it the sound of an AM
transistor radio. It's one of the best shorts on the set and shows
just how far the pacing had come along since many of the shorts
that it preceded. If you ever wondered where they got the idea for the
world of WWF wrestling, look no further. After Larry and Curly brain
prize fighter Ivan Bustoff (played to perfection by Harrison Greene), with a set of dumbells and a falling locker, the boys substitute Curly to wrestle in his place. With the aid of Wild Hyacinth perfume, Curly becomes a force to be reckoned with. CLASSIC LINE: "Wait a minute. If I'm
gonna get beat up, I want to get paid for it."
"Dizzy Doctors" (***) This fan favorite has the Boys selling Brighto.
Naturally, they don't know it's medicine and peddle the stuff from
car polish to spot remover. When they discover Brighto's proper
use, they invade Los Arms Hospital and run amuck trying to cure
assorted patients. CLASSIC LINE: "You boys really want to know
what it's for? It's for sale, now get busy selling it."
"Three Dumb Clucks" (***) is a great idea that could have been executed
better. The premise is promising: the Boys have to break out of jail to
stop their father (played by Curly in a dual role) from marrying some
golddigger and return him to 'Ma'. The short suffers from pacing problems
that keep it from becoming a true classic. CLASSIC SCENES: The
hat fitting and elevator/hallway chase.
"Back To The Woods" (**1/2) suffers from slow pacing and too many
scenes that weigh it down. It does have it's highlights, but they are too
few and thus is one of the weaker titles in the cannon. The Stooges are
sent to help the colonies against Indian attacks. CLASSIC LINE:
"All my life I've been looking for a maid like thee, toots!"
"Goofs and Saddles" (***1/2) The Stooges are Wild Bill Hiccup, Buffalo Billious and Just Plain Bill in hot pusuit of Longhorn Pete in this western parody. The Boys made several western themed shorts, with this entry being one of the standouts. CLASSIC LINES: "You got your special deck of cards?""Soitinly". "We won't need 'em." CLASSIC SCENE: Passing cards under the table with their feet.
"Cash and Carry" (***) While pathos worked better for Chaplin, there's plenty of gags and snappy dialog to make up for the corny Jimmy and his illness subplot. The Stooges invest Jimmy's leg operation money in a map that leads to finding "buried teasure" in a house (conveniently located next to the US Treasury Building). CLASSIC LINE: "$500, hmm, that's almost a million."
"Playing the Ponies" (***1/2) Down and out restauranteurs Moe, Larry and Curly trade their business for Thunderbolt and enter him in a race. Curly discovers that the nag runs fast after eating the hot peppers he swiped from the eatery. CLASSIC LINE: "Adam and Eve on a raft." "Hey, scramble those eggs." "Wreck 'em."
"The Sitter Downers" (****) This classic has it all. Great gags, fine pacing and a solid storyline. The Stooges go on strike and camp out in their fiancees' home, much to the dismay of their father. The nation sympathizes and gifts come pouring in. When their ready made house has to be assembled, the wives lay down the law: no honeymoon until the house is built. CLASSIC SCENE: Moe and Larry's chase sequence.
"Termites Of 1938" (****) In a mix up, Mrs. Vantwitchet hires the ACME Exterminators instead of ACME Escorts. Thinking they are hired to rid pests at an upscale party, the Stooges wreak havoc on the guests and the posh home. CLASSIC LINE: "I wish to hire your best men." "We're all pest men."
'Wee Wee Monsieur" (***1/2) Behind on their rent, Curly hopes to sell his painting, but when he clobbers the landlord over the head with it during an argument, the Boys are on the run and sign up for the Foreign Legion (thinking it's the American version). Recruited to guard General Gorganzola, he is kidnapped under their watch. They need to bring him back alive or it's cutains for the Stooges. CLASSIC SCENE: The Stooges
dressed as dancing harum girls.
"Tassels In The Air" (****) One of my favorites! Hired as janitors, the Stooges get in a jam by stenciling the wrong office door titles. Moe is mistaken for Omay, a famous interior decorator. The Curly goes bananas theme (pop goes the weasel; seeing mice; Wild Hyacinth perfume) is reworked when he sees tassels (he was tickled with a pussy willow as a child). The pig Latin bit is priceless! CLASSIC LINE: "You mean I'm umday in pig language?" "You're umday in any language."
"Flat Foot Stooges" (**) One of the flatter (no pun intended) shorts. The Stooges are inept firemen.This short misses its mark with a silly story line that involves a gun powder eating duck (silly, even by Stooge standards), who lays an exploding egg and a weak ending that had no effort put into it. Significant for the first use of 'Three Blind Mice' as the opening theme music.
"Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb" (****) A great Three Stooges vehicle. After winning the Coffin Nail Cigarette radio contest, the Stooges check into the snazzy Hotel Costa Plenty, get plastered; ruin the suite; get terrorized by a monkey; duck the hotel manager, and get railroaded by three comely female golddiggers. All this in 17 minutes! CLASSIC LINE: "Gentlemen, this bed goes back to Henry The Eighth." "That's nothing. We had a bed that went back to Sears Roebuck The Third."
"Violent Is The Word For Curly" (***1/2) This fan favorite is best known for the 'Alphabet Song'. The Boys are gas station attendants mistaken for three college professors. They wind up at Mildew College to teach the all girls school a thing or three. CLASSIC LINE: "You'll just love our student body." "Your's wouldn't be so bad either if you took off 20 pounds."
"Three Missing Links" (**) One of the weaker films in this set (not to mention the Curly era). After being fired as studio janitors, the Stooges are hired as actors and are shipped to the jungle for the shoot. Uninspired gags, weak pacing and a silly sub plot involving 'love candy' drag this one down. CLASSIC LINE: "There's great grammer for ya. I'm not me."
"Mutts To You" (***1/2) Moe, Larry and Curly run the K9 Dog Laundry Service, a great place with Rube Goldberg type contraptions. When the Stooges find a baby on a doorstep, they take the tyke home fearing he's been abandoned. Lots of great gags, one liners and wild pacing allow the Boys to shine while relying less on their signature slaps and pokes with winning results. CLASSIC LINE: "Is he on the bottle yet?" "I should say not. He don't smoke, drink nor chew."
"Three Little Sew and Sews" (*1/2) A disappointing and uneven short that even a manic Curly can't save. The Stooges pass themselves off as Admiral Tailor and his two assistants in hopes to catch a German spy. There is one good gag that rehashes the spring in the butt and one CLASSIC LINE: "I'm gonna change my socks--what an experience."
"We Want Our Mummy" (****) Everything that makes a great Three Stooges short is packed in this classic. Hired by a museum to find the remains of King Rootentooten, the Stooges hire a taxi to Cairo and hook up with crooks who are trying to beat them to the punch. Lots of great gags (Curly's mirage sequence is a standout) and CLASSIC LINES: "And if the curse does strike them, it will be a blessing to humanity." "I can't be a mummy, I'm a Daddy."
"A Ducking They Did Go" (***1/2) The Stooges are on the run for swiping watermelons and elude the cops by stumbling into the office of the Canvas Back Duck Club." Run by two swindlers, the Stooges rope the police force (and the mayor) to join. When the resort is void of ducks, it's up to the Boys to round some up, pronto. CLASSIC LINE: "Have you ever sold anything?" "Why, soitinly. Anything we could get our hands on." "The gentleman said sold, not stole." NOTE: Sadly, there is a period when the sound is out of sync.
"Yes, We Have No Bonanza" (****) One of the best of 1939, which was a stellar year for the Stooges. The boys work in a saloon and find the buried treasure that their boss stole from the First National Bank. CLASSIC LINE: "Me, coming home from a hard day's work. I whistle for the dog and my wife comes out." NOTE: There is a period when the soundtrack loses its low end that results in a flat/tin sound. It should be noted that it is still an improvement over previous releases of this short.
"Saved By The Belle" (***) This is one of the forgotten nuggets in the Stooges' arsonal. Stranded at their hotel in Valeska, the Stooges are aparral salesmen who get mixed up as spies. With the aid of the lovely Rita, they try to save their hides by delivering the map needed to win the cause. CLASSIC LINE: "Oh, no you don't. What kind of fool do you take me for?" "Why? Is there more than one kind?"
"Calling All Curs" (***1/2) The Stooges are the owners of a dog hospital. When their VIP patient is kidnapped, it's a madcap chase to track down the dognappers. CLASSIC LINE: "Success." "Success." "Mazel Tov."
"Oily To Bed, Oily to Rise" (****) When Jules White (as Director) wanted to, he could helm gems like this without relying soley on the cartoony, slapstick violence he was so fond of. To help Mrs. Jenkins get her deed back from three crooks who gyped her (they discovered oil on her propery), the Stooges are burning the trail to retrieve the deed. CLASSIC LINE: "Don't look now, but I think we're about to be killed."
"Three Sappy People" (****) Once again, Jules White directs a classic that ends the era of the '30's. Posing as Dr's. Ziller, Zeller and Zoller, the Stooges are hired to cure a rich, spoiled heiress (played with finess by Lorna Grey) of her eccentric ways. This is one of the best of their 190 short films and is loaded with great gags: the statue
reflex scene; the powder puff/biscuit bit; the tamale scene; the cream puff fight. CLASSIC LINE: "Why don't you get a toupe with some brains in it."
More awesome shorts - all with Curly! This is a great release - thanks to Sony for doing the job right. Curly and Moe and Larry, just hitting their prime, all restored to pristine quality here. These guys are as funny now as they were when these were filmed seventy years ago. Timeless comedy, priceless humor....more info
the three stooges collection volume 2 : 1937-1939 i bought this collection for my two older sons who love the three stooges . they sit in their bedrooms and watch this collection over and over. the collection price for volume 1 and 2 on amazon was a great deal....more info
Still funny to watch The sound quality is not the best, probably because these were originally shown in theaters?...more info
Treat for Stooges Fans. The dvd consists of pristine stooges comedies of their classic period of the late 1930's and early 1940's before Curly had his stroke and Shemp rejoined the trio. These are the original, fully restored, two-reel comedies that true fans enjoy. If you like the stooges, you will love these DVD's. However if you're a passive fan or hate the stooges, nothing I say will change your mind. ...more info
Stooges are funny If you love the Three Stooges, have this in your collection because you're missing out....more info
EXCELLENT Couldn't be any better. I love them and my son does too. The picture and sound quality is great and its about time that you can watch the Stooges in their original release order....more info
..the heros of comedy......best of the best ...What can I say....the best collection of stooge..in film works....more
of the best of the kings of slapstick....loved it/loved it.......more info
Thanks to Sony! Sony has FINALLY done the boys justice by putting these shorts out chronologically which is what all knuckleheads have wanted for years. These are like the golden years of the stooges where you see them hit their stride and really pound out some of their best shorts....more info
Stooges volume 2 Excellent! Classic Stooge shorts digitally remastered. The picture and sound quality are very good, and you will watch them over and over again for many years. Hillarious. A must buy. Can't wait for volume 3....more info
dvd The dvd was never received so Amazon refunded the price. It is now out of stock....more info
The beginning of their classic era Sony should be congratulated for finally doing the right thing and releasing all of the Stooge shorts in order, without any lengthy delays between each set, after years of sporadic "themed" releases. This set starts in 1937, when they weren't quite in the classic mode yet, but soon segues into their early classic era. I once heard it suggested that 'The Sitter-Downers,' their last short of 1937, really marked the beginning of their golden era. I think I'd have to agree that the transition began somewhere around there, particularly now that we have all of the shorts in order to watch. This set also contains two of the Missing 60, 'We Want Our Mummy' and 'Three Little Sew and Sews,' the two shorts on here I was most looking forward to seeing since they were among the few Curly shorts I hadn't seen yet.
Once they got into their classic era, they just kept getting better and better, having put all of the final finishing touches on their screen characters, comedic style, and screen relationship. Some of my favorite shorts on this set are 'A-Ducking They Did Go,' 'Three Missing Links,' 'Flat-Foot Stooges,' 'Three Dumb Clucks,' and 'Violent Is the Word for Curly.' I've even heard it suggested by some people that the lattermost short contains the world's first music video, since it's a lip-synched performance of a song in video format! There are a couple of doozies here too, though; 'Back to the Woods' has got to be one of the worst shorts of the Curly era. I've also never cared too much for 'Grips, Grunts, and Groans,' though at least it's not the awful 'Back to the Woods.'
Again, Sony should be commended for releasing these Stooge sets in such a speedy fashion, and finally releasing the shorts properly. I do wish there would be some bonus material, but I tend to agree with those who speculate that the bonus material is being saved for the late Shemp and Joe eras, to try to boost up the sales of those less-than-great shorts....more info
Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard... This is a great collection (with the others) and the quality is outstanding. I'm seeing details that I'm sure were never intended to be seen. The packaging is nice, and the price is, too....more info
great great great Keep em coming! Finally I am on my way to get all the shorts the Stooges did. Excellent quality video and audio. Get all!!!!...more info
A Truly First-Class Top-Quality Stooge Collection Wow, after years of crummy bootlegs and over-priced unsatisfactory compilations, Sony is finally doing the Three Stooges on DVD the right way, and they have my thanks. The restoration on these shorts, as in Volume 1, is absolutely gorgeous. Some of my personal favorites, like "The Sitter Downers" and "Yes We Have No Bonanza" are included on this set, with Curly at the height of his numb-skull powers. With this and the previous collection you can now own 43 out of 190 total classic Three Stooges short subjects in chronological order for an amazing low price in the absolute highest quality, most pristine condition they've been seen in since they were new in theaters. Again, great work Sony!
As a small trade-off there are no extras or commentaries on these sets. I would still pay more for these sets if they contained such material, but to be honest most Three Stooges facts and trivia have been revealed and analyzed hundreds of times over during their various TV incarnations and specials over the years. I say, keep 'em coming just the way they are Sony, please! I want to own them all! Curly, Shemp, Joe -- at these prices and this quality level I'll buy as many Stooge sets as they'll put out until I have all their shorts. I encourage all true knuckleheads to purchase these collections ASAP....more info
Just about perfect - a great value These shorts have never looked or sounded as good as they do here and this translates into a much more enjoyable viewing experience. And you get 24 shorts for about 20 bucks - a stark contrast to the older Stooge DVDs which would have just 5 shorts for the same price. This period (37-39) arguably captures the Stooges at their best, but everyone has different opinions on that. If it's not their best period, almost everyone would agree it's one of them.
Stooge fans and fans of classic comedy need to buy these so the remaining Stooges shorts get the same treatment. As long as these volumes sell well, we'll see more of them....more info
Masters of Disasters The latest release (with widespread release scheduled for May 27) shows the boys, particularly Curly, at the prime of their physical and comedic abilities. The opportunity of previewing an advance copy reflects the attention to detail in the re-mastering and restoration of the shorts. The shorts are among the funniest, with Moe, Larry and Curly's unique brand of comedy both firmly established and finely honed. Their personalities are well-established by this time, and much of the humor is derived from the anticipated reactions of each of the stars. You know what's coming, and it makes it even funnier. The shorts are uncut and pristine, with superb picture and audio. Although some critics may bemoan the lack of "bonus features," the price of the collection is quite reasonable.
The greatest asset of these shorts is that they are varied, showcasing the distinctive styles of different directors (Del Lord, Charley Chase, Jules White), while avoiding the blatant repetition of plot and gags of later years. There is no disputing taste, but my personal favorites are: Termites of 1938, Violent is the Word for Curly (The Alphabet Song), Calling all Curs, and Dizzy Doctors (Brighto). Why? No reason - just like them.
This is a worthy successor to Volume One, which introduced the Stooges as masters of slapstick. One can always dispute the style of comedy. However, one can never dispute that they were not masters of their craft.
The Three Stooges Collection I have volume 1 & 2. What can I say. It's the Stooges and it's awesome. Good job Sony/Columbia. Now hurry up and give us volumes 3 & 4. What can I say i'm antsy (not in the pantry though, nyuck, nyuck)....more info
Bought for an actress friend This was my second order Volume 2. The first was for me, and the second was for Lorna Gray, who was in several Three Stooges shorts (including ones on this disc). She was thrilled that the shorts are being digitally restored, and presented in order.
A Must Buy for all Three Stooges Fans This second release of movie shorts of The Three Stooges is a must buy for all die-hard Stooges fans. Just as in volume one, every short the team made between 1937 and 1939 is here spread out over two discs in the original order in which they were released. They have all been digitally remastered so the sound and picture quality is top notch. Having been a Three Stooges fan since I started watching them as a kid in the 1960s on television, this collection is a real treat. The Three Stooges were one of the greatest comedy teams in the history of cinematography. Curly Howard was a comedic genius and a true original. The Three Stooges should have been making full lenth motion pictures instead of these 18-22 minute shorts. Im sure if they did, their motion pictures would have rivaled those of The Marx Brothers and Abbott and Costello. Bravo to Sony Pictures for releasing these disc's. However I think that one master box-set of every movie short the Stooges ever made from 1934 into the late 50s should have been put out a long time ago. The bottom line, if you are a true fan of The Three Stooges, then order this collection from Sony, and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy....more info
buyer beware Disc two has 20 minutes of advertising garbage at the beginning that cannot be skipped as the menu is disabled. Even fast forwarding takes several minute to get through all this garbage. And you have to do this EASH TIME you turn the disc player off. Very annoying and frustrating. The ads are for junk movies like Meatballs that have nothing to do with stooges. ...more info
Comedy Classics finally released the right way The Three Stooges shorts are FINALLY getting their just due by being released in chronological order and with superb picture quality and sound.
This is definitely where the stooges hit their stride and each of these comic geniuses developed his individual role in the trio. Moe established himself as the leader who was so sharp with a verbal or physical assault. Larry was the neutral one who mostly reacted to the other two and was usually on the receiving end of Moe's abuse. Finally, we have the quintessential stooge Curly whose comic timing, body language, hilarious facial expressions and unforgettable sayings (e.g. NYUK, NYUK) brought it all together.
Most of the shorts during this period were directed by Del Lord and Jules White and it can be clearly seen how their presence behind the camera raised the Stooge shorts to a new level of hilarity. From causing a riot in the old West in "Goofs and Saddles" to swinging the alphabet in "Violent is the Word for Curly" you can be sure that the Stooges will deliver the laughs.
Keep these collections going because there have been far too many Three Stooges DVDs that were so poorly organized and had the same shorts being released on multiple DVDs. At last, the fans get the Stooge episodes the way that they should have been released in the first place....more info
The Legends of Comedy are back! The Three Stooges were decades ahead of their time.
Their type of physical comedy that they pioneered is the absolute hardest to do. Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell, Mike Myers, and even the Wayans brothers, all owe their entire careers to this legendary comedy team.
After years of poor transfers and the same repeated shorts on extremely high priced sets of only a few episodes at a time, Sony releases yet another volume of what is hands down the ultimate Stooge fans must-have set.
This treasure trove of shorts, many of which have almost never been aired and have not seen the light of day since their original theatrical exhibition back in the late 1930's, is the only special feature you need. If you have any younger children or teens that are fans of newer comedians I strongly urge you to introduce them to the men that invented today's type of comedy. Sure, they might initialy balk at the original Black & White presentation of the shorts, but I can give you a 100% guarantee that once they start watching these legendary masters go to work, they will want to repeatedly visit this wonderful timecapsule of a bygone era that trancends the two tone color of these films. The greatest tribute to these masters of Comedy, is knowing that newer generations are getting introduced to them. ...more info
Sony,....I'll love you 190 times! I am SO HAPPY that Sony is releasing the next 24 Three Stooges episodes. That gives us 43 in total, all in chronological order, the way they should be.
Vol 1 was remastered in amazing fashion, especially considering the age of these gems. Sony, please speed up the release so I can soon have all 190 shorts in my collection, I'll settle for nothing less......more info
Three Stooges Vol. 2 Keep Them Coming Sony-Were Waiting For All Of Them-The Sooner You Put Them Out-The Sooner We Sointenly Purchase Them !!!!!...more info
the three stooges collection set 2 Just wanted to say I have always been a fan of the three stooges.I would recommend these dvd sets to any fan.The video and audio are the best I have ever saw.Keep up the good work,I will gladly purchase them all.
Thanks Mark...more info
More Nyuks It's about time they released the Three Stooge shorts in sequential order. Good buy for the guy (and occasional gal) that likes the Stooges....more info
We can't help it. We're morons! Whereas Vol 1 started off a bit slow, Vol 2 starts off with the boys in top form. It's been great finally seeing these shorts in chronological order and being able to notice subtle and not so subtle changes, like the opening theme. The first 8 episodes in Vol 1 all had different opening songs before the verse portion of Listen to the Mockingbird became the official one. In late 1938 and early 1939 Mockingbird flip-flops with 3 Blind Mice before 3 Blind Mice becomes the main theme. I always preferred Mockingbird myself. As in Vol 1, the picture quality in Vol 2 is great. Vol 3 is also going to be a must have with A Plumbing We Will Go, You Nazti Spy and I'll Never Heil You Again. Keep `em coming Sony/Columbia....more info
A Must! If you are a stooges fan, you must get these. By far the best.......more info
Surprised When I read that this was a "pan and scan" I was a little apprehensive at first, however you really don't notice any odd shifting of angles, etc., if any parts of the scene are missing or cut off I for one cannot notice. The best part is that the film is very sharp and looks like it was done yesterday. These were the choice, golden years for the Stooges, the best to have on DVD. ...more info
Raucous good fun This medley of Three Stooges shows presents a wonderful look back at the very physical, slap-stick humor these three men engage in. Plots are simple and predictable and great fun for young children....more info
FIVE STARS AND A NYUK..NYUK..NYUK ! Well "Three Stooges" fans can now exhale because Sony Pictures has released the second "Three Stooges Collection" volume two from 1937-1939 with the same amazing video and sound quality as found in the volume one set. Once again fans will be happy to find that all 24 shorts in this outstanding two-disc set are in chronological order and In my opinion they're isn't a bad one in the bunch. By 1937-39 the "Three Stooges" were finding their groove and the quality of their shorts was a testament that bigger and better things were still to come from the trio.
As a "Three Stooges" fan who purchased the first "Three Stooges Collection" volume one the 1934-1936 years I wondered if Sony Pictures would continue to release future sets with the same level of quality shorts found in the volume one set or if this was another studio ploy to screw stooge fans out of their hard earned money, yet again. In the past Sony Studios has been famous for releasing products with inferior quality and sometimes canceling future installments for no reason leaving fans with incomplete sets.
Of the 24 shorts presented in volume two many of them really stand out "Grips, Grunts and Groans", "Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb", "Three Missing Links", "Calling all Curs" and my personal favorite "Violent is the Word for Curly" are filled with hilarious high jinks as only the three Stooges could serve up for their legions of fans. Volume two is also somewhat of a milestone for the Three Stooges as we are treated to the new stooge theme song as first heard in the short "Flat Foot Stooges". The debut of "Three Blind Mice" melody as the Stooges new theme song, which replaced the "Listen to the Mockingbird." theme is a welcomed change and it enhanced the stooge shorts from then on.
Once again Sony Pictures has done an incredible job with the video and sound remastering and they should be commended for their efforts. The digitally remastered video transfers are simply amazing; no longer do these shorts look like they were made over 70 years ago and the completely restored soundtrack is the best I've ever heard. Missing from the newly remastered shorts is the debris, grain, dirt and sound hissing that used to plague these wonderful shorts. The set contains 24 shorts on two single sided discs packaged in slim cases. The disc artwork and packaging is fantastic to say the least, making this set even more attractive and highly collectible for fans to own.
On a final note Stooge Fans will be pleased that these newly remastered shorts are finally presented complete and uncut, politically incorrect and in all they're Black & White splendor for fans to enjoy over and over. Hip Hip Hooray!
* Grips, Grunts and Groans
* Dizzy Doctors
* Three Dumb Clucks
* Back to the Woods
* Goofs and Saddles
* Cash and Carry
* Playing the Ponies
* The Sitter Downers
* Termites of 1938
* Wee wee Monsieur
* Tassels in the Air
* Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb
* Violent is the Word for Curly
* Three Missing Links
* Mutts to You
* Flat Foot Stooges
* Three Little Sew and Sews
* We Want Our Mummy
* A Ducking they did Go
* Yes, We Have No Bonanza
* Saved by the Belle
* Calling all Curs
* Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise
* Three Sappy People...more info
the three stooges vol 2 the three stooges ,there is nobody like them, its like how do you rate unique actores and funny stuff, there nobody like them or ever will be or at least for hundred years or more , mostely boys or guys or men like them the best. i saw there new stuff on screen when i was ten, the movies always kept you feeling good, now days it special effects and gross blood and stuff....more info
Another Volume Of Three Stooges Hilarity! After purchasing the first volume of the Three Stooges collection and watching it with family members, I was pleasantly surprised that the second volume was out so soon! I pre-ordered it as soon as I could and, after viewing each short from 1937-1939, was not disappointed in the least!
The first volume had a few (but ONLY a few) clunker episodes as the Stooges and their directors were still trying to find their niche, but this volume is air-tight in both acting and directing, as the Stooges really find their formula in appealing to the baser instincts of Depression-Era film-goers (as movies were one of the few things they COULD afford for entertainment).
In my opinion, this is (overall) the best volume of the four that have been released so far, as there isn't a bad episode in the bunch. If you enjoyed the first collection, or just love the Stooges in general, buy this product with confidence that it will give you many hours of side-splitting laughs!...more info
Sony speedily releases volume two of The Three Stooges I was happy to see volume two of The Three Stooges released so quickly after the first volume. Here we get more of Moe, Larry, and Curly in the late-Depression pre-war years. Once again the individual episodes are being released chronologically, which is good. Not so good, though, is that once again it appears we will get no commentary or extra features. The first volume had first rate video and audio - far superior to anything I had seen on any other DVD set featuring the trio - so I expect this set will also be excellent in that regard. The following is the listing of the episodes that will be available in this set:
Back to the Woods
Cash and Carry
Goofs and Saddles
Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb
Playing the Ponies
Tassels in the Air
Three Dumb Clucks
Violent is the Word For Curly
Wee Wee Monsieur
Grips, Grunts and Groans
Termites of 1938
A Ducking They Did Go
Calling All Curs
Flat Foot Stooges
Mutts to You
Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise
Saved by the Belle
Three Little Sew and Sews
Three Missing Links
Three Sappy People
We Want Our Mummy
Yes, We Have No Bonanza ...more info
Great!! Another great job by Sony with the 2nd installment of the Collection series! This is without doubt the boys' most productive & classic period with their best films being represented here. The picture & sound quality are outstanding, as well as can be expected from 70+ year old films; most of them look as if they were filmed yesterday!
Keep them coming, Sony!! Keep them coming!!...more info
What a great transfer! What a great transfer! There obviously must be a number of Sony Pictures executives who are closet 'Stooge' fanatics. Having been in the home video manufacturing business (both tape and disc) for many years, the care taken in restoring these comedy classics on DVD is to be commended. I have a close friend who is a prominent lawyer and also a Stooge fanatic. Over the years he has collected everything available on the Stooges (at considerable cost) all on VHS. Now he has the DVD's with their dramatically better quality, and a real problem figuring out what to do with 120 videocassettes and all the extra storage area that will be freed up! For all of you Stooge fanatics who are contemplating a purchase, take it from someone in 'The Biz' and pick up this collection without delay. Highly reccomended!!...more info
Why is the Sony Pictures Television logo at end of every short ... again? The title of this review says it all. I realize it's a minor quibble, however the logo wasn't on Volume 1 and it doesn't belong here, either. These are films originally released in theaters, not on TV, as should be treated as such. This is a problem that goes all the way back to the VHS releases.
It's too bad that the Three Stooges are once again treated to Sony's shenanigans, especially since the restorations look so good (which is why I still give this set five stars.) ...more info
An all Curley delight!!! I know, it's a lot of violent humor with all the face slapping and fingers in the eyes but these are some of the funniest short films ever made and are endlessly entertaning. When I feel a little low I put this DVD in my player and in no time I find myself Nyuk-Nyuk-Nyuking and feeling better about life. These films can't help making you laugh and enjoying the skills of all three players and all of the other supporting players who appear in so many of their flicks. Is this DVD worth buying--You bet it is. Just don't let your wife catch you letting the kids watch too!! Like your Mom did when you watched as a kid, she'll have a cow....more info
Stooges at their best! The Stooges are in prime form on this DVD set! Volume 1 had some clinkers as the boys were setting their pace and developing their comedy style. But here they are a well tuned comedy machine!
In just a little over half a year we are treated to a second volume! It will take five (5) volumes to complete the Curly shorts (and hopefully include his feature Rockin In the Rockies), and three more volumes to complete Shemp. If Sony continues to the end, volume #9 will have Joe Besser.
Let's all support Sony's efforts and Buy, Buy, Buy these volumes. Hey, get some extras to give to friends and turn them on to the Three Stooges! They are not expensive to give!...more info
ALMOST perfect. This set is almost as wonderful as Volume One. The sound and picture quality is the best, I've never seen The Stooges look so good. All the makings of a 5 star release...EXCEPT, unlike the first set, Sony Pictures decided to put their loud and annoying logo between EVERY short. The logo is much louder than the films themselves and can be quite jarring.
I highly recommend this set to any and all fans of The Three Stooges...just keep your finger on the MUTE button when each picture ends. ...more info
Some of their best work... Like the first volume, I was really impressed with both the video and audio quality of volume 2. Each short is digitally remastered, unedited, and presented the way any Stooge fan who has seen them countless times would expect. As other reviews point out, the content is pure genius and represents some of the best work the Stooges ever produced. I'm really blown away by how clean these episodes appear given the fact they are roughly 70+ years old! Keep'em coming, Sony...more info
The saga of Moe, Larry & Curly continues... Like many Stooges fans, I was pleased (and relieved) that Sony Pictures did not hesitate in releasing another volume of classics. Chronicling the end of the Depression era/pre-WWII years, the boys were now firmly established as a comedy team (although critical accolades were few) and continuing to hit their stride.
It should be interesting to see Volume Three, when the boys were lampooning the Japanese & Hitler during the War years. ...more info
The title says it all! We Three Stooges fans will be looking forward to another great collection of adventures of Moe and Curly Howard and Larry Fine. This set is an even two dozen instead of just 19 shorts like the first set contained. In GRIPS,GRUNTS & GROANS,Curly(real name Jerome Lester Horwitz) is elected to sub for an ill wrestler who bears physical resemblance to Curly. In DIZZY DOCTORS,the boys are ordered by their wives to go to work instead of just eating and sleeping all the time. They sell a potion called Brighto which they think is an all-purpose cleaner but is actually an internal medicine. In GOOFS AND SADDLES,the boys are out west and Curly is playing cards with a few other guys(not Moe or Larry). In BACK TO THE WOODS,the boys are pilgrims hunting for food. In THREE DUMB CLUCKS,The boys,in jail,receive a note from their mother saying the boys' father has divorced her and is engaged to a younger woman(Curly plays a dual role in this film as himself and the father). The boys do all they can to prevent the wedding from taking place,and Daisy,the father's fiancee,accidentally marries Curly! Clyde Bruckman's script for this film was later recycled for the 1953 remake UP IN DAISY'S PENTHOUSE with Moe's and Curly's brother Shemp playing the dual role. In CASH AND CARRY,the boys ransack garbage in a landfill and discover $62 in a tin can that actually belong to a physically disabled boy and his mother(they are collecting $500 for the boy's operation for Jimmy,the boy,to walk freely again). The boys pay a pair of crooks they meet,$200 for the privilege of digging up a hidden treasure. It turns out the boys accidentally broke into the U.S. Treasury,which is felonious and results in life inprisonment. Since the act was unintentional,the boys were pardoned by President Theodore Roosevelt(he served in 1937). In PLAYING THE PONIES,the boys sell their restaurant to go into horse racing after learning in a newspaper that a horse-race driver received ten grand for winning a race. A spicy snack called Pepperinos made the boys' pet horse(driven by Larry) rapidly run and win. In THE SITTER DOWNERS,the Stooges build a home for their new wives as well as themselves. They go on strike much to the womens' disdain. In TERMITES OF 1938,the boys,like they did once before,wreck havoc at a dinner party trying to kill the infesting unwelcome visitors. The Stooges are Frenchmen in WEE WEE MONSIEUR. They rescue a shah who was held hostage. In TASSELS IN THE AIR,the boys are painters and Moe impersonates an artist named Omay. The real Omay later appears,enraged. HEALTHY,WEALTHY & DUMB has the boys as guests at the posh Hotel Costa Plente after Curly wins $10,000 in a poetry contest. They wreck a bed and furniture and after taxes,the boys go broke leaving them nothing to pay the hotel bill with. Three beautiful girls who are occupying a room near the boys',want the money. This was later remade as A MISSED FORTUNE with Shemp playing Curly's parts. In VIOLENT IS THE WORD FOR CURLY,the boys are gas station attendants,posing as three professors at a girls' college(the professors themselves were the Stooges' customers). In THREE MISSING LINKS,the boys are janitors who are fired and hired for supporting an actress in a movie. In MUTTS TO YOU,the boys are dog-bathers who discover an unattended baby who they put in their care until his parents reclaim him. In THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS,the boys are tailor shop attendants as well as navymen. Curly poses as an admiral after the real admiral's suit shows up at the shop. FLAT FOOT STOOGES has the boys again as firemen(first use of the children's song THREE BLIND MICE which became the signature theme thru the last of the short series). In WE WANT OUR MUMMY,the boys are detectives who are sent to Egypt to bring back a mummy for a museum curator's collection. The boys join a phony duck-hunting club in A-DUCKING THEY DID GO. The club was organized by a pair of swindlers. The city mayor and a few of his colleagues are members. In YES WE HAVE NO BONANZA,the boys dig up money that was actually stolen by a pair of crooks. In SAVED BY THE BELLE,we see the boys in some foreign country,with the help of a beautiful girl named Rita,locating a lost map that leads to a treasure. In CALLING ALL CURS,the boys as veterinarians,search for and find a dog stolen by a pair of crooks. The crooks show up at the veterinary clinic,posing as newspaper reporters. The sick dog's owner was so horrified after learning of the dog's kidnapping. But Garcon(gar sone),the dog,is found,alive and well,in parenthood with his mate and their litter. In OILY TO BED OILY TO RISE,the boys succeed in saving a woman's property. She sold it and later regretted it. A trio of crooks were about to have the deed recorded,and the boys swindle it away from them in time so the recording would never happen. Curly,a wishing wizard,has all his wishes granted. Cigars,apple pie,meeting three beautiful girls(the woman's daughters named April,Mae and June) and marrying them! This was later remade with Joe Besser as OIL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL in 1957. In THREE SAPPY PEOPLE,the boys are switchboard operators who attend a black tie birthday party. The birthday woman,who is relentlessly happy and laughing,is believed by her husband to have a mental disorder. So the boys,as psychiatrists,look the woman over. She loves Curly's silliness as well. I dedicate this item to the memories of Moe(1897-1975),Larry(1902-1975) and Curly(1903-1952)...more info