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Sony Licenses Three Stooges Features to Mill Creek


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#21 of 37 Tony Bensley

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Posted March 03 2014 - 02:36 PM

Thanks for the feedback, Joel!  The reason for my hesitation is my previous experience in returning an Amazon U.S. Order was decidedly less than positive. For some reason, when it is an international order, the Customer is responsible for return shipping.  That in of itself might not be too bad, but in my case, I had to pay a bit over the $15 maximum that Amazon supposedly compensates for such things, in order to get tracking on my return shipment.  After all that, Amazon compensated me a whopping $3.98 for the shipping!  On top of that, I had to eat the $8 import fee that had applied to that particular order!  Needless to say, I was not impressed!  

 

The only reason I used U.S. Amazon again was due to the fact the aforementioned 6 Movie Set's release date got pushed back a month on Canadian Amazon.  In hindsight, I probably should have just waited, instead of switching over and paying the extra shipping like a Mug!

 

The more I think of it, attempting a return would likely be more trouble than it's worth, sadly to say!

 

It would appear that when it comes to Amazon, it is best to order domestically whenever possible.

 

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Posted March 05 2014 - 03:39 PM

So far, I've played THE OUTLAWS IS COMING.  There are unfortunately, several brief instances of Green Screen, and one brief instance of isolated Green pixellation.  In addition, the video appears to be somewhat choppy, at times!  This was apparently caused by a Frame Rate encoding issue.

 

While I have as yet to give the other five Features a proper viewing, other glitches have been reported for TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM (During the Opening Credits.), and also a couple of brief ones in ROCKIN' IN THE ROCKIES.

 

I think I'm beginning to lean a bit more towards recommending the individual DVD Titles, instead!  THE OUTLAWS IS COMING is definitely on my list!

 

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Posted March 05 2014 - 04:24 PM

I feel for you people in Canada.  For some reason, it's easier for me to order from the UK than it is for Canadians to order from the U.S.



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Posted March 05 2014 - 04:31 PM

I feel for you people in Canada.  For some reason, it's easier for me to order from the UK than it is for Canadians to order from the U.S.

 

 

??? It's currently in stock on amazon.ca for $10.78 canadian.


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#25 of 37 Tony Bensley

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Posted March 05 2014 - 06:39 PM

??? It's currently in stock on amazon.ca for $10.78 canadian.

That's right, but Canadian Amazon also pulled the stunt of pushing back the release date to March 4 five days AFTER the original February 4 issue date (That U.S. Amazon stuck to, by the way!)!  This caused me to switch my "Stooges" order to U.S. Amazon, as I no longer had confidence in Canadian Amazon regarding this particular item's availability!  Also, the Shirley Temple 20th Century Fox 18 Movie Set that's been available on U.S. Amazon since 2009 is just finally getting released on Canadian Amazon this month!

 

Higher prices and delayed releases (Above and beyond the norm in the U.S.) are just a couple of the typical crappy things we Canucks have to sometimes put up with!

 

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Posted March 10 2014 - 02:08 PM

See my review of this set on Amazon: 

http://www.amazon.co.../R1U18RPTANYVT0

 

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Posted March 18 2014 - 09:22 AM

Wal Mart has this in their $5 dump bin.


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#28 of 37 Tony Bensley

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Posted March 18 2014 - 12:43 PM

Wal Mart has this in their $5 dump bin.

This is what happens to old releases and markedly flawed new ones!

 

Given Mill Creek Entertainment's reported successes with other sub-licensed titles, I was frankly unpleasantly surprised to find any shoddiness regarding some of the Digital Transfers, especially that of THE OUTLAWS IS COMING, which in my view is a Train wreck.  Concerning this Feature, I will state that repeatedly without any hesitation!

 

While I concede that THE THREE STOOGES 6 MOVIE SET as a whole is worth its currently low price point, the results are nevertheless, somewhat of a disappointment!

 

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Posted March 18 2014 - 01:05 PM

I'll buy it at $5 for Time Out for Rhythm.  I have the other titles anyway.



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Posted March 18 2014 - 01:15 PM

I'll buy it at $5 for Time Out for Rhythm.  I have the other titles anyway.

I agree with you that TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM is worth the $5 price tag, despite the two quick glitches that occur in the Film's first four and a half minutes!  :rolleyes:

 

THE OUTLAWS IS COMING on the other hand... :angry:

 

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Posted March 27 2014 - 01:08 PM

I have ordered the Sony DVD version of THE OUTLAWS IS COMING, a move which I believe to be consistent with my negative, but in my opinion, fair review of it's Mill Creek Entertainment counterpart!

 

For "Stoogephiles" who wish to have a copy of this, the final Three Stooges Theatrical Feature, I highly recommend purchasing the Sony DVD a.s.a.p, before it goes out of print, and its pricing becomes outrageous!  Given this DVD's late 2002 issue, I'm frankly quite surprised that this hasn't already happened; lucky for me!

 

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P.S.  THE OUTLAWS IS COMING'S Mill Creek Entertainment Transfer is Utter Crap!



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Posted March 28 2014 - 05:09 PM

Too bad Columbia didn't see fit to finish the job with the Stooges by releasing a complete feature film collection. (I don't know if they could have licensed Snow White though).  They put out everything else in box sets chronolgically , so you wonder why they passed the features off to Mill Creek.



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Posted March 28 2014 - 06:06 PM

Too bad Columbia didn't see fit to finish the job with the Stooges by releasing a complete feature film collection. (I don't know if they could have licensed Snow White though).  They put out everything else in box sets chronolgically , so you wonder why they passed the features off to Mill Creek.

Hi Lou!

 

Sony/Columbia actually have released pretty much all "Stooges" material that they have the rights to.  Notable exceptions are their appearances in the following:

THE CAPTAIN HATES THE SEA, a 1934 Feature starring Victor McLaglen (Available on DVD-R by SPE.)

START CHEERING, a 1938 Feature starring Jimmy Durante (Not Available on Home Video.)

 

The six Features on the Mill Creek set are merely reissues of earlier Sony standalone DVD releases.  As you already suspect, I don't believe Sony could have licensed SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES as that was, and is owned by 20th Century Fox, who released it to DVD in 2005.

 

Some other Titles featuring the Three Stooges that are not owned by Sony/Columbia:

Anything released before May 1934, and all Feature Film appearances up to June 1934.

SWING PARADE OF 1946 (Monogram; issued to DVD by Legend Films and many Public Domain Concerns.)

GOLD RAIDERS (1951) (Jack Schwartz Productions; available on DVD by Warner Home Video, along with the 1933 MGM Feature with Ted Healy, entitled MEET THE BARON, starring Jack Pearl and Jimmy Durante.)

 

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Posted March 28 2014 - 06:24 PM

I wish Warners would re-release a better copy of Meet the Baron.



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Posted March 28 2014 - 07:40 PM

We should get the MGM stooges shorts this year from WAC.
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Posted March 29 2014 - 07:50 AM

On May 20, Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing a Collector's Tin packaged version of their 2 DVD Three Stooges 6 Movie Set.  This is being advertised by Amazon, and by Mill Creek themselves.

 

It appears to me that Mill Creek has realized that they somewhat blew it with the digital transfers (Especially with THE OUTLAWS IS COMING!) and at this point are trying anything to sell a few extra copies of this set. 

 

In my opinion, it would be far better money spent for Mill Creek to do a digital re-scan of the Glitchy transfers, and make this a 3 DVD Set.

 

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Posted April 06 2014 - 12:39 PM

I've now viewed THE OUTLAWS IS COMING Sony DVD Transfer, and I can honestly say that despite the very minutely marginal Top/Bottom Image Cropping, this is much better than its glitchy/over-encoded Mill Creek Entertainment counterpart!  It's not even close!

 

As I've previously stated, for those whom THE OUTLAWS IS COMING is the only reason for buying the Mill Creek Entertainment 6 Movie Set (IE. For those who already own the other five "Stooges" Titles!), I strongly recommend purchasing the standalone Sony DVD instead!

 

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