ClassicFlix’s new release of the first eleven (May 1929 – June 1930) Little Rascals / Our Gang shorts made from the best of surviving film elements, should please fans of the early series.

Hal Roach, in his over ten-year career, produced well over twenty-five short films as well as a few features.

It’s nice to see that some of his work is being restored and preserved, at least as data.

Hopefully, analogue preservation is also being created.

The majority of the short look wonderful, with comfortable gray scales, and black levels, although original grain seems to have been lost during the clean-up process – something that’s not totally unavoidable when using automated procedures.

This won’t affect the appreciation that will come from fans finally seeing the film in quality form.

Some main title sequences are extremely dupey or rough, but also possibly unavoidable.

This is very much one of those “it is what it is” situations, where unless far more were to be expended, options are limited as to both element selection, as well as restorative procedures.

Tracks seem fine, and the high end has not been digitally removed.

Volume 2 on the way.

Image – 3.5

Audio – 4

Pass / Fail – Pass

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RAH
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Some main title sequences are extremely dupey or rough, but also possibly unavoidable.
I notice this on a lot of older/restored films, where the opening titles/credits seem to be in bad shape, but the body of the film itself is usually fine. Is there a reason for this? Are these somehow filmed/created differently so that they cannot be restored as easily? Or is it just a question of cost, and many don't bother to spend the money to restore the opening sequences?

I've never been a massive fan of The Little Rascals, though I'm not sure how many of the shorts I've actually seen. But I've pre-ordered the first two volumes.
 

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I notice this on a lot of older/restored films, where the opening titles/credits seem to be in bad shape, but the body of the film itself is usually fine. Is there a reason for this? Are these somehow filmed/created differently so that they cannot be restored as easily? Or is it just a question of cost, and many don't bother to spend the money to restore the opening sequences?

I've never been a massive fan of The Little Rascals, though I'm not sure how many of the shorts I've actually seen. But I've pre-ordered the first two volumes.
In the case of the Hal Roach library, Roach was a producer but did not distribute his own films.
They went out through MGM during their first run, but in later years many of them were sold off to sub-distributors who cut off the MGM titles and redid them with their own main titles. There are few libraries in movie history that have been passed around from distributor to distributor more than the Hal Roach comedies, as their titles proved to be very popular. Film Classics reissued a lot of the Roach product ( I'm thinking primarily of the Laurel and Hardy series ) under the Film Classics brand in the 1940's with their own Film Classics silver plaque main titles, and were seen that way for generations afterwards, including television. Original titles for the Roach films have been slowly finding their way back to the films for several decades now (thanks to dedicated film buffs), but often not from original negative material.
 

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Roach's biggest talent was spotting talent, his downfall was not realizing Laurel and Hardy was his bread and butter. Laurel and Hardy needed Roach and he needed them. Laurel caused him a lot of headaches to be sure but Laurel was the genius behind their films, And his most seen film by far and one that gets annual play is Babes In Toyland it was the film he disliked the most. Roach sold Our Gang to MGM also killing another successful franchise then a lot of his films crashed and burned except the TOPPER franchise and ONE MILLION BC. Got to meet Spanky and he was gracious, kind and a class act. Some people might quibble about some of the Our Gang films but Stymie Farina etc and the rest of Our Gang said Roach was ahead of his time showing all kids of all backgrounds playing together! Looking forward to these sets BRAVO Classic Flix!
 
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ClassicFlix's new release of the first eleven (May 1929 - June 1930) Little Rascals / Our Gang shorts made from the best of surviving film elements, should please fans of the early series.

Hal Roach, in his over ten-year career, produced well over twenty-five short films as well as a few features.

It's nice to see that some of his work is being restored and preserved, at least as data.

Hopefully, analogue preservation is also being created.

The majority of the short look wonderful, with comfortable gray scales, and black levels, although original grain seems to have been lost during the clean-up process - something that's not totally unavoidable when using automated procedures.

This won't affect the appreciation that will come from fans finally seeing the film in quality form.

Some main title sequences are extremely dupey or rough, but also possibly unavoidable.

This is very much one of those "it is what it is" situations, where unless far more were to be expended, options are limited as to both element selection, as well as restorative procedures.

Tracks seem fine, and the high end has not been digitally removed.

Volume 2 on the way.

Image – 3.5

Audio – 4

Pass / Fail – Pass

Recommended

RAH
Tons more than 25 shorts though
 

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I’m not 100 percent sure, but isn’t the photo that the HTF bots chose for this thread a publicity shot from the 1994 Little Rascals movie?

 

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I’m not 100 percent sure, but isn’t the photo that the HTF bots chose for this thread a publicity shot from the 1994 Little Rascals movie?

Don't get me started as it's darn right embarrassing.:rolleyes:
 

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I’m not 100 percent sure, but isn’t the photo that the HTF bots chose for this thread a publicity shot from the 1994 Little Rascals movie?

Don't get me started as it's darn right embarrassing.:rolleyes:
At least it isn't from the godawful 2014 version. Now THAT would be unforgivable! :lol:

CHEERS! :)