Comedy Teams Collection

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  1. Charles H

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    Warner Home Video is releasing a Collection of films starring the Three Stooges (MEET THE BARON, GOLD RAIDERS), Laurel & Hardy (AIR RAID WARDENS, NOTHING BUT TROUBLE), and Abbott & Costello (LOST IN A HAREM, ABBOTT AND COSTELLO IN HOLLYWOOD) on November 21--according to DVD Active.
     
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    is it all in one set or does each team come separately?
     
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    Great to see these being released. I am not sure about Gold Raiders but Meet the Baron will be the first time that is being released to home video. I think Hollywood Party would have been a better pairing but I am happy with this pairing. I hope they include as an extra the documentary "The Lost Stooges" and maybe some more Stooges shorts. Now lets try to convince Sony to release The Captain Hates The Sea!!
     
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    Also from DVD Active: "There are no details on special features or technical details at the moment, but the full collection is expected to retail for $28.98, with each two-feature set available for $14.97."
     
  5. Charles Ellis

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    Hmm...but no Wheeler & Woolsey, and Warner has their pre-Code RKO films! They've become quite the cult item in recent years. What's up, Mr. Feltenstein?
     
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    Sound like it will be 2 films on each disc. Not much room for special features unless they are flippers
     
  7. Tory

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    I am interested but I would much prefer Wheeler & Woolsey. Hopefully Warner will release a complete as possible collection of all Wheeler & Woolsey films they own but given their response at the last Warner Chat I am unsure they even know which ones they own. Warner said Columbia owns some. From what I gather Columbia only owns one, 'So This is Africa.' As far as I can tell Warner should own all of their films from RKO together and the best versions of their three PD RKO features: Rio Rita’ (1929) (RKO), 'The Cuckoos' (1930) (RKO), 'Dixiana’ (1930) (RKO) (Public Domain), 'Half-Shot at Sunrise' (1930) (RKO) (Public Domain), 'Hook Line and Sinker' (1930) (RKO) (Public Domain), 'Cracked Nuts’ (1931) (RKO), 'Caught Plastered' (1931) (RKO), 'Peach-O-Reno' (1931) (RKO), 'Girl Crazy' (1932) (RKO), 'Hold 'Em Jail' (1932) (RKO), 'Diplomaniacs' (1933) (RKO), 'Hips, Hips, Hooray!' (1934) (RKO), 'Kentucky Kernels' (1934) (RKO), 'Cockeyed Cavaliers’ (1934) (RKO), 'The Nitwits' (1935) (RKO), 'The Rainmakers’ (1935) (RKO), 'Silly Billies' (1936) (RKO), 'Mummy's Boys' (1936) (RKO), 'On Again Off Again' (1937) (RKO), and 'High Flyers' (1937) (RKO). They should also own Robert Woolsey's one solo feature 'Everything's Rosie' (1931) (RKO) and Bert Wheeler's two solo features 'Too Many Cooks' (1931) (RKO) and 'Cowboy Quarterback' (1939) (Warner/First National). At the chat they said they did not own any shorts with them in it but they do own a Vitaphone musical short with Bert Wheeler in it called 'Small Timers' (1929) as well as two Vitaphone Musical shorts featuring recurring actress Dorothy Lee titled 'Plane Crazy' (1933) (Vitaphone Musical Short), and 'In the Spotlight' (1935) (Vitaphone Musical Short), not to mention several films featuring Dorothy Lee such as 'Syncopation' (1929) (RKO) and 'Laugh and Get Rich' (1931) (RKO) which may be of historical interest to fans of the duo as Dorothy Lee was often times a key part of their comedy and was first cast as a result of Bert Wheeler seeing her in 'Syncopation.' Warner owns their best and their worst films, which in my mind are not so bad, at least no worse than the worst Marx Brothers films in Warner's Marx Brothers Collection. Aside from one feature film, a few cameos in shorts, and Wheeler's handful of Columbia shorts, Warner likely owns the majority of this team's body of work together and apart and are doing them and the world a great disservice by ignoring them. I would like them all at once but a few boxsets over time is acceptable. It is Warner's responsibility to see that this great comedy team gets their proper place in the pantheon of honored comic legends.
     
  8. Randy Korstick

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    Wow! A nice surprise. I guess this is why they didn't include these 2 Laurel and Hardy films in their previous set but it makes me worried that Rio Rita(1942) by Abbott and Costello is not included. Thats my favorite of their 3 MGM films. Hopefully it will be released later with the rumored restored print of "Abbott and Costello meet Captain Kidd" that Warners is suppossed to own. Although it was previously expected that all 4 Abbott and Costello films would show up in a box set.
     
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    Just found this press release on another site

    Double Up with Laughter

    CLASSIC COMEDY TEAMS COLLECTION

    On November 21, Warner Home Video tickles the funny bone with the release of
    Classic Comedy Teams Collection, featuring six classic comedies from three
    of Hollywood's legendary comedy teams -- The Three Stooges, Abbott and
    Costello, Laurel and Hardy. The three double-feature discs include Meet the
    Baron/Gold Raiders, Air Raid Wardens/Nothing but Trouble and Lost in a Harem
    /Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. The Collection will sell for $28.98 SRP
    with individual double features of each team available for $14.97 SRP.

    The Three Stooges elevated low brow humor into an art form. They started
    with a vaudeville act called "Ted Healy and His Stooges," originating in
    1922. Brothers Moe Howard and Samuel Howard (Shemp) were later joined by
    Larry Fine, and were such a hit that they even made it to Broadway. When
    Shemp left the act in 1931 for a career in feature films, they were joined
    by Moe's younger brother Jerome, better know as Curly. Ted Healy left the
    Stooges in 1934, and the remaining members signed with Columbia Studios as
    The Three Stooges, making comedy shorts for an impressive thirty-seven years
    and still enjoyed today. "Men in Black," their second short, directed by Ray
    McCarey, was nominated for an Academy Award® in 1934. Curly was hospitalized
    in the '40s and was again replaced by Shemp, who was then replaced by Joe
    DeRita in 1958. Despite the regular rotation of the group, The Stooges
    managed to continue performing for many years. They always experimented with
    different forms of comedy, mixing political satire, romantic screw-ups and
    fraternal bashing with unmatched irreverent wit.

    The Three Stooges in Meet the Baron (1933)/ Gold Raiders (1951)

    In one of their earliest screen appearances, the Stooges Meet the Baron.
    Radio comic Jack Pearl (with support from Jimmy Durante) plays the bogus
    baron on a speaking tour, and Larry, Curly (billed as Jerry) and Moe play
    janitors at the all-girl Cuddle College.

    Although they are best remembered for their appearances in short films, the
    Stooges made appearances in several full length features. Gold Raiders from
    1951 is a rarely seen comic gem, which has been sought out by Stooges fans
    for years. There's a wagonload of sundries and snake oil rolling toward Red
    Mesa; and with Larry, Shemp and Moe holding the horses' reins, there's a
    load of slaphappy shenanigans, too, in this way-out Western. Barrel-chested
    cowboy icon George O'Brien adds heroics in a galloping battle with robbers.
    Meanwhile, with exploding cigars, a demonstration of the trio's "miracle
    eyeglasses" and a medical exam with the boys posing as MDs, the Stooges show
    how the jest was won.

    * * * * *

    Laurel and Hardy -- enduringly popular, perhaps because their irresistible
    antics were underscored by an indomitable optimism -- made 104 full-length
    features and shorts together, never running out of comic ideas or insane
    inventions. Accidentally paired up in the mid-twenties during the silent era
    while both were under contract to Hal Roach, their comedy styles meshed so
    well that they gained immediate popularity with audiences. Unlike many of
    their peers, they easily survived the talkie revolution to become even
    greater stars during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when audiences
    craved escapist fare.

    Laurel and Hardy in Air Raid Wardens (1943)/Nothing but Trouble (1944)

    Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy continued to create mirth and laughter when
    they arrived at MGM for these two delightful comedies produced during World
    War II.

    The nation calls out in its hour of need, Stan and Ollie answer.and Uncle
    Sam changes his mind. Rejected by the military, the duo become Air Raid
    Wardens. Lights-out laughs include an uproarious argument with slow-burn
    comic (and their co-star from years earlier at Hal Roach Studios) Edgar
    Kennedy, and a hysterical run-in with a nest of spies.

    In Nothing but Trouble, the boys fuss and finagle as World War II-era
    domestics who rally 'round an exiled boy-king when danger arises. Sam
    Taylor, co-director of Harold Lloyd's famed
    hanging-from-the-clock-above-traffic movie Safety Last!, guides this romp
    that includes a gem of a ledge-hanging sequence.

    Abbott and Costello were considered one of the greatest comedy teams in the
    history of show business. They mastered the straight man/clown relationship,
    creating a magical chemistry that would take them from the burlesque stage
    to radio, to Broadway, to film...and finally, to television. Their official
    teaming was in 1936 but it wasn't until they appeared on the "Kate Smith
    Radio Hour," when they performed what would soon become known as their
    classic signature skit, "Who's On First," that Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
    were propelled to stardom, and to Hollywood.

    Lost in a Harem (1944)/Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945)

    After establishing themselves as screen comics in hit B-pictures made at
    Universal, Abbott & Costello were "borrowed" several times to star in "A"
    pictures made by the Tiffany of movie studio, MGM. One of their best for the
    studio is Lost in a Harem. Locked in is more like it, as the two land in
    jail twice, where their timing, repartee and monkeyshines shine. Douglas
    Dumbrille plays the evil potentate who uses hypnosis against the boys -
    making this a tale of Arabian daze and nights. Adding to the festivities are
    Jimmy Dorsey and his legendary big band.

    One of the most famous of these films -- Abbott and Costello in Hollywood --
    finds Buzz (Bud Abbott) and Abercrombie (Lou Costello) working in a
    Tinseltown haircut salon where they usually take a little off the side. But
    why not take 10% off the top? So the fellas become movie talent agents,
    setting in motion the lights-camera-comedy antics which include Costello
    being mistaken for a prop dummy during the filming of a saloon brawl, Bud
    and Lou coping with insomnia and a pursuit finale on a roaring
    roller-coaster.

    Of special note, Abbott & Costello fans can look forward to additional
    volumes of more new-to-DVD feature films from Warner Home Video in the near
    future.

    Special features - All Titles
    · Theatrical trailer
    · Languages: English & Français
    · Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)
     
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    Hmmmmmmm....
     
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    They own 3 more A&C features (RIO RITA, JACK & THE BEANSTALK (legit) and A&C MEET CPT KIDD). That was obviously an acknowledgment to alert fans that more of their A&C is on the way.

    The pricing makes this a great value, too.
     
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    Good news but the use of the word volumes sounds like they plan 2 more releases for these 3 films which could include "The Best of Abbott and Costello" that Warner released on VHS years ago. It was basically a collection from their Colgate Comedy Hour appearances. This would make 2 more double features or could they have obtained the rights to Afica Screams? hmmm....
     
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    ...or maybe it could be those really weird Abbott & Costello cartoons that they own. Although made by Hanna-Barbera, for some unknown reason, RKO
    owned those cartoons, and Warner owns the RKO stuff now, so...you never know!
     
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    Warner does not own everything from RKO, I remember them stating that they did not own RKO's short subjects. I do not know about this cartoon series but I would love to see them as well as the Laurel & Hardy series, of which Hit Entertainment has made one DVD for the UK featuring 10 shorts:

    Can't Keep a Secret (9-10-1966)
    Mutt Rut (9-10-1966)
    How Green Was My Lawn Mower (9-10-1966)
    Prairie Panicked (9-17-1966)
    Missle Hassle (9-17-1966)
    No Moose is a Good Moose (9-17-1966)
    The Bullnick (9-24-1966)
    High Fly Guys (9-24-1966)
    False Alarms (9-24-1966)
    Hill Billy Bullies (10-1-1966)
     
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    I don't know, but a version of Africa Screams was somewhat recently put out by Hal Roach Studios/Image that was "Mastered from the Original 35mm Nitrate Camera Negative".

    I never knew that The Three Stooges made a movie with Shemp. Has anyone seen this movie? Is it any good? I think Shemp is usually underrated as I think he's one of the best.
     
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    I'll definately be picking this up. "Abbott & Costello in Hollywood" is a goodie, even though I generally tend to prefer the duo in Universal surroundings, as opposed to the glossy MGM backdrop. I also sorta like "Air Raid Wardens," with Laurel and Hardy, even though its obviously another of their later, sub-par outings. However, I'll probably be getting the set most of all for "Gold Raiders," which I've never seen. I'm not really all that big a fan of the Stooges, and I'm well aware of the film's rather lame reputation. Yet, darnit, I'm just such a sucker for low-budget Saturday Matinee-ish nonsense. With George O'Brien present in the latter film, maybe it would make a good double-feature with "Sunrise" (1927) one nice evening!
     
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    I wholly agree with Bert. I'm really looking forward to this set, and especially "In Hollywood." It's my favorite of the Abbott & Costello MGMs. I'm not quite as hot on "Lost in a Harem", but any A&C is better than none at all. Like others, I'm also happy to hear that there will be more releases from my favorite comedy team. "Rio Rita" and a newly remastered "A&C Meet Captain Kidd" should be next up.

    Gary "I'll also enjoy the other films in this set, but Bud and Lou are tops in my book" O.
     

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