Laurel & Hardy?

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  1. David Brent

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    One of the few high points of the Christmas TV schedules in the UK has been the daily screening of Laurel & Hardy shorts on BBC2, reminding me just how much I love these guys.

    There's yet to be a really comprehensive DVD release of their work in the UK, so does anyone know of plans for such in the US beyond the existing silent shorts?

    Seems decent presentations of vintage material on DVD is still rather lacking, with a similar dearth of attention to The Marx Brothers, Harold Lloyd, etc.. With a lot of the major, more recent films now out I'm hoping this might change in 2003.

    David
     
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    You brought up a good point about there being a lack of vintage material on DVD.

    I would love to see all of the Laurel & Hardy shorts on DVD (in one collection).

    While were on the subject of vintage material, I would also love to see all of the Our Gang shorts on DVD & I would absolutely love to see all of the Three Stooges shorts on DVD.
     
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    Unfortunately, most of Laurel & Hardy's work is owned by Artisan. US releases of classics like Sons Of The Desert or The Music Box are probably a long way off.
    The good news is that most of their classic work has been released in France and Germany.
    One more reason to go region-free folks.
    Jeff
     
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    Hmm is that really your name "David" - if so, then life must have been pretty unbearable these last few months!


    All together now "FINCHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
     
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    Jeff,

    The problem with the European DVDs is that they're rather expensive for what you get, and aren't the kind of comprehensive, definitive, extras-laden offerings I'm hoping for.

    David
     
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    Artisan "owns" the L&H films through Hallmark.
    They better not screw up these films for DVD...or we'll have to demolish Artisan's HQ like The Boys did in Big Business. [​IMG]
     
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    Given that the Hal Roach library has been re-sold and passed around the industry many ,many times now, it seems unlikely that there is much in the way of extra material to be available for DVD release. But, we can still hope !
     
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    L & H Hal Roach sound material is my Star Wars, my Indiana Jones.

    I've been waiting forever for these, and am worried, because my off-the-air VHS tapes are now quickly losing their video. I would hate to buy any more commercial VHS tapes, but if DVD's of this stuff don't come out soon, I may have to.

    I grew up on these watching them with my parents, and we laughed till we cried. I started my 13 year old son at about age 5, and he now loves them as much as me.
     
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    You should get a region-free player and pick up the Australian DVDs of re-mastered L&H DVDs (Sons of the Desert, The Music Box, Flying Deuces, Way Out West). They will cost you under $15 and are definitely worth it.
     
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    So, what's a decent Australian e-tailer?
     
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    I order from ezydvd. I've ordered about 25 DVDs from them and have never had a problem.
     
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    1. Where do I get a region free player (is that allowed to be discussed here?)

    2. Do the players convert from PAL to NSTC?

    Thanks for any info.

    Randy
     
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    I've heard rumors that Hallmark is intending to issue L&H in 2003...no idea on timing, or extras or restoration, though, sorry.
     
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    One word...even if Artisan does a poor job, L&H really shouldn't be seen sped up.

    Their humor really needs that perfect timing.
     
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    Doesn't the PAL to NTSC conversion correct the speed thing?
     
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    Thanks for the German Amazon site, just might buy them soon
    [​IMG]
     
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