Mackinac Media Press Release: STOOGES: THE MEN BEHIND THE MAYHEM

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    MACKINAC MEDIA OFFERS

    ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTIONS ABOUT THE THREE STOOGES EVER ASSEMBLED IN THE DVD RELEASE
    STOOGES: THE MEN BEHIND THE MAYHEM

    Detroit, MI -- It¹s the Stooges, in one of the most comprehensive collections ever compiled. On April 26, Mackinac Media will offer fans the award-winning A&E Biography documentary from Laughsmith Entertainment, Inc. as well as four additional hours of bonus features on DVD entitled Stooges: The Men Behind The Mayhem. In total, five hours are included on this special collector¹s edition two-disc DVD including an expanded version of the documentary, four digitally remastered shorts, three still galleries, rare radio interviews, unedited interview footage and a DVD-Rom, ³My Pal Moe.² Priced at a SRP of $29.95, Stooges: The Men Behind The Mayhem features interviews with family members and a rare peek at Larry¹s sister, Lyla Fine¹s, personal scrapbook. Prebook is March 15.



    ³This DVD is unlike anything Stooge fans have yet to see,² commented Andre Blay, CEO of Mackinac Media. ³Our partners at Laughsmith Entertainment have created an incredible wealth of material about the Stooges and no DVD release to-date matches it in quality or depth.²



    For decades, The Three Stooges brought their unique blend of slapstick mirth to audiences of all ages. The group began as a vaudeville act in the 1920s billed as Ted Healy and His Stooges. After touring the country and surviving a few disputes, Ted Healy struck out on his own and the remaining three, Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard, continued performing as the Stooges. Shortly thereafter, they were picked up by Columbia Pictures who made short films of the trio. From 1934 through 1946, their popularity continued to grow. After plenty of real-life antics and cast changes within the troop, the Stooges decided to retire and left Columbia Pictures in 1959. The studio began running the shorts on television making the Stooges a household name for a new generation. The Stooges returned to make a series of successful feature length comedies and continued performing until the death of Moe Howard in 1975. From vaudeville to the 1970s, the Stooges delighted young and old alike with their crazy antics.



    Laughsmith Entertainment was formed in September 1992 by filmmakers Paul E. Gierucki and William Hunt. Their first collaborative effort, Stooges: The Men Behind the Mayhem, quickly went on to become one of the most watched and highest-rated entries in the popular A&E Biography series. They have since created several original television pilots under the Laughsmith banner and both men have produced, written, directed and consulted for numerous other film, television and video productions.
     
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    I'm not sure what they're talking about with this April 26 date, as I bought my copy directly from Mackinac a couple of months ago. Also, the material on the dvd is, disappointingly, all public domain material. The four shorts are the typical "Disorder In The Court", "Brideless Groom", etc, although they have been cleaned up quite a bit. The documentary has a lot of great interviews, but all the footage shown of the Stooges is public domain. The telephone interviews with Larry and Moe are very interesting to listen to, and are the rarest item on the set.
     

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