Our Gang (aka The Little Rascals)

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  1. Nuno_Jason

    Nuno_Jason Auditioning

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    Ok, there are a few discs out by Brentwood that showcases some of the most popular episodes. They are unedited, which is good, but this show is a classic if there ever was a classic! These shorts are amazing time pieces and are full of a charm that cannot be duplicated today or ever again! They really need to be preserved (especially the non-talkies!) and the whole goshdarn catalogue of shorts (those that still exist!)need to be released in a complete set! (If they are owned by the same studio, that is) The silents from 1922 all the way to the MGM's of 1945(?) C'mon, who's with me on this? Take us back in time!
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    Nuno,
    I feel your pain.
    You should have had a DVD player 3 years ago. It
    was at that time that a company called Cabin Fever
    released a boxed set of approximately 24 Little Rascals
    shorts, all hosted by Leonard Maltin. The set was
    available out of Canada.
    If you are familiar with the 2 VHS boxed sets that
    were available in the mid-90s, this DVD boxed set
    was an exact duplicate of that material.
    The only problem is, before Cabin Fever could
    release the 2nd boxed set on DVD, the company went
    belly-up.
    So, some of us were lucky to get that first DVD
    boxed set, whose quality is absolutely gorgeous.
    Now...
    I had high hopes for GoodTimes Video which
    just released a 8-DVD set of Our Gang shorts -- but
    after buying it, I am very disappointed. The entire
    set is badly organized from listing of titles to
    easy menu access to particular shorts. The quality
    of the material falls short of the Cabin Fever
    versions.
    Hallmark has 2 volumes of Little Rascals shorts which
    they released a few years back. You can find them here:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...525527-6279912
    The quality of those shorts are quitre good.
    If you are really desparate, go ahead and order the
    GoodTimes Our Gang boxed set. It's not that
    great, but it's the only thing available to us now.
     
  3. BrianP

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  5. Ronald Epstein

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    Guys,

    If this Music Graveyard is legit, I urge you
    to buy these DVDs.

    They are a rarity because I don't think they
    are being manufactured anymore.

    These are the original unedited versions
    from Cabin Fever, meticulously remastered, and
    hosted by Leonard Maltin.

    The Hallmark and GoodTimes versions are crap in
    comparance.
     
  6. Steve Phillips

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    Ron,

    The Hallmark DVDs are exactly the same as the initial Cabin Fever releases. They include the Leonard Maltin intros also.

    I recommend the Canadian set. The packaging isn't great, but the discs are uncut and look nice. Basically the content duplicates two of the four box sets released on laserdisc.

    I've kept all four laserdisc sets, but I'd like to have at least the contents of the other two on DVD. I think all of the sound shorts produced by Hal Roach are included, with a few of the earlier silent ones thrown in as well.

    After Hal Roach sold the rights to the series to MGM in 1938, there was an immediate and very noticable drop in quality. The MGM shorts are almost all awful, and embarrasing and painful to watch. Even as a kid I rejected those. If those are the only ones you've seen, you've never really seen what the series was all about. The early sound shorts are the best, I think. Even the Hal Roach ones started to get stale around 1936.

    In all its incarnations, the series ran for 22 years (1922-1944). The sound shorts started in mid 1929.
     
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  10. Jim Douglas

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    I ordered the set from the music graveyard site which goes through Yahoo shopping so I should know in another week or so. Showed in stock when I placed the order so I'll keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for the heads up.
    Jim
     
  11. Eugene Esterly

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    What I would love to see is a DVD collection which contains all of the Our Gang shorts (I would definatly purchase a collection which contains all of the Our Gang shorts.)
     
  12. Jim Douglas

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    I received my set today from Music Graveyard. I was surprised to see it so soon. They just threw the discs in a bubblewrap bag. One disc was sliding around inside it's case but a soft cotton rag cleaned off all the marks and it plays fine. These are the Cabin Fever discs and I watched a couple of episodes on the scratched disc just to make sure it played ok. Very nice discs of these old classics. I'm very happy to add these to my collection. Thanks again for the heads up on a place to find these. Like Ron said for 20 bucks these were hard to pass up on.
    Thanks
    Jim
     
  13. Steve Meskell

    Steve Meskell Second Unit

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    I got in on the Music graveyard deal and when I received my package I was quite surprised
    In my opinion they seem to be copies...fuzzy inserts and crappy printing on the disc and no upc codes on 4 of the discs

    That being said they are still good to have
     

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