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SPHE Press Release: The Three Stooges Collection Volume Seven: 1952-1954

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  1. Bob Furmanek

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    I've projected 35mm prints of quite a few post-1953 Stooge shorts. The newly shot material and titles are clearly blocked for 1.85, but the older footage was not optically corrected for widescreen presentation. Therefore, quite a bit of information is cropped off in the stock footage. That's why my list only contains those which include a majority of new footage.

    SPOOKS (sepia-toned)
    PARDON MY BACKIRE
    GOOF ON THE ROOF
    INCOME TAX SAPPY
    SHOT IN THE FRONTIER
    GYPPED IN THE PENTHOUSE
    BLUNDER BOYS
    HOOFS AND GOOFS
    MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
    A MERRY MIX-UP
    SPACE SHIP SAPPY
    GUNS A-POPPIN' (brief 1.37 stock footage)
    HORSING AROUND
    OUTER SPACE JITTERS
    QUIZ WHIZ
    SWEET AND HOT
    FLYING SAUCER DAFFY
    OIL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (brief 1.37 stock footage)
     
  2. Traveling Matt

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    Quote:


    Thanks for the work generating that list, but I strongly disagree with one sentiment: this should NOT be an Archive project! Especially after the bang-up job Sony's doing with the Columbia shorts. I would want to see consistent restoration continue, despite ownership differences.
     
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    Something interesting from Mike S. that might be of interest for all Stooges lovers:



    They're not being ignored. Be patient.
    Mike S.
     
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    For those that have missed a few sets, Barnes & Noble brick and mortar stores and their website have all six Stooge sets on sale for 50% off.
     
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    Its really odd that the press release mentions the 3-d glasses, yet on the front and backcover of the set, posted on various sites, its nowhere.
     
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    Maybe there will be a sticker on the front of the package? That way if they stop putting the glasses in the sets somewhere down the road, they don't have to change the actual package.
     
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    Travis, that could be the reason.With me getting into blu ray buying the last few months , ive yet to get volume 6!!!! But, with what you just said, I may get volume 6 at a later time, and skip ahead to volume 7 upon its release. Because you never know, if theyll eliminate the 3-d version down the road.
     
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    This picture of the box was posted all over the Internet in September. The descriptions still say the 3D films are included, so I hope we do not have any thing to worry about. I am really looking forward to this set and the 3D films. While the use of the Anaglyph process is not the best, it works with Black & White films.

    But all speculation will end in three weeks.
     
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    Nothing like getting eye-pokes in 3-D! :)
     
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    A member of threestooges.net confirms two 3d glasses included in the set. "Received mine today :) Never expected to have it this early! Sticker on shrink-wrap states "3-D Glasses Inside" "Features Spooks and Pardon My Backfire in 3-D". There are 2 pairs of glasses sandwiched in between the slimline DVD cases. The glasses are from Trioscopics, Magenta (Right Eye) and Green (Left Eye). Back of box indicates 1.85:1 and 1.33:1. Should be nice to watch some of the shorts in anamorphic."

    Good to know.

    http://threestooges.net/forums/index.php?topic=3169.msg24036#msg24036
     
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    Excellent news. I can not wait until Tuesday.
     
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    Please kindly forgive my bumping this topic! However, within this volume, I've ran across some clear discrepancies, which I will list below the first quoted post.
    This volume contains not nine widescreen shorts, but seven, beginning with GOOF ON THE ROOF (1953), which is an issue in of itself, and continuing through the remaining six shorts on disc two. Perhaps, Bob Furmanek's quoted post below explains the discrepancy:

    For me, the above quoted post raises even more questions. While I realize that during The Three Stooges long run at Columbia, there was often a significant time frame between shooting and release dates, we're looking at a very schizophrenic release schedule from about mid 1953 to that year's end, consisting of the following:

    SPOOKS (3-D and Widescreen)
    PARDON MY BACKFIRE (3-D and Widescreen)
    RIP, SEW, AND STITCH
    BUBBLE TROUBLE
    GOOF ON THE ROOF (Widescreen)

    So, what we're looking at here are two widescreen releases, followed by two at the old standard academy ratio, before the resumption of widescreen releases. It should be noted that the two academy ratio releases were virtual reconstructions of previous shorts, which may have necessitated the temporary return to a non widescreen format.

    My point is that, while there has been significant discussion regarding the widescreen presentation of GOOF ON THE ROOF on the Volume 7 DVD set, a short that had been shot prior to the introduction of the widescreen format, but held back from theatrical release for the better part of a year, what about the academy ratio presentation of the two 3-D shorts? Amidst much discussion regarding the shortcomings of their inferior anaglyph presentations on the DVD (The post 2012 pressings no longer include the 3-D versions!), the additional aspect ratio issue never seemed to come up for the 3-D shorts. Twilight Time's THE MAD MAGICIAN (1953) 3-D Blu-ray release from last year, includes both Three Stooges 3-D shorts in the 1.85:1 widescreen format, as well.

    As for GOOF ON THE ROOF, released near the end of 1953; although most certainly commonly presented in a widescreen format, this short sure includes a lot of shots that look far too tight in the 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio presentation.

    CHEERS! :)
     
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    I already suspected as much, which makes the relative lack of discussion of their incorrectly not being issued in wide-screen on the DVD volumes a bit curious to me. I suppose that like myself, most others weren't previously aware of their having been shot for wide-screen to start with!

    CHEERS! :)
     
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    The 3D shorts are presented widescreen on the DVD collection.
     
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    That's weird. I literally just viewed these the other night, and I could have sworn they were 1.37:1. I guess my memory just isn't what I think it used to be! ;)

    CHEERS! :)
     
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    Obviously, I was distracted by the sub-par 3-D visuals ;) :
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