Our reviews of The Three Stooges Collection (published March 20th, 2002), The Three Stooges: Cops And Robbers (published September 26th, 2002), The Three Stooges: Hapless Half-Wits (published February 16th, 2007), The Three Stooges In Orbit (published December 17th, 2003), The Three Stooges: Stooges On The Run (published October 10th, 2006), and The Three Stooges: Stop! Look! And Laugh! (published April 25th, 2003) are also available.
"Any resemblance between the characters in this picture and other human beings is a dirty shame."
Once again, Columbia gives us a collection of six Three Stooges shorts, this time with a wartime service theme. Actually, one of the shorts doesn't quite fit the theme. "Wee Wee Monsieur" was made before the Second World War and has the boys ending up in the French Foreign Legion. No matter, all six shorts feature Curly and are fairly uniform in quality and entertainment value. None would be classified as being among the Stooges' very best, but all are slightly above average. 1943's "Back from the Front" is probably the best of the bunch, with the boys doing a nice job of caricaturing Hitler, Goering, and Goebbels at the end.
The shorts included on the disc are as follows, although not presented
chronologically on it for some reason:
As with Columbia's previous Three Stooges DVD release (Cops and Robbers), the video quality of these shorts is pretty decent on the whole. There are the usual scratches and speckles, but the images are fairly sharp with good shadow detail. "Wee Wee Monsieur" is a little darker than the others. There is some evidence of shimmer, but no edge enhancement. The soundtracks (Dolby Digital mono in both English and Spanish) are also quite acceptable with but minimal hiss. Columbia again uses an annoying roulette graphic as part of its menus and there is still no provision to play all the shorts without returning to the menu after each. Still, Stooges fans should be happy with this latest compilation.
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