Judge David Johnson once got poked in the eyes and slapped on the head with a hot iron. Not as funny as advertised.
Our reviews of The Three Stooges Collection (published March 20th, 2002), The Three Stooges: Cops And Robbers (published September 26th, 2002), The Three Stooges: G.I. Stooge (published November 14th, 2002), The Three Stooges: Hapless Half-Wits (published February 16th, 2007), The Three Stooges In Orbit (published December 17th, 2003), and The Three Stooges: Stop! Look! And Laugh! (published April 25th, 2003) are also available.
The Stooges…in color? Before you get your bowl cuts in a twist, know that Sony has given you the choice between the original black-and-white and the new color treatments to enjoy your Stooge groove. While watching any of the four included episodes, you can switch to color on the fly, using the angle button. The technique, dubbed Chromachoice, is easy and convenient, but there really is just one way to watch the Stooges, as far as I'm concerned: B&W.
This collection is supposedly tied up with the theme of the Stooges running from things, but aren't they constantly doing that? Anyway, four 17-minute Stooge shorts for your eye-gouging pleasure:
• "Dizzy Doctors" (1937)
• "Calling all Curs" (1939)
• "Disorder in the Court" (1936)
• "Pop Goes the Easel" (1935)
This is a fine collection from Sony. The episodes look terrific and even the colorization isn't half bad. Content-wise, it's all vintage Stooges: lots of moronic slapstick, zany sound effects, pie-throwing, and simple plots that pay off in big, often messy, finales. Good stuff. My wife hated it though.
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