'The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 2: 1937-1939'
(Moe, Larry, and Curly, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2008 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: Get ready for more outrageous antics as The Three Stooges return in this second collection of chronological masterpieces.
DVD Verdict: Their type of physical comedy that they pioneered is the absolute hardest to do. Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell, Mike Myers, and even the Wayans brothers, all owe their entire careers to this legendary comedy team.
After years of poor transfers and the same repeated shorts on extremely high priced sets of only a few episodes at a time, Sony releases yet another volume of what is hands down the ultimate Stooge fans must-have set.
This treasure trove of shorts, many of which have almost never been aired and have not seen the light of day since their original theatrical exhibition back in the late 1930's, is the only special feature you need. If you have any younger children or teens that are fans of newer comedians I strongly urge you to introduce them to the men that invented today's type of comedy.
Sure, they might initialy balk at the original Black & White presentation of the shorts, but I can give you a 100% guarantee that once they start watching these legendary masters go to work, they will want to repeatedly visit this wonderful timecapsule of a bygone era that trancends the two tone color of these films. The greatest tribute to these masters of Comedy, is knowing that newer generations are getting introduced to them.
Indeed, each short in this compilation has been digitally remastered and the soundtrack has been fully restored. Never before have these 70+ year old films looked or sounded so good. Gone is each pop, scratch, hiss, splice and wobbly frame. The contrast has been lovingly corrected. Granted, there are times when the picture fluctuates in contrast (when the camera is sped up to make images move faster), but that was limited to the technology for the time.
Most importantly, it shows the team at their peak. Moe, Larry and Curly were never more vigorous than during this period. While there are a few shorts that miss their mark here, many are high energy romps. The fact that numerous directors were in and out of the mix during this era didn't hurt the series. The Three Stooges Collection Volume Two: 1937-1939 contains 24 titles presented in their original release order. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs but does not come with any Special Features.