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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Three Stooges Collection - Volume Two' [Blu ray]
(Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Mill Creek Entertainment)

Overview: At the dawn of the PC era, 3 unlikely “cowboys,” Joe MacMillan, Gordon Clark and Cameron Howe, take personal and professional risks in the race to build a breakthrough computer.

Blu ray Verdict: Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk! The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act of the mid–20th century (1930–1975) best known for their numerous Columbia short subject films, still syndicated to television. Their hallmark was physical farce and slapstick. In films, the Stooges were commonly known by their first names: "Moe, Larry, and Curly" or "Moe, Larry, and Shemp", among other line-ups depending on the films; there were six active stooges, five of whom performed in the shorts. Moe and Larry were always present until the very last years of the ensemble's run of more than forty years.

'The Three Stooges Meet Hercules' (1962) - Comical chaos ensues when the trio flicks the switch of a time-machine that transports them to ancient Greece! The film was such a box office hit that Columbia offered the Stooges' production company, Normandy, a three-picture deal! 'The Three Stooges Meet Hercules' succeeds admirably because Moe, Larry and Curly Joe are kept up front of the proceedings and it doesn't hurt at all (except perhaps for them when they get smacked around) that the comedy is consistent and faithful to what we expect from seeing all those old Stooge shorts. Despite their advancing ages, the "boys" hit all their marks perfectly and never do we get the impression that we're dealing with men well into their sixties.

'Three Stooges Go Around The World In A Daze' (1963) - The Stooges set sail for a globe-hopping trip, after being enlisted by a con man that needs to win a bet. Funnily enough, for all you Three Stooges trivia fans out there, the character Amelia Carter says she is from Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is where Joan Freeman, the actress who played her, was born! Anyway, The Three Stooges are the servants of the original Phileas Fogg in this series of vignettes often filmed on location. Along the way they pick up a white American woman abducted by slave traders in India and deface a picture of Mao Zedong in China when captured by "technicians" of the Red Army (possibly a reference to contemporary events leading up the 1964 Sino-Indian War). They get lost in the East China sea, but luckily avoid reaching Singapore where Lee Kuan Yew would have made them into Soylent Green. Then before the melodramatic end, it all hanged in the balance with a flight from Canada in a De Havilland Comet.

'The Outlaws Is Coming' (1965) - Larry, Moe, and Curly are sent out west, upon their arrival they find themselves being sought after by every gunslinger in history. This film is actually better known - amongst Three Stooges fans- as being Emil Sitka's final film appearance with The Three Stooges. A regular in their films for decades, Sitka would actually officially become a Stooge in the early 1970s after Larry Fine was forced to retire, but he never made a movie in this role. Moving on, and being it was their last feature film also, of course, most of the cast members, except for Adam West 'Batman'), were not very well known, but they showed some understated acting ability that proved their talent and demonstrated how good a Stooges movie could be. 'The Outlaws Is Coming' also has superior jokes and gags than their other Curly Joe films as well. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.