Laurel and Hardy Collection, Vol. 2  (3-DVD)
 

A-Haunting We Will Go     The Dancing Masters      The Bullfighters

 


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Synopses

 

A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO (1942) : Stan and Ollie agree to transport a coffin to Dayton; unfortunately, the people they are dealing with are really crooks trying to get hold of an inheritance. The coffin then becomes confused with a stage prop for Dante the Magician.
Fantastic content: A touch of horror with the coffin plot, and some comic mayhem involving a tiny Stan.

Excerpt from Dave Sindelar's Scififilm site located HERE

 

THE DANCING MASTERS (1943) : Those perennial addlepates, Laurel and Hardy, are kicking up another rumpus at the Rialto in "The Dancing Masters." And again they are trying to prove that time does not wither nor custom stale the effectiveness of an old joke. In their simpleton's exercise they run the gamut of every comic cliché since Mack Sennett's time—from the bricks falling with clocked regularity on Hardy's noggin to the stream of ginger ale invariably pointed at his eyes. The only gag overlooked was the tossed custard pie. But if their stock in trade is well worn, the boys still manage to sell it for an occasional laugh. At any rate, "The Dancing Masters" is a better bargain than their other recent full-length excursions.

Excerpt from the NY Times T.S. review published: December 2, 1943 located HERE

 

BULLFIGHTERS (1945) : Exactly two months and one day since their last appearance at the Rialto in "Nothing but Trouble," the comedy duo of Laurel and Hardy showed up again yesterday at the theatre in six reels of nonsense called "The Bullfighters." Mal St. Clair, who started making slapstick comedies back in the days when directors sported puttees and bellowed directions through megaphones, saw to it that the boys would slap each other around, splash water out of a hotel lobby fountain at a stranger and splatter themselves and a luscious blonde with eggs. Mr. St. Clair didn't need a script; he must have had the whole business down pat in the back of his memory, but we note that a script is credited to W. Scott Darling. And, in a case like this, an author deserves all the notoriety he can get.

Excerpt from the NY Times Bosley Crowther's review published: May 12, 1945 located HERE

 

Posters

Theatrical Releases: Various from 1956-58

  DVD Reviews

DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
Time: Respectively - 64 minutes, 61 minutes, 68 minutes
Audio English (mono and Stereo)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - 1.33:1 

Edition Details:

• Disk 1: A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO (1942) *Full Frame Feature **Commentary by Scott MacGillivray **Movietone News **Theatrical Trailer
• Disk 2: THE DANCING MASTERS (1943) *Full Frame Feature **Commentary by Scott MacGillivray **A Ship's Reporter **Grand Hotel: The 1932 Laurel & Hardy Tour **Trailers
• Disk 3: BULLFIGHTERS (1945) *Full Frame Feature **Commentary by Scott MacGillivray **Laurel & Hardy: The Fox Years **Trailers


DVD Release Date: September 12th, 2006

3 Keep cases cases inside a cardboard box
Chapters:
16, 20, 20 (respectively)

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: Although the 3 main features of this boxset are housed in individual keep cases (see images above and below) they are not sold separately at this time and can only be obtained in Fox's Laurel and Hardy Collection Vol. 2.

Technical specifications of the discs: All region 1 coded in the NTSC standard, progressive, single-layered and anamorphic in their original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. All three of the discs offer audio commentaries.

Image: A-Haunting We Will Go and The Bullfighters look very good - clean with exceptional contrast. The Dancing Masters shows some damage - a little more than you might be accustomed to and the image appears to have had boosted black levels. It has some digital noise and artifacts are fairly visible.

Audio - Each feature offers both the original mono and 2.0 track audio as an option. The stereo sounds much better in most cases as the mono appears un-restored and slightly 'tinny' in certain sequences.

Extras - Although advertised differently Amazon (they have Randy Skretvedt as commenterist on A-Haunting We Will Go) Scott MacGillivray, author of Laurel & Hardy: From the Forties Forward does all three commentaries in this collection. He does an excellent job - I really enjoyed his insights - he is definitely the correct choice - he allows intermittent dialogue of the film to mesh with his own thoughts. He criticizes Lou Breslow's poor 'Laurel-and-Hardy-style' writing on A-Haunting We Will Go and gives us keen insight throughout all three features. He was an excellent choice for the commentaries. 

Overall impression: Fans will be quite thrilled about this set. I used to be a big Stan and Ollie fan and this collection brought back much of the fun camaraderie feeling that they evoke. MacGillivray's commentaries are the real value marker here - they are perfect for instilling appreciation about the duo and the three features. Reasonable price too. Great job Fox  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Screen Captures

 

A-Haunting We Will Go USA 1945 Directed by Alfred L. Werker


Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dante, Sheila Ryan, John Shelton, Don Costello and Elisha Cook Jr.

 

 


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The Dancing Masters USA 1943 Directed by Malcolm St. Clair


Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Trudy Marshall, Robert Bailey, Matt Briggs and Margaret Dumont

 

 

 


Individual Keep Case Cover

 

 

 

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The Bullfighters USA 1945 Directed Malcolm St. Clair


Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Margo Woode, Richard Lane, Carol Andrews and Diosa Costello

 

 


 

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Distribution 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

 




 

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