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Laurel & Hardy: A Chump at Oxford and Related Shorts [DVD] [1940]

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  • Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Forrester Harvey, Wilfred Lucas, Forbes Murray
  • Directors: Alfred Goulding
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2004
  • Run Time: 195 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001K2KFW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,622 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Contains:

  • A Chump At Oxford (black & white)
  • A Chump At Oxford (colourised)
  • From Soup to Nuts
  • Another Fine Mess (black & white)
  • Another Fine Mess (colourised)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Duluoz Lautrec on 15 Mar. 2011
A CHUMP AT OXFORD (4 stars) sees Stan & Ollie foil a bank robbery and get an Oxford Uni education as a reward and includes classic moments of getting lost in a maze, eating an egg, operating a soda water syphon, the old slipping on a banana skin trick and a disgruntled Ollie looking down the camera, it's an hour long, never outstays its welcome and includes a young Peter Cushing as one of the students and there's not a vampire in sight.
FROM SOUP TO NUTS (3 stars) is a silent film with parlour music played over the action of Stan & Ollie as two useless waiters, the footage is pretty grainy but in the same way that you can't make a pristine recording out of an old Woody Guthrie record, you can only do so much with a film made in 1928.
ANOTHER FINE MESS (4 stars) starts with Stan & Ollie on the run from the law and has them accidentally squatting and renting out a posh house they were passing, it's another cracker and has the unique sight of a wildebeast on a tandem!
Two of the films also appear in computer colour versions and I'm sure someone spent a long time sweating over them but they needn't have bothered because they are ultimately pointless, they look ridiculous and you wouldn't add a dash of colour to Picasso's 'Guernica' would you?
One last point is that it'd be cheaper in the long run to buy the 'Collection' boxset if you're thinking of buying more than 5 or 6 Stan & Ollie DVDs but if you're only buying a handful, I'd recommend this above most.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 April 2004
Its unbelievable to see that Stan and Ollie are languishing so low in theDVD sales chart, because their relentlessly optimistic escapades are someof the best, simplest comedy ever written.
The shorts on this disc are all excellent, but why? Really, I think thatthe answer lies in the chemistry between the two. As you grow to knowthese two characters, in whatever guise they may inhabit, you are certainto find yourself chuckling at even the smallest exchanges between the two.Where Hardy often seems the more dominant one, it is Stan Laurel, with hiswonderfully quizzical facial expressions and remarks that stays in thememory for longest.
Of course, the writing is superlative to anything being churned out evennow, many years later. Comedy has changed and evolved, often graciously(see The Office or Phoenix Nights as two of the most recent examples), butthis DVD should be treasured as it is an eternal blueprint of two of theclassic comic geniuses who deserve to live forever.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Danny K. on 6 April 2006
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Excellent film and shorts. However the films contained on Volume One have not been restored and are little better than previously released L&H. The silent film "From soup to Nuts" is in extremly poor condition and hardly viewable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2012
How could I have reached the ripe age of 46 and not ever seen the delightful A Chump at Oxford? My favourite part is where they're lost in a maze, with bits such as where Stan is about to exit it after having been lost within, sees a sign saying "Exit" pointing the opposite direction and so re-enters again! Whether or not (doubtful) that it was filmed in Oxford, it makes a nice change to see a supposed England for the Hollywood duo.

From Soup To Nuts, a Silent from 1928, relies on its visuals as Ollie & Stan try to help out in the kitchen and serve dinner. Recorded on the DVD is some nice jaunty accompanying music and sound effects in a good stereo, which help.

Lastly, fast-moving farce 'Another Fine Mess', sharing the same name as the pair's catchphrase is peppered with visual gags that include them as a panto horse trying to ride a getaway bike. Amusing rather than hilarious these days, it's still fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Hannon on 3 April 2010
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Bought for Grandma.
Now the kids and Grandma are tied up, for the foseeable future, watching the Laurel and Hardy collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spin on 14 Jun. 2010
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I will presume that since you have clicked on Vol. 1 of Laurel and Hardy, you are unsure as to whether to click on "Buy". Let me put your fears to rest. Laurel and Hardy are the epitome of comedy. Anyone who does not laugh at their films should seek psychiatric help. There is not one, literally not one, L&H film that will not get the child in you roaring with laughter. Put aside our modern world, put aside the crap that dictates our life, sit down with a glass of beer, a slice of cheesecake, put your smelly feet on the coffee table and enjoy some innocent, hilarious antics. Being a married man, I recommend "Brats", "Sons of the desert" and "Our Relatives". But, in all fairness, the shorts are just as funny as the main features. Everyone has a favourite L&H sketch, buy these great DVDs and choose yours. And the next time you write a review your smile will shine in your words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Byrne on 15 Jun. 2009
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This is one of L & H's best films. The ghost scene in the maze is pure gold !!!
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Recalled them to be funny and easy to watch, and wimpering crying funny way and thats another fine mess got me into .

Instead I felt extremely bored so did the children slow drawn out, not gags or funny things or easy watching, The colour restored thingy is really really really poor bad dont bother watching it with this really tbh.
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