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Laurel & Hardy - The Collection (21-disc Box Set) [DVD]

Stan Laurel , Oliver Hardy    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Max Davidson, James Finlayson, Charley Chase
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 21
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2004
  • Run Time: 4119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001K2KE8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,949 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This 21-disc box set includes 20 classic Laurel & Hardy films and various shorts, plus a bonus disc containing the original version of Brats (1930), extracts from the German version of Pardon Us (1931), Thundering Fleas (1926), Fluttering Hearts (1927), Prudence (1927) and the documentary Laurel & Hardy--A Tribute to the Boys (1991).

A 21-disc box set of classic Laurel and Hardy comedy containing the following:

  • 1. A Chump At Oxford/Related Shorts
  • 2. Classic Shorts/Someone's Ailing
  • 3. Way Out West/Shorts
  • 4. Classic Shorts/Ollie And Matrimony
  • 5. Our Relations/Dual Roles Shorts
  • 6. Classic Shorts/Murder In The Air
  • 7. Blockheads/Themed Shorts
  • 8. Classic Shorts/Blackmail
  • 9. The Bohemian Girl/Related Shorts
  • 10. Classic Shorts/Be Big/Laughing Gravy
  • 11. Saps At Sea/Themed Shorts
  • 12. Classic Shorts/Laurel And Hardy And The Law
  • 13. Sons Of The Desert/Related Shorts
  • 14. Classic Shorts/A Job To Do
  • 15. Pack Up Your Troubles/Related Shorts
  • 16. Classic Shorts/Maritime Adventures
  • 17. Swiss Miss/Animal Shorts
  • 18. Classic Shorts/Married Life
  • 19. Pardon Us/One Prison Short
  • 20. Classic Shorts/More Brushes With The Law
  • 21. Bonus disc: Original version of Brats (1930), extracts from German version of Pardon Us (1931), Thundering Fleas (1926), Fluttering Hearts (1927), Prudence (1927) and the documentary Laurel & Hardy - A Tribute To The Boys (1991)

From the Back Cover

Subtitles: All have English subtitles for the Hearing Impaired (only), apart from silent films and foreign language versions.

Customer Reviews

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349 of 354 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great package 6 May 2004
At last a DVD boxset available in the UK containing nearly all the Hal Roach classics from 1926-1940.
Packing is fantastic with silver lettering complementing the black and white drawings of L&H. Each disc has a 3-4 page leaflet with production notes and photos.
20 DVDs of classic shorts and feature films plus a bonus disc containing the rarely seen original 1930s version of Brats and the 1991 documentary.
The B&W versions are the newly restored prints, which are the same as the renowned German Kinowelt series. Also included are colour versions, which although derided by film buffs and L&H historians are not as bad as has been said. Sure the clarity is not as high on the colour versions but some are fine and are certainly not a waste of disc space as has been suggested.
For completists this set is missing the feature films Fra Viavolo, Bonnie Scotland and Flying Dueces and Babes in Toyland. But the 3 of these are I think owned by MGM and did not appear on the Kinowelt boxsets either. Whilst babes in Toyland is far from a L&H classic and is mostly one good scene with musical filler material. If you want to argue that the boxset is not complete then you might as well complain that it contains none of their 1941 -1 954 features.
As it is what you get here is all the material that's worth having in a great package with a documentary bonus disc and rare foreign language versions of Murder Case, Blotto, Laughing Gravy and more which because L&H performed these phonetically contain slightly different scenes from the English spoken ones.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer bliss - this box set deserves 50 stars! 25 Jan 2007
As an American, I purchased a region-free DVD player for two specific purposes: to attain "The Comic Strip Presents Complete" and this set. Only a handful of Laurel & Hardy films are available on DVD stateside. Half of those are the cinematic abominations produced at MGM and 20th Century Fox in the '40s and the other half are poorly-transferred television edits of some of the films you'll find here. However, the movies HERE have been beautifully restored and are presented uncut. THIS is the collection you want/need. The films are silent and sound shorts produced at the Hal Roach Studios throughout the '20s and '30s and they are as hilarious today as they were then. There a few minor omissions (films in the public domain which are also available in decent versions on DVD - namely "The Devil's Brother" and "Bonnie Scotland"). If you love comedy, do yourself a favor and but this immediately. Universal did this up right!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection!!! 13 May 2004
By A Customer
At last a collection of Laurel and Hardy's sound films. The picture and sound quality are good, a couple of the short films are a little dark but that is OK.
I am happy to see that most of the films have their original title cards and in some cases studio logo.
Now, all we need is Warner Brothers who own the rights to BONNIE SCOTLAND, PICK A STAR and DEVIL'S BROTHER and a couple of later MGM pictures to open their vaults along with Twentieth Century Fox.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best box set of anything EVER 19 Aug 2006
The attention to detail, precision and quality has been given to this ultimate boxed set collection of L&H. If you are a fan, and do not have a multi-region DVD player, now is the time to invest in one. It's completely worth it just to see these discs. Finally, the ultimate collection exists of the most comprehensive collection of Laurel and Hardy's movies. Buy it now before it's too late. Sets like this don't stay on the market very long and you'll regret it if you don't pick it up now.

It's the best DVD investment I've ever made. The fact that they went and provided colorized versions of the movies (even though I am a purist and just can't watch those) in order to appeal to a wider audience is just one of the many bonuses in this collection. Don't hesitate - just cut back one one coffee drink a week and you can easily pay for it! Enjoy...
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the one and only comedy team. 26 Nov 2006
the best comedy team in the world bar none, are given the 5 star treatment as far as their films are concerned.

each film that laurel and hardy made for hal roach between 1927 to 1940, has been digitally remastered with superior sound and picture.

also included are a few foreign versions of some of their sound films along with extra footage.

each film proves the extent of laurel and hardy's comedy genius; their unique timing, hardy's tie-twiddling and look at the camera, laurel's dumb expression and cry; that's all here and plenty more besides.

included is a feature-length tribute to their careers, that makes for interesting viewing.

anyone who's a fan of L and H or silent comedy in general, should not go without this particular d.v.d set as it is essential viewing.
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251 of 258 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DVD box set ever 19 May 2004
By A Customer
This box set is the best collection of films ever to be released on DVD, and really deserves ten stars it is that good.
Being a life long fan I purchased both the original video series by Virgin video and the re-mastered Vision video's a few years later. While the re-mastered editions editions had excellent picture quality the VHS format did not really do them justice. The DVD transfer however makes most of the films look pristine, and it is hard to believe that some of these films are over seventy years old given their picture quality. The sound, particularly on the silents with their stero sound track played by the Dutch band 'Beau Hunks' is truly outstanding. Also the sound on the talkies has been cleaned up to give the best sound quality available.
Why is the set so good?. The simple reason is that with the exception of the features 'Bonnie Scotland', 'The Devils Brother' and 'Babes in Toyland', this box set contains all the Laurel and Hardy starring shorts/features produced by Hal Roach, and that means the very best of Laurel and Hardy. Laurel and Hardy only ever approached the same artistic quality they achieved on one feature away from Hal Roach 'The Flying Deuces'.
As well as the classic films the set has a number of special features such as foreign language and colourised editions. The foreign language editions are worth watching because they are often longer, featuring additional scenes, different casts and best of all Laurel and Hardy actually speaking French, German or Spanish. A lot has been written about the colourised versions, while it is not up to the quality seen in 'Babes in Toyland', it is not really that bad. The only really bad thing about them is that being made for American TV they have a number of annoying scene cuts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb restoration
Bought individually and not as the box set, I own about10 of these dvds and was really pleased with the restoration. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT BOX SET
Published 6 days ago by ronnie2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brill thanks
Published 17 days ago by mrs jean lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic purchase
It was amazing to see that you could still buy these. A must have for laurel and hardy fans
Published 1 month ago by Hira Miah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by leon johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good on a computer monitor
I have watched all these films on a high quality computer monitor whilst using my exercise bike. The length of most of these Hal Roach comedies makes these films ideal for that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Derek Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Complete
Does NOT contain "Bonnie Scotland" - a bit of a bummer. My only gripe really. Other than that, it's quality ! Timeless !!
Published 2 months ago by C. J. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best of the best. Laurel & Hardy's escapades are timeless and a great sense of comedic joy.
Published 2 months ago by artdealer
5.0 out of 5 stars the bees knees
a skinny Englishman,a fat American,anglo/American comic genius,a must buy for anyone who wants their abdominal muscles tighten with laughter,and realise life is not all gloom and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by english john
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubby loves these
I bought these for my hubby who loves Laurel and Hardy. He watched the lot and occasionally takes them out again.
Published 5 months ago by LayniBee
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