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Laurel & Hardy Volume 13 - Sons of the Desert/Related Shorts [DVD]


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Product details

  • Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase
  • Format: 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.)
  • 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: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001K2KDO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,502 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Another classic Laurel and Hardy feature-length film, which sees another attempt by Stan and Ollie to escape their wives. Also included are the shorts: 'We Faw Down' in which Stan and Ollie claim to have attended a stage show - unaware that the theatre has burned down; 'Their Purple Moment' which sees the men go out for an evening without their wives, only to discover that their money has been replaced with useless coupons; and Charley Chase's own film 'On the Wrong Trek' in which Stan and Ollie make a guest appearance.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Oct. 2006
Sons of the Desert is the best feature length L&H film you can buy.

Right from the beginning Stan has grave doubts about being a member of the 'Sons of the Desert' - "well the exhausted ruler said..." and is equally worried about whether his wife will let him attend the convention "if I didn't ask her I wouldn't know what she wanted me to do".

This film has many great set pieces, of which perhaps my favourite is their complete inability to get into the right house. They live next to each other in 2220 and 2222:

Stan attempts to get into Ollies house.

Stan shuts Ollie out of his own house.

Stan is locked out of his own house.

All this drives Mrs Hardy wild, and to make matters worse Stan starts eating the Hardy's Wax fruit - "thats the 3rd one of those thats gone missing this week" says Mrs H.

As with most L&H shorts or films the two guys are completely subservient to their wifes. Ollie believes he's runs things but in fact his wife does. Stan knows his wife wears the trousers, and consequently when the crockery is flying at the end its Ollie who suffers (as always)!

This is a consistently funny film, and whilst the two shorts are good, the reason to buy this DVD is the main black & white feature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By djay on 5 July 2012
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Considered by die-hard fans to be possibly their finest hour, "Sons of the Desert" is nothing short of classic L&H, and the fact their official fan club is named in honour of this movie says it all.
This DVD is one of a 20 volume set - which is by far and away the best compilation ever released to date. All the vintage shorts are included plus silents, colourised and foreign versions. A definite must for all fans.
*Check out the cost of buying the whole set before purchasing individually.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Norman Pitkin on 12 Feb. 2010
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Laurel & Hardy Volume 13 - Sons of the Desert/Related Shorts [DVD] [1934]
an outstanding movie Sons of the Desert 1933 . amazon have the year date wrong on this movie Release Date:
29 December 1933 usa.
on this dvd set you have
Sons of the Desert 1933 (restored back and white version)
Sons of the Desert (computer colour version
we faw down 1928 (restored back and white silent comedy with music
their purple moment(1928)( restored back and white version
on the wrong trex (1936) (restored back and white version
all of this from the the great Grand Masters of Comedy . Mr.Oliver Norvell Hardy and Mr. Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 21 Dec. 2014
21/24 of Tim Bradley's Amazon Advent Calendar 2014

This is review is for Stephen my best friend from school.

I really like this DVD collection as it contains one of the best films ever made from the `Laurel and Hardy' series as well as a number of related short films. This is the `Sons of the Desert and Related Shorts' DVD.

`SONS OF THE DESERT'

(singing) "Honolulu baby, where'd you get those eyes, And that dark complexion, I just idolize..."

This films made in 1933 is my best friend from school's favourite `Laurel and Hardy' film and is one of my favourites too. The story is such a classic and Stan and Ollie are outrageously funny in every scene throughout. You cannot beat a good comedy film than this! I highly recommend it!

There are two versions to this film on the DVD. There's a black-and-white version and a colour version which I've both enjoyed.

The film is about Laurel and Hardy attending their sort-of boys' club called `The Sons of the Desert' (probably they attend due to their recent desert experience in 'Beau Hunks', ha, ha). One night they attend, and there's the announcement of a Chicago convention next week which Stan and Ollie are excited about. They have to swear an oath to attend and it cannot be broken. Stan is reluctant to take the oath but Ollie goads him into it. Stan explains to Ollie later that he didn't want to take the oath because he's afraid of telling his wife and he thinks she won't let him go. When they get home, it turns out Ollie's wife won't let him go either since she arranged a trip to the mountains.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2009
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********CONTAINS SPOILERS********

Laurel and Hardy were undoubtedly the greatest comedy partnership to have lived. They spanned the silent and sound periods with effortless ease. Many of their contemporaries from the silent age failed to make the transition. Their comedy is simple but it also timeless. They still make me laugh after all these years, so that must surely be a good acid test that they have aged well.

Other reviewers have stated "Sons of the Desert" to be their very best feature length film, and I would agree with them absolutely. The Laurel and Hardy fan club did not call themselves "The Sons of the Desert" for no reason. The only work I felt to be better was their short "Below Zero", a virtuoso performance. But to compare such a short work with a feature is very unfair. But as I am unable to review that wonderful little work, I will pay my homage to it here.

The story of "Sons of the Desert" is a parable of what Sir Walter Scott wrote about so long ago, and has oft been quoted. "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive". Stan and Ollie would love to attend the "Sons of the desert" annual convention. Sadly their wives are not so enthused. (I can empathise here when I want to go on my climbing expeditions !!) So let the scheming begin. You know they are digging a big hole for themselves but you watch enraptured. A quack doctor who transpires to be a vet is hired to give a diagnosis that Ollie needs a long sea voyage as a curative. So a cruise to Hawaii is booked, or is it? (The song "Honolulu baby" features hilariously) The boys take themselves off to the convention where they have a great time and are caught frolicking on film. Meanwhile the ship they should have been on sinks in a typhoon with great loss of life.
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