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Little Rascals Collection [DVD] [1933] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jackie Cooper , Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas    DVD
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  • Actors: Jackie Cooper, Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas, George "Spanky" McFarland, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
  • Producers: Hal Roach
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Passport
  • DVD Release Date: 13 July 2004
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZZ4PA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,676 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
**NOTE** The 1-star reviews are NOT for the Golden colored Complete Set, they are for the Passport set.

Instead of buying this, I would steer you to the official releases.

For a complete set of sound Little Rascals films buy:

The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection [DVD] [1933] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

If you want to just buy a few titles for memories & not spend much, buy:

The Little Rascals: In Color! [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

There are better sets out there with the silent films, so no need to buy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it - mainly silent film shorts 24 Jun 2009
Poor quality. 4 out of 5 of the DVDs in the set are silent films. Very poor sound and picture quality. Not a good buy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 20 Feb 2008
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i bought this with memories of getting up on a saturday morning to watch "little rascals" on tv, having opened the dvd's i am totally disappointed with it. I expected the majority of the films to be about alfalfa, spanky and the rest of the gang but no, the first 3 discs are all silent films, the fourth disc shows 2 films with "the gang" on.
The intro for all the 5 dvd's show alfalfa,spanky and the rest which to say the least is misleading.
I will be looking for a better "little rascals" dvd, anyone got recommendations?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 4 Feb 2009
I used to love the Little Rascals as a kid, but sadly this video is pretty rubbish. Bad quality and a general let down. Perhaps this is an earlier seris than was expecting.
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1.0 out of 5 stars HUGE Disappointment with NO Restoration for The Little Rascals! 29 Oct 2008
By Tante Maren - Published on
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The Complete Collection of The Little Rascals DVD Set is being distributed by Genius Entertainment with the statements REMASTERED, RESTORED and UNCUT printed on the top and front of this set. It is NOT Remastered. It is NOT Restored. It is NOT Uncut. I cannot believe Genius Entertainment is allowed to falsely advertise this set and charge such a premium price for a dvd set that is in worse shape than my old television copies that I bought over the years.

I must make it clear that I would give 5 stars to The Little Rascals shorts for the shows themselves, but this set is such a huge disappointment, that I have to give it one star, since I cannot give it minus 10 stars, which is what it deserves!

Since I have these Little Rascal shorts on other dvd's, which I am certain people taped from their tv's over the years, I have something to compare them to. As I watched some of the episodes from my old copies and this new set, side by side, the most noticeable thing is the size of the film. This dvd set is blown up enough to cut off a border around the edges, leaving heads and feet cut off! I hate when things are "remastered" like this, cutting off parts of their heads or feet! They did this with Route 66, until the complaints were so numerous about it, that the company remastered Route 66 in it's proper size, where everyone had all their body parts.

The next thing that was very noticeable, were very wide white lines and specs throughout many of the shorts, that make it far too irritating to watch. The only obvious thing that they did was make the contrast stronger, the whites are whiter and the blacks are blacker. As I viewed this strong contrast closer, I noticed that they have eliminated details on the film, gray buttons on black pants are now invisible, as everything is TOO BLACK! The films are totally ruined!

It is obvious that Genius Entertainment simply blew the film up cutting off a border around the film, which also cut off heads on the top and feet on the bottom and sharpened the contrast, making every detail disappear into pure black or pure white! They actually have the audacity to call this remastered, restored and uncut! In reality it is BLOWN UP, OVERLY CONTRASTED, and UNVIEWABLE!

There is a bonus disc that I did enjoy parts of that features: 3 silent shorts in horrendous condition, The Story of Hal Roach and Our Gang, Racism and The Our Gang Comedies, and Catching up with The Little Rascals. The last features 2008 interviews with Dick Moore, Jean Darling, Jerry Tucker, Annie Ross and Rick Sapphire (Spanky's manager).

This dvd set is a thousand times worse than my old copies taken off the televison stations many years ago! How Genius Entertainment could make worse copies than old tv copies, I'll never know! I hope a reputable company will really make a restored, remastered and uncut copy of these treasured Little Rascal shorts, but until then, I'll have to be content with my old television copies, which are a thousand times more viewable than these horrendous, unviewable discs!
350 of 370 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Update: NOT ALL UNCUT! Includes some SILENT shorts, in addition to all of the sound Hal Roach produced shorts. 30 July 2008
By Paul J. Mular - Published on
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BAD NEWS FOLKS! This not a re-release of the CabinFever transfers. 14 of these are Blackhawk prints, unrestored from 16mm! And two titles have EDITS!

Comparing this release to Cabin fever's 1999 DVD release shows that Cabin Fever's has less artifacting. Those are defenately the superior DVD releases!

The Little Rascals: Vol 1 - 12 Cabin Fever Box Set (6 discs)

The edited titles in this set are BEAR SHOOTERS & WASHEE IRONEE, they were complete in the Cabin Fever DVDs.

The old RHI VHS master got used for WASHEE IRONEE, about 11 minutes into the short, when the gang askes a Chinese boy how to wash clothes, you see him drink some water but the close up of him spitting the water on the clothes & saying "Washee, Washee" is MISSING. The shot right after with the gang looking puzzled is also MISSING. We pick up again with a longer shot of the gang spitting the water on the clothes. The reason for this edit is really a mystery. It does not censor anything that we don't see elsewhere in the short, it must have been an editing error when putting reel 1 & reel 2 together.

Blackhawk never put their name on any 35mm material that they used. They spliced their titles in to their 16mm negative. The sad part is that we will be deprived of the original title artwork.

Here is the list of the 14 titles with the Blackhawk homemovie title cards:

Barnum & Ringling Inc., which does NOT have the original Hal Roach Music & Effects soundtrack! This was one of the first Hal Roach silent films to be produced with a Music & effects soundtrack disc for theaters to run with the film. The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum often runs this short with its original soundtrack. Too bad we get the Blackhawk Gaylord Carter soundtrack here!
Boxing Gloves
Moan & Groan Inc.
Shivering Shakespear
A Tough Winter
The Kid From Borneo
The Pinch Singer
Three Smart Boys
Roamin' Holiday
Bear Facts
Came The Brawn
Feed'em & Weep
The Awful Tooth
Hide & Shriek

--------Original review-------

Not only will we get all of the Hal Roach sound shorts in one package, but a nice surprise will be the inclusion of some silent shorts. A few of these are making their DVD debut!

"The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection" spans
the years of 1929-1938. This collection contains all
80 of the original sound Hal Roach Our Gang films (later re-issued as The Little Rascals)
in their entirety; fully Remastered, Restored and
Uncut. This amazing 8-disc set contains a collectible
booklet, loads of nostalgic bonus footage, photos and
much more! This preeminent collection is a must-have
for fans, both old and new.

Members of the gang start out with WHEEZER, FARINA, Mary Ann Jackson, Joe Cobb, Jean Darling, Harry Spear, & Pete (the Pup).

DISC 1 (Introduction by Richard Bann):

Small Talk (1929) (only 3-reeler running about 25 minutes)
***(2-reels running 15 to 21 minutes from here to 1936)***
Railroadin' (1929) (CHUBBY joins the gang)
Boxing Gloves (1929) (with Jackie Cooper)
Lazy Days (1929)
Bouncing Babies (1929)
Moan and Groan Inc (1929) (with Edgar Kennedy & Max Davidson)
Shivering Shakespeare (1930) (with Jackie Cooper & Edgar Kennedy)
The First Seven Years (1930) (with Jackie Cooper & Edgar Kennedy)
When the Wind Blows (1930) (with Jackie Cooper & Edgar Kennedy)
Bear Shooters (1930) ****EDITED**** (with Charlie Hall)

DISC 2 (Introduction by Tom Hatten):
A Tough Winter (1930) (with Stepin' Fetchit)
Pups is Pups (1930) (with Charlie Hall. 1st appearance of Dorothy "ECHO" DeBorba)
Teacher's Pet (1930) - Commentary by Richard Bann (w/Jackie Cooper & MISS CRABTREE. 1st STYMIE appearance)
School's Out (1930) (with Jackie Cooper & MISS CRABTREE)
Helping Grandma (1931) (with Jackie Cooper. 1st appearance of Shirley Jean Rickert)
Love Business (1931) (with Jackie Cooper & MISS CRABTREE)
Little Daddy (1931) (with MISS CRABTREE)
Bargain Day (1931) (last with Jackie Cooper using a stand-in for the last scene)
Fly My Kite (1931) - Commentary by Richard Bann
Big Ears (1931)

DISC 3 (Introduction by Dickie Moore):
Shiver My Timbers (1931) (with MISS CRABTREE)
Dog is Dogs (1931)
Readin' and Writin' (1932) (with MISS CRABTREE. 1st with BREEZY)
Free Eats (1932) (with Billy Gilbert. 1st film to feature SPANKY)
Spanky (1932) (with Billy Gilbert)
Choo Choo (1932) (1st appearance of Wally Albright)
Pooch (1932)
Hook and Ladder (1932) (w/ Dinah the Mule. 1st with Dickie Moore)
Free Wheeling (1932) (with Dinah The Mule)
Birthday Blues (1932)

DISC 4 (Introduction by Jerry Tucker):
A Lad an' a Lamp (1932)
Fish Hooky (1933) (w/ grown up old Our Gangers Mickey, Mary, Joe & Farina)
Forgotten Babies (1933) (with Billy Gilbert. 1st appearance of Tommy Bond as a gang member and not BUTCH)
Kid from Borneo (1933)
Mush and Milk (1933)
Bedtime Worries (1933)
Wild Poses (1933) - Commentary by Richard Ward (Laurel & Hardy Cameo)
Hi, Neighbor (1934) (1st teaming Scotty Beckett with Spanky)
For Pete's Sake (1934)
The First Round-Up (1934) (with Billy Bletcher)

DISC 5 (Introduction by Jerry Tucker):
Honkey Donkey (1934)
Mike Fright (1934) (with Charlie Hall)
Washee Ironee (1934) ****EDITED**** (with 'Tiny' Sanford)
Mama's Little Pirate (1934) (1st time Billie is BUCKWHEAT)
Shrimps for a Day (1934)
Anniversary Trouble (1935) (with Hattie McDaniel & Johnny Arthur)
Beginner's Luck (1935) (with Charlie Hall & THE CABIN KIDS. ALFALFA's debut film)
Teacher's Beau (1935) (with THE CABIN KIDS, Charlie Hall, Billy Bletcher)
Sprucin' Up (1935)
Little Papa (1935) (SPANKY & ALFALFA become more of a team)

DISC 6 (Introduction by Richard Lewis Ward):
Little Sinner (1935) (1st appearance by PORKY)
The Lucky Corner (1936)
Our Gang Follies of 1936 (1935) (DARLA HOOD's 1st appearance)
Divot Diggers (1936) (with Billy Bletcher)
Pinch Singer (1936) (with Charlie Hall)
Second Childhood (1936)
Arbor Day (1936) (with Hattie McDaniel)
***(1-reel, about 9 to 11 minutes from here on unless noted.)***
Bored of Education (1936) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS LAWRENCE) Acadamy Award Winner!
Two Too Young (1936) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS LAWRENCE)
Pay as You Exit (1936) (Joe Cobb returns outside of the gang)
Spooky Hooky (1936) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS JONES)
Reunion in Rhythm (1937) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS JONES and old Our Gangers Mickey, Mary, Joe, & Stymie)
Glove Taps (1937) (1st to feature the "BUTCH" and "WALDO" characters)

DISC 7 (Introduction by Annie Ross):
Hearts are Thumps (1937) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS JONES)(He-Man Woman haters Club)
Three Smart Boys (1937) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS JONES)
Rushin' Ballet (1937) (2nd to feature "BUTCH")
Roamin' Holiday (1937)
Night 'n' Gales (1937) (with Johnny Arthur)
Fishy Tales (1937) (3rd to feature "BUTCH")
Framing Youth (1937) (4th to feature "BUTCH")
The Pigskin Palooka (1937)
Mail and Female (1937) (featuring the He-Man Woman Haters Club)
Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937) (2-reel special, 18 minutes)
Canned Fishing (1938)
Bear Facts (1938)
Three Men in a Tub (1938)
Came the Brawn (1938) (Last appearance of "SPANKY" & "BUTCH")
Feed 'em and Weep (1938) (w/ Johnny Arthur. Philip Hurlic replaces "Buckwheat" only in this film)
The Awful Tooth (1938)
Hide and Shriek (1938)

(Note: Spanky & Butch would return to the series after Hal Roach sold it to MGM.)

DISC 8 (Introduction by Jean Darling):
Three Silents:
Dog Heaven (1927) - Commentary by Richard Ward
Spook Spoofing (1928) - Commentary by Richard Ward
Barnum & Ringling, Inc. (1928)
The Story of Hal Roach and Our Gang
Rascals and Racial Issues
Catching Up With The Rascals - this feature contains
the following:
Catching Up with the Rascals: Dickie Moore
Catching Up with the Rascals: Jean Darling
Catching Up with the Rascals: Jerry Tucker
Catching Up with the Rascals: Annie Ross
Memories of Spanky (with Rick Sapphire)

For a complete guide to these shorts, buy Leonard Maltin & Richard Bann's highly informative book "THE LITTLE RASCALS, THE LIFE & TIMES OF OUR GANG":
The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang

I am assured by Genius Entertainment that these will be dual layered DVD-9 discs, well capable of handling the amount of content on each disc.

The only minor disappointment is that MGM released 22 of the silent Hal Roach Our Gang (Little Rascals) Comedies and 17 of them exist. RHI owns the rights to these which keeps them off of the public domain Our Gang sets. It would have been nice to see all 17 of these in this set, but 3 is better than none.
353 of 374 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Real Disappointment 31 Oct 2008
By Mack Heustess - Published on
There are many disappoinments in life. This much anticipated DVD set is one of them. There are errors in the enclosed booklet. At least 16 or 17 of the shorts are inferior Blackhawk prints. Two of the silents have no musical score and the third silent is a Blackhawk print. "Washee Ironee" and "Bear Shooters" have material missing. This DVD set is by no means "remastered, restored and uncut". I sent two emails to Genius Products and have not received any reply. With just a little more effort and a knowledgeable "Our Gang" consultant this could have been one of Genius Products' finest and best-selling DVD sets. Shame on them. I am returning this falsely advertised and poorly made product. Cabin Fever did a much better job for RHI in the 1990's. It seems that with the technology that we have today, Genius Products could have easily produced the ultimate "Little Rascals" set instead of this half-hearted effort.
117 of 124 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed 22 Nov 2004
By Derby Dude - Published on
Like the reviewer before me, I too was very disappointed in this dvd. The clips that have sound are terrible. Most of the clips were from the silent film era, and the players were unfamiliar to me. There was one clip with Alfalfa and Spanky that was fun to watch, but the majority of these clips was awful. No effort was put into digitally re-mastering and transfering the picture and sound. I could have done just as good of a job transfering these clips using just a VCR and a DVR. Don't waste your money on buying this disc. It is a shame, because with a little effort these clips could of had much better quality and it would have been more fun to watch these vintage clips.
143 of 156 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Whoops, was I wrong about this set 20 July 2004
By Matthew Wilson - Published on
Well, I wrote the review about this set, and boy was I disappointed when I got it. I see that the company who produced it must have paid very little in royalties as there are numerous silent episodes and ones with the lesser caracters. 1 disc has spanky and alfalfa and the fifth is a sad attempt at filling out this collection. The transfers are terrible and the sound is worse. Come on guys, at least try to put some effort into it!!! I got the set, watched it< and traded it in at the local hock shop for something i could use. What a waste of money!!!
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