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Stan - The acclaimed BBC drama telling the story of one of the greatest comedy duos of all time.... Laurel & Hardy [DVD]

Jim Norton    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jim Norton
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: IMC Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RZ0KDW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,995 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the Neil Brand's critically acclaimed radio play of the same name, this BBC drama tells the story of the world's greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy how they met, worked together and remained close friends. Jim Norton (Father Ted) stars as the Stan Laurel, who somewhat reluctantly goes to visit his friend and long-time collaborator Oliver Hardy (Mike Goodenough) on his death bed in 1957. The story reflects the lives and work of Stan and Ollie in a series of flashbacks, and portrays the conversation between the two men as they bid their final farewells after a lifetime of sharing the world's spotlight. Making over 100 films together Laurel & Hardy remain one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedy double acts of all time. This fascinating drama from the BBC is a must for all their fans.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Nauseating Movie 9 Feb 2014
By Steve
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I'll start out by trying to be positive here. This film depicts Stan Laurel and Oliver "Babe" Hardy as old men reminiscing about their shared careers. In some of the camera shots the actors playing elderly Stan and Babe bear striking resemblance to the actual pair as they appeared later in life. That's a happy chance and it's the only measly happy thing I can summon to say about "Stan".

Lots of folks apparently like this film. This can only suggest that there has been an appetite amongst the public for a Laurel and Hardy biographical drama, and also, that the public generally knows next to nothing about the real lives of the two famous movie comics. For watching this wretched travesty of a film reveals less than nothing about those real lives. All it reveals is gross falsehood. The script writers knew nothing about their subjects. Whenever the script happens to touch on facts it distorts the facts. This film stinks. It stinks so bad it makes you want to wretch. I don't simply dislike this movie, I execrate it, I want every copy of it burnt, with wide scattering given the ashes.

I'm not going to criticize "Stan" point by point for it would take a lifetime to enumerate all the things that are horribly wrong about this biography. Every frame of this movie, twenty-four of them every second over the excruciatingly unendurable duration of the reeking film, is a lie. If you suffer a viewing of "Stan", simply repeat to yourself during the the course of it, over and over to soothe your pained eyes: "The opposite is true." You will always be right.

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were great comics who worked together with profound mutual respect from the onset of their pairing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars drama 2 Nov 2013
By harry
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good drama and a must for every laurel and hardy fan it was well done and I recommend it to every one. I am glad I now have a copy of STAN
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! 22 Oct 2013
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THe actors pull this one off so well! Whatever liberties taken with the true story itself for dramatic effect, the trueness and directness makes this documentary is outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STAN THE MAN 10 Sep 2013
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SUPERB ACTING AND STORYLINE ON A KING SHY MAN WITH SOME EXCELLENT ACTING AND WILL MELT THE HEART OF ANY LAUREL AND HARDY FAN - THANKYOU
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was longer... 23 Jun 2014
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So the BBC bring out the Stan DVD, and as a fan of Laurel and Hardy this was an eye opener, brilliant story, just wish it was longer but hey, we cannot always get what we want..
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