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Laurel & Hardy Volume 11 - Saps At Sea/Music Shorts [DVD]
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2004
What can I say...this L&H classic is one of my alltime favourites. Unfortunately, my wage packet was rather tight this month and I could only afford one Laurel & Hardy DVD from this newly released collection. I chose 'Saps at Sea' and wasn't disappointed...and neither will you be!
First, a brief synopsis for those who havn't seen this one hour film. Stan and Ollie are working in a horn testing factory. However, the constant noise and irritation brings Olly down with an extreme case of 'Horn-o-phobia', turning him into an uncontrollable violent maniac whenever he hears any sort of horn.
After unsuccessful attempts to recover at home (which involve usual L&H chaos including a unique music lesson, an encounter with a cross eyed plumber and Stan's destruction of their apartment lobby), Ollie take's his doctors advice (the legendary 'Fin') and decides to live on a dock-tied boat, in order to benefit from the sea air.
Unfortunately the boat doesn't stay tied to the dock for long, and ends up drifing far out to sea...with the presence of escaped convict "Nick". With the boys at the mercy of this violent killer, it's a case of keeping him happy until help arrives. And if you think THAT goes according to plan, you really need to watch more L&H!!!
The DVD presentation is wonderful..it is the clearest picture I have ever seen for one of these classics, and the sound enjoys excellent restoration also. Not bad for a movie made approximately sixty years ago! There are some good extras on here, including "Below Zero" when our heros try their luck at busking.
There is also the option of watching the movies in glorious B&W or even the computerized colour versions that were created in the early 1990s. Plus a Spanish version of 'Below Zero' and a silent movie are thrown in for good measure.
A great movie, wonderful presentation. If you're having one of those days when its raining outside and you feel low...spend an hour with the boys..you won't be disappointed.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2004
Like all the Laurel and Hardy discs in this series, this DVD presents some of their best work in top-quality restored versions. The main feature, though, isn't the best thing on it -'Saps at Sea' was Laurel and Hardy's last production for the Hal Roach studios, is largely a rehash of earlier work and plays like an extended short rather than a genuine feature, but it's still highly entertaining, and features an inspired cameo by Ben Turpin. The silent short, 'You're Darn Tootin', is a beatifully restored print of one of their earliest films as a team, but the main reason for buying this disc must be 'Below Zero', presented here in three different versions. (This is the film where they are scraping a living as street musicians in a rough neighbourhood in the depths of winter.) The regular version, once again, is a pristine print, but of even greater interest is the Spanish version, which includes extra scenes that enrich some of the gags and flesh out the story a little. It's fascinating to watch the boys speaking their own dialogue in Spanish. (In the early days of sound movies, before dubbing, it was common practice to make foreign-language version of films in parallel with the English versions.) It's curious that many of their films exist in longer versions in other languages. My only complaint is that, since many of the dialogue scenes in the Spanish version don't appear in the English one, one would think that subtitles would not have been asking too much.
The low point of the disc is the colourised version of Below Zero. Like all the colourised films on these discs the image quality is distinctly poorer, and this one suffers from about five minutes of inexplicable cuts. Otherwise, this is another fine disc they've gotten themselves onto.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2006
OK - excuse the pun, but this is an absolute gem!! This really is slapstick at its best, combined with a good storyline. It's a bargain and a must for any comedy collection!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This volume 11 DVD, that I have as part of complete "Collection" features the wonderful Saps At Sea as its main feature.

There's everything in this near-hour little gem - all the trademark L&H best bits of comedy that make up the brilliance of the best comedy duo in cinema history.

There's an extraordinary and brilliant marriage of sound effect and visual gag as Stan & Laurel bumble their way through eating, falling about and breaking things. It's one their most consistently hilarious and entertaining features, both the writing and performances are at their best.

A little Short at the end of the disc, Your Darn Tootin', that my old Halliwells film guide awarded four stars to (their maximum and seldom given rating) but I could never find it, anywhere. This one actually follows the theme of the disc - 'horns' (Saps At Sea is initially and largely set in a car-horn assembly plant) and has the duo playing various woodwind instruments in a spritely and comedic manner, on the streets. The accompaniment we hear is that of a sort of sort of wurlitzer organ, all breathless and a bit manic. Not sure if I found it as good as Halliwells did but was an enjoyable distraction and was a bit different.

A couple of other minor shorts, that are run-of-the-mill complete this better than most L&H volumes. As with all these volumes, some have a computer enhanced colour option as well as the original, standard black & white. Some, especially, I guess, the purists, won't like these whilst I'm sure many find them a good and living new way of seeing their old favourites - in my opinion, some work better than others and so, as ever, it's down to what you like yourself - but it's good to have the option.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
Below Zero. A 20 min short, alongside the silent one this is the best thing on here. A lovely wintry scene, L&H are street musicians who keep being moved on, until they find a wallet and decide to treat a policeman to a meal.

Tiembla Y Titubea. Is the Spanish version of Below Zero, but the changes they made are quite interesting. They speak Spanish, it's not dubbed, and some of the cast have changed, like the policeman and the restaurant owner. At one point, unlike in the American version, the cop and a robber have a gun fight.. very odd. And it begins with a scene between two policeman, as there are no subtitles (strangely) i can't tell what meaning this little prelude has.

You're Darn Tootin'. The only silent short on here. They're musicians in a band until they're fired, so their landlady kicks them out for being jobless. In an attempt to earn some money they take to playing on the streets, and chaos shortly ensues. What with homelessness and joblessness it's a film for our times! It's extremely funny too.

Saps at Sea. An hour long film, and not as funny as it could have been. Laurel and Hardy are fine, but every comical moment is italicized with funny music and a large crowd of people laughing at them. It's constantly saying to us "this is a funny moment: laugh", when we don't need that, it's Laurel and Hardy for chrissakes! they're innately funny, they don't need any assistance. And the assistance, and 'directorial flair', is for me very much not welcome.

But, saying that, the film is ok, enjoyable, and gets a lot better when it gets out into the open sea. I has L&H working in a horn factory, to which Ollie gets 'hornophobia', and his doctor (James Finlayson) tells him to get some rest, so they decide to take a few days vacation on a docked boat, but there's a criminal on the run...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2011
Though "Saps at Sea" (1940) looks like a pair of three-reel comedies stuck together, the result is undiluted Laurel and Hardy. This streamlined feature marked Stan and Ollie's last production for Hal Roach, with The Boys making the most out of thin material. Memorable appearances by Jimmy Finlayson, Rychard Cramer and Ben Turpin add to the fun. No classic, but superior to the team's mostly dispiriting post-Roach efforts. The addition of classic shorts such as "You're Darn Tootin" (1928) and "Below Zero" (1930) kick this DVD up a notch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2013
Hornophobia - says it all in this fantastic addition to the collection. I have 2 young boys who are now BIG fans of L&H and continuously watch them - even the silent ones!! You cannot watch these without laughing - Brilliant!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2013
this dvd took me back to my childhood very funny you cant go wrong with this twosome and it gave you the option to view in colour if youwanted too good film will be buying more
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on 27 December 2011
The video arrived on time and was just as described. My 11 year old loves Laurel and Hardy and has been watching them since he was very little. Great stocking filler!
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on 23 February 2015
Stan and Ollie doing their best and coming to grief as usual in priceless side splitting gags
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