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4.0 out of 5 stars "Well, there's another fine movie...!", 22 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Laurel And Hardy: Way Out West/Big Business [DVD] (DVD)
"Way Out West" is today considered to be the best feature film Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made together, and upon viewing it is easy to understand why! The jokes (of which there are many, conveniently worked into the Western setting of the main storyline) come in all shapes, sizes and forms including slapstick (which the duo had perfected in the many silent movies they made before switching to "talkies" in 1929), word play and even elements of surrealism, more commonly associated with the films of Laurel and Hardy's contemporaries The Marx Brothers. After it's initial theatrical release in 1937 the film fell into neglect but was (thankfully) fully restored in the mid-1980's. The quality of the restored monochrome print, featured on this DVD, is quite simply supurb (taking into consideration the age of the movie). Unfortunately the "colorised" version of the film (also featured), whilst interesting to watch, just isn't in the same league as the black and white. The colours, although natural looking, appear pale with character movement producing a disconcerting blur effect, and the constant "jumping" of the images within the frame make for difficult viewing. The mono soundtrack, used for both versions, is acceptable. Snaps, crackles and pops are to be expected but in no way do they "drown out" the dialogue and music. The final feature of this DVD is a similarily restored black and white print of the duo's 1929 silent short "Big Business" complete with Wurlitzer organ accompanyment! Quality is again supurb and it's a pity VVL didn't include other short films at the expense of the poor quality colour presentation of the main feature.
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