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Flying Deuces [DVD]

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  • Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Reginald Gardiner, Clem Wilenchick, Charles Middleton
  • Directors: Edward Sutherland
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Elstree Hill Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CAPX0
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Stan and Ollie are on holiday in Paris where Ollie falls in love with the daughter of an innkeeper. On discovering she is already married, Ollie decides he and Stan must end it all by jumping into a river. They are talked out of suicide by a French Foreign Legion Officer who convinces them instead to enlist in order to forget. The boys wreak havoc at the training camp and are arrested for desertion, but make their escape in a stolen airplane. This crash lands, killing Ollie, but the pair are reunited when Ollie is reincarnated as a horse. Stan and Ollie were loaned out by Hal Roach to make this film for RKO and independent producer Boris Morros.

About the Actor

Laurel went on to join the Hal Roach studio, and began directing films, including a 1926 production called Yes, Yes, Nanette. It was his intention to work primarily as a writer and director, but fate stepped in. In 1927, Oliver Hardy, another member of the Hal Roach Studios Comedy All Star players, was injured in a kitchen mishap and Laurel was asked to return to the front of the cameras. Laurel and Hardy began sharing screen time together in Slipping Wives, Duck Soup and With Love and Hisses. It soon became obvious that the two men had a certain comic on screen chemistry. Roach Studios' supervising director Leo McCarey noticed the audience reaction to the two and had begun intentionally teaming them together, leading to the creation of the Laurel and Hardy series late that year. Together, the two men began producing a huge body of short movies, including The Battle of the Century, Should Married Men Go Home?, Two Tars, Be Big!, Big Business, and many others. Laurel and Hardy successfully made the transition to talking films with the short Unaccustomed As We Are in 1929. In the same year they appeared in their first feature in one of the revue sequences of The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and the following year they appeared as the comic relief in a lavish all-color (in Technicolor) musical feature entitled: The Rogue Song. In 1931, their own first starring feature, Pardon Us was released, although they continued to make both features and shorts until 1935, including their 1932 three-reeler The Music Box which won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Given the other recent Region A Blu-ray Release by VCI Entertainment, it seemed appropriate to do a bit of comparing.

THE FLYING DEUCES: Network On Air/VCI Entertainment Comparisons

Very simply, apart from the Running time on the Network version being inexplicably 20 seconds shorter than VCI's (I honestly haven't been able to pinpoint any missing footage, and could be merely due to counter irregularities?), the former IS visually superior, period! The VCI Blu-ray Visuals are very contrasty by comparison, though in my opinion, are still the second best that I've ever viewed of this Title. This should give the uninitiated some idea regarding THE FLYING DEUCES' rather spotty history on Home Video!

Insofar as the opening RKO Logo/Original Titles/Credits/Opening and Closing Music; these are identical on BOTH versions!

The White Colored English Subtitles on the Network Blu-ray are more descriptive than VCI's Yellow Subtitles, and unlike the latter, include Music descriptors in addition to the spoken lines.

Regarding the 1951 German Version (DICK UND DOOF IN DER FREMDENLEGION) that's included in the Network Blu-ray/DVD Releases, the Artwork used is of a style that's very similar to the original 1939 illustrations, though they are actually a bit more detailed. Very nicely done! While unfortunately lacking English (Or any!) Subtitles, the voices for the boys' are in my opinion, rather pleasant, with the voice over for Mr. Hardy sounding quite similar to the original!

Why a Trailer for THE FLYING DEUCES wasn't included in either Release is anyone's guess! This would have been a nice Bonus Feature to have included.

The Final Verdict: My recommendation is to go with the Network On Air Blu-ray!
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First I'd like to say this Blu Ray from Network offers fantastic picture quality and sound. The only downside is the lack of any meaningful extras (though Universal probably have the rights to most of the classic shorts). However its the best version of this classic film to buy.

Flying Deuces is a feature legnth reworking of Laurel & Hardy's classic short "Beau Hunks". To help Ollie forget about his failed marriage propsal the boys join the foreign legion. However after being given the task of washing and ironing a mountain's worth of army laundry the boys decide to resign and go home. No such thing is possible after signing up to the army, and they are sentenced to execution by firing squad.

This is yet another absolute classic from Laurel and Hardy. Full of great set pieces, including their daring escape in a bi-plane. Its great to have it since the Universal collection disks doesn't include this. It would be great to see some of the other public domain L & H films remastered in HD. I find the Universal disks to be of great quality already, so probably don't need the Blu Ray treatment.

I highly recommend this Blu Ray of Flying Deuces. Comedy like this never gets old.
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i laughed many times from the bottom of my heart and gee, it really did a lots of good for my wellbeing, Thank You Very Much!
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Quality of both films is pretty poor. With far superior versions of 'Flying Deuces' available elsewhere. While 'Stolen Jools' is an amazing artefact of its time. Fascinating but marred by poor picture/sound.
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The boys have never looked better in HD. Network has done a beautiful job restoring a classic comedy.
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Classic film from the best comedy duo of all time.
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Very funny although in black and white its hilarious . Good choice
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This Network production is the version of The Flying Deuces that all Laurel and Hardy fans have been waiting for. The best surviving elements of this film have been acquired and restored by the BBC Digital Media Services team according to the end credits and what a fine job they have done. This is by far the sharpest and cleanest print of the film I have ever seen. It is hard to see how it can now be improved if we have the best available elements. It blows all previous public domain versions out of the water with superior audio and contrast quality. With a running time of 65 minutes it has the original RKO Radio Picture opening credit and also the cast list at the end. It also includes the shark scene previously omitted from some other versions. Major film scratches have been removed although some still remain but are not too intrusive and the whole film is in the best condition so far. Also included as extras are a German dubbed version, a photo gallery and PDF material. I have the DVD version so can only imagine that the Blu-ray version would look even better. Buy with confidence as this is a superb print. Credit to Amazon also for delivering it quickly the day after release on the 125th anniversary of Stan Laurel's birth (16th June 1890).
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