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Flying Deuces [DVD]
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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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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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this title on blu ray with some hesitation as I already have it on DVD, would blu ray offer any improvement? Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. J. Muirhead
Pleased to see that this DVD has English subtitles. Very helpful for the deaf and hard of hearing. An enjoyable movie even if not one of their best.Published 9 months ago by C.A.G.
bought this on blu ray as my original dvd quaility was so poor and this blu ray version is so clear and sound is perfect,waiting for more laurel and hardy on blu rayPublished 12 months ago by D. J. Walton
timeless humor that even my three year old was laughing at as I did with my own dad 40 years ago.Published 12 months ago by Arkan23
Used to watch these on a Saturday morning. Fantastic old school comedy.Published 14 months ago by Rilla7
I bought the "Network" version to compliment my other boxset (Laurel & Hardy - The Collection (21-disc Box Set) [DVD]) as this was missing from that. Read morePublished 15 months ago by MrJohnUK