3 Stooges: Spook Louder
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted September 1, 2000
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The Movie:

Definitely "the original kings of comedy", the Three Stooges episodes have long been considered classics of head-smacking, eye-poking physical comedy. Watching the editions contained here, the amazing thing is that most of the humor still stands up today - not only the physical humor, but the lines don't seem too terribly dated.

Tristar's latest collection of Stooges episodes is titled "Spook Louder" and contains epsiodes "Spook Louder"(1943, where an inventor hires the three to guard his house; "Mummy's Dummies"(1948, where the three get in trouble with an Egyptian king; "Shivering Sherlocks"(1947, where the Stooges face off against a robber; "The Ghost Talks"(1949, where the Stooges have to get a suit of armor; "Hokus Pokus"(1949, where a con artist uses the three and "Fright Night"(1947, with the first appearance of Shemp.)

The episodes do show definite signs of wear, but most Stooges fans will be pleased to be able to own episodes on DVD to watch again and again.


The DVD

VIDEO: The image quality unfortunately, is watchable, but definitely showing the age of the episodes, which range from 1943 to 1949. Sharpness is generally fair, with some moments looking better than others; detail is also just okay. The main problem is the condition that the episodes are in. Although the quality varies (and seems to slightly improve with the older episodes), all of them have scratches, marks and dirt on the image to some degree.

Of course, these problems are most noticable in the first episode, "Spook Louder", which was from 1943. Problems are consistent through many of these episodes, but this is the one where they are most noticable. The problems never got to the level where I couldn't watch the episodes, but at their worst, they are certainly noticable and somewhat distracting. Considering the age though, one would likely expect some wear for a TV series that's over 50 years old.

SOUND: The original mono soundtrack is included for all of the episodes. They do have some background hiss and lack clarity, but no more than I would expect for a 50 year old mono soundtrack. I never really had any problems hearing the dialogue or the old-school sound effects, both of which are what the show is all about, anyways.

MENUS:: Menus are non-animated, and allow the viewer to select separate episodes.

EXTRAS:: None.

Final Thoughts: For fans of the Stooges, this is worth owning, even though the episodes do look worn.



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