“Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection” Announced Today!



Digitally Remastered And Digitally Restored, Loaded With Over Two Hours Of Special Features, The Spectacular 10-Disc Set Arrives October 25 From RHI Entertainment And Vivendi Entertainment

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – Celebrating the genius of the most beloved comedy team of all time, LAUREL & HARDY: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION debuts in a stunning 10-disc set on October 25, 2011 from RHI Entertainment and Vivendi Entertainment. With a comedic style that defined an era and created a legacy that is still celebrated today, 58 of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s talking shorts and feature films, produced under legendary movie mogul Hal Roach from 1929 through 1940, are now available for the first time in the U.S. all together in one magnificent collection.

Transferred in high definition for the first time and digitally enhanced for home viewing in the finest quality available to date, the set contains favorites that have been enjoyed for generations including HelpmatesHog WildAnother Fine MessSons of the DesertWay Out West, and the Academy Award® winning* film The Music Box.

LAUREL & HARDY: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION comes housed in collectible, book-style packaging with an extensive, detailed film guide. The set also boasts over two hours of special features including exclusive, never-before-seen interviews with comedy legends Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Lewis, Tim Conway and more, who discuss the enduring impact and influence of Laurel and Hardy.

Additional features include commentaries by Laurel and Hardy aficionados, along with a virtual location map that allows viewers to take an interactive tour of the iconic places in and around Los Angeles where Laurel and Hardy filmed. Available for the suggested retail price of $99.98, LAUREL & HARDY: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION showcases some of the most cherished and hilarious films in cinema history and is a must-have for comedy fans and collectors everywhere.


3 Replies to ““Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection” Announced Today!”

  1. This is really great! Considering that nearly EVERYTHING has become available on DVD, Laurel and Hardy have shamefully been neglected. Their films are hardly ever shown on television (except for TCM, which will have a L&H marathon once every 18 months or so, and then not show them at all), and their very best sound films have not been available on DVD, other than for those 2 inferior (and now discontinued) discs from 2003 and 2005. The comedy of Laurel and Hardy is something wonderful to see, especially in these days, when most comedians have to rely on foul language and bathroom humor to get cheap laughs. Stan and Ollie remind us that movies can be funny without us being embarassed to show them in front of the kids. I hope that everyone can see these films.

  2. Glad you enjoyed the article Eric!! Should be reviewing the set as well hopefully….

  3. Been waiting AGES for a collection like this, to replace the “Video Treasures” VHS tapes (which were “LP” speed) I bought in the late 1980’s and the crappy DVD I bought from Hallmark several years ago! Already pre-ordered it from Amazon!

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