11/25/07

RVOD002 The Three Stooges Greatest Routines

(2007, Comedy, color)

Riffers:

Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy

Rating: *1/2

In a nutshell:


The Brothers Howard afflict each other with humorous violence.

Review:

With special guest stars Steve Martin, John Cleese, and Peter Sellers.Not sure what to say about this one, so I’ll talk about the Muppets instead. I like the Muppets a lot, especially the original Muppet Show. I’ve seen all those episodes, and all the movies, and some of them were better than others, but overall, the Muppets have provided me with cracking good time. Would I like them this much if my only exposure to them was a jumbled collection of very short clips from one of their lesser shows, presented out of context? Probably not.

You might interpret the above as a way of saying that this collection of Stoogish antics really sucks, but… Well, okay, that’s exactly what I’m trying to say. It’s badly organized—some of the nautical clips are grouped together, some of the kitchen clips are grouped together, etc., but none of these are connected by any kind of story. The Stooges just do their thing, over and over again. Antics in context are funny, but without knowing the how or why, it’s merely tedious and repetitive.

The subtitle is a lie.And it’s badly presented. The sound and film stock are of rather poor quality. Host Segment-wise, it doesn’t look as if Mike and Kevin were given much time to prepare. They appear at arbitrary intervals with only a minute to say something more or less irrelevant about the clips that follow. You know how your local station morning show hosts blab unfunny quips about the latest D-List celebrity to pass through town? That’s pretty much the quality level I’m talking about. It’s hard to believe that these are the same guys who gave the Stooges such loving, elaborate introductions in the previous Video on Demand release.

In fact, the only reason this release has any positive rating at all is that the Stooges, masters of physical comedy that they are, have occasional moments of brilliance. If I were you, I wouldn’t bother with this one. Whether you already love the Stooges, or have never seen them before, you’ll be much better served by the very funny Three Stooges in Color.