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Steve Coogan and John C Reilly to star in Laurel and Hardy film:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35344860

The BBC is to make a new film drama about comedy legends Laurel and Hardy:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-25198238



 

PETITION - Please show Laurel and Hardy on TV again so future generations can enjoy them

For decades upon decades, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's brand of humour have been the inspiration behind many of today's (and yesterday's) comedians. Today, almost 100 years since they first graced our screens, their movies are still loved worldwide by audiences of all ages. So why aren't they shown on TV any more? Clearly the executives who commission TV programmes for terrestrial television think people have forgotten Laurel and Hardy and that they wouldn't atract enough viewers to justify showing them. Let's prove them wrong. We need 50,000 signatures on this petition to prove that the public want to see Laurel and Hardy films on terrestrial television again. Even if it's only during holidays like Christmas, Easter, Summer etc. Don't let future generations miss out on the works of Laurel and Hardy.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/please-show-laurel-and-hardy-on-tv-again-so-future/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=system&utm_campaign=Send%2Bto%2BFriend

Laurel & Hardy: Die komische Liebesgeschichte von „Dick & Doof“

- THEIR LIVES AND MAGIC –

2 DVD-Box „Special Limited Collector’s Edition“ (Director’s Cut + Bonus material)

An international documentary written and directed by Andreas Baum
 
The film is presenting - beside a lot of funny clips from the best Laurel & Hardy movies - a lot of never before published color footage of Stan and Babe and a lot of private photographs, recently discovered archive footage of Laurel & Hardy, rare or unpublished film stills, posters etc.
 
The documentary was shot on location in the USA, Great Britain, France, Italy, Austria, Netherlands and Germany. It is loaded with interviews of Laurel & Hardy experts like Richard W. Bann, Tyler St. Mark, Bart Williams, Chuck McCann and Jim Mac George, Mark Greenhow, Hal Roach, Jean Darling, friends of Stan and Babe like Booth Colman, Jerry Lewis, Marcel Marceau, Comedians.
 
Stan Laurels daughter Lois Laurel Hawes has given the author a very nice and interesting, exclusive interview. That way the documentary is telling the story of Laurel & Hardy very emotionally. You´ll lern a lot of new interesting facts about this famous and worldwide most beloved comedy team - about their work but also about their private lives.
 
This documentary was broadcasted with a running time of 90 minutes very successfully in Germany and France on tv at the beginning of the year at prime time and got a very positive feedback.
 
Now the author is presenting his 15 minutes longer Director´s Cut (switchable in English, German and French language) as well as 70 minutes of unpublished bonus features (switchable in English and German language or with subtitles).
 
For more information or to order the DVD Box, please visit:
www.laurelandhardyshop.com or www.laurelandhardyshop.de (both switchable in German or English)

 

The Essential Collection is out NOW

NEW YORK TIMES reviews LAUREL & HARDY THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION DVD boxed set:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/movies/homevideo/new-dvds-laurel-and-hardy-the-essential-collection.html?_r=1

NEW YORK POST reviews LAUREL & HARDY THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION DVD boxed set:
http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/movies/dvd_extra_laurel_and_hardy_and_tom_qStNxkJYmREhXMuUxpaEDM

"...unquestionably one of the most important releases of the year and certainly the funniest."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/dvds-finally-the-best-com_b_1062738.html

 

TIMELESS SOUND-ERA FILMS FROM THE LEGENDARY HAL ROACH LIBRARY DEBUT IN ONE EXTRAORDINARY DVD SET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE U.S.

LAUREL & HARDY: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION

Digitally remastered and digitally restored, loaded with over two hours of special features, the spectacular 10-Disc set 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 Helpmates, Hog Wild, Another Fine Mess, Sons of the Desert, Way 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.

 

For more information, please read LAUREL & HARDY VIVENDI PRESS RELEASE ADDENDA by Richard W. Bann.

FILM PRESERVATION – ANOTHER FINE MESS
 
“Why don’t you do something to help me?”

By Richard W. Bann

In 1914 Hal Roach began his career as an independent producer, specializing in comedy. Memorable series were built around star names Harold Lloyd, Our Gang, Charley Chase, Will Rogers, Thelma Todd, Harry Langdon, and Laurel & Hardy. Anyone who has seen their work is likely to agree on the importance of preserving these threatened movies for future generations to discover, study and enjoy.


 
Threatened? How could movies like these, so widely seen for so long, be at risk of disappearing forever in first-class quality copies? Because they were too popular. Too many prints and negatives wore out, is the simple answer. Also, unfortunately, the surviving original nitrate elements have suffered decades of benign neglect.

Click here to continue reading this essay and learn, among other things, about the last sighting of HATS OFF, and why it will never be found on 16mm; what happened when the fire department came to Stan Laurel's house; who really conceived and orchestrated the whole Buster Keaton revival; what Richard Currier had to do with saving the Laurel & Hardy films; who "The Master Duper" is; and why all the Hal Roach Studios camera negatives were quietly parked by the side of the road in the Nevada dessert.  

Frustrated fans who know and care about saving and sharing the films have long asked how they can aid in this effort to restore and preserve the battered remaining nitrate, recently deposited at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Now there is a way everyone can get involved, by donating funds, at any level of participation.  

Here is the link to UCLA’s new website which explains how you can be involved in the grassroots international fundraising effort: www.cinema.ucla.edu.



MISS SEEING THEM ON TV?

WE HAVE AN ASSIGNMENT FOR YOU

Yes, you!

Here it is. First, who doesn't love these movies? As fans, wouldn't we give anything to have been there when they were being made? And be a part of that history?  True it is too late to have been present while the cameras rolled, but all of us can be part of the history of these great comedies.

How? We can insure that they survive. That makes us part of the story, and part of the history. Now that's a pretty important part to play.

The films can only survive if audiences see them and support them. The next generation of fans needs to be exposed to Laurel & Hardy. That's what it takes. Today, it is sad but true that old films, and black and white films, are being crowded off TV screens. But if someone, anyone, has a chance to sample and choose between something like HELPMATES and the alleged entertainment offered by television programmers today, what do you suppose he and she will choose to watch?

The point is, if you petition the TV stations and networks where you live, and ask them to run L&H films, they will. That's their business, pleasing you, the viewer. So write letters, send e-mails. You couldn't make the pies thrown in BATTLE OF THE CENTURY, you couldn't transport the cameras to the MUSIC BOX location, but you really can insure that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy will live on to be discovered by new generations including your own great grandchildren.
 
Then use the message board to tell us what happens. Let these folks know what you think, and let us know what happens.

I remember after the last previous international SONS OF THE DESERT convention in Amsterdam, people were talking about how the SONS as a large group should be doing this or that, but here's an instance where the fans really can do something important to insure the legacy of Laurel & Hardy. Do you like what you see on TV these days? No? Well, then right now, today, is the "perfect day" to do something about it.

In fact as Kay Deslys says to Ollie in PERFECT DAY, "Get going."

-- Richard W. Bann --