Vivendi Celebrates Laurel & Hardy10 Nov, 2011 By: John Latchem
Vivendi Entertainment and RHI Entertainment have released Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection, a 10-DVD set of 58 of the comedy duo’s talking shorts and feature films produced under movie mogul Hal Roach from 1929 through 1940.
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy first appeared together in 1921, but did not form their legendary partnership until joining the Roach studio in 1926. They would perform together until 1955.
The $99.98 set includes such favorites as Helpmates, Hog Wild, Another Fine Mess, Sons of the Desert, Way Out West and Academy Award winner The Music Box. Though presented on DVD, the films have been remastered in high-definition. This is the first time many of these films have been collected into a single set.
The discs come in book-style packaging with a detailed film guide and more than two hours of extras, including never-before-seen interviews with comedy legends Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Lewis, Tim Conway and more, who discuss the impact and influence of Laurel & Hardy. Additional extras include commentaries by Laurel & Hardy aficionados and a map of Los Angeles locations where the duo filmed their movies.
“Boasting a staggering amount of films and over two hours of bonus features, Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection is not only a must-have for classic film aficionados, but also enables the duo’s comedic legacy to be shared with a whole new generation of fans,” said Mitch Budin, EVP and GM of Vivendi Entertainment. “We are thrilled to be the distributor of these films, and offer the best viewing experience available to date on DVD and digital, debuting a set that brings these amazing films together for the first time in the U.S. in one magnificent collection.”