Volumes 1 and 2
Mill Creek Entertainment
1941-1965 / 1:33, 1:85 / Street Date April 21, 2015
Starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Joe DeRita
Cinematography by Franz Planer, Scotty Welbourne, William P. Whitley
Written by Raphael Hayes, Norman Maurer
Directed by Sidney Salkow, Edward Bernds, Norman Maurer
A frenetic mix of baggy-pants vaudeville and the Spanish Inquisition, the eye-poking exploits of The Three Stooges have appalled faint-hearted sophisticates and overprotective mothers for close to a century.
The team’s lowdown influence still lingers – not in the brutal roughhousing demonstrated by the lads in their most frantic moments but in their low class assault on upper class sensibilities – from the semen-sculpted hair-do of the Farrelly Brothers’s There’s Something About Mary to Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass to the mortifying contagion of diarrhea suffered by Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, the Stooge abides.
And then there’s the Farrelly’s ode to brainlessness,