At the museum, we usually have a large selection of Laurel and Hardy DVDs for sale. We like to try and help our customers choose the right films and steer them away from the slightly less popular ones. However, not everyone has the same idea. There are many different DVDs available on the internet and not all of them are ideal for the more casual fan.
They’re often called things like The Laurel and Hardy Collection, the title is technically correct, they are films featuring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; however it is misleading people in that the majority of the films star either Stan or Ollie. Of course, these solo projects have a place, and they’re a fascinating insight into their early careers (many people don’t realise that Oliver Hardy appeared in over 200 films before teaming up with Stan),but it’s easy to imagine buying it only to be disappointed.
This especially confusing if you’re looking for Laurel and Hardy – The Collection, which is a fantastic 21 disk box set of all their best films, or Laurel and Hardy – The Feature Film Collection which is an attractive, value for money set of the feature films with a few shorts thrown in. Don’t worry, reviews of these will follow.
We don’t sell DVDs online, as places like Amazon have the market cornered, but we’d like to help you choose the right film when buying, and avoid disappointment so this section will feature a review of what’s on some of the DVDs available on Amazon. The good and the bad.
Please note, it won’t always be possible to watch the DVD in question, however, the intention is not to analyse the visual quality of each print, more to point out which films are misleading, and which are worth purchasing.