The Three Stooges Blu-ray Review
I’m young enough not to have experienced the slapstick antics of THE THREE STOOGES while they were in their prime. However, I’m also old enough to have caught several black and white episodes featuring the humorous trio of Larry, Moe and Curly in syndication. I think there is a clear line between loving and hating the stooges and depending on what side you stand on will determine your enjoyment of the film.
Directing brothers, Bobby and Peter Farrelly (DUMB AND DUMBER, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, HALL PASS) have been working to get THE THREE STOOGES made for more than a couple of decades. Their love and passion for the comedy team clearly comes across as the film, in a lot of ways, mirrors the show identically. Wisely split into three thirty-minute sections divided by their own title cards, THE THREE STOOGES honors the original by keeping the segments short and a little nonsensical.
Each segment does have a progressive story line. First we meet the stooges as children in an orphanage with a handful of nuns played by Glee’s Jane Lynch, American Idol’s Jennifer Hudson and yes, Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David. Constantly overlooked by prospective parents and raising destructive trouble, Curly, Moe and Larry live at the orphanage until they are adults. When the orphanage no longer has the funds to continue on, the three man-childs set off to find money to save the only home and family they’ve ever known. On their journey, they get tied up in a murder plot involving Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara and Moe ends up as a cast member on Jersey Shore.
While the actors rumored to play the roles of Larry, Curly and Moe changed more than a baby’s diaper, the three finally landing the job took the beatings superbly. Sean Hayes (Will and Grace) as Larry, Chris Diamantopoulos (Up All Night) as Moe and Will Sasso (Mad TV) as Curly nailed each part perfectly. The slapstick choreography between the three actors played out as if they had been doing it for years. Every head pound and body fall met with equally humorous reactions. Their chemistry is what the film truly hinges on and saves many of the lame jokes. While much of the humor is simple, some issues do provide a bit of a PG edge like using babies in a pee war between our leads. Yes, I bashfully laughed out loud at this scenario but can’t help think that THE THREE STOOGES would be better advertised as a pre-teen kids movie.
It’s easy to write this off as a stupid movie, but come on it’s THE THREE STOOGES. By definition, the film is about three imbeciles beating each other up in a silly cartoony fashion. It’s supposed to be sophomoric. To be honest, the film is about as good as you could possibly make it. Unfortunately, the maximum quality is still too low to consider bringing to the big screen. There is a reason why THE THREE STOOGES is no longer on television. The physical humor is always good for a few laughs but the comedic stylings of the eye poking, face slapping group plays best in tiny nostalgic doses. Although, I think the kids are gonna love it.
Video: (1080p, 1.85:1) The colors are brightly finished but I think it would have been fun with a few black and white scenes in honor of the original The Three Stooges television show
Audio: (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1) The sound is great with excellent effects for all the physical slap stick.
Deleted/Extended Scenes (9:29): These are mostly similar moments added to already established scenes.
What’s the Big Idea? A History of The Three Stooges (10:39): An interesting look at the history of the original Stooges show and the journey of its stars/creators.
Knuckleheads: Behind the Scenes of The Three Stooges (5:11): A typical making of featurette filled with lots of scenes from the film.
Did you Hear That? The Three Stooges Sound Effects (4:11): A fun look at the Farrelley’s coming up with the sound effects and the reasoning and impacts differents sounds have in relation to humor.
Poifect! Casting The Three Stooges (9:12): This is weird because the Farrelley brothers talk about how each actor was perfect for the role of Larry, Moe and Curly and how they were their first choices. When in actuality, it is public knowledge that several actors, including Jim Carrey, Sean Pean and Benicio del Toro, came and went well before finally sticking with these three.
The Three Stooges Mash-Up (3:10): A quick montage of the Stooges slapstick.
Original Screen Test (4:06): One scene shot with the three actors in their parts before it was officially theirs.