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Maurice Leakey
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From: Bristol. United Kingdom
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 - posted January 17, 2019 11:34 AM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The British Film Institute has released the longest-ever English language cut of the boys' last film "Atoll K" (also known as "Utopia" and "Robinson Crusoeland").
It's in HD and has a new 2K restoration using original 35mm nitrate masters. The two-disc set has Blu-ray and DVD copies.
There are many extras including five rare shorts plus the Boys in England, there's also an audio interview with Stan.
https://shop.bfi.org.uk/atoll-k-dual-format-edition.html#.XEC0uzFCfIV

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Osi Osgood
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 - posted January 17, 2019 12:14 PM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Utopia suffers from obvious comparisons to the Lads best work of the 30's, but there ARE some very nice bits in this film and I think it mostly suffers just from people not liking to see Stan who was, honestly sick and suffering in this film, (sadly, obvious on the screen) ...

But I think that this film was better than nearly anything they made for MGM (?) in the 40's.

I'd love to see this bluray! [Smile]

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Robert Crewdson
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 - posted January 17, 2019 01:13 PM      Profile for Robert Crewdson     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
None of their post Roach films were bad. I have a box set with all of them, and 'Nothing but Trouble' on super 8.

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Osi Osgood
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 - posted January 18, 2019 11:15 AM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Oh, to see the lads in anything was always pleasant, but with "comedy control" taken out of Stan's hands, they were doomed to act out a script written by other people who didn't understand all the "nuances' of the Lad's humor that made them so famous.

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Lee Mannering
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 - posted January 19, 2019 02:21 AM      Profile for Lee Mannering     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks Maurice. I've just started ordering the list of Blurays of the boys including the new Best of Laurel Hardy.
One we have had a bit is a parade of the wooden soldiers which is 3D. Have to say they did a superb job on the 3D conversion.

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