Three Stooges, The: The Movie

Featured In Issue 169, September 2012

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Slapstick action violcene, some rude and suggestive humor including language
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Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly
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Left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, newborns Moe (Diamantopoulos), Larry (Hayes), and Curly (Sasso)—The Three Stooges—grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuk-nyuking, and woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Now, out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled with an oddball murder plot...while stumbling into starring roles in a phenomenally successful TV reality show. (Gary Reber)

Special features include deleted/extended scenes (HD 09:29); five featurettes: What's The Big Idea? A History Of The Three Stooges (HD 10:39), Knuckleheads: Behind The Scenes (HD 05:11), Do You Hear That: Sound Effects (HD 04:11), Perfect!: Casting (HD 09:12), and Mash-Up (HD 03:10); an original screen test (HD 04:06); the theatrical trailer; up-front previews; BD-Live functionality; and a digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits an overly bright, overly saturated image. Primary hues are vivid, with generally naturally rendered fleshtones. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is softly focused in medium-to-long shots, but nicely detailed in close-ups. While stressed imagery is the norm, no doubt this is the intended look. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is a Foley workout that plays off the iconic sound effects from the original Columbia-era Three Stooges shorts. While the Foley effects never miss a gesture—whether slapping, poking, or whacking—the effects are frontal focused. The cartoonish music score is the element that envelops the soundfield. Dialogue is consistently intelligent, but spatial integration is limited. Overall, this is a sporadic sonic experience that is wanting in engagement. (Gary Reber)