Item description for March of the Wooden Soldiers by Frank Austin, Billy Bletcher, William Burress, Alice Dahl, Jean Darling, Gus Meins & Charles Rogers...
Originally entitled "Babes in Toyland" and based on Victor Herbert's operetta this highly rated comedy/fantasy stars Laurel and Hardy as do-gooders trying to help the people of toyland fight an evil villain. A later version of this film was released in 1961 by Walt Disney.System Requirements:Run Time: 77 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: NR UPC: 796019795845 Manufacturer No: 79584
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Actors: Frank Austin, Billy Bletcher, William Burress, Alice Dahl, Jean Darling
Directors: Gus Meins, Charles Rogers
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Legend Films
Running Time: 77.00 minutes
Record Label Legend Films
Format Closed-captioned / Color / Full Screen /
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 6019795845 ISBN13 0796019795845 UPC 796019795845
Availability 0 units.
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Reviews - What do customers think about March of the Wooden Soldiers?
A B&W MOVIE IS LIKE A COLORING BOOK Feb 18, 2008
There are many reasons movies are filmed in Black & White. Sometimes for budgetary reasons, other times the stars didn't want to show their "perfect" skin had flaws. The effects people were afraid their work would not look real. And yes, sometimes for artistic expression, but not for this movie. This movie was meant to be filmed in color, but budget was stretched and color technology wasn't perfected till four years later, ala The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938. There are two colorized versions of this movie and I suggest you see both. First came the Goodtimes version colorized by American Film Technologies. Then came Genius Entertainment's version colorized by Legend Films. The reason I say you should see them both is to see all the different color choices used by both "labs". A few examples are. In the G T version Stannie Dumm wears a green top and light blue tights. The L F version colored his top blue and his tights yellow. One shows orange spilt paint the other shows white spilt paint. Mother Goose's hat is Black in this, but reddish brown in the other. The comparisons are nearly endless. Now to focus on this edition only. The picture is nicely restored but it's too bright and does require some turning down of the brightness setting. Also there are no subtitles or commentary track. I would have gladly given up some of the bonus features in favor of a mini documentary on the making of this movie. In closing I would like to say I've "seen" this movie many times but never really watched it as closely as I have with this dvd. And all I can say is, Wow! This really is a great movie. The original title may have been "Babes In Toyland" which is actually shown in the opening credits of the DVD, but to me and countless others, this will always be in our hearts MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS.
Childhood Memories Feb 9, 2008
When I was growing up, I remember this movie on one of the 3 channels we had in NY. It was nice to see this reissued with both the B/W and Color versions.
The only version to own Jan 15, 2008
It's not Christmas without the Laurel and Hardy version of "March of the Wooden Soldiers". This is also the only version to purchase. It might not be as cheap as the others on this site but the production company did an excellent job refining the movie. This version also has the opportunity for the user to view in BW or Color. The extra's are awesome too. Definately worth the money.
Everything as promised Jan 8, 2008
The movie was exactly as I remembered it as a child. My teenage kids thought I was crazy for asking them to watch it as a family. But by the end they were asking me if we could make it a tradition to watch every year.
Legend Vs. Goodtimes Jan 5, 2008
I have now watched both the Goodtimes colourized version and this Legend version. For me it comes down to this:
The Goodtimes has the best saturation, better overall colour, and better contrast without exposing the print too much to bleach out details. It is also a cleaner print. However, it is not exactly in focus (or seems to be a little in "double-focus"), and the beginning is the "March of the Wooden Soldiers" credits instead of the original "Babes in Toyland". I found that I did get used to the odd focus, and I do prefer the movie in colour over B&W.
The Legend version is very sharp and clear, has the original titles with its snippet of animation. But, it is a washed-out print with highlights burned out, and overall has a greenish-cast, which is unpleasant. (Maybe you can adjust for this on your DVD monitor.)
The Legend black-and-white version does appear to be simply the colourized print with the colour turned off. It, too, is a bit washed out, and has a few nicks here and there that are not on other prints. I saw this movie at Stanford Theatre in the 1990s, and the print was pristine, so it seems the movie is still in good condition. Maybe some of these DVD companies should start working with Stanford Theatre.
One last comment is on the sound: The Goodtimes print is louder and full, without distortion. The Legend sound is very intelligible, but at the cost of being hissy and shrill. This is most noticeable in the beginning, and does improve a little after a few minutes.