I recently found that after years of horrible, edited, out of sequence video releases, Sony has digitally restored all of the films and has been releasing them in chronological order. I scored the first two DVD sets and watched a handful with my fellow Stooge fanatic brother while he visited this weekend, and with my 9 and 11 year old boys.
I have to say, those films are still funny as hell and the quality is stunning. Sony really did a nice job on the remasters. Check out the first DVD here. So far, five volumes have been issued, spanning 1934 to 1948.
There are loads of episodes that have never been released to DVD and these five sets chronicle the whole Curly era and the beginning of Shemp's, when he replaced Curly after Curly had a debilitating stroke. (Shemp, Curly and Moe were brothers, by the way)
So, on to the reason for this post. Variety reported today about the long-planned Three Stooges movie to be produced by the Farrelly brothers, saying MGM will put the movie out and the following are the choices for the cast, pending negotiations: Sean Penn as Larry, Benicio delToro as Moe and Jim Carrey as Curly. Carrey reportedly plans on gaining 40 pounds to play Curly. Interesting choices. Sean Penn? Really? Could work...
Read the story here.
The LA Times already chimed in with a fairly skeptical take on the project and the casting. The writer makes a good point that Seth Rogen could do a great Larry, and Robert Downey Jr. would make a great Moe!
But whatever the case I hope Stooge Mania ensues. It is long overdue and a new generation of Stooge fans needs to emerge. Enjoy this little clip to stoke the fires: