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When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« on: December 12, 2004, 11:21:22 PM »
I think it's time AMC gave up their rights to air the shorts and gave it to another network that will do a better job of handling it. It was alright in the beginning with The Stooges Playhouse then N.Y.U.K. on weeknights, now we get them twice a year?? What the hell is that about?? How much longer is their contract to them? They aren't even the network to air them, they show modern films. And when they do show them, it's all Curly! What about us Shemp and Joe fans??

Anyway, enough of my rambling. When can we finally expect a network that will treat the boys with respect to air them?
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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2004, 07:42:38 PM »
I dunno...has there ever been many stations or networks that have treated the fellows with respect?  Whether it's an ungodly hour (3-5 am, anyone?), or with massive cuts (Family Channel, I'm looking your way!), I haven't seen the shorts shown in a decent manner in at least 20 years. Granted, they were old, scratchy, ancient prints, but still...
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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2005, 11:30:28 PM »
I think it's time AMC gave up their rights to air the shorts and gave it to another network that will do a better job of handling it. It was alright in the beginning with The Stooges Playhouse then N.Y.U.K. on weeknights, now we get them twice a year?? What the hell is that about?? How much longer is their contract to them? They aren't even the network to air them, they show modern films. And when they do show them, it's all Curly! What about us Shemp and Joe fans??

Anyway, enough of my rambling. When can we finally expect a network that will treat the boys with respect to air them?
No network will ever treat the shorts with respect so the best thing to do would be to go to either a Best Buy or a Wal-Mart and find the 3 Stooges on VHS or DVD this way you get to see the shorts uncut and unedited. My ex-girlfriend was upset that Spaceship Sappy got edited.

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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2005, 12:28:18 AM »
I've complained a LOT about the fact that the Stooges aren't aired anymore, and then I remembered what they were like by viewing my 20-plus year old tapes.  Scratchy film, far too many jumps (not due to editing), and until 1986, no Joe.  And of course, they were moved from a decent hour (11 pm) to an ungodly hour (3 am) during my many years of watching.  But until I saw what the Family Channel had done--well, that can't be excused.  "Flying Saucer Daffy" was just cut to pieces--some of the funniest scenes, in fact, the entire 1st half was deleted, leaving us to wonder why Joe was being so shabbily treated by his family (well, if you hadn't seen it).

That leaves me to wonder: other than cable stations, are there any local stations that still air the shorts?  In St. Louis, the last time they were aired regularly was around 1999 or so--close to the time they switched "formats" and decided to pad out the shorts with "trivia".

The fellows have been getting pretty shoddy treatment for far too long.  When will we see airings/DVD releases that are worthy of their longevity, talent, and popularity? How many customers must those who make these decisions tick off?

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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2005, 02:53:31 PM »
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That leaves me to wonder: other than cable stations, are there any local stations that still air the shorts?

They run on Channel 26 in Chicago on Saturday nights at 7:00 (Stooge-A-Palooza) and Sunday mornings at 10:00 (Sunday Stooges).  The shorts are largely uncut and presented in a reasonable manner; the only drawbacks, at least as far as STOOGE-A-PALOOZA is concerned, are the very long commercial breaks (mostly for Chia-Pets, cut-rate insurance companies, payday loan sharks, and the ubiquitous Pool-A-Rama).

STOOGE-A-PALOOZA also runs in Milwaukee, at a station also owned by Weigel Broadcasting.
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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2005, 07:42:01 PM »
I have to agree with all of you on the Family Channel. They edited the shorts like crazy. From what I remembered, I thought "All Gummed Up" was edited the craziest. They cut out a part where Shemp eats the Fountain of Youth with the Jumping Beans and they also cut out the entire bubble gum bit. After the young Mr. Flint cries after he falls, the short ends. They might as well not show the short at all. It's rediculous. The Family Channel showed all the shorts, with the exception of "The Yokes On Me". It's too bad they cared more about commercial time and cared less about Stooge fans.

AMC will be the perfect channel to air the Stooge shorts if they would only show all 190 shorts.

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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2005, 09:29:19 PM »
Ahh yes its not just me, the family channel was horrid and terrible, chopping up all the good ol stooges shorts, I think they should create a 24/7 Stooge network... ;D :D  (AMC sucks, american movie classics, shmlassics) nyuk nyuk

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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2005, 09:50:51 AM »
Don't hold your breath....

Sony (owners of the shorts) apparently doesn't think very highly of the Three Stooges or their dwindling fan base. They will most likely let the contract w/AMC expire, then they might even renew it unless another station pops up and shows some serious interest. As for a Three Stooges Channel, never gonna happen. Even if they did create one it would get old very fast.
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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2005, 03:46:33 PM »
The Stooges will always be treated badely, but compared to Spiketv now AMC treated them pretty well.
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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2005, 03:56:24 PM »
To be honest, I don't have a huge problem with "Spike Tv's Three Stooges Slap Happy Hour." I mean yeah, there are too many commercials between the shorts, but I find some of those commercials about the stooges entertaining. Like Curly the Vampire Slayer :D. Anyways what I'm getting at is, at least there on TV now! And not at 3am but at 9am. Thats a nice thing to watch while eating breakfast or just waking up. By thats my opinion, whatever thats worth.

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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2005, 05:12:34 PM »
Thats true, Spiketv stooges are better that no stooges and some of the commercials are entertaining.  But AMC was better than Spiketv.
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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2014, 09:57:05 AM »
I wouldn't be surprised if, when AMC/IFC's current deal expires, Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) acquired the rights to the Stooges and ran them as part of a two-hour block of classic comedy shorts back-to-back with Hal Roach-era Little Rascals shorts on weekend mornings.

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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2014, 08:06:48 AM »
The worst part of AMC is the speeding up of the shorts. (Besides in some cases editing a one reeler down to 3 minutes.) They speed them up digitally but keep the pitch of the voices at normal. You can tell at the opening credits, with the theme unnaturally racing along. Then, watch the movies, and listen to the phrasing of the dialogue: insanely fast. Screw AMC.
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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2014, 12:21:45 PM »
The worst part of AMC is the speeding up of the shorts. (Besides in some cases editing a one reeler down to 3 minutes.) They speed them up digitally but keep the pitch of the voices at normal. You can tell at the opening credits, with the theme unnaturally racing along. Then, watch the movies, and listen to the phrasing of the dialogue: insanely fast. Screw AMC.

That's time compression. Pretty much all rerun shows are time compressed now. Gives the networks more room for commercial. More commercials = more $$$$

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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2014, 03:28:54 PM »
It's over-the-top compression. You can hardly understand the dialogue, and at times it looks like undercrank. I can't watch it.
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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2014, 12:13:20 PM »
I just find it really ridiculous how cable costs have gotten to be so high now and the amount of commercials we have to put up with is increasing. It's just crazy when you think about it.

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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2014, 01:06:21 PM »
I know a lot of people that have gone strictly to a divi antenna and Netflix. You can watch older shows, movies, and get your locals for news. Not a bad idea.
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Re: When Will AMC's Horrid Handling of the Shorts Come to an End?
« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2014, 02:21:23 PM »
Netflix streaming sucks. My friend has it. The movie selection is terrible. The only movies available to stream are older movies that most of us have already seen. You can't even stream any Three stooges shorts or anything. Lame.