I also emailed Mike about the upcoming releases. He responded back. I thought some of you may be interested in what he said. Here's the exchange.
Dear Mr. Schlesinger,
I'm sure you're a busy man, and I appreciate you taking the time to read this if you can. I wanted to pass on my personal thank you, and to let you know how I admire the work that you and Sony are doing to get the Stooges shorts out to their most adoring, lifelong fans; in their original, chronological release order. I will purchase every chronological set Sony releases on DVD, all the way to Joe Besser and 1959 (I've already pre-ordered Volume 3).
I own all of the previously released Stooges DVD's (the Sony "theme" sets), as well as all of the movies. Though we're still waiting for Have Rocket Will Travel on DVD. I hear this will be coming out later in a box set of all 5 of the Columbia movies. I hope I don't have to purchase the other 4 Columbia movies all over again just to get "Rocket". This is already an issue with the shorts of course, but may I suggest making "Rocket" available individually to add to the previous movie releases.
I did want to point out an annoying error on a previous release if it hasn't been brought to your attention (though it may be too late anyway). On the Stooges short G.I. Wanna Home (1946), the previous "themed" release G.I. Stooge, wrongly titles it as "G.I. Wanna Go Home". This is on the DVD cover, and the DVD on-screen menu. I'm guessing this short will appear on Volume 5 if you continue the "three years at a time" format. So perhaps there is still time to catch that mistake so it isn't repeated on the new release.
Again, thank you for all your hard work. My Stooge crazed son and daughter thank you as well. Now this generation will have the privilege of watching any and all of the stooges shorts at their leisure and command. Though the rest of us had to rely on the sporadic and intermittent airings of our local TV stations when we were kids. Thank God for the digital age and all of it's blessings and privileges.
My sincerest thanks,
A huge Stooge fan, Paul Riemann
Mike responded with this:
Thanks for your kind words. I'll look into the title correction, but you must admit it's an understandable mistake!
We're not yet up to the features box, but I will pass along your suggestion about releasing HRWT individually.