Stooges: Color them bruised

Film

August 15, 2004

HOLLYWOOD -- Flesh tone alert! Colorization is back.

Along with the mullet hairstyle, Vanilla Ice and Andrew Dice Clay, colorization was among the biggest embarrassments of the 1980s and early '90s. Thanks to complaints of filmmakers and movie purists, though, colorization faded from sight like a painful memory.

Until now.

Columbia TriStar Home Video has unleashed two collections of vintage Three Stooges shorts -- in computerized color. Nyuk, nyuk, yuck!

Why the just-add-color revival?

It "has the potential to win over a more contemporary audience for these films," says a Columbia press release. "It all adds up to a truly unique DVD experience..."

And, declares the DVD box, the Three Stooges are even funnier in color.

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