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Laurel & Hardy and Ernie Kovacs: Kenneth Turan's DVD picks

January 4, 2012 |  2:50 pm


Genuine humor is hard to come by these days, so it's a good thing that some of the funniest people of the past are reappearing on DVD collections.

"Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection" is just that: a 10-disc set containing for the first time all the films this dynamic duo made for producer Hal Roach between 1929 and 1940. "The Music Box," famously shot on those Silver Lake stairs, is naturally included.

"The Ernie Kovacs Collection" is a six-disc set covering the marvelous work the great television comic did between 1951 and 1962. As someone once said, he broke rules that hadn't even been made yet.



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-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic