The Three Stooges appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. I felt the image was good but not great.
Sharpness was generally positive. At times, I noticed a bit of softness, especially in wider shots. Still, the majority of the flick looked pretty concise and distinctive. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.
In terms of colors, the movie featured a natural palette that favored a slight golden tone. Across the board, the hues looked positive. They showed nice clarity and breadth and came out well. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. The occasional softness created some distractions, but the transfer usually seemed solid.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Stooges worked fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides. Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. Nothing memorable occurred, as most of the movie stayed with limited imaging.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was intelligible and usually fairly natural, though some edginess occurred. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.
With that, we shift to extras. Eight Deleted/Extended Scenes go for a total of nine minutes, 29 seconds. The “extended” side of things heavily dominates, as the vast majority of these just add a little more goofiness to existing sequences. This means we don’t get much fresh material in these, so don’t expect a lot from them.
Four featurettes follow. What’s the Big Idea? A History of The Three Stooges lasts 10 minutes, 39 seconds and offers notes from executive producer Earl Benjamin, writers/producers/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly, writer Mike Cerrone, and Moe Howard’s great-granddaughter/actor Caroline Scott. We learn about the background for the original Stooges as well as some aspects of the film’s development. This is too brief to be a strong history of the original Stooges, but it’s a decent overview.
With the five-minute, 11-second Knuckleheads: Behind the Scenes of The Three Stooges, we hear from Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The show covers stunts and slapstick sequences, so we get basics about that side of things. “Knuckleheads” goes by too quickly, but it throws in a smattering of fun details.
Did You Hear That? Sound Effects fills four minutes, 11 seconds and includes notes from Peter and Bobby Farrelly and Cerrone. They chat about the cartoony audio used for the flick. It’s another short but useful piece.
Finally, Poifect! Casting The Three Stooges occupies nine minutes, 12 seconds with details from Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Scott, Cerrone, Benjamin, producer Charles D. Wessler, and actors Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson, Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Isaiah Mustafa, and Craig Bierko. We learn about how the three leads came into their roles and aspects of their work. Inevitably, “Poifect” delivers a lot of happy talk, but it also throws in some good behind the scenes bits, so it’s worth a look.
A Three Stooges Mash-Up runs three minutes, 10 seconds. Set to a few pieces of classical music, this takes a bunch of the movie’s slapstick bits and packages them together. For some fans, it might be more appealing than the film itself.
Under Original Screen Test, we locate a four-minute, five-second reel. This shows the three leads as they work out the scene in which the Stooges pace the streets in an attempt to raise money. It’s pretty similar to the final product, but it’s still interesting to check out as a curiosity.
The disc launches with ads for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. These also pop up under Sneak Peek, and we get the Stooges trailer as well.
A second disc provides a DVD Copy and a Digital Copy of Stooges. This gives you a movie-only version of the film, so don’t expect any extras.
Half homage, half update, The Three Stooges seems likely to delight the comedy trio’s many fans. Does it work for those of us without much fondness for the Stooges? Yeah, to a degree – I can’t say I loved the movie, but it kept me moderately entertained. The Blu-ray provided pretty good picture and audio along with a handful of decent supplements. The film didn’t convert me into one of the Stooges faithful, but it achieves its goals.