Shirley Temple - America's Sweetheart Collection, Vol. 3 (Dimples / The Little Colonel / The Littlest Rebel)
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58 of 60 found the following review helpful:
Which DVD's? ( Volume 4 Coming 7-25-06) Jan 09, 2006
This set will contain "The Little Colonel", "The Littliest Rebel" and "Dimples."
Volume 4 will be released on July 25, 2006. It will include:
Just Around The Corner
Susannah of the Mounties
50 of 53 found the following review helpful:
Sound quality not what it should be Jun 07, 2006
By La Coccinelle
I own all 3 of these Shirley Temple sets that have been released so far. The sound quality seems to be going downhill...
All 3 of the DVDs in Volume One were okay. I was very pleased with that set. In Volume Two, I noticed that the sound quality in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm was not that great (quiet voices and comparatively loud music). In this last volume, the sound was questionable in The Littlest Rebel... but it was atrocious in Dimples. It sounded as if all the actors were talking into pillows. I have watched these films on VHS and the sound is fine... perhaps something went wrong when they were put onto DVD.
I will say, however, that I absolutely love The Littlest Rebel and The Little Colonel. They're probably my favourite Shirley Temple movies, so to find them both in Volume Three was great. I was worried about The Little Colonel, though. The last scene was originally shot in Technicolor; however, in Fox's last VHS release of the movie (colourized), they cut the scene! I was so glad to see that the lovely "pink party" scene was included in this version... it's wonderful to see such an early example of colour in the movies.
As with the other two sets, the colourization of the black and white films is good (much better than previous attempts). However, the sound quality really annoyed me. Had I known it would be so bad, I would have just skipped Dimples and purchased the other two DVDs separately.
30 of 31 found the following review helpful:
Not Only The Greatest Child Actress. But The Greatest Actress Ever. Dec 29, 2006
By D. Finlay
I just finished watching this volume 3 collection and want to wholeheartedly endorse it.
I had read some reviews that the picture quality and sound was not so good and was doubtful if I should buy it, but bought it all the same as I had enjoyed the other two volumes so much.
Well I was not disappointed at all. The sound quality was very good. Try listning to it on the stereo option on the on-screen menu.
These are three of her very best films and you will laugh and enjoy them so much.
My wife never ever heard of Shirley Temple till 2006 when I introduced her to Shirley's films and now we both are big fans and look forward to these re-releases.
'The Little Colonel' and 'The littlest Rebel' both have the excellent Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson acting and dancing in fine form with Shirley.
Bill worked out the dance routines in all these three pictures but only stars in the above mentioned two.
No one grabs my attention like Shirley. It's a whole combination of things like her smile and laughter, her dancing and mannerisms and she cry's so realistic that you would think she is really upset (but no it's just our Shirley doing her stuff, excellent as useual).
Shirlet Temple is a gale of fresh air in a very stale and cynical world and her films will restore hope and confidence to you in the human race.
Why not check out her official web site and send her an e-mail. She's still going strong.
20 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Temple, Barrymore, and Bill "BoJangles" Robinson..a Treasure Mar 07, 2005
By L. Shirley
"Laurie's Boomer Views"
This review refers to "The Little Colonel" (VHS/20th Fox Family Feature)...
A very young Shirley Temple holds her own with the likes of Lionel Barrymore, Bill "BoJangles" Robinson and Hattie McDaniel, in this touching Civil War drama.
Little Lloyd Sherman(Temple), has just returned to the South with her mother as they wait the return of her father from duty. They move into a cottage, right next door to the mean old Colonel Lloyd(Barrymore), who happens to be Little Lloyd's grandfather. Years earlier the Colonel told his daughter that the door of their great mansion would never be open to her again, as she ran off to marry the man she loved, a Yankee!
Colonol Lloyd is a stubborn old curmudgeon who's heart has hardened to his daughter. He has met his match though, in our stubborn "Little Colonel", as Shirley works her magic on him(and us), and he slowly warms to his grandchild's charms. But..Shirley's job is not quite done, when the Sherman family is in trouble, little Lloyd must convince her grandfather to come to the rescue.
The film is one that confirms that Temple was one of the best child actresses to ever grace the screen. Her emotions seem authentic and it is a real treat to watch her work her magic on both Barrymore and McDaniel(pre-Gone With The Wind), who were also a joy to watch perform. And if that is not treat enough, Shirley and Bill Robinson do two wonderful tap dance numbers together, that are treasures to watch on their own.
If you haven't seen this one, you should know that there are a couple of scenes of dialouge, between the Colonel and the African Americans that work for him, and some children, that will be offensive. Unfortunatley this was probably though, a very realistic portrayal of the treatment they recieved and is very much a part of this film and history, just as the treament of women in many of the films of this era(including Gone With The Wind)is offensive to us now as well.
This edition is colorized, and I thought the conversion to color was very well done. There was an occasional color(red tones on a black and white checked dress) that looked like it didn't belong, but for the most part, I thought the color brought out many details of the film that might have gone unnoticed. Also having this film colorized may make it easier to share this cinematic treasure with a new generation.
16 of 17 found the following review helpful:
A great one for Shirley fans to enjoy! Jan 03, 2001
I loved this movie, as it showcases Shirley's seemingly unending talent, even at such a tender age. However, I resent it when people review this story and rail about how offensive the treatment of African Americans is in it. It makes me angry when people would seek to rewrite history, or worse yet, omit it altogether just because it isn't, in their opinion, "politically correct" for current times. What is depicted in this motion picture simply represents what was going on THEN. Yes, it is sad. But only by exposing our children to representation of historical events such as these and then making the comparison to how far we have come socially and politically now can we hope to ensure that they learn the lesson that this story seeks to convey--that prejudice and racism are always wrong and, if you lead the kind of life you should, you can help to overcome these wrongs. And who better to convey such a lesson than Shirley Temple?
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