I offer my apologies for the fact that this section is predominately aimed at a British audience....This is for no other reason than the fact I live there!

January 2003

After many month's I have managed to start updating the site. I now have a proper domain name, Blotto-Online, as you will have noticed. I have added a search engine to the site, and working on more updates at the moment.

Other news...
Ezy DVD Australia have a few Laurel and Hardy DVD's. I use them largely because they are incredibly cheap. Check out their site, and the disks... Reviews will appear on this site as and when I get time to watch them!

September 15th 1998

The following video's were released on September 4th 1998. (UK)

  1. Way Out West
  2. Be Big/Laughing Gravy
  3. Beau Hunks/The Music Box
  4. Sons of the Desert
  5. County Hospital/Tit for Tat/Them Thar Hills
  6. Our Relations
  7. Their First Mistake/Twice Two/Brats
  8. The Live Ghost/Habeas Corpus/Dirty Work
  9. Swiss Miss
  10. Pardon Us

September 1st 1998

Following a Tribute Premier on Thursday 3rd September which will be attended by the UK's top comedy stars - Laurel and Hardy's award-winning movie Way Out West will open in London at The Prince Charles, Leicester Square on Friday 4th September. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of comedy's universally best loved double-act, from Friday 4th September cinemas across the UK will also be screening other classic Laurel & Hardy films. Sons of the Desert will be paired with Helpmates. Way Out West will be supported by the Oscar-winning short The Music Box. Laurel and Hardy's influence is acknowledged by the UK's leading comics including; Reeves & Mortimer, Baddiel & Skinner, Fry & Laurie, Robbie Coltrane & John Sessions, Morecambe & Wise, Rik Mayall & Adrian Edmondson, Lee Evans, French & Saunders, Monty Python, Russ Abbott, Harry Hill and The Goodies:

"I loved them," says Hollywood star Steve Martin. "As a kid I'd see whatever movies they made. Laurel and Hardy are very dear to me."

"They were truly magnificent," said BAFTA winning Stephen Fry, while Monty Python star John Cleese reveals that "Laurel and Hardy still remain a real source of joy."

As one of the most popular Laurel and Hardy feature films, Way Out West achieved extra prominence, when a song taken from its soundtrack, The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine, reached number 2 in the UK charts in 1975. Stan Laurel claimed that it was his favourite feature length film. Laurel and Hardy also continue to be a firm favourite on video. So far VVL (Vision Video Limited) has released 20 titles which have sold in excess of 200,000 videos across the counter. To coincide with the anniversary an additional 10 specially restored titles will be released on September 7th, including Way Out West, which will be on sale in exclusive packaging.

The Laurel & Hardy international appreciation society is campaigning to have a statue of the boys erected in Stan's birthplace in Ulverston, Cumbria. Donations should be made payable to The Laurel and Hardy Statue Appeal and sent to Eric Woods, 102 Hough Green Rd, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 4PF.

It was September 8th, 1928 that saw the release of "Should Married Men Go Home?", the first film branded a 'Laurel and Hardy' release, and the cause of this September's 70th anniversary celebrations. * anniversary of the first film branded a 'Laurel and Hardy' release

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