Esquire gift list No 11

Surely every man should have Laurel and Hardy at his disposal? Well, with this comprehensive 21-disc box set, every man can. 

This collection features the majority of the 97 shorts and features that Stan and Ollie made during the course of their long career, spanning 1918 to 1940.  Due to the age of the films, the source material varies in quality and the silent shorts contain the shoddiest footage (but in the spirit of Christmas, we're prepared to forgive).

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The 21st disc in the box more than makes up for this, however, containing all sorts of bonus material including the original version of Brats (1930), extracts from the German version of Pardon Us (1931), Thundering Fleas (1926), Fluttering Hearts (1927), Prudence (1927) and the documentary Laurel & Hardy: A Tribute to the Boys (1991). £39.99, www.hmv.com