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June 5, 2018

Spotlight Collection Volumes 1-3 Now In Stores

All six discs squashed onto three

Spotlight 1-3 Cover Because a video franchise isn't dead until it's been repackaged and reconfigured into every possible combination, today Warner Home Video released the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volumes 1-3. Collecting the first two Spolight Collection volumes and the Looney Tunes Movie Collection, the three-disc set is now available in stores and online.

Again, we're going by the label's own announced technical specs, but it looks as if they have in fact squeezed the content of six discs onto just three, as the original Spotlight Collection volumes were individual two-disc sets. No reviews have surfaced anywhere to either confirm or deny this, so we cannot comment on the resulting quality. With a thirty-dollar price tag on it, buyer should most definitely beware!

The first Spotlight Collection (or, as it was originally titled, Looney Tunes: The Premiere Collection) contains the following, all taken from the first Golden Collection volume....

Elmer's Candid Camera (1940)
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears (1944)
Fast and Furry-ous (1949)
Hair-Raising Hare (1946)
The Awful Orphan (1949)
Haredevil Hare (1948)
For Scent-imental Reasons (1949)
Frigid Hare (1949)
The Hypo-Chondri-Cat (1950)
Baton Bunny (1959)
Feed the Kitty (1952)
Don't Give Up the Sheep (1953)
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (1942)
Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943)
Canary Row (1950)
Bunker Hill Bunny (1950)
Kit for Cat (1948)
Putty Tat Trouble (1951)
Bugs and Thugs (1954)
Canned Feud (1951)
Lumber Jerks (1955)
Speedy Gonzales (1955)
Tweety's S.O.S. (1951)
The Foghorn Leghorn (1948)
Daffy Duck Hunt (1949)
Early to Bet (1951)
A Broken Leghorn (1959)
Devil May Hare (1954)

Spotlight Collection Volume Two, meanwhile, contains the following, likewise taken from the second Golden Collection....

Bad Ol' Putty Tat (1949)
All a Bir-r-r-d (1950)
Room and Bird (1951)
Tweet Tweet Tweety (1951)
Gift Wrapped (1952)
Ain't She Tweet (1952)
A Bird in a Guilty Cage (1952)
Snow Business (1953)
Tweetie Pie (1947)
Kitty Kornered (1946)
Baby Bottleneck (1946)
Old Glory (1939)
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946)
Duck Soup to Nuts (1944)
Porky in Wackyland (1938)
Back Alley Oproar (1948)
Book Revue (1946)
A Corny Concerto (1943)
Have You Got Any Castles? (1938)
Hollywood Steps Out (1941)
I Love to Singa (1936)
Katnip Kollege (1938)
The Hep Cat (1942)
Three Little Bops (1957)
One Froggy Evening (1955)
Rhapsody Rabbit (1946)
Show Biz Bugs (1957)
Stage Door Cartoon (1944)
What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)

And the Looney Tunes Movie Collection, taking the place of a "third" Spotlight volumes, contains both 1979's The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie and 1982's Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales.

Seriously, don't buy this. Please don't waste your money. Just buy the Golden Collection 1-6 boxed set and track down the Movie Collection (or even just the cheaper Spotlight Collection Double Feature that contains it) and you'll have everything that could possibly be released under the Spotlight Collection banner...and then some. Warner Home Video needs to know that people prefer the bigger, more expansive sets.

Again, we stress that you shouldn't, but if you for some reason need it, the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volumes 1-3 is now in stores on DVD only and retails for $29.98. Order it now on Amazon.


April 12, 2018

Spotlight Collection Volumes 1-3 Three-Pack Announced for June 5

First two Spotlight Collections and Movie Collection combined

Spotlight 1-3 Cover

Spotlight 1-3 Back Cover

You can't keep a good reissue machine down! Four years after Warner Home Video last resurrected the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection title for a series of repackaged double features, the label is going back into the family-friendly well once again for a triple feature! Collecting the first two Spolight Collection volumes and the Looney Tunes Movie Collection, the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volumes 1-3 three-pack has been announced for release on June 5.

As most of our readers know, the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection series was launched in 2003 as a lower-cost, family-friendly alternative to the default Looney Tunes Golden Collection volumes. Taking the safer and more general-audience-pleasing cartoons from the larger sets (typically whatever would constitute the "all-stars" discs on the Golden Collections), the Spotlight volumes usually shied away from anything controversial, almost anything that would be deemed "old" (so very little to no black and white shorts), and almost anything not starring a major character or wasn't all-but universally known--and there was nothing substantial in the realm of bonus content (no commentaries, rare footage, etc.). In all, eight Spotlight Collection titles would end up being released: seven cartoon compilations and the Looney Tunes Movie Collection serving as "volume three."

The first Spotlight Collection (or, as it was originally titled, Looney Tunes: The Premiere Collection) contains the following, all taken from the first Golden Collection volume....

Elmer's Candid Camera (1940)
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears (1944)
Fast and Furry-ous (1949)
Hair-Raising Hare (1946)
The Awful Orphan (1949)
Haredevil Hare (1948)
For Scent-imental Reasons (1949)
Frigid Hare (1949)
The Hypo-Chondri-Cat (1950)
Baton Bunny (1959)
Feed the Kitty (1952)
Don't Give Up the Sheep (1953)
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (1942)
Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943)
Canary Row (1950)
Bunker Hill Bunny (1950)
Kit for Cat (1948)
Putty Tat Trouble (1951)
Bugs and Thugs (1954)
Canned Feud (1951)
Lumber Jerks (1955)
Speedy Gonzales (1955)
Tweety's S.O.S. (1951)
The Foghorn Leghorn (1948)
Daffy Duck Hunt (1949)
Early to Bet (1951)
A Broken Leghorn (1959)
Devil May Hare (1954)

Spotlight Collection Volume Two, meanwhile, contains the following, likewise taken from the second Golden Collection....

Bad Ol' Putty Tat (1949)
All a Bir-r-r-d (1950)
Room and Bird (1951)
Tweet Tweet Tweety (1951)
Gift Wrapped (1952)
Ain't She Tweet (1952)
A Bird in a Guilty Cage (1952)
Snow Business (1953)
Tweetie Pie (1947)
Kitty Kornered (1946)
Baby Bottleneck (1946)
Old Glory (1939)
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946)
Duck Soup to Nuts (1944)
Porky in Wackyland (1938)
Back Alley Oproar (1948)
Book Revue (1946)
A Corny Concerto (1943)
Have You Got Any Castles? (1938)
Hollywood Steps Out (1941)
I Love to Singa (1936)
Katnip Kollege (1938)
The Hep Cat (1942)
Three Little Bops (1957)
One Froggy Evening (1955)
Rhapsody Rabbit (1946)
Show Biz Bugs (1957)
Stage Door Cartoon (1944)
What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)

And then, of course, the Looney Tunes Movie Collection contains both 1979's The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie and 1982's Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales, while all the other 1980s compilation features have been made available as separate releases.

Strangely, despite the fact that this release is collecting three, two-disc collections, all of Warner Home Video's official technical information suggests that this will be a three-disc set, not six. Now, this hasn't been the first time that Warner's press information on disc count has been incorrect (their official artwork for Sylvester & Hippety Hopper: Marsupial Mayhem, for example, clearly shows two discs coming out of the keepcase), and all of the other announced information seems to confirm that nothing has been removed from any of the titles being collected, so we'll have to wait and see what actually comes out. Theoretically it's not impossible to squeeze two regular discs onto a single dual-layered DVD9 (the resulting quality may not be that great, however), but it does seem like that would require extra work for what would otherwise be a simple repurposing of already mastered and imaged discs. Some collectors would argue that such time, money, and effort could be better spent elsewhere on the Looney Tunes franchise--but of course, we're also talking about a label that chose perhaps the ugliest of the Spotlight Collection covers to use for the front of this release.

The studio's announcement e-mail for this title reads as follows, warts and all....

Looney Tunes Spotlight V1 - They're the clown princes of animation. They're the international ambassadors of cartoon comedy. They're the fabulously funny friends you grew up with! Some of the very best animated shorts starring the very wackiest Warner Bros. cartoon characters. Sparkling with one unforgettable, landmark cartoon classic after another, there's Bugs Bunny's monstrously merry encounter with the tennis-shoe clad creature of "Hair-Raising Hare." Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner racing to cartoon immortality in "Fast and Furryous." Oscar-winning animated gems, scenery-chewing Tazmanian [sic - Tasmanian, as the character's name uses the proper spelling] Devils [comma needed] and much more!

Looney Tunes Spotlight V2 - That's right, go ahead and laugh at them. The silliness picks up where it never left off in Vol. 2 of the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection, a joy-buzzer-to-the-world batch of more classic animated shorts from the Warner Bros. vaults unleashes an all-star, all-for-fun-and-fun-for-all array of Hollywood and show-business spoofs, including the great "What's Opera, Doc?" and more. Laugh yourself silly!

Looney Tunes Spotlight V3 - Lights, camera, Looney-ness! The Spotlight is on 2 Looney Tunes movies - now remastered so that every image shines and every fine Acme product goes swoosh like new. The chase is on in The Bugs Bunny/Road-Runner Movie as Elmer pursues the pesky wabbit, Daffy Duck tries to elude the animator's eraser [comma needed] and Wile E. Coyote tears after Road Runner and Bugs. By the way, how do you catch a Road Runner? You don't! Beep-Beep! More cartoon harelarity is what's up, doc, in Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales. Our long-eared hero becomes a spinner of fantastical stories while held captive in a desert sultan's palace. Yosemite Sam is the sawed-off sidewinder wielding the sultan's sword. Mad mallard Daffy joins the fun, coping (or not) with a meanie-genie. The rest, as they say, is...hysterical!

Differing slightly, the text on the back cover reads as follows....

Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection: The Premiere Edition - They're the international ambassadors of cartoon comedy. They're the fabulously funny friends you grew up with! And now, 28 of the very best animated shorts starring the very wackiest Warner Bros. cartoon characters have been rounded up in the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection: The Premiere Edition. Each specially selected short has been brilliantly restored and remastered to its original anvil-dropping, laughter-inducing glory! It's an unprecedented animation celebration for cartoon lovers eager to relive the heady, hilarious golden age of Warner Bros. animation! It's the ultimate animated experience for anyone who's ever thrilled to the timeless query, "Ehhh...what's up, doc?"

Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection Volume 2 - That's right, go ahead and laugh at them. The silliness picks up where it never left off in Vol. 2 of the Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection, a joy-buzzer-to-the-world batch of more classic animated shorts from the Warner Bros. vaults - all restored, remastered [comma needed] and uncut. You'll tawt you taw a puddy tat and more with Tweety/Sylvester antics, Daffy Duck's detective Duck Twacy [comma needed] and the surreal Porky in Wackyland. Also includes an all-star, all-for-fun-and-fun-for-all array of Hollywood and show-business spoofs, including the great What's Opera, Doc? more. Laugh yourself silly!

Looney Tunes: Movie Collection Volume 3 - Lights, camera, Looney-ness! The spotlight is on two Looney Tunes movies - remastered so that every image shines and every fine Acme product goes "swoosh" like new. The chase is on in The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie as Elmer pursues the pesky wabbit, Daffy Duck tries to elude the animator's eraser [comma needed] and Wile E. Coyote tears after Road Runner and Bugs. By the way, how do you catch a Road Runner? You don't! Beep-Beep! More cartoon harelarity is what's up, doc, in Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales. Our long-eared hero becomes a spinner of fantastical stories while held captive in a desert sultan's palace. Mad mallard Daffy joins the fun, coping (or not) with a meanie genie. The rest, as they say, is...hysterical!

Adding to the vagueness of what should otherwise be pretty much an autopiloted release, the back cover includes not one but two of the now-standard "aspect ratio boxes" that Warner puts on its titles.

The first box reads as....

STANDARD VERSION PRESENTED IN A FORMAT PRESERVING THE ASPECT RATIO OF IT'S [sic] ORIGINAL THEATRICAL EXHIBITION.

Pretty normal, especially since everything on all of the Spotlight Collection titles were released in full frame. But then there's a second, stranger box below it....

STANDARD VERSION THIS FILM HAS BEEN MODIFIED AS FOLLOWS FROM ITS ORIGINAL VERSION: IT HAS BEEN FORMATTED TO FIT YOUR SCREEN. WIDESCREEN VERSION PRESENTED IN A "MATTED" WIDESCREEN FORMAT PRESERVING THE ASPECT RATIO OF ITS ORIGINAL THEATRICAL EXHIBITION. ENHANCED FOR WIDESCREEN TVS.

This is probably referring to the titles on the Movie Collection, but then that just leads to more questions. Even though both The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie and 1001 Rabbit Tales were theatrically released in an open matte format, all previous home video releases have been in standard format without ever needing any "modified" disclaimer before--but Warner Home Video might just be trying to cover their litigious bases in the era of high definition, so we'll ignore that. What's stranger is the notation of widescreen versions supposedly being present on this release. Both BB/RR and 1001 were released in the Movie Collection in full frame only, so there shouldn't be any "matted" version of either film (unless there was some Easter egg we were never made aware of).

Add to that the question of the number of discs and you get a very baffling release announcement, especially for what should again just be a straightforward repackaging of older discs. It'll be (only marginally) interesting to see if there are in fact any changes to the content or discs when this title does in fact come out.

It's really hard to figure out who this release is intended for, especially for the almost-thirty-dollar asking price it's being offered at. The first Spotlight Collection was reissued at a lower price point just last year; and though it's out of print, the Spotlight Collection Double Feature containing the other two volumes isn't that hard or pricy to come by. And of course, the original Golden Collection volumes are all still readily available. It seems like there would have been better, more marketable ways to get the Movie Collection back out there (if that was the intent) without saddling it with so much redundant material.

BUT, if you still need The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie and 1001 Rabbit Tales, or are just morbidly curious, the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volumes 1-3 is scheduled to be released on June 5 on DVD only and will retail for $29.98. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


March 16, 2018

A Look at I Love Tweety Now Up

NEW SECTION TO THE SITE!

Not a normal news update, but we wanted to officially announce a new page to our site, something that's been in the works for a while now.

Tweet Teriyaki is a look at one of the curiouser Looney Tunes video releases this century, the trio of I Love Tweety collections made available only in Japan. You'll come across a brief history of the video line, screen grabs of cartoons not yet issued on disc over here in the United States, and (something that's often been asked for) comparison shots of cartoons eventually released in the Golden Collection series. It's practically everything one ever wanted to know about the I Love Tweety series.

Enjoy!


March 8, 2018

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show March 21

The latest home video news!

And heeeeere we go! On Wednesday, March 21, Stu's Show, the online series hosted by cartoon/pop culture/television nut Stu Shostak, will again welcome to its studio Jerry Beck. As is the norm, the episode will be a video/audio simulcast, so you will be able to either listen or watch it live. The show will air at 7PM EST and is available as a free stream for those who tune in live (afterward, fans can purchase a "rerun" of the episode online). Information on the various ways to access the show can be found on its web site: www.stusshow.com.

In addition to his recap of both the Annies and the Oscars, Jerry will be looking ahead at the year in animation, from upcoming movies and television series to (hopefully) any home video news. To take advantage of the video feed, Jerry will bring a few classic cartoons to show and offer comments on. Ideally this will be a far more entertaining interview than in December, when both Jerry and Stu were somewhat condescending over concerns fans had with Warner Archive's mediocre Porky Pig 101 collection.

As always, please keep in mind that Jerry only works as a consultant for Warner Home Video (and other labels) on select projects. He does not have final say on programming or release matters; he can only try to comment on situations as best as he can...and even then, he is sometimes contractually required to not say anything about certain upcoming releases. The information he gives is never meant to be inferred as any sort of official statement from a studio and that they can and do change plans on a whim without telling him. Anything Jerry is authorized to reveal will be said during the show.

You can send questions via the web site linked above, and Stu may or may not read them to Jerry during the show. And of course, as we say every since time Jerry appears, do NOT bug the show with "When will this cartoon or show come out on DVD?" questions. Again, anything video-related that Jerry's allowed to reveal will come up during the show.

We will be posting live news updates as the episode airs on our Facebook page. If there is any major DVD or Blu-ray news announced, we will of course report it here after the show. Regardless, do plan to watch or listen to the episode yourself!

Mark your calendar! Jerry Beck is coming to Stu's Show March 21!


January 16, 2018

Let Loose Triple Feature Now In Stores

Older miscellaneous DVDs collected; all repeats

Let Loose Cover It's the day absolutely nobody was waiting for! While any collector-minded Looney Tunes slowly migrate over to the Warner Archive, today Warner Home Video proper followed their usual appeal to the big-box masses and released the Let Loose Triple Feature three-pack on DVD. Collection discs from various older Looney Tunes-related titles, the three-disc set is now available in stores and online.

The set collects the older releases Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run, Tweety's High-Flying Adventure, and the first disc from Taz-Mania: Taz on the Loose. After last year's release of Porky Pig 101 from Warner Archive and the subsequent controversy over its scattershot quality control, it seems almost refreshingly quaint that we can ignore yet another slapdash repackaging of titles that were more peripheral of the main Looney Tunes library in the first place.

Again, this set only contains the first disc of the two-disc Taz on the Loose, so it will only have the following Taz-Mania episodes....

Like Father, Like Son/Frights of Passage
The Dog the Turtle Story
War & Pieces/Airbourne Airhead
Battling Bushrats/Devil in the Deep Blue Sea
A Devil of a Job
Woeful Wolf
It's No Picnic/Kee-Wee ala King

There is no classic material contained on any of the three discs, while the only shorts featured at all are the four recent CGI cartoons used as special features on : Coyote Falls, Fur of Flying, Rabid Rider, and I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat. And merely for the sake of listing all of the bonuses, that disc also contains the Looney Tunes Show episode "Best Friends."

Obviously, there's little reason to hunt down this release, especially since Rabbits Run has already been collected elsewhere and the complete two-disc Taz on the Loose is regularly seen in dump bins at bargain stores like Big Lots. This is strictly meant to be an impulse buy for parents at Walmart and Target.

And for some quick housekeeping news. As is the norm we'll likely be creating a 2017 news archive in the near future and will be moving last year's news articles to such a page. Also, we're knee-deep in a major update to a main section of the site, so expect news on that hopefully soon. And of course, we'll be updating our Wideo Wabbit history section to include last year's release of Porky Pig 101 and the surrounding kerfluffle. God help us.

Until then, Looney Tunes Let Loose Triple Feature is now in stores on DVD only and retails for $18.94. Order it now on Amazon.


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