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August 5, 2016

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show this Wednesday

The latest news (if any) of Looney Tunes on home video!

It's that time once again! This upcoming Wednesday, August 10, the one and only Jerry Beck will be appearing on Stu's Show, the online radio show hosted by cartoon/pop culture/television nut and home video pioneer Stu Shostak. Airing at 7PM EST, the show offers a free stream for those who tune in live, but fans can hear a "rerun" of the episode for just ninety-nine cents at the show's web site: www.stusshow.com soon after.

The last time Jerry was interviewed, he had very, very little home video news to provide. In fact, Stu insisted that they discussed home video right off the bat in order to devote the rest of the program to other animation topics. Will history repeat itself? Will Jerry have something exciting to report? One shouldn't get their hopes up, but who knows....

You can send questions via the web site linked above, and Stu may or may not read them to Jerry during the show. And as always, please don't bug them with "When will this cartoon come out on DVD?" questions. Any news that Jerry is allowed to reveal will come up during the show.

And like 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 control or 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 the studio and that the studio can and does change its plans on a whim without telling him.

We hope to post live updates as the episode airs on our Facebook page, and if there is any significant DVD or Blu-ray news, we will of course report it here after the show.

Be sure to check out Stu's Show this Wednesday!


July 19, 2016

To Have and Have Not Warner Archive Blu-ray Now Available

Includes the HD debut of Bacall to Arms

To Have and Have Not Cover Clearly becoming one of the last bastions of classic film on home video, today Warner Archive released the Blu-ray edition of the classic 1944 thriller To Have and Have Not. The steamy Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall movie is making its high-definition debut through WBShop.com and other online retailers.

As has been the norm for every edition of To Have and Have Not since its 2003 DVD debut, among the special features is the 1946 spoof Bacall to Arms, one of the final cartoons directed by Bob Clampett before he left the Warner studio (in fact, a significant portion of it had to be completed by Arthur Davis). This time, however, the Blu-ray features the remastered version that was originally prepared for the Golden Collection Volume Five DVD set. This release marks the first time Bacall to Arms has been presented in 1080p high definition.

To Have and Have Not is now available online and retails for $21.99. Order it now on Amazon.


July 16, 2016

Music Triple Feature Back Cover Revealed

In stores October 4; all repeats

Music Triple Feature Back Cover Just a week after the title's original announcement, Warner Home Video has revealed the underwhelming back cover for their upcoming Music Triple Feature: Tom and Jerry/Scooby-Doo!/Looney Tunes 3-DVD Collection. Lumping 2015's Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces compilation with two other--unrelated--older titles, the three-disc set is still set to be released on DVD only on October 4.

Since this release is simply combining three older titles, the back cover is a mishmash of character clip art and synopses from the DVDs' original covers.

The text on the back cover reads as follows, odd punctuation and all....

Tom and Jerry: Musical Mayhem
A compilation of amusing episodes with everyone's favorite cat and mouse! Tom and Jerry: Musical Mayhem includes The Cat Concerto, Saturday Evening Puss, Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl, Johann Mouse, Carmen Get It!, Rock 'N' Rodent [comma needed] and DJ Jerry.

Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire
Scooby-Doo! puts on a musical! The gang attends a vampire festival in which a real vampire shows up to disrupt the festivities. Things go from bad to worse when the vampire chooses Daphne for his bride.

Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces
Prepare for a musical experience as only Looney Tunes can deliver! From the brilliant minds of maestro Carl Stalling and animation legends including Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones come 18 musical treasures. Join the likes of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd [comma needed] and Porky Pig in classics including A Corny Concerto; What's Opera, Doc? [semi-colon needed] and Rabbit of Seville. Dive deeper into the vaults with gems like Three Little Bops, I Love to Singa [comma needed] and Rhapsody in Rivets. Let's go to the symphony with this must-own collection of Musical Masterpieces!

And it's also been a while since we've last brought this up, but in case anyone was wondering what the current preferred aspect ratio is for the post-1953 cartoons, here's what the always-changing info box says....

STANDARD VERSION PRESENTED IN A FORMAT PRESERVING THE ASPECT RATIO OF THEIR ORIGINAL TELEVISION EXHIBITIONS.

As said, the Musical Masterpieces disc is the same one released a little over a year ago, and that compilation itself merely repeated cartoons from various volumes of the Golden Collection and Platinum Collection series. Included on that DVD were....

A Corny Concerto (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Rabbit of Seville (1950) (Golden Collection Volume One)
One Froggy Evening (1955) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Rhapsody Rabbit (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
What's Opera, Doc? (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Hillbilly Hare (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Pizzicato Pussycat (1955) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Nelly's Folly (1961) (Platinum Collection Volume Three)
I Love to Singa (1936) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Page Miss Glory (1936) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Katnip Kollege (1938) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
High Note (1960) (Platinum Collection Volume Three)
Pigs in a Polka (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Three Little Bops (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Rhapsody in Rivets (1941) (Platinum Collection Volume Three)
Back Alley Oproar (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Holiday for Shoestrings (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Lights Fantastic (1942) (Golden Collection Volume Six)

Nevertheless, if you still needed this for whatever bizarre reason, Music Triple Feature: Tom and Jerry/Scooby-Doo!/Looney Tunes 3-DVD Collection is scheduled to be released on October 4 and will retail for $14.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


July 10, 2016

Musical Masterpieces to Be Repackaged in Three-Disc Family Set

In stores October 4; all repeats

Music Triple Feature Cover In what was already becoming a very quiet year, Warner Home Video has announced the first classic Looney Tunes product of 2016--and it's just a reissue. Yep, the label has taken the barely year-old single-disc compilation Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces and lumped it together with two other completely unrelated older releases to create the awkwardly titled Music Triple Feature: Tom and Jerry/Scooby-Doo!/Looney Tunes 3-DVD Collection. The three-disc title will be released on DVD only on October 4.

With a very loose music theme tying it all together, Musical Masterpieces is being combined with two non-Looney Tunes family titles: the 2013 budget compilation Tom and Jerry's Musical Mayhem and the 2012 direct-to-video movie Scooby-Doo!: Music of the Vampire. This release marks one of the very few times a Looney Tunes title is being packaged with either a Scooby or Tom and Jerry title.

Not only is this a mere reissue, but the Musical Masterpieces compilation itself was simply a reshuffling of content found on various volumes of the Golden Collection and Platinum Collection series. Included on that DVD were....

A Corny Concerto (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Rabbit of Seville (1950) (Golden Collection Volume One)
One Froggy Evening (1955) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Rhapsody Rabbit (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
What's Opera, Doc? (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Hillbilly Hare (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Pizzicato Pussycat (1955) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Nelly's Folly (1961) (Platinum Collection Volume Three)
I Love to Singa (1936) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Page Miss Glory (1936) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Katnip Kollege (1938) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
High Note (1960) (Platinum Collection Volume Three)
Pigs in a Polka (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Three Little Bops (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Rhapsody in Rivets (1941) (Platinum Collection Volume Three)
Back Alley Oproar (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Holiday for Shoestrings (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Lights Fantastic (1942) (Golden Collection Volume Six)

As said, Tom and Jerry's Musical Mayhem was a budget DVD from 2013 originally meant for the five-dollar racks at Target and Walmart. That compilation contained The Cat Concerto (1947), Saturday Evening Puss (1950), Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl (1950), Johann Mouse (1953), Carmen Get It! (1962), Rock 'n' Rodent (1967), and the Tom and Jerry Tales episode "DJ Jerry." It is believed that all of those cartoons ran uncut.

The studio's announcement e-mail for the title reads as follows....

Fans of Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry [comma needed] and the Looney Tunes are sure to be excited to find their favorite characters brought together in this 3-disc release that combines music and laughs. Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry [comma needed] and Looney Tunes Music Triple Feature available October 4th.

Tom and Jerry: Musical Mayhem: This is a compilation of fun-filled episodes with everyone's favorite cat and mouse! Tom and Jerry: Musical Mayhem includes: The Cat Concerto, Saturday Evening Puss, Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl, Johann Mouse, Carmen Get It!, Rock N' Rodent [comma needed] and DJ Jerry.

Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire: Scooby-Doo, Shaggy [comma needed] and the gang are geared up for a relaxing vacation. Just make it anyplace with no ghosts or monsters! But, like, how very Velma to steer the Mystery Machine to Vampire Palooza. It's not much of a scene until a singing vampire theater troupe, headed by pasty heartthrob Bram, meddles with an ancient resurrection chant, bringing the powerful vampire Lord Valdrona back to life. Now the festival is hopping, the stakes are flying, and the gang is in danger. Shaggy is sure he's been bitten - Scooby-Doo, save yourself! - and lord Valdrona wants Daphne for his bride! In this all-new movie, the creatures of the night aren't the only ones vamping it up. The whole gang is ready to sing and dance their way out of this one!

Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces: Prepare for a musical experience as only Looney Tunes can deliver! From the brilliant minds of maestro Carl Stalling and animation legends including Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones, [comma NOT needed, for once!] comes [sic - come] 18 musical treasures. Join the likes of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pig in classics including Corny Concerto, What's Opera, Doc? [comma needed] and Rabbit of Seville. Dive deeper into the vaults with gems like Three Little Bops, I Love to Singa [comma needed] and Rhapsody in Rivets. Let's go to the symphony with this must-own collection of Musical Masterpieces!

There's really nothing to recommend here. Perhaps the only positive thing that can be said is that this three-pack will retail for a few dollars less than what the original Musical Masterpieces DVD sold for last year. And really, as we've been saying for quite some time whenever these retreads come out, if you've already purchased the Golden Collection and Platinum Collection volumes, then Musical Masterpieces was completely pointless in the first place anyway.

But still, if you need a somewhat inexpensive "best of" compilation, then Music Triple Feature: Tom and Jerry/Scooby-Doo!/Looney Tunes 3-DVD Collection is scheduled to be released on October 4 and will retail for $14.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


May 26, 2016

NEW SECTIONS TO OUR SITE...INCLUDING A GUIDE TO ALL THE BONUS CARTOONS!

Not a normal news update, but we are extremely proud to announce some long-in-the-works sections to our web site as a part of our year-long plan to update, overhaul, and enhance the Bugs Bunny Video Guide!

The big addition is something that collectors of Warner Bros. cartoons have been asking for on the Internet for...well, since the franchise's debut on DVD. It's Cartoon Special: Looney Tunes as Bonus Shorts, an exhaustive, complete, and definitive guide to all of the (usually unremastered) Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies that have been used as special features on random Warner Home Video DVDs and Blu-rays. Everything was newly researched just for our guide, and because we know how fans and collectors are, we've also tracked down and noted every edit and alteration that slipped through the cracks and made it onto disc.

A new companion piece to the Cartoon Special page is That's Still Not All, Folks.... After all of the Golden Collection boxed sets, Platinum Collection releases, Looney Tunes Super Stars discs, and bonus shorts scattered around everywhere, this new guide lists what's left in the Looney Tunes series to release on DVD. We may or may not institute a call-to-arms hashtag to use on social media in the future to try to get the rest of the library out there, if fans are willing to do something.

We showed these two new sections to followers on our Facebook page the other day (yet another reason to "like" our page!), and so far the feedback has been great. A few friends have even offered some additions, and we thank them profusely for the help.

The other new, but less vital, section is a new catch-all page called Marvin's Miscellany, indexing all the various FAQs, lists, and extra guides found throughout our site. Just click on the Marvin graphic anywhere on our site and you'll be there!

We have a few more tricks up our sleeves this year that we hope everyone will like, so stay tuned!


March 7, 2016

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show this Wednesday

The latest news (if any) of Looney Tunes on home video!

Has it already been three months (and then some)? This upcoming Wednesday, March 9, cartoon historian extraordinaire Jerry Beck will be making his quarterlyish appearance on Stu's Show, the online radio show hosted by cartoon/pop culture/television nut and home video pioneer Stu Shostak. Airing at 7PM EST, the show offers a free stream for those who tune in live, but fans can hear a "rerun" of the episode for just ninety-nine cents at the show's web site: www.stusshow.com soon after.

Stu's interviews with Jerry always cover the entire gamut of animation, including the latest news on the theatrical, print, and of course home video fronts. Stu's web site indicates that they will also take time to honor the late, great voice actor Joe Alaskey.

You can send questions via the web site linked above, and Stu may or may not read them to Jerry during the show. And as always, please don't bug them with "When will this cartoon come out on DVD?" questions. Any news that Jerry is allowed to reveal will come up during the show.

And as we always say, please remember that Jerry only works as a consultant for Warner Home Video on select projects. He does not control or 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 the studio and that the studio can and does change its plans on a whim without telling him.

If there is any specific relevant DVD or Blu-ray news, we will of course report it here after the show...IF. And we do plan on posting live updates as they happen (or rather, if they happen) on our Facebook page.

Be sure to check out Stu's Show this Wednesday!


January 21, 2016

Looney Tunes Video History Update

Not a normal news update, but we are now formally and officially announcing a major and much-needed update to a part of our site, a complete and up-to-date overhaul of our video history section, now retitled Wideo Wabbit: The Complete, Illustrated History of the Warner Bros. Cartoons...on Home Video.

The new title represents the scope of the updated pages. In the past, the history section was extremely Bugs-focused, mainly covering video releases from the perspective of a Bugs collector. But since our entire site has grown to cover not only Bugs but also Daffy, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, and even Pepe--not to mention our all-encompassing news page--it was necessary to rethink how we presented everything. And we do mean everything is covered, including not only every single Warner Home Video or MGM compilation but also releases of the television specials, compilation movies, sing-alongs, TV shows, and whatever the heck those oddball Baby Looney Tunes puppet shows were! And yes, the history pages have finally been brought up to the current century--it's unbelievable to think how the old section had predated the first Looney Tunes DVD!

Every single item was thoroughly researched anew for these pages. We were not only able to uncover some extremely hard-to-find minute details like release dates for some of the earliest Warner releases (or, at the very least, narrowing it down to a month and year) but we also came upon a lot of very rare, very cool promotional items from the video labels concerning specific titles. It had been a fun journey through the entire history of home video, one we hope we were able to convey a little bit as the Looney Tunes characters were brought along for the ride.

We added bigger and better images to the pages this time, including a few little neat odds and ends, including all the images from Warner Home Video's 2003 online survey that pitched several potential Looney Tunes DVD packages to consumers--not exactly rare images but historically vital nevertheless. Also, we attempted to be a little more objective in our writing this time, removing a lot of the outraged bluster of old and saving emotions and fan opinions for topics that definitely required them (excessive double-dipping, DVNR, widescreen cropping, etc.).

The old pages are now gone for good, and any links going to the old section should automatically take you to the new history. Followers on our Facebook page were given a sneak preview at the first of the year (yet another reason to follow us--two thousand fans can't be wrong!), and we were able to tweak some details based on their great feedback.

Since it's likely we will be facing a very light year in the world of Looney Tunes on home video, we do hope to use the time to remodel and update various parts of our site, and this new history section will hopefully be the first of many upgrades to come. Some long-promised changes and additions will hopefully be coming soon, including one new area that Looney Tunes fans have been asking for since...well, let's just say since the very first cartoon ever randomly showed up on DVD (hint, hint).

And of course, it's also about that time when we will be moving last year's news updates away from this page, creating a new "2015 Archive" page linked to at the bottom. So if you've linked to any our updates in the past year, be prepared to update any links to go to the new archive page.

We'll hopefully have a fun year here, so stay tuned!


January 5, 2016

Sylvester and Friends Vol. 1 DVD Now In Stores

Repeated material from The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries

Sylvester and Friends Cover It's the first Looney Tunes DVD of the new year, and it's not much of one! Warner Home Video has released the budget DVD Sylvester and Friends Vol. 1, which is now available in stores and online.

Released as part of Warner's recent-ish And Friends series of reissues, the single-disc title is merely the second disc from 2008's The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries: The Complete First Season set. For anyone out there hoping for a cartoon compilation, there is no classic material on this release whatsoever.

Sylvester and Friends Vol. 1 includes the following episodes....

The Maltese Canary
It Happened One Night Before Christmas
Outback Down Under
It's a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World
Go Fig

Obviously, since it's all repeated material, there is no need to pick this up. If you are a fan of The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries (and hey, it was a fun show!), it would be ridiculous to not just go ahead and pick up the normal two-disc set of the first season.

This is sadly the only Looney Tunes-related release on the horizon right now. But, it's not too late to turn things around for Looney Tunes fans in the new year. If you're a Twitter user, feel free to send Warner Home Video a tweet asking them to release more classic material on DVD and Blu-ray. The label needs to know that there are consumers out there waiting for more remastered Looney Tunes on disc.

Sylvester and Friends Vol. 1 is now in stores on DVD only and retails for $5.98. Order it now on Amazon.


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