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April 16, 2014

Platinum Collection Volume Three Blu-ray announced...FINALLY!

In stores August 12!

Platinum Collection Three Cover And it's the day that fans have been waiting nearly two years for, as Warner Home Video has finally, officially announced the long-awaited third volumes in its Looney Tunes Platinum Collection series. Currently being treated as the final entry in the series, the three-disc Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Three will be released on August 12. At press time, the studio is stating that the title will only be released on Blu-ray, as the two previous volumes had (relatively) concurrent DVD and Blu-ray versions.

Very little information has been revealed about what is planned for the set's third disc made up entirely of bonus content (but more on that in a moment). The first two discs, however, will contain fifty cartoons, with a particular emphasis on shorts that were either nominated or awarded an Oscar. In fact, this release will include most of the remaining Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons from the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners/26 Nominees DVD collection that had yet to be released on an earlier Platinum volume.

Here is the breakdown of the first two discs. Shorts that have already been released on DVD are noted....

Disc One
Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (1941) (Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners/26 Nominees)
A Corny Concerto (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Falling Hare (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Hair-Raising Hare (1946) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Acrobatty Bunny (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
The Big Snooze (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
A Hare Grows in Manhattan (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Easter Yeggs (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Slick Hare (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Gorilla My Dreams (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
High Diving Hare (1949) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Hillbilly Hare (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Bunny Hugged (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Operation: Rabbit (1952) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Bully for Bugs (1953) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Bugs and Thugs (1954) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Knighty Knight Bugs (1958) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Honey's Money (1962) (NEW TO DISC)
The Hep Cat (1942) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Pigs in a Polka (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
A Ham in a Role (1949) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Dog Gone South (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
A Bear for Punishment (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Steal Wool (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Three)

Disc Two
Porky Pig's Feat (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Scrap Happy Daffy (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Plane Daffy (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
The Stupid Cupid (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Draftee Daffy (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Nasty Quacks (1945) (The Essential Daffy Duck)
The Stupor Salesman (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Wholly Smoke (1938) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Swooner Crooner (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Life with Feathers (1945) (NEW TO DISC)
Canary Row (1950) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Tree for Two (1952) (NEW TO DISC)
Sandy Claws (1955) (Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners/26 Nominees)
Dog Pounded (1954) (Pepe le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best)
Satan's Waitin' (1954) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Birds Anonymous (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Mouse and Garden (1960) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
The Pied Piper of Guadalupe (1961) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
A Gruesome Twosome (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Guided Muscle (1955) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Beep Prepared (1952) (NEW TO DISC REMASTERED)
Walky Talky Hawky (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Rhapsody in Rivets (1941) (Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners/26 Nominees)
High Note (1960) (Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners/26 Nominees)
Nelly's Folly (1961) (Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners/26 Nominees)

As said, there is no official word yet from the studio on specific bonus features, with the only indication being that it will have "special features, insightful documentaries, additional rare shorts, featurettes, and commentaries, plus a 10 page cartoon guide with animation historian, Jerry Beck!" Warner Home Video is stressing that these bonuses will be exclusive to Blu-ray (as they were with the first two volumes), but again there is nothing from the studio yet to suggest that there will be a two-disc DVD version.

Speaking of Jerry Beck, the one and only cartoon-history king was able to break the news of the Blu-ray late last night via his cool Animation Scoop news site, where he was able to expand a bit on the special features that had been prepared for this release. According to Jerry, some of the documentaries will include the brand-new featurette That's All Folks!: Tales from Termite Terrace, plus returning Golden Collection favorites as the Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices documentary, the complete 1975 Boys from Termite Terrace miniseries from CBS's Camera Three program, and even the Drawn for Glory: Animation's Triumph at the Oscars documentary from (again) the 15 Winners/26 Nominees DVD.

As to whether or not there were any more Looney Tunes surprises in store, either on this release or elsewhere, all Jerry offered on his site was a playfully cryptic, "That's Not all folks!"

The studio's announcement e-mail for this release reads as follows....

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3 is the 3rd release in this quintessential Looney Tunes collection of fan favorite shorts -- 50 of some of the greatest Looney Tunes cartoon are together for the first time on Blu-ray. This 2-disc Blu-ray collection, digitally restored and re-mastered, contains some of the franchise's most enduring shorts featuring all your favorite Looney Tune Characters!

The studio's official synopsis, meanwhile, reads as follows....

What Collectors have been asking for...Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3 is the 3rd release in this quintessential collection of fan favored shorts - all digitally remastered and on BD.

As die-hard fans and readers of this site have known since December, the lone four newly remastered cartoons in the set's main program are Life with Feathers, Tree for Two, Beep Prepared, and Honey's Money, and all are new to disc except Beep Prepared (which turned up unremastered as an extra on the Splendor in the Grass DVD).

Some other random notes about this release: All but one of the Daffy cartoons included are pre-1948; there are three black and white cartoons included; no Tex Avery cartoons are included, while the rest of the program has a reasonably even mix of Jones, Freleng, Clampett, McKimson, Tashlin, and even one by Arthur Davis; five cartoons are from the Golden Collection Volume One, thus needed to be newly remastered for high definition; Pepe only appears via a cameo in Dog Pounded.

Obviously, as more details become known and verified, we will report them here, as surely collectors are eagerly awaiting news on what else we will see on the third disc, including the supposed "additional rare shorts."

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Three will be released on August 12, and a link to pre-order it on Amazon will be posted here as soon as it appears. The Blu-ray-only title will retail for $44.98.


April 10, 2014

Spotlight Collection Double Feature Vol. 2 DVD announced

In stores June 10! All repeats! Avoid!

Spotlight Collection Double Feature 2 Cover

Spotlight Collection Double Feature 2 Back Cover

And Warner Home Video's aggressive resurrection of its Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection franchise this year continues, as yesterday the studio officially announced a follow-up to its barely month-old Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature. The four-disc Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature Vol. 2 will be released on DVD on June 10.

Picking up where the first multi-volume set left off, this release will pair up the fourth volume of the Spotlight Collection series with the fifth volume. And of course, those original Spotlight Collection volumes were merely taken from the larger, better fourth and fifth volumes of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection series, respectively.

The studio's announcement e-mail for this release reads as follows (warts and all)....

Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection Vol. 4
Bugs wins his Oscar® and the feline fur flies in this terrific 2-disc menagerie. You've hit the enjoyment jackpot with this 2-disc collection of slaphappy animated fun, unleashing 28 specially selected cartoons (most never before on DVD) restored, re-mastered [sic - remastered] [comma needed] and ideal for everyone ages to 8 to 108. Disc 1: Bugs Bunny Favorites, spotlights the wily rabbit at his unflappable, carrot-chomping best and includes Academy Award® winner Knighty Knight Bugs. The cat's out of the bag... and on the screen... in Disc 2: Kitty Korner, a cavalcade of meowvelous funniness that's catnip for cartoon fans. Sylvester is here, naturally trying to catch mice the easy way. Plus, meet young Pussyfoot, fat ol' Dodsworth, conniving mouse duo Hubie and Bertie [comma needed] and more. It's cartoon cheer, purrfected.

Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection Vol. 5
Everyone love Looney Tune [just one?] ─ and now there's more to love! Restored. Remastered. Reeediculously funny! The good times roll with 30 more of the brightest, bestest cartoons anywhere. Disc 1 showcases ─ drum roll, please! ─ the renowned wabbit and fowlball, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, in landmark romps that include Buccaneer Bunny and Stupor Duck. And once upon a time there were three bears... but any similarity to The Bear's Tale and the actual Goldilocks story is purely hilarious in Disc 2's Fairy Tales lineup. Here, the Warner funmakers give their own delirious tailspins to renowned fables ─ from Paying the Piper (with Porky Pig as the Pied Piper) to Tweety and the Beanstalk, to the Wolf's escapades in Little Red Walking Hood. Ah-oooOOOO, what a treat!

Like when the first Double Feature was announced, the "most never before on DVD" part of the ad copy was only true when these collections were first originally released. Don't purchase these believing they are going to sneak in new-to-DVD shorts.

The studio's official synopsis for the set is similar but equally hackneyed. It reads as follows....

That's right, go ahead and laugh at them. The silliness picks up where it never left off in Vol. 4 of the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection, more classic animated shorts from the Warner Bros. vaults -- all fully remastered and uncut. Two discs. Twenty eight cartoons. Plus certifiably Looney extras. On Disc 1 were talking lots of hare, yes it's Bugs as only Bugs can be (including 1958's Oscar-winning Best Cartoon Short Subject Knighty Knight Bugs) and you'll tawt you taw a puddy tat and more with Disc 2's Cat antics.

Restored. Remastered. Reeediculously funny! The good times roll with 30 more of the brightest, bestest cartoons anywhere. Disc 1 showcases - drum roll, please! - the renowned wabbit and fowlball, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, in landmark romps that include Buccaneer Bunny and Stupor Duck. And once upon a time there were three bears...but any similarity to The Bear's Tale and the actual Goldilocks story is purely hilarious in Disc 2's Fairy Tales lineup. Here, the Warner funmakers give their own delirious tailspins to renowned fables ─ from Paying the Piper (with Porky Pig as the Pied Piper) to Tweety and the Beanstalk, to the Wolf's escapades in Little Red Walking Hood. Ah-oooOOOO, what a treat!

Reportedly the set will only contain two bonus features: Wrong Turn at Albuquerque and The Looney Tunes Guide to Fairy Tales. These are merely just themed clip sequences. The far more entertaining special features are instead on the Golden Collection boxed sets.

The text on the back cover is also similar to the announcement e-mail, and it reads as follows....

Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection Vol. 4
You've hit the enjoyment jackpot with this collection of slaphappy animated fun, unleashing 28 specially selected cartoons restored, remastered [comma needed] and ideal for everyone ages 8 to 108. Disc 1: Bugs Bunny Favorites spotlights the wily rabbit at his unflappable, carrot-chomping best! The cat's out of the bag...and on the screen...in Disc 2: Kitty Korner, a cavalcade of meowvelous funniness that's catnip for cartoon fans. Sylvester is here, naturally trying to catch mice the easy way. Plus, meet young Pussyfoot, fat ol' Dodsworth, conniving mouse duo Hubie and Bertie [comma needed] and more. It's cartoon cheer, purrfected.

Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection Vol. 5
Restored. Remastered. Reeediculously funny! The good times roll with 30 more of the brightest, bestest cartoons anywhere. Disc 1 showcases ─ drum roll, please! ─ the renowned wabbit and fowlball, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, in landmark romps that include Buccaneer Bunny and Stupor Duck. And once upon a time there were three bears...but any similarity to The Bear's Tale and the actual Goldilocks story is purely hilarious in Disc 2's Fairy Tales lineup. Here, the Warner funmakers give their own delirious tale-spins to renowned fables ─ from Paying the Piper (with Porky Pig as the Pied Piper) to Tweety and the Beanstalk to the Wolf's escapades in Little Red Walking Hood. Ah-oooOOOO, what a treat!

It would be really, really nice if we could ever possibly recommend a Spotlight Collection DVD (maybe if Warner ever corrects the Bugs and Daffy Super Stars DVDs and release them that way?), but obviously that's certainly not going to happen here. Of course, one is better off simply going for the already-available and more worthwhile Golden Collection volumes that these were originally spawned from.

But if you need to collect absolutely everything with the characters on it, the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature Vol. 2 is scheduled to be released on DVD only on June 10 and will retail for $26.99. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


April 1, 2014

...and Friends budget DVDs now in stores

All repeats; avoid!

Bugs Bunny and Friends Cover

Daffy Duck and Friends Cover

Tweety Pie and Friends Cover

Today Warner Home Video has officially released its "new" series of budget-minded family titles, collectively known as the And Friends DVDs. In addition to single-disc releases focusing on Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry, Batman, Superman, and Elmo from Sesame Street, the Looney Tunes-centric Bugs Bunny and Friends, Daffy Duck and Friends, and Tweety Pie and Friends are now available on DVD only in stores and online.

The series had already been released to Walmart last month, where the titles were being sold for $4.88 each, presumably to coincide with the chain's Easter promotion. For the purposes of our news page, we tend to stick with a title's official street date. Any early releases or other oddities are usually only posted about on our Facebook page (in case you needed more of a reason to like us there).

Modeled after an identical series of single-disc DVDs released in the United Kingdom in 2011, the DVDs merely take the main content from various Golden Collection volumes. The Bugs and Daffy DVDs are essentially the first two discs from the first Golden Collection, while the Tweety DVD is the third disc from the second volume...but with none of those discs' respective bonus features.

Bugs Bunny and Friends includes the following....

Baseball Bugs (1946)
Rabbit Seasoning (1952)
Long-Haired Hare (1949)
High Diving Hare (1949)
Bully for Bugs (1953)
What's Up Doc? (1950)
Rabbit's Kin (1952)
Water, Water Every Hare (1952)
Big House Bunny (1950)
Big Top Bunny (1952)
Wabbit Twouble (1941)
Ballot Box Bunny (1951)
Rabbit of Seville (1951)

Daffy Duck and Friends includes the following....

Duck Amuck (1953)
Dough for the Do-Do (1949)
Drip-Along Daffy (1951)
Scaredy Cat (1948)
The Ducksters (1950)
The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)
Yankee Doodle Daffy (1943)
Porky Chops (1949)
The Wearing of the Grin (1951)
Deduce, You Say (1956)
Boobs in the Woods (1950)
Golden Yeggs (1950)
Rabbit Fire (1951)
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (1953)

Tweety Pie and Friends includes the following....

Bad Ol' Putty Tat (1949)
All Abir-r-rd (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)

Obviously, we cannot recommend any of these three new titles. One is better off simply buying the Golden Collection volumes, either individually or in the 24-disc Golden Collection Volumes 1-6 gift set from 2011.

Still, if one must, Bugs Bunny and Friends is now in stores and retails for $9.97. Order it now on Amazon.

Daffy Duck and Friends is also in stores and retails for $9.97. Order it now on Amazon.

And of course, Tweety Pie and Friends is also in stores and also retails for $9.97. Order it now on Amazon.


March 31, 2014

Golden to Golden Guide Update

Not a normal news update, but we have made a much-requested addition to our Golden to Golden Guide that details where cartoons released in the classic 1980s Golden Jubilee VHS line have since been released on DVD.

After some positive feedback from our Facebook page, we have decided to add to it by including a page covering the 1988 Cartoon Cavalcade series. Unlike the original Golden Jubilee guide, though, we will not be archiving any of the cassettes' package artwork or Jerry Beck's liner notes. That is not meant to be a slight to Jerry, of course. We initially included Leonard Maltin's Golden Jubilee notes because they made an attempt to put the shorts into a historical context in a way that subsequent packaging notes didn't.

We will soon be linking to the new page through the main Golden to Golden Guide page, and consequently we will be placing a new eye-catching link to the main guide onto our home page in the near future.

Now, the big question is whether or not we will continue the Golden to Golden Guide to include additional Warner Home Video or MGM Home Video series. That will all depend on time and fan interest.

As for other housekeeping notes, we are still committed to moving the information concerning the Looney Tunes Super Stars widescreen controversy from our main page to a new dedicated page. The delay has been a result of us waiting for some research materials from a comrade in arms, but as of right now we feel we have enough material to move forward as planned and will simply supplement the page with more information as it becomes available to us. So stay tuned!


March 27, 2014

Best of Bogart Blu-ray collection now in stores

Includes Looney Tunes as extras

Bogart Cover This week, Warner Home Video released its Blu-ray boxed set of four essential Humphrey Bogart movies, The Best of Bogart Collection. Containing The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and the Paramount-licensed The African Queen, the set is now available in stores and online.

Among the numerous extras are the Looney Tunes cartoons previously included on older DVD and Blu-ray editions of the three Warner-owned films in the collection. As is the norm with DVD-originated special features on Warner Blu-rays, the cartoons are in standard definition only.

The Maltese Falcon includes Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt and Meet John Doughboy.

Casablanca includes--what else?--Carrotblanca.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre includes Hot Cross Bunny and 8 Ball Bunny.

The African Queen has no cartoons among its special features.

As we stated when the boxed set was first announced last year, there is no newly released content on any of these discs. In fact, all four of these films have already been released on Blu-ray with all of their respective bonuses. Still, if you don't have any Bogart fims in your Blu-ray collection, this is an ideal set to start with.

The Best of Bogart Collection is now in stores and retails for $49.99. Order it now on Amazon.


March 17, 2014

Spotlight Collection 8 back cover revealed

No special features! Still coming May 13! Still avoid!

Spotlight Collection 8 Back Cover Warner Home Video has recently revealed the back cover of its upcoming two-disc Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection 8. The DVD-only title is still scheduled to be released on May 13.

The text on the back is almost identical to the studio's synopsis when the title was first announced back in January, with only very slight differences....

Warner Bros. digs deep into the vault again to keep your whole family laughing out loud with this Looney Tunes collection. This two-disc set comes complete with hours of zany, animated fun in 30 classic cartoon shorts, all restored and remastered. Disc 1 is dedicated to the ever-clever cartoon superstar Bugs Bunny. But that╠s not all, folks! Disc 2 features a host of other show-stopping shorts with Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety & Sylvester, Speedy Gonzales [comma needed] and more. Pick up this collection and watch your favorite Looney Tunes characters give the picture-perfect performances of a lifetime!

To recap, the DVD set will include the following. Shorts that have already been released on DVD are noted....

Disc One
The Big Snooze (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Bugs Bunny Rides Again (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Bunny Hugged (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
French Rarebit (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Gorilla My Dreams (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (1942) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Hare Conditioned (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Heckling Hare (1941) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Tortoise Beats Hare (1941) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Rabbit Transit (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Slick Hare (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Homeless Hare (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Hyde and Hare (1955) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Windblown Hare (1949) (Golden Collection Volume Three)

Disc Two
The Wise Quacking Duck (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Claws for Alarm (1954) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Whoa Be-Gone! (1958) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Cheese Chasers (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Dover Boys (1942) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
A Bear for Punishment (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Pied Piper of Guadalupe (1961) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
The Last Hungry Cat (1961) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
The Honey-Mousers (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
An Egg Scramble (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Cat-Tails for Two (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Bye, Bye Bluebeard (1949) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Booby Hatched (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Now That Summer Is Gone (1938) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Pigs in a Polka (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Three)

As expected, there are no special features listed on the back.

Once again, we will not be recommending this title, as everything on it has been previously released in larger, better compilations from the Golden Collection series. If one hasn't, one should instead just invest in those individual volumes or the 24-disc Golden Collection Volumes 1-6 gift set from 2011.

Still, if one must, Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection 8 is scheduled to be released on DVD only on May 13 and will retail for $19.98. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


March 15, 2014

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show Recap

"'Bing Crosby's horse hasn't come in yet'??"

On March 12, the one and only Jerry Beck made his quarterly-or-so appearance on Stu's Show, the online radio show hosted by cartoon/pop culture/television nut and home video pioneer Stu Shostak. The show was a free stream for those who tuned in live, but fans can hear a "rerun" of the episode for a mere ninety-nine cents at the show's web site: www.stusshow.com. As we always say when we mention this program, downloading the episode is always well worth it, especially when Jerry is on.

A lot of the program was spent on Jerry and Stu discussing the (so far mostly unused) potential of offering classic cartoons on streaming platforms such as Netflix, a somewhat lively discussion/debate about the recently released Mr. Peabody & Sherman CGI movie, and some much-deserved praise for Thunderbean Animation's recent Gulliver's Travels Blu-ray/DVD combo.

Sadly, though, there was very little announced or even mention in the way of classic animation coming to home video. Jerry did plug the upcoming Shout! Factory boxed set of Mr. Magoo theatricals, but little else was formally discussed.

The home video updates concerning titles more in our scope, though, were....

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection - Volume three will in fact be the final edition to the series, something that had more or less just been assumed but now is confirmed. The title is still planned for sometime this year, but Jerry didn't mention any sort of estimated release. No new short titles were announced; Jerry simply said to expect lots of Bugs, Daffy, and major characters (though in shorts already released on DVD)

Looney Tunes Super Stars - No news on future editions, though Jerry was the first to say that he has been so far removed from the series that Warner could very well release a title and it would be a surprise to him. He stressed that the studio is investing little to no money in remastering shorts

Looney Tunes Censored 11 - Currently sharing the same fate as Tom and Jerry Golden Collection Volume Two (see below). Jerry again stated that this title was so incredibly close to happening

Tom and Jerry Golden Collection - Volume two is not happening, and Jerry wasn't optimistic at all that this would change anytime soon

Tex Avery MGM - The MGM cartoons could still happen through the Warner Archive, though Jerry made it sound like less of a sure thing than he did the last time he appeared on the show

Famous Studios Popeye - Will come out when and only when the Sony CGI feature is released

And like always, we need to stress that Jerry does not speak officially on the behalf of any studio. The information he gives out is always on an "as far as he knows" basis and that nobody should take release plans that he knows of as gospel. Warner can change its mind about a release at any time, and they can release whatever they'd like and whenever without giving anyone a heads-up.

Jerry closed the show by hinting that a major sublicensing deal is in the works to allow a smaller label to handle titles from another studio, but no details were revealed (it will NOT be anything Disney or Warner-related).

So right now, there will be very few major projects for classic animation fans to get excited about as studios continue to examine how to best exploit their libraries via home media's ever-changing technology (if that's a priority for some of them at all).


March 11, 2014

Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature now in stores

All repeats! Avoid!

Spotlight Collection Double Feature Cover Warner Home Video has released its first ever "bundled" title in the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection series, the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature. Marking the first "new" Spotlight Collection release since 2009, the four-disc all-repeat collection is now available in stores and online.

Once again, this collection merely combines the Spotlight Collection 2 (which itself is just the main content from the third and fourth discs of the Golden Collection Volume Two) and the Looney Tunes Movie Collection (which contains both The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie and Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales).

Yet again, we cannot in good conscience recommend this title to anyone. Even if you're new to Looney Tunes DVDs, you are still better off spending a few extra dollars to get the larger Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Two, as you'll get twice as many shorts plus some wonderful bonus content. Meanwhile, the individual Looney Tunes Movie Collection two-disc set isn't all that expensive on its own.

Still, if you need to collect everything, Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature is now in stores and retails for $26.99. Order it now on Amazon.


March 7, 2014

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show this Wednesday

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

Hold onto your hats, folks...here we go again! This upcoming Wednesday, March 12, 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 a mere ninety-nine cents at the show's web site: www.stusshow.com soon after.

Like always, if you're a cartoon fan or collector at all, Jerry's appearances on the show are essential listening (either free or by paying). Jerry and Stu usually discuss everything about the animation medium, both new and classic, including discussion and news about the latest home video and book projects that Jerry either knows about or is participating in.

You can send questions via the web site linked above, and Stu may or may not convey them to Jerry during the show.

And like we always say beforehand and afterward, please remember that Jerry only works as a consultant for Warner Home Video. 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.

Having said all that, we will report a rundown here of the major relevant DVD and Blu-ray news discussed during the show, and once again we hope to be posting live updates as they happen on our Facebook page...but of course, you should tune in and give the show a listen, too.

Meanwhile, in the near future (within the next week or so), we will be doing some housekeeping and purge all of our pre-2014 news updates from this main page, leaving them only on the "2013 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 archive page. Just a heads up.

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


February 12, 2014

Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 2 now available to pre-order

Still coming May 6! All repeats! Avoid!

Center Stage 2 Cover As an addition to the story we exclusively broke this morning, the newly announced Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 2 is now available to pre-order on Amazon, our shopping web site of choice. The single-disc title will be released on DVD only on May 6.

And just to quickly recape, the DVD's main content is taken from the fourth disc of the first Looney Tunes Golden Collection set, minus any special features.

The DVD will include....

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)

The studio's announcement e-mail reads as follows (warts and all)....

Prepare to be astounded at just how Looney these ╠Toons [sic - it's "Tunes," unless it's an abbreviation of "cartoons," which wouldn't need to be capitalized anyway] are! Taking center stage on this daft DVD are 14 top Warner Bros. animated shorts, restored and remastered to their original eye-popping, jaw-dropping quality! In addition to fan-favorites Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck [comma needed] and Porky Pig, joining the frenzied fun this time is the tumultuous team of Sylvester and Tweety Bird, fast and furry Speedy Gonzales, charming chatterbox Foghorn Leghorn [comma needed] and the dizzying Tasmanian Devil. Bring home this captivatingly comedic collection for the whole family.

Once again, we cannot recommend this title. All of this DVD's content (and then some!) can already be found on the Golden Collection Volume One.

Still, if you must, Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 2 is scheduled to be released on DVD only on May 6 and will retail for $9.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


February 12, 2014

Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1 now in stores

All repeats! Avoid like the Plague!

Center Stage Cover In all of the frenzy regarding the announcement of Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 2 we forgot to not care to note that the first volume in the series, Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1, has been released. The DVD-only title is now available in stores and online.

Yet again, the disc's content is identical to that of the third disc on the first Looney Tunes Golden Collection, minus the bonus content, of course.

The DVD includes....

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 (1946)
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)

As we keep saying for this series, there is nothing to recommend here. Just do yourself a favor: if you haven't yet, go right now and order the Golden Collection Volume One set. You'll get all fourteen cartoons found on this new DVD, plus three more discs of fantastic shorts and hours of rarely seen bonus content that won't be found on these new bare-bones DVDs--including additional cartoons!

Still, if you must, Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1 is now in stores and retails for $9.97. Order it now on Amazon.


February 12, 2014

Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 2 DVD coming

In stores May 6! All repeats! Avoid!

Center Stage 2 Cover Like we reported when we were the first news source to reveal plans for this title just four days ago, Warner Home Video has announced the second volume in its brand new series of all-repeat Looney Tunes DVDs. The single-disc Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 2 will be released on DVD on May 6.

Like the just-released first volume, this DVD's main content will be taken entirely from the first Looney Tunes Golden Collection set, specifically that collection's fourth disc of Friz Freleng and Robert McKimson cartoons. With the upcoming releases of not only both volumes in the Center Stage series but also the recently announced Bugs Bunny and Friends and Daffy Duck and Friends DVDs, the main content from all four discs from the first Golden Collection will be repurposed onto single-disc DVDs this year. Despite the intention of these kinds of releases being low-cost alternatives, one still has to question the logic when the first Golden Collection as a whole now retails for less than these four DVDs would altogether!

The DVD will include....

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)

And although it has not been specified yet, it is doubtful that this release will include any special features.

The studio's official synopsis for this release reads as follows (warts and all)....

Propelled by the creative genius of Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and Friz Freleng, Warner Brothers' LOONEY TUNES introduced the world to some of the greatest cartoon characters to ever grace the animated cel: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzalez [sic - Gonzales], Pepe LePew, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Tweety, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, Tasmanian Devil, and many more. This release includes the first six volumes in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection

It includes the first six volumes of the...?? Eh, never mind. Interestingly, both Tex Avery and Chuck Jones are mentioned in the synopsis, even though cartoons from neither director are included--nor are any shorts with the Road Runner, Pepe, or Marvin for that matter.

The cover art, meanwhile, at least does a better job conveying which characters are represented, although it's interesting to note that Bugs is not included (this may in fact be the first all-star Looney Tunes DVD to not feature him on the cover!). It's also nice to see both Foghorn and Speedy depicted on the cover, even though both Speedy and Porky appear via some decades-old control art.

Like with the first volume, we cannot recommend this title. All of this DVD's content can be found on the vastly superior and larger Golden Collection Volume One. There is little point to owning any of these budget releases when, as we said, the bigger set is ultimately cheaper to own in the long run, and you get tons of interesting and entertaining bonus features.

Still, if you must, Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 2 will be released on May 6, and a link to pre-order it on Amazon will be posted here as soon as it appears. The DVD will retail for $9.97.


February 11, 2014

Golden Gems now in stores

Still all repeats! Still avoid!

Golden Gems Cover And it's the day nobody was waiting for...again! Warner Home Video has released the supposed final release in its Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Award-Nominated Animation series. The single-disc Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Award-Nominated Animation: Golden Gems is now available in stores on DVD only.

These are the shorts featured on this DVD....

Mouse Wreckers (1949)
Hatch Up Your Troubles (1949 MGM Tom and Jerry cartoon)
Jerry's Cousin (1951 MGM Tom and Jerry cartoon)
Little Johnny Jet (1953 MGM Tex Avery cartoon)
Touché, Pussy Cat! (1954 MGM Tom and Jerry cartoon)
From A to Z-z-z-z (1954)
Sandy Claws (1955)
Good Will to Men (1955 MGM cartoon)
Tabasco Road (1957)
One Droopy Knight (1957 MGM Droopy cartoon)
High Note (1960)
Nelly's Folly (1961)
Now Hear This (1963)

There are no special features included.

Once again, we cannot recommend this title, as all of this content and then some is included on the bigger and better Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners/26 Nominees collection. At a little over twice the price you're getting three times the content, plus bonus features!

Still, if you must, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Award-Nominated Animation: Golden Gems is now in stores and retails for $9.97. Order it now on Amazon.


February 8, 2014

Center Stage Volume 2 coming soon

Announcement on the horizon

In what seems to be a pattern lately with Warner Home Video's Looney Tunes releases, ad materials sent out yesterday indicated that the studio will be announcing a new all-repeat DVD in the near future, the second volume of the brand new Looney Tunes Center Stage series. At press time, there is no announced street date for this title.

There is no other information available at the moment, but if the first volume is to be any guide, then the content of Center Stage Volume 2 will consist of material from volumes of the Golden Collection series.

Obviously, as soon as this title gets formally announced, we will pass along all of the known information. Keep watching this space or keep tabs on our Facebook page for the latest news.


February 8, 2014

Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature cover revealed

Still coming March 11! Still avoid!

Spotlight Collection Double Feature Cover Nearly a month after it was first announced, yesterday Warner Home Video finally revealed a higher resolution of the front cover to its upcoming Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature. The four-disc all-repeat collection is still scheduled to be released on DVD only on March 11.

Again, this collection merely combines the Spotlight Collection 2 (which itself is just the main content from the third and fourth discs of the Golden Collection Volume Two) and the Looney Tunes Movie Collection. For the first time since its 2005 release, the Movie Collection is officially branded as "Volume 3" in the Spotlight Collection series, a status it had only previously held in a de facto sort of way

As we said when the title was first announced, we cannot recommend this DVD, as it is entirely made up of previously released material. One will get more bang for their buck by simply buying the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Two and adding on the Looney Tunes Movie Collection on its own in order to get The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie and 1001 Rabbit Tales.

But, if you must for whatever reason, the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature is scheduled to be released on DVD only on March 11 and will retail for $26.99. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


January 30, 2014

...and Friends budget DVDs announced

Coming April 1; all repeats; avoid!

Bugs Bunny and Friends Cover

Bugs Bunny and Friends Back Cover

Basketball Bugs?

Daffy Duck and Friends Cover

Daffy Duck and Friends Back Cover

The Duckster?

Tweety Pie and Friends Cover

Tweety Pie and Friends Back Cover

Tweety Pie?

And this year's random cannibalization of the Golden Collection series continues, as on Wednesday Warner Home Video announced a new series of budget titles featuring a variety of characters from its various family properties. In addition to releases focusing on Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry, Batman, Superman, and Elmo from Sesame Street, there will be three Looney Tunes offerings in the initial assortment: the single-disc Bugs Bunny and Friends, Daffy Duck and Friends, and Tweety Pie and Friends will all be released on DVD only on April 1.

Intended solely to be budget alternatives for the "big box store" consumer crowd, it's no surprise that the series will consist entirely of double-dips. In fact, the series itself isn't even anything new; these DVDs are almost exact duplicates of single-disc family titles released in the United Kingdom in 2011, referred casually as the "big face" series. The only difference is the addition of the "and Friends" subtitle to each cover. So in the most meta way possible, this is an entire double-dipped series of double-dips!

The Bugs and Daffy DVDs are essentially the first two discs from the first Golden Collection boxed set (with one wrinkle, noted below), while the Tweety DVD is the third disc from the second volume. Warner Home Video's ad materials are claiming that the DVDs will also include some bonus features, but there is absolutely nothing on the back covers of these DVDs to indicate such, so take that part of the announcement with a grain of salt.

Bugs Bunny and Friends is currently scheduled to include the following....

Baseball Bugs (1946)
Rabbit Seasoning (1952)
Long-Haired Hare (1949)
High Diving Hare (1949)
Bully for Bugs (1953)
What's Up Doc? (1950)
Rabbit's Kin (1952)
Water, Water Every Hare (1952)
Big House Bunny (1950)
Big Top Bunny (1952)
Wabbit Twouble (1941)
Ballot Box Bunny (1951)
Rabbit of Seville (1951)

Strangely, the content list omits one cartoon that was included on the original Golden Collection disc, My Bunny Lies over the Sea. The title doesn't appear either in Warner's official synopsis for the DVD or on the back cover itself...nor did it seem to appear on the original UK release of this title. Might this have been simply an oversight on the packaging, a careless production oversight when the compilation was re-assembled for this DVD, or could it have been intentionally removed from the original UK DVD to avoid offending Scottish consumers?

Again, Warner Home Video is suggesting that the Bugs DVD will also include "audio commentary, documentaries, featurette, [and] introduction" without giving any more details. Although it would be nice to see the inclusion of the various Golden Collection commentaries, the Chuck Jones greeting, the Behind the Tunes featurettes, Blooper Bunny, and all of the other bonus features from that original Bugs disc, it's unlikely these things will actually appear. Again, the packaging is not confirming any of this; merely saying that the DVD will have different languages to choose from.

And of course, we need to humorously point out that Warner Home Video seems to have unearthed an otherwise lost Bugs Bunny cartoon! According to the synopsis and back cover, the first cartoon on the DVD is not the classic 1946 Baseball Bugs but rather an otherwise unheard-of effort titled "Basketball Bugs" (see close-up image at right). This misspelling originated with the original UK issue of this DVD. It won't be the last with this series, either.

The brief text on the back cover reads as follows....

Cool, collected, carrot-chomping Bugs Bunny outsmarts all adversaries. He's inordinately brainy and zany, an Academy Award winner for "Knighty Knight Bugs" [comma needed] and known the world over for his signature line "What's Up, Doc?"

Although it's decent that the summary tries to wedge in some minor historical information, what exactly is the point of mentioning Knighty Knight Bugs yet not include it on the actual DVD?

Daffy Duck and Friends is currently scheduled to include the following....

Duck Amuck (1953)
Dough for the Do-Do (1949)
Drip-Along Daffy (1951)
Scaredy Cat (1948)
The Ducksters (1950)
The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)
Yankee Doodle Daffy (1943)
Porky Chops (1949)
The Wearing of the Grin (1951)
Deduce, You Say (1956)
Boobs in the Woods (1950)
Golden Yeggs (1950)
Rabbit Fire (1951)
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (1953)

And again, the studio is claiming the DVD will also vaguely have "audio commentary, documentaries, featurette, [and] introduction," but again, don't count on it.

It should be noted that the Daffy back cover art also has a title misspelling, though thankfully not one as extreme as on the Bugs DVD. Apparently The Ducksters has been downgraded; there is now just "The Duckster" (see image at right).

The text on the back cover reads as follows....

A black, maladjusted mallard, Daffy Duck is a master of indignant outrage and a self-doubting egomaniac. His own worst enemy and the inevitable victim of his own aggressive behavior, Daffy exists only to win - which he almost never does. He's wild, crazy, unpredictable [comma needed] and funny. And with Daffy, it's always "me, me, me."

At this point, with the release of not only these Bugs and Daffy DVDs but also Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1, there will be little left of the main content from the first Golden Collection that will remain exclusive to that collection; just that fourth disc, which no doubt is being penciled in to be reused for a future Center Stage volume. So by April, one could acquire most of that first volume's content piecemeal--without all that nasty insight, historical context, or added value getting in the way.

Tweety Pie and Friends is currently scheduled to include the following....

Bad Ol' Putty Tat (1949)
All Abir-r-rd (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)

Yet again, Warner is promising extras on this DVD in the way of "additional scenes, audio commentary, documentaries, featurette, other [and] TV special." Finally, a Looney Tunes DVD with that sought-after "other" on it! Once again, since the back cover is not confirming any of this, it's doubtful any of the bonus features from the original Tweety Golden Collection Volume Two disc will actually be included.

And like on the Bugs and Daffy DVDs, one of the cartoon titles is misspelled, as the Oscar-winning Tweetie Pie is presented on the back as "Tweety Pie" (see image at right), missing the point of the title's pun. It might be a tad unfair to keep harping on such inconsequential blunders, but these DVDs are assembled and packaged by people who make more money than probably anyone reading this web page--people who, in their own small way, are partially responsible for the continued legacy of these shorts. Would it be too much trouble to expect them to learn the correct titles of their own material--such as, say, the studio's first cartoon to win an Academy Award? This is all just another example of the careless laziness that's invaded the studio's DVD releases since around the time of the first Super Stars DVDs.

Speaking of which, it should be noted that in addition to the second Golden Collection volume, eight of the nine Tweety cartoons on this new DVD had already been rereleased on the 2010 all-repeat Super Stars DVD Tweety and Sylvester: Feline Fwenzy.

The text on the back cover reads as follows....

He's an innocent, sweet, vulnerable [comma needed] and lovable canary - but underneath his tiny, wide-eyed, baby-talking, yellow exterior beats the heart of a wily survivor. Although he never pursues trouble, Tweety will do anything necessary to fend off the carnivorous advances of Sylvester the cat, whom he loves to tease with his quick wit.

The cartoons on all three DVDs will be presented in full screen.

This is becoming something of a trend on this page, but it is perhaps no surprise that we cannot recommend any of these three new titles. There is no point to these DVDs when one can merely order the Golden Collection volumes, either individually or in the 24-disc Golden Collection Volumes 1-6 gift set from 2011. There is no reason the larger sets wouldn't appeal to more casual fans; it's getting into dangerous territory to think that only die-hard collectors of any project would want once-standard things like commentaries and behind-the-scenes features. This is the slippery slope that leads to releases having split retailer "special edition" exclusives with divided bonus features among them.

Still, if one must, Bugs Bunny and Friends is scheduled to be released on DVD only on April 1 and will retail for $9.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.

Daffy Duck and Friends is scheduled to be released on DVD only on April 1 and will retail for $9.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.

Tweety Pie and Friends is scheduled to be released on DVD only on April 1 and will retail for $9.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


January 23, 2014

Spotlight Collection 8 officially announced

Coming May 13; still avoid!

Spotlight Collection 8 Cover Just five days after we were the first news source anywhere to bring word of it, on Wednesday Warner Home Video officially announced the brand new, yet pointless, Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection 8. Made up entirely of double-dips, the two-disc set will be released on DVD only on May 13.

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

Warner Bros. digs deep into the vault again to keep your whole family laughing out loud with this Looney Tunes collection. This two-disc set comes complete with hours of zany, animated fun in 30 classic cartoon shorts. Disc 1 is dedicated to the ever-clever cartoon superstar, Bugs Bunny. But that╠s not all, folks! Disc 2 features a host of other show-stopping shorts with Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety & Sylvester, Speedy Gonzales [comma needed] and more. Pick up this collection and watch your favorite Looney Tunes characters give the picture-perfect performances of a lifetime!

The DVD is currently scheduled to include the following. Shorts that have already been released on DVD are noted....

Disc One
The Big Snooze (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Bugs Bunny Rides Again (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Bunny Hugged (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
French Rarebit (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Gorilla My Dreams (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (1942) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Hare Conditioned (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Heckling Hare (1941) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Tortoise Beats Hare (1941) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Rabbit Transit (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Slick Hare (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Homeless Hare (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Hyde and Hare (1955) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Windblown Hare (1949) (Golden Collection Volume Three)

Disc Two
The Wise Quacking Duck (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Claws for Alarm (1954) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Whoa Be-Gone! (1958) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Cheese Chasers (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Dover Boys (1942) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
A Bear for Punishment (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Pied Piper of Guadalupe (1961) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
The Last Hungry Cat (1961) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
The Honey-Mousers (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
An Egg Scramble (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Cat-Tails for Two (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Bye, Bye Bluebeard (1949) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Booby Hatched (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Now That Summer Is Gone (1938) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Pigs in a Polka (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Three)

Obviously, we cannot recommend this title, as there is no new material being released on it. Instead, please do yourself a favor and simply order the Golden Collection volumes, either individually or in the 24-disc Golden Collection Volumes 1-6 gift set from 2011. You will not only get the same cartoons, but also at least twice as much content plus hours of bonus features.

Still, if one must, Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection 8 is scheduled to be released on DVD only on May 13 and will retail for $19.98. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


January 18, 2014

Spotlight Collection 8 to be announced

All repeats! Avoid!

Spotlight Collection 8 Cover In what is already promising to be a very strange year for the Looney Tunes franchise on DVD, Warner Home Video is set to announce a new addition to its thought-to-be-extinct Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection series. The two-disc Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection 8 is being prepared for release on DVD only. At press time, there is no announced street date for this title.

Someone at Warner Home Video must have had the Spotlight Collection series on the brain recently, as the pending announcement will come hot on the heels of word that a Spotlight Collection Double Feature is hitting stores in March. The series had otherwise laid dormant since the release of Spotlight Collection 7 back in 2009.

Unfortunately, hopes that this new release will somehow offer something new or worthwhile (such as, say, corrected versions of the cropped shorts from the Bugs and Daffy Super Stars DVDs) are dashed, as per the norm this new collection will merely contain a hodgepodge of shorts from various Golden Collection volumes.

The DVD is currently scheduled to include the following. Shorts that have already been released on DVD are noted....

Disc One
The Big Snooze (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Bugs Bunny Rides Again (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Bunny Hugged (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
French Rarebit (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Gorilla My Dreams (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (1942) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Hare Conditioned (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Heckling Hare (1941) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Tortoise Beats Hare (1941) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Rabbit Transit (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Slick Hare (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Homeless Hare (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Hyde and Hare (1955) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Windblown Hare (1949) (Golden Collection Volume Three)

Disc Two
The Wise Quacking Duck (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Claws for Alarm (1954) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Whoa Be-Gone! (1958) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Cheese Chasers (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Dover Boys (1942) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
A Bear for Punishment (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Pied Piper of Guadalupe (1961) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
The Last Hungry Cat (1961) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
The Honey-Mousers (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
An Egg Scramble (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Cat-Tails for Two (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Bye, Bye Bluebeard (1949) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Booby Hatched (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Now That Summer Is Gone (1938) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Pigs in a Polka (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Three)

Assuming this comes out in the first half of the year, there will be a lot of double-dipping going on with new Looney Tunes releases, with not only this title but also the Spotlight Collection Double Feature AND the new Center Stage DVD. One hopes this doesn't glut the market when it comes time to release something more substantial, such as the third Platinum Collection.

The studio's current, brief synopsis for this release reads as follows....

In this eighth installment of the Spotlight Collection series, the classic Looney Tunes characters come to life.

As soon as an official date and retail price get announced, we will of course be posting it here, but obviously, we will not be recommending this title. Instead simply purchase the larger and more complete Golden Collection volumes.


January 18, 2014

Academy Awards Nominees: Golden Gems now available to pre-order

Still all repeats! Still avoid!

Golden Gems Cover With barely a month to go before its street date, Amazon is now finally accepting pre-orders of the upcoming single-disc Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Award-Nominated Animation: Golden Gems. The DVD-only title is still scheduled to be released on February 11.

While every other online retailer had offered the title shortly after its official announcement, Amazon seemed to have dragged its feet for whatever reason. The site eventually listed it under the temporary title Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Nominees Part 2, echoing the working title of the earlier Cinema Favorites collection from last year--even though, it should be noted, that Warner Home Video never offered any such temp title for Golden Gems.

These are the shorts scheduled to appear on this DVD....

Mouse Wreckers (1949)
Hatch Up Your Troubles (1949 MGM Tom and Jerry cartoon)
Jerry's Cousin (1951 MGM Tom and Jerry cartoon)
Little Johnny Jet (1953 MGM Tex Avery cartoon)
Touché, Pussy Cat! (1954 MGM Tom and Jerry cartoon)
From A to Z-z-z-z (1954)
Sandy Claws (1955)
Good Will to Men (1955 MGM cartoon)
Tabasco Road (1957)
One Droopy Knight (1957 MGM Droopy cartoon)
High Note (1960)
Nelly's Folly (1961)
Now Hear This (1963)

There are no special features listed on the back.

And yet again, we will not be recommending this title. Instead, one is better off purchasing the more complete Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners/26 Nominees collection, which contains all of the cartoons on this disc plus two additional discs of more Oscar nominees and winners...plus a number of related special features.

Still, if one must, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Award-Nominated Animation: Golden Gems is scheduled to be released on DVD only on February 11 and will retail for $9.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


January 9, 2014

Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature DVD announced

In stores March 11! All repeats! Avoid!

Spotlight Collection Thumbnail And the deja vu parade continues, as yesterday Warner Home Video officially announced yet another title containing nothing but previously released material, this time based around the otherwise defunct Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection series. The four-disc Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature will be released on DVD on March 11.

In what is perhaps the oddest combination imaginable for such a simple concept, this release will forego the obvious and bypass the first Spotlight Collection (originally titled Looney Tunes: The Premiere Collection upon its 2003 release) to instead pair up the second volume of the Spotlight Collection with the Looney Tunes Movie Collection. Granted the Movie Collection is officially treated as the third entry in the Spotlight Collection series, it's nevertheless a tad jarring to start a repackaging program in the middle of a series with one volume that doesn't even technically share the series's title!

Of course, the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection 2 itself is merely the third and fourth discs of the larger, better Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Two, but without any of the bigger collection's special features (including Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan's original vocal tracks from What's Opera, Doc?). The Movie Collection, meanwhile, contains both The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie and Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales.

The studio's announcement e-mail for this release reads as follows (warts and all)....

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, uncut [comma needed] and never before on DVD. Two discs. Thirty cartoons. Plus certifiably Looney extras. You'll tawt you taw a puddy tat and more with Disc 1's Tweety/Sylvester antics, Daffy Duck's detective Duck Twacy [comma needed] and the surreal Porky in Wackyland. Disc 2 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 Movie Collection Vol. 3
Lights, camera, Looney-ness! The Spotlight is on two Looney Tunes movies - now remastered so that every image shines and every fine Acme product goes swoosh like new. The chase is on in Disc 1's 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 Disc 2's 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!

Obviously, despite the ad copy, none of the material on this release is new to DVD, as the synopsis text was merely taken verbatim from those of the original collections. Supposedly the only special features on this set are going to be various child-friendly "how to draw" clips, but that may be subject to change. And like last month's initial announcement of the Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1, Warner Home Video didn't have any high resolution cover artwork at the ready (the image above is the full-size thumbnail picture provided in the studio's announcement e-mail; at the moment it's the only released image of the cover).

This is yet another rehashed DVD that we cannot recommend. One is better off purchasing the larger Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Two, which also contains a disc full of Bugs cartoons and a disc focused primarily on the Road Runner. And if one wants the two compilation features, then the individual Looney Tunes Movie Collection two-disc set isn't all that expensive on its own.

But if you're some kind of completist, the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Double Feature is scheduled to be released on DVD only on March 11 and will retail for $26.99. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


January 9, 2014

Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1 back cover revealed

No special features! Still all repeats! Still avoid!

Center Stage Cover

Center Stage Back Cover

This week Warner Home Video has revealed both the back cover and a higher resolution of the front cover to its upcoming single-disc collection Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1. The DVD-only title is still scheduled to be released on February 11.

The text on the back is almost identical to the synopsis provided by the studio when the title was first announced last month, with only very minor changes....

From the Looney Tunes Golden Collection come 14 Warner Bros. animated shorts. Barely contained in this zany DVD, they've been restored and remastered to their original, anvil-dropping, laughter-inducing glory! It's a celebration of the golden age of Warner Bros. animation. The whole family will crack up at the carrot-crunching icon Bugs Bunny, rabbit-hunting rascal Elmer Fudd, eternal straight man Porky Pig [comma needed] and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang. This comedic collection will make eyes pop and jaws drop ─ just like being inside your own Warner Bros. cartoon. What's up doesn't get any better than this, Doc!

Once again, the disc's main content will be identical to that of the third disc on the first Looney Tunes Golden Collection. This DVD is meant solely to be a budget-minded alternative to consumers and doesn't appear to be intended to "replace" any existing Looney Tunes home video series--and as long as that is in fact the strategy for these releases then there is nothing to get worked up over. But at the same time, there's also absolutely nothing to recommend about this release.

The DVD will include....

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 (1946)
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)

According to the back cover, there are absolutely no special features whatsoever on this DVD, which isn't a surprise. And at least according to the back cover's "aspect ration box," every short should be presented in its intended full screen format as well--again, no surprise there.

What is interesting, however, is a little disclaimer below this list of shorts, indicating how all fourteen cartoons are "also included in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volumes 1-6." Such quasi-cross-promotion blurbs were common on the backs of the various Looney Tunes Spotlight Collections over the years, but what's curious here is the wording, as instead of singling out merely the first volume of the Golden Collection series (where the disc itself originated from) it seems to literally be promoting the massive 24-disc Golden Collection Volumes 1-6 gift set from 2011.

Does this mean that future Center Stage volumes (should there be any) will be cherrypicking shorts from various Golden Collection sets, much like some of the later Spotlight Collections did? Very few discs in the Golden Collection series had a ready-made "all stars" theme (there's also disc four of volume one, arguably disc four of volume two, disc four of volume three, and disc one of volume six), so it will be somewhat interesting to see how this series goes forward. Otherwise, if it's just going to go down the list of Golden Collection discs, then one must wonder how the label is planning to market, say, a Frank Tashlin disc or a wartime disc or a Bosko/Buddy disc to Walmart shoppers (and none of this is impossible, either; the Tashlin DVD was released on its own in Europe under the guise of a Porky collection!).

Like we said, we cannot recommend this title. As we explained when this DVD was first announced, anyone and everyone is better off merely purchasing the Golden Collection Volume One set. Not only will you get all fourteen of these cartoons, but you'll also get three more discs of remastered shorts plus hours of great and in-depth bonus features.

Still, if you must, Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume One is scheduled to be released on DVD only on February 11 and will retail for $9.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


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