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January 26, 2023

Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series Blu-ray Available for Pre-Order

Three-disc set in stores March 28!

Duck Dodgers Cover While we're still waiting for updates on some of Studio Distribution Services' other upcoming Looney Tunes-related releases, one title where information is finally coming fast and furious is the Blu-ray of Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series, which is now up for pre-order at the usual online stores such as Amazon. Collecting all thirty-nine episodes of the Cartoon Network program onto three discs, the Blu-ray is still set for release on March 28.

As we've previously reported, the set's lone special feature will be the original 1953 Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century short. It is still not yet known if it will be in HD.

Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series is scheduled to be released on March 28 on Blu-ray only and will retail for $54.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


January 22, 2023

Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series Back Cover Revealed

Confirms original 1953 short as a bonus

Duck Dodgers Back Cover While those looking forward to the upcoming release of Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series on Blu-ray are still waiting for a pre-order to become available online, there is at least some small bit of news as Studio Distribution Services has revealed the title's back cover art. The three-disc set is still scheduled to be released on March 28.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the back cover has revealed the set's lone extra, the original Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century theatrical short. It is not known, however, if the cartoon will be in high definition, as the back cover specs only offer the vague "may not be" disclaimer that is standard for most Blu-ray releases' special features. Considering the short's only HD release, the first Platinum Collection, is currently out of print, it would have been nice if they had made it clear.

The back cover text reads as follows....

It's all systems go for Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series - now on Blu-ray for the first time in stellar hi-def! Join the spaced-out duck and the Eager Young Space Cadet (Porky Pig) for nonstop fun in the 24 1/2th century. Featuring clashes with his Martian nemesis, Commander X-2 (Marvin the Martian), and parodies of some of sci-fi's all-time favorites, all 39 out-of-this-world episodes are ready for launch. Three, two, one...we have ignition for fun!

Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series is scheduled to be released on March 28 on Blu-ray only, and a link to pre-order it on Amazon will be posted here as soon as it appears. The Blu-ray will retail for $54.97.


January 13, 2023

Looney Tunes 10-Film Collection DVD Announced

All repeats, hardly complete collection

10 Film Collection Cover Continuing with recent home video announcements, there will be a "new" Looney Tunes title more directly tied into the Warner Bros. one hundredth anniversary celebration. Part of an ongoing series of multi-film bundles, Studio Distribution Services has announced the release of the wordily titled Best of WB 100: Looney Tunes 10-Film Collection. Collecting ten Looney Tunes-related movies across five different decades, the DVD set will be released on June 6.

We first broke the story of this release over on our Facebook page (another reason to follow us there if you haven't already), but we wanted to wait until some clearer information was available before posting it here.

The collection contains the following films....

Friz Freleng's Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island
Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
Space Jam
Tweety's High-Flying Adventure
Looney Tunes Back in Action
Bah Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas
Rabbits Run
Space Jam: A New Legacy
King Tweety

So right off the bat, it's clear two major omissions are The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie and 1001 Rabbit Tales, to say nothing of some of the more-peripheral productions like the also theatrically released compilation documentary Bugs Bunny Superstar or even random things like Chuck Amuck: The Movie or Baby Looney Tunes' Eggs-traordinary Adventure. So this set is a somewhat mixed bag, offering stuff that had just come out like King Tweety alongside things like the (by our count) sixth reappearance of The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie.

At press time, little else is known about this collection. Studio Distribution Services has not revealed a retail price or even how many discs this set will contain; so we don't know if each movie will have its own disc or if numerous iso files will be squeezed onto one disc. And there is certainly not yet any indication whether any of the special features from the movies' individual releases will also carry over onto this set.

The only thing we can currently speculate on is the price point. A similar ten-film collection themed around Scooby-Doo will be released in April retailing for $54.99, so figure this set's price will likely be comparable to that.

But obviously, if you've been a die-hard completist at this point then there is nothing new being offered on this collection. This is meant for impulse purchases at Walmart and Barnes and Noble and the like.

The Best of WB 100: Looney Tunes 10-Film Collection DVD is scheduled to be released on June 6, and a price and link to pre-order it will be posted here as soon as they become available.


January 13, 2023

Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series Blu-ray Announced

Three-disc set in stores March 28!

Duck Dodgers Cover With Warner Bros. set to celebrate its one hundredth anniversary throughout 2023, Studio Distribution Services has spent January offering a flurry of Warner-related new releases to retail for the first half of the year, and surprisingly a number of Looney Tunes titles are in the mix. One such release is the first dedicated Looney Tunes Blu-ray since 2020's Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection, Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series. Collecting all thirty-nine episodes of the Cartoon Network program onto three discs, the Blu-ray will be released on March 28.

The set will be made available to general retail. This is somewhat noteworthy because the DVD of the series's third season was only handled through Warner Archive and released online through its various outlets. And of course, the entire series has already been made available digitally everywhere.

At press time, it is not known if any special features will be included, such as the classic Duck Dodgers short or any of the related sequels.

Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series is scheduled to be released on March 28 on Blu-ray only, and a link to pre-order it on Amazon will be posted here as soon as it appears. The Blu-ray will retail for $54.97.


December 12, 2022

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show December 21

Part of Stu's "Christmas Gift Guide" episode

It's kinda that time again! On Wednesday, December 21, the indispensable Jerry Beck is back for another appearance on Stu's Show, the online series hosted by pop culture/television historian Stu Shostak. The show is a video/audio simulcast, so you can either listen or watch it as it premieres. The show will air at 7PM EST and is available as a free stream for those who tune in (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.

But wait, what's this?? This isn't a normal "Jerry discusses cartoons with Stu for two hours" type of episode that we've enjoyed in the past--and in fact, during Jerry's last appearance back in August it was suggested that those types of episodes may have come to an end. This time, Jerry will be a part of Stu's annual "Christmas Gift Guide" show alongside fellow guests tech guru/Mad Magazine legend Dick DeBartolo and Puppetoon Movie producer Arnold Liebovit.

Jerry will supposedly have some animation-related goodies to recommend (books, movies, etc.) and will bring along three rare classic cartoons like the shows of old. And though Jerry and Arnold will discuss the status of the next Puppetoon release, do NOT plan on any kind of home video news. If Jerry has some quick announcement to share he will, but that is not really the reason he's appearing. Curb your expectations greatly!

(For those of you feeling nostalgic, Jerry's December 2020 appearance on the show will also be rerunning throughout the month on Stu's 24/7 Roku channel!)

As always, we will be posting news updates (IF ANY) on our Facebook page as the new episode airs. If there is any major DVD or Blu-ray news announced (IF, IF, IF, LIKELY NOT), we will of course report it here after the show.

So get ready for a very Jerry Christmas with Jerry Beck on Stu's Show December 21!


October 20, 2022

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) Warner Archive Blu-ray Coming October 25

Includes Blu-ray debut of Hyde and Hare...BUT!

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Cover "I think Spencer Tracy did it much better. Don't you, folks?"

Well, not exactly, Bugs. In fact, most people prefer the original (well...), Oscar-winning, once-thought-lost version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from 1931, which is now making its HD debut through Warner Archive. Starring Fredric March in a mesmerizing portrayal of the lead "characters," the Blu-ray is set for release on October 25.

Despite being from different decades and even different studios, one special feature that has appeared on previous disc releases of Dr. Jekyll has been the cult classic Hyde and Hare from Friz Freleng. Continuing the tradition, Hyde and Hare will be included on the Blu-ray as well, but there is unfortunately a strong caveat.

At least one early review of the disc is indicating that Hyde and Hare is not an HD remaster and looks to be upscaled from an older standard definition version. Even though the cartoon has at one point actually been remastered in high definition (and is currently available that way on HBO Max), we're suspecting that the source for this version was the unremastered, off-the-shelf copy that was used for the original Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde DVD back in 2004. So yes, while the cartoon is making its Blu-ray debut and it is technically in high definition, there is a big asterisk to that. And this certainly wouldn't be the first time Warner Archive has half-assed an "HD" Bugs Bunny cartoon as a Blu-ray special feature.

As our friends on Facebook know, we have a graphic that lists which Bugs cartoons have yet to be remastered and released onto Blu-ray. And as much as we would have loved to been able to cross Hyde and Hare off that list, we would rather err on the side of caution and not count this as a proper remastered release. There's a better version out there that could have been used, and this just sounds like a wasted opportunity.

Bugs not on Blu-ray

BUT, if you are a fan of the actual Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde movie then the Blu-ray is in fact a must-buy. And for you film purists out there, the film is even being presented in Paramount's oddball 1.19:1 aspect ratio for the first time ever (*cough*Olive Films*cough*). So for film buffs, horror nuts, and fans of classic movies it's a worthy addition to your collection--just don't buy it solely because of the cartoon. "You'll be sooooooorry!"

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is scheduled to be released on October 25 on Blu-ray only and will retail for $21.99. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


July 28, 2022

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show August 10

Deadline for e-mail questions is August 5

With summer getting ready to wind down and the fall ahead of us, it's time once again to see what's going on in the world of animation. That's right, the one and only Jerry Beck will be appearing on Stu's Show, the online series hosted by pop culture/television historian Stu Shostak. The show is a video/audio simulcast, so you can either listen or watch it as it premieres. The show will air at 7PM EST and is available as a free stream for those who tune in (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.

Jerry will be previewing the year's remaining animated features, along with a discussion of how upcoming public domain turnovers will start affecting classic cartoon characters and properties. Three rare cartoons from the Thunderbean Animation archives will also be screened, and Jerry will share any news in cartoon-related print media and (hopefully) home video that he has.

There will also be a special appearance from Arnold Liebovit, who will provide an update on his in-production The Puppetoon Movie Volume 3 home video.

Like Jerry's last appearance on Stu's Show, this will be a pre-taped episode. Stu will be reading viewers' e-mail questions to Jerry during the show like always, BUT there is a deadline to get them in by the time the show is taped. So if you want your question read during the show, you need to e-mail Stu no later than August 5. Questions can be e-mailed to: comments@stusshow.com

As we always stress, remember 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, remastering, 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, so please do not barrage Stu and Jerry with "When will this cartoon or show come out on DVD?" questions.

And as always, we will be posting news updates on our Facebook page as the new episode airs. If there is any major DVD or Blu-ray news announced, we will of course report it here after the show.

So hold onto your hats, folks, because here we go again with Jerry Beck on Stu's Show August 10!


June 14, 2022

King Tweety Direct-to-Video Movie Now in Stores

First all-new original Tweety movie since High-Flying Adventure!

King Tweety Cover Today's the day, Tweety fans! It's the little yellow bird's big eightieth birthday this year, and Warner Home Entertainment is celebrating with today's release of an all-new animated movie: King Tweety. From Jellystone! director Careen Ingle, the all-new direct-to-DVD original movie is now available in stores and online.

Unfortunately, no classic cartoons are included as special features, but the DVD does in fact feature three episodes of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries as bonuses: "Something Fishy Around Here," The Maltese Canary," and the debut episode "The Cat Who Knew Too Much."

At the moment, this is it as far as new Looney Tunes product on home video. We're always hoping Warner Archive has a trick up its sleeve and--especially being Tweety's birthday year--would have put together something akin to the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection, but alas there's nothing to report. As we've always done, we strongly urge fans to put a bug in the Archive's ear via its social media channels.

In the meantime, King Tweety is now in stores on DVD only and retails for $19.98. Order it now on Amazon.


March 22, 2022

King Tweety Direct-to-Video Movie Announced

All-new original movie coming to DVD June 14!

King Tweety Cover With Tweety's eightieth birthday happening this year, there was hope that Warner Bros. was going to offer something in the realm of home video among the various licensing campaigns it had announced. Well, there is, but it's not anything related to the classic shorts. Instead, today Warner Home Entertainment officially announced the upcoming release of the direct-to-video movie King Tweety. An all-new original production from Jellystone! director Careen Ingle, the movie will be released on DVD on June 14.

According to the Screen Rant web site, the DVD will include as bonus features three episodes of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries: "Something Fishy Around Here," The Maltese Canary," and the debut episode "The Cat Who Knew Too Much." At press time, there is no indication of any other special features, classic cartoons or otherwise.

The studio's official synopsis for the movie reads as follows....

Tweety's large and in charge as he takes the throne in this zany new full-length movie. When the queen of an island paradise disappears, Tweety unexpectedly becomes next in line for the crown. His Little Highness' entourage includes motorbike daredevil Granny and sly Sylvester, whose allegiance is tested when he uncovers a sinister plot to eliminate Tweety for good! Feathers and fur will fly in this hilarious story that proves royalty and loyalty can come in many shapes and sizes.

The movie's trailer is below....

This is such an odd move by Warner Bros. Animation, as this is the first Looney Tunes direct-to-video movie to not be based on an existing style--not even fashioning it in the mold of the current Looney Tunes Cartoons on HBO Max. Behind the scenes, King Tweety has been on the release schedule as a stand-alone title for well over a year, so it's not like the studio is preparing some regularly recurring series of movies like it does for Scooby-Doo or Tom and Jerry or the DC Comics superheroes. But, if this somehow leads to Warner Home Entertainment releasing classic Tweety product this year, great...but we wouldn't count on it.

King Tweety is scheduled to be released on June 14 on DVD only and will retail for $19.98. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


March 15, 2022

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show March 23

Deadline for e-mail questions is March 18

Just in time to kick off the start of spring, on Wednesday, March 23, the one and only Jerry Beck will be appearing on Stu's Show, the online series hosted by pop culture/television historian Stu Shostak. The show is a video/audio simulcast, so you can either listen or watch it as it premieres. The show will air at 7PM EST and is available as a free stream for those who tune in (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.

Jerry will be previewing the upcoming year of animated features, likely look back at the recent Annie Awards, screen three rare cartoons, and share any news in cartoon-related print media and (hopefully) home video that he has.

Like Jerry's last appearance on Stu's Show, this will be a pre-taped episode. Stu will be reading viewers' e-mail questions to Jerry during the show like always, BUT there is a deadline to get them in by the time the show is taped. So if you want your question read during the show, you need to e-mail Stu no later than March 18. Questions can be e-mailed to: comments@stusshow.com

As we always stress, remember 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, remastering, 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, so please do not barrage Stu and Jerry with "When will this cartoon or show come out on DVD?" questions.

We will be posting news updates on our Facebook page as the new episode airs. If there is any major DVD or Blu-ray news announced, we will of course report it here after the show.

So get ready, cartoon lovers, because Jerry Beck is returning to Stu's Show March 23!


January 25, 2022

A Star Is Born (1937) Warner Archive Blu-ray Announced

Includes remastered, HD debut of A Star Is Hatched

A Star Is Born Cover On Monday Warner Archive took to Facebook to announce a number of the label's upcoming spring Blu-ray releases, with a few meager bones thrown in the direction of fans of classic animation. At press time, the Archive's Facebook page did not officially announce any firm street dates for the titles (all they would say is that each release was "COMING SOON!"), but dates were available on its official store on Amazon.

One release of note coming March 22 is the Blu-ray debut of the James Cagney air-fighting adventure Captains of the Clouds, one of the very first war pictures to be released after the United States' entrance into World War II. Like on the film's past DVD releases, there will be a few vintage bonus features included, most notably both Hold the Lion, Please and What's Cookin' Doc? in HD. Do note, of course, that both of these cartoons can already be easily found on the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray set.

The other, slightly more important release of interest to Looney Tunes collectors will be on March 29 with the 1937 version of A Star Is Born starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March and produced by David O. Selznick. Though of course the numerous later versions--be it Garland or Streisand or Gaga--each have their devoted diehard fans (not to mention the earlier, and very similar, What Price Hollywood?), it was this first version that set the stage for what was to follow and has arguably been the most widely seen due to its public-domain status. A "Selznick-authorized" Blu-ray was released a decade ago by Kino Lorber, but Warner Archive is touting theirs as having a brand new 4K scan from the original camera negative.

Among the disc's numerous special features will also, ironically, be one that has yet to be paired with the movie: the classic Merrie Melodies cartoon A Star Is Hatched. Hatched has only previously been released on disc as an unremastered special feature on DVD releases of, of all things, Bringing Up Baby. This upcoming Blu-ray will not only feature the cartoon's debut as a remastered short but also its debut in HD.

BUT (and you know what's coming)....

The remastered HD version of the cartoon had been prepared for streaming on HBO Max (at press time it has yet to actually premiere on the service). Although the main body of the cartoon is in excellent shape, its opening titles had become yet another victim of the "Photoshopping" that was done to numerous cartoons to make the credits "HDTV safe" on HBO Max.

Photoshopped A Star Is Hatched titles

It's not the worst touch-up that's been done to these titles, but let's make this absolutely clear: this fooling around is still completely unnecessary. Unfortunately this will be this cartoon's go-to remastered, HD version for the time being, so we definitely wanted to make everyone aware of this alteration in case that's a dealbreaker.

Captains of the Clouds is scheduled to be released on March 22 on Blu-ray only and will retail for $21.99. Pre-order it now on Amazon.

A Star Is Born, meanwhile, is scheduled to be released on March 29 on Blu-ray only and will also retail for $21.99. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


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