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December 12, 2019

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show December 18

The latest home video news!

Jerry Beck, Jerry Beck, Jerry all the way....

Just in time for Christmas or whichever end-of-year celebrations you enjoy, on Wednesday, December 18, the one and only Jerry Beck is coming to Stu's Show, the online series hosted by pop culture/television historian Stu Shostak. The show is a video/audio simulcast, so you will be able to either listen or watch it live. The show will air at 7PM EST and is available as a free stream for those who tune in live (afterward, fans can purchase a "rerun" of the episode online). Information on the various ways to access the show can be found on its web site: www.stusshow.com.

With a blockbuster year in animation that included Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, and the long-awaited launch of Disney+, Jerry and Stu will have much to recap. And of course, with the impending arrival of HBO Max and what it might mean for Warner-owned animated properties, maybe Jerry will offer some insights on what to expect in the new year (as our readers know, Warner Bros. is already suggesting anniversary celebrations for Looney Tunes and Bugs Bunny). Plus, all the latest news on cartoon-related books and (dare we say?) home video. And as always, on the video feed Jerry will screen three more rare cartoons.

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.

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

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

Hopefully we'll all have a Jerry Christmas when Jerry Beck visits Stu's Show December 18!


November 26, 2019

Looney Tunes Parodies Collection Back Cover Revealed

Confirms DVD debuts; no extras

Parodies Back Cover Two weeks after it was first announced by Warner Home Video, the back cover art has been revealed for the upcoming Looney Tunes Parodies Collection. The repeat-heavy compilation is still set to be released on DVD only on February 4.

Still cannibalizing artwork from the vintage Carrotblanca VHS release, the back cover offers little more than the same synopsis that the studio provided when the title was first announced earlier this month. If anything, the back at least confirms the cartoon lineup.

The DVD is still scheduled to contain the following....

I Love to Singa (1936)
Hollywood Steps Out (1941)
Super-Rabbit (1943)
Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk (1943)
Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944)
Rabbit Hood (1949)
Rabbit of Seville (1950)
Rabbitson Crusoe (1956)
What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
Hare-Abian Nights (1959)
Apes of Wrath (1959)
How Bugs Bunny Won the West (1978 TV special)
The Duxorcist (1987)
Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (1992)
Chariots of Fur (1994)
Carrotblanca (1995)
Pullet Surprise (1997)
Little Go Beep (2000)
From Hare to Eternity (1996)
Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas (2004)

For whatever it's worth, this at least guarantees the DVD debuts of the Bugs Bunny shorts Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk, Rabbitson Crusoe, and Hare-Abian Nights. This will hopefully bring a sigh of relief to fans in the case of Jack-Wabbit..., which some may recall was originally announced to be included on 2010's Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinaire DVD before Warner swapped out the lineup shortly after.

Unfortunately, though, that's really all of the good news. The back text makes no mention on whether the three new-to-disc cartoons will be remastered, and strangely it doesn't even include the standard box detailing the shorts' aspect ratios (for those curious about Apes of Wrath). And perhaps not surprisingly, there's no mention anywhere of any kind of special features.

We will continue to do our best to inquire about the conditions of the new cartoons, and we will of course pass along any information we receive. But this may just be a case where nobody will know until the DVD comes out.

Looney Tunes Parodies Collection is scheduled to be released on February 4 on DVD only and will retail for $19.98. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


November 18, 2019

Looney Tunes Parodies Collection Now Available to Pre-Order

DVD debuts of Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk, Rabbitson Crusoe, and Hare-Abian Nights!

Parodies Cover Not even a week after it was first announced, Warner Home Video's first Looney Tunes compilation of 2020, Looney Tunes Parodies Collection, is now available to pre-order at Amazon and other retailers. The title is still scheduled to come out on DVD on February 4.

With a heavy dose of repeats from earlier releases, the new DVD will contain the following....

I Love to Singa (1936)
Hollywood Steps Out (1941)
Super-Rabbit (1943)
Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk (1943)
Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944)
Rabbit Hood (1949)
Rabbit of Seville (1950)
Rabbitson Crusoe (1956)
What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
Hare-Abian Nights (1959)
Apes of Wrath (1959)
How Bugs Bunny Won the West (1978 TV special)
The Duxorcist (1987)
Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (1992)
Chariots of Fur (1994)
Carrotblanca (1995)
Pullet Surprise (1997)
Little Go Beep (2000)
From Hare to Eternity (1996)
Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas (2004)

At this point, it is still not known whether the new-to-DVD shorts Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk, Rabbitson Crusoe, and Hare-Abian Nights will be remastered. We will try to find out, and once we get any information we will pass it along.

Looney Tunes Parodies Collection is scheduled to be released on February 4 on DVD only and will retail for $19.98. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


November 13, 2019

Looney Tunes Parodies Collection Announced for February 4

DVD debuts of Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk, Rabbitson Crusoe, and Hare-Abian Nights!

Parodies Cover With January already promising the release of the 4 Kid Favorites: Looney Tunes Movies set, Warner Home Video continues to reveal its Looney plans for 2020 with today's announcement of a brand new shorts compilation, Looney Tunes Parodies Collection. Made up mostly of repeated material, the new title will be released on February 4.

Touted in Warner's announcement e-mail as being released "to celebrate the anniversaries of Looney Tunes (90th) and Bugs Bunny (80th)," the collection (sorta) highlights various spoofs done over the years, with about half of the disc featuring classic cartoons and the other half centered around latter-day revival efforts. The "classic" portion focuses heavily on Bugs shorts, allowing for a couple of expected inclusions but also a number of somewhat surprising omissions.

The DVD is set to contain the following....

I Love to Singa (1936)
Hollywood Steps Out (1941)
Super-Rabbit (1943)
Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk (1943)
Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944)
Rabbit Hood (1949)
Rabbit of Seville (1950)
Rabbitson Crusoe (1956)
What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
Hare-Abian Nights (1959)
Apes of Wrath (1959)
How Bugs Bunny Won the West (1978 TV special)
The Duxorcist (1987)
Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (1992)
Chariots of Fur (1994)
Carrotblanca (1995)
Pullet Surprise (1997)
Little Go Beep (2000)
From Hare to Eternity (1996)
Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas (2004)

This collection will mark not only the DVD debuts of Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk and Rabbitson Crusoe (both of which haven't been released on video in over two decades) but also the home video debut of the Ken Harris "cheater" short Hare-Abian Nights. There is no word yet if these three cartoons will be remastered or off-the-shelf copies.

The rest of the selection is a curious mixed bag. Although there are some movie- and genre-specific parodies present, it seems as if a lot of the films are featured because their titles are spoofing others. Or in the case of, say, Pullet Surprise, its title is not so much a spoof but rather merely a pun, which if that was enough to qualify would also apply to about 75 percent of the Warner animation catalog.

Warner Home Video's online synopsis for the collection reads as follows....

PARODY HILARITY!

Your favorite Looney Tunes characters are goin' Hollywood, so woll out the wed carpet!

Bugs and the gang give you THEIR take on classic blockbusters, pop culture [comma needed] and a send up of a few celebrities along the way. You'll be tinsel-town tickled with 20 of the funniest toons in this A-list collection. Get a front row seat for intrigue and romance, rabbit style, with Bugs as Bogey (Carrotblanca). The fur flies as Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote tangle for Southwestern supremacy (Chariots of Fur), Daffy investigates some precarious paranormal activity (The Duxorcist), and more! Plus - we include what many consider to be the greatest cartoon of all time (What's Opera, Doc?). Enjoy over two hours of Looney Tunes lunacy that will have you shouting, "Show me the bunny!"

After years of constant repackages and the recent Stars of Space Jam debacle, we're trying our best to be cautiously optimistic about this release for the sake of the three new-to-DVD cartoons...or if it will lead to even more surprises for later in the year. At the very least, we know that Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk does NOT exist in a time-compressed master!

Looney Tunes Parodies Collection will be released on February 4 on DVD only, and a link to pre-order it on Amazon will be posted here as soon as it appears. The DVD will retail for $19.98.


November 6, 2019

4 Kid Favorites: Looney Tunes Movies Back Cover Revealed and Pre-Order Available

In stores January 28! All repeats!

4 Kid Favorites Back Cover Two weeks after it was first announced by Warner Home Video, the completely unnecessary 4 Kid Favorites: Looney Tunes Movies collection is now up for pre-ordering, while the studio has also recently revealed the title's rather boring back cover art. Collecting the previously released Friz Freleng's Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island, Tweety's High-Flying Adventure, and Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run into one package, the multi-film set is still set to be released on DVD only on January 28.

There is still no word yet if the usual batch of extras from each respective movie will be included, and the back cover is of little help. This may be simply a case of no one will know until reviews (if any) pop up anywhere.

What is known, however, is Warner's technical specs indicate that this will only be a two-disc set. Similar to what they did last year with the Spotlight Collection Volumes 1-3 set, apparently the studio will double up the movies and squash two of them onto each of the two discs. It is not currently known in what configuration the movies will be paired, as Warner's various ad materials keep listing the titles in a different order each time.

As we stated when this was all first announced, obviously there is very little to recommend here, especially if you already own some of these titles individually. If you simply do not have any of these movies in your collection already, then buying them altogether like this might be an easy way to get them out of the way...but seriously, if you haven't already picked up, say, The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie in any of its FIVE previous releases, then this repackaging wouldn't make too much of a difference.

4 Kid Favorites: Looney Tunes Movies is scheduled to be released on January 28 on DVD only and will retail for $18.94. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


October 24, 2019

4 Kid Favorites: Looney Tunes Movies Announced for January 28

All repeats!

4 Kid Favorites Cover As most casual Looney Tunes fans probably know, 2020 will be a somewhat significant year anniversary-wise. It will mark not only Bugs Bunny's 80th birthday but also the 90th anniversary of the release of Sinkin' in the Bathtub, the very first Looney Tunes cartoon and the start of the entire franchise. So what better way for Warner Home Video to kick off the big year than by rehashing some of its oft-released Looney Tunes DVDs into yet another repackaging? That's right, today the studio announced the 4 Kid Favorites: Looney Tunes Movies collection, due January 28.

Following the same mold of Warner's popular 4 Film Favorites series of movie collections, 4 Kid Favorites: Looney Tunes Movies lumps together four feature-length productions: Friz Freleng's Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island, Tweety's High-Flying Adventure, and Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run. Although all four titles have been part of repackaged combos before, this marks the fourth time Rabbits Run has been slapped into a multi-film release, and the fifth time for The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie!

Neither disc details nor back-cover art have been released yet, but it is likely that these will merely be the same existing discs for all of these titles slapped together. So, any bonus cartoons on Rabbits Run and Looney Looney Looney... will likely be carried over as well. But honestly, at this point, one should already own any relevant content from these titles' previous releases.

The studio's grammar-mangling announcement e-mail for the collection reads as follows (missing words and all)....

Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie: Hare we go again! The ear-repressible Bugs Bunny takes top billing (we had no choice, it's in his contract) in this rollicking, rambunctious feature-length romp through some of the cwaziest cartoon cwassics! Things start out plenty looney as Yosemite Sam strikes a Devilish bargain to send Bugs straight to you-know-where! The looniness continues as Daffy and Tweety tangle with a pair of feather-brained bird-napping gangsters. And in the even loonier finale, Bugs turns Hollywood's glitziest awards ceremony into a cartoon-star-studded disast-hare zone! A fabulous, 24-carrot tour de farce from animation legend Friz Freleng!

Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run: Looney Tunes are back in this all-new animated adventure. The chase begins with a very rare flower that can turn anything invisible. When beautiful, bumbling perfume sales girl, Lola Bunny, receives the flower as a gift (unaware of its power), she adds the magical ingredient to her latest perfume creation. With hopes that she has crafted the next big scent, Lola hails crazed cabbies Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck for a hasty trip - destination, Paris. In hot pursuit is a of Looney Tunes all-stars, all seeking the invisibility spray. Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd [comma needed] and Yosemite Sam are but a few fan favorites, stretching out in all-new roles. Marvin the Martian may have the most devious plan for the potion: to erase the planet earth - oh dear. So spring into this globe-trotting, globe-threatening frenzy and see who wins out in this fun-packed Looney Tunes romp.

Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island: Welcome to Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island, where your most fantastical imaginings can be realized...for a price, of course! Your hosts at this tropical paradise are none other than the inimitable Daffy Duck and his sidekick, Speedy Gonzales. All your favorite Warner Bros. cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig [comma needed] and Sylvester, arrive on Daffy's island to bring their widest fantasies to life. But all is not ducky, as the notorious pirate, Yosemite Sam, and his first mate, the Tasmanian Devil, invade to plunder Daffy's island retreat. Join the fun as we learn how Daffy really got his own fantastic island, whether he'll be able to keep it from the nefarious Pirate Sam and where wishes really can come true.

Tweety's High-Flying Adventure: Everyone's favorite widdle canary goes around the world in 80 looney, laugh-packed days. The far-flung frolic begins when Granny places a wager with the Colonel that Tweety can circle the globe in 80 days and collect no fewer than 80 cat-paw prints along the way. With the bumbling Sylvester hot on his tail, our little yellow hero hang-glides, roller-blades [comma needed] and snowboards his way from London to Africa to the Himalayas and beyond. Along the way, he meets up with a dazzling cast of Warner Bros. cartoon celebrities including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian [comma needed] and the Tasmanian Devil. So fasten your seatbelts for world-class action, sky-high hilarity and puddy tats galore.

There is absolutely no content reason to get this, as everything has been released before in numerous configurations and price points, BUT if you're some kind of obsessed collector who needs to get everything with the characters on it, 4 Kid Favorites: Looney Tunes Movies will be released on January 28 on DVD only, and a link to pre-order it on Amazon will be posted here as soon as it appears. The DVD set will retail for $18.94.


September 17, 2019

Road Runner Video Listings Updated and Upgraded

Also, Popeye volume three now available!

Not a normal news update, but while everyone is (hopefully) enjoying today's Warner Archive release of Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 3 on Blu-ray or DVD, we wanted to officially announce that in honor of this week's 70th anniversary of the release of Fast and Furry-ous, we have completely updated our Road Runner video listings page.

We have added print ads, cast lists, Latin subtitles, lists of Acme products, and reviews of every single short (yes, even those eleven, so help us). It's all a part of our continuing effort to make our site a go-to resource for everything about these cartoons that we love and want to see properly released on home video.

Enjoy!


August 27, 2019

Jezebel Warner Archive Blu-ray Now Available

Includes HD debut of Daffy Duck in Hollywood

Jezebel Cover While everyone is waiting for the announcement of a street date and a pre-order link for Warner Archive's Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 3, the Archive in the meantime has thrown a small treat to cartoon fans on today's Blu-ray release of the classic Jezebel. The Bette Davis/Henry Fonda romantic drama is making its high-definition debut through WBShop.com and other online retailers.

Among the Blu-ray's many special features is Tex Avery's early classic Daffy Duck in Hollywood. Using the same remastered transfer from the Golden Collection Volume Three, this release marks the first time Daffy Duck in Hollywood has been presented in 1080p resolution.

Jezebel is now available online and retails for $21.99. Order it now on WBShop or Amazon.


July 19, 2019

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show July 31

The latest home video news!

It's that time again!

On Wednesday, July 31, Jerry Beck will return to Stu's Show, the online series hosted by pop culture/television historian Stu Shostak. The show is a video/audio simulcast, so you will be able to either listen or watch it live (the video version will also feature Jerry presenting some rare cartoons!). The show will air at 7PM EST and is available as a free stream for those who tune in live (afterward, "reruns" can be purchased online). Information on the various ways to access the show can be found on its web site: www.stusshow.com.

Fresh off a weekend at Comic-Con, Jerry will join Stu to look at what the rest of the year has in store for animation, including reviews of animated features and any heads up on new cartoon-related books or projects. And of course, there will hopefully be some DVD and Blu-ray news to discuss!

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 or release matters; he can only try to comment on situations as best as he can...and even then, he is sometimes contractually required to not say anything about certain upcoming releases. The information he gives is never meant to be inferred as any sort of official statement from a studio and that they can and do change plans on a whim without telling him. Anything Jerry is authorized to reveal will be said during the show.

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

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

But seriously, why wouldn't you want to tune in live and for free if you're able to? Check out Jerry Beck on Stu's Show July 31!


July 19, 2019

Jezebel Warner Archive Blu-ray Announced

Includes HD debut of Daffy Duck in Hollywood

Jezebel Cover As cartoon fans wait with bated breath for some home video news from Comic-Con, Warner Archive continues to throw out the occasional bone. Last week the label announced the upcoming Blu-ray of the Bette Davis/Henry Fonda uberclassic Jezebel, which is set for release on August 27 and is now available to pre-order.

Among the Blu-ray's many special features is Tex Avery's early classic Daffy Duck in Hollywood. Using the same remastered transfer from the Golden Collection Volume Three, Warner Archive is boasting that Jezebel will present the cartoon for the first time in 1080p resolution.

Forgive our slightly cautious wording, but once in a while Warner Archive will announce a bonus cartoon as being in high definition and it will turn out to be merely an upcoverted unremastered SD copy (such as with Avery's MGM short The Cuckoo Clock). But considering Daffy... had been remastered at the time of HD mastering, we're pretty confident everything will be fine, but you never know with this studio.

Speaking of unremastered cartoons as extras, we might as well also mention that the early Merrie Melodies Honeymoon Hotel, Young and Healthy, One Step Ahead of My Shadow, and Sittin' on a Backyard Fence are all featured on the recently released Warner Archive Blu-ray of the Busby Berkeley/James Cagney classic Footlight Parade. BUT, be warned, these four cartoons are definitely not remastered and not in high definition and are the same SD masters used as extras on past Warner Home Video DVDs.

Jezebel, meanwhile, is scheduled to be released on August 27 on Blu-ray only and will retail for $21.99. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


June 4, 2019

Stars of Space Jam Collection Volume 1 Now in Stores

All five discs squeezed onto one

Space Jam Cover In case Looney Tunes Center Stage wasn't enough of a pointless rehash for you, Warner Home Video has got you covered with today's other release: the Stars of Space Jam Collection Volume 1. Combining the content of all five of last year's individual Stars of Space Jam titles, this single-disc release is now available in stores and online.

Squeezing on the content of five individual discs, the compilation contains the following. Shorts released elsewhere on DVD are noted, as are issues that were presented when the individual Space Jam titles first came out....

Hot Cross Bunny (1948) (unremastered)
Homeless Hare (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Hare Splitter (1948) (unremastered and time-compressed! Yuck!)
Apes of Wrath (1959) (cropped into widescreen on Hare Extraordinaire - corrected here)
Forward March Hare (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Ali Baba Bunny (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Fool Coverage (1952) (Hilarious Ham)
The High and the Flighty (1956) (Platinum Collection Volume Two)
Person to Bunny (1960) (cropped into widescreen on Frustrated Fowl - corrected here)
Stupor Duck (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Boston Quackie (1957) (unremastered and time-compressed! Barf!)
Daffy Duck Slept Here (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Zoom and Bored (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Fast and Furry-ous (1949) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Zip 'n Snort (1961) (unremastered)
Hook, Line and Stinker (1958) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Hot Rod and Reel! (1959) (unremastered)
Canary Row (1950) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Putty Tat Trouble (1951) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Snow Business (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Sandy Claws (1955) (Platinum Collection Volume Three)
Tree Cornered Tweety (1956) (unremastered)
Tweet Zoo (1957) (unremastered)
Devil May Hare (1954) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Bedevilled Rabbit (1957) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Ducking the Devil (1957) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Bill of Hare (1962) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare (1964) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Fright Before Christmas (1979) (not the stand-alone short with the 1992 TV title but actually the last ten minutes of the Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales special, including the surrounding bridging sequences and the special's entire end credits)

The individual Stars of Space Jam discs are still available at places like Walmart for under four bucks, so whether one wants to just pick and choose or go all-out and get this "complete" set is a matter of preference. The few peanuts thrown to fans--such as Apes of Wrath and Person to Bunny finally being released in full screen--are neutralized by the handful of unremastered "new" cartoons contained elsewhere...including the downright offensive inclusion of time-compressed PAL masters of Hare Splitter and Boston Quackie. Meanwhile, actual remastered versions of Tree Cornered Tweety and Tweet Zoo were released long ago in Japan on the I Love Tweety Vol. 2 DVD (as we've discussed on our Tweet Teriyaki page).

But if you skipped out on the separate titles and really, really want this whole set, Stars of Space Jam Collection Volume 1 is now in stores on DVD only and retails for $18.94. Order it now on Amazon.


June 4, 2019

Center Stage Triple Feature Now in Stores

Repackaging of 2016 triple feature

Center Stage Cover While every classic-animation fan is waiting to oo and ah over Warner Archive's upcoming Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 2 Blu-ray-or-DVD compilation collecting fifteen color Famous Studios shorts (and if you haven't pre-ordered it yet, do so now and support quality cartoon releases from the Archive!), the normal vanilla Warner Home Video label shrugs along today with the release of two animated afterthoughts, such as the Looney Tunes Center Stage triple feature. A retitiling of the 2016 Looney Tunes Triple Feature: Looney Tunes 3-DVD Collection and collecting The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run, and Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1, the three-disc set is now available in stores and online.

The two movie discs have a few extras sprinkled here and there. The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie also includes Box Office Bunny, From Hare to Eternity, and Pullet Surprise. Rabbits Run, meanwhile, also contains the Looney Tunes Show episode "Best Friends" and four of the recent CGI theatrical shorts: Coyote Falls, Fur of Flying, Rabid Rider, and I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat.

The only actual shorts compilation in this three-pack is Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1, which in itself is just the third disc from the very first Golden Collection boxed set (which, seriously, after sixteen years you should already own at this point). That disc contains....

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)

There is clearly nothing to recommend here with this retitled reissue of a repackaging, and ironically it seems as if there is no way to keep articulating why without making ourselves sound redundant. If you're any kind of semi-serious Looney Tunes collector you should already own the first Golden Collection, while the constantly repackaged Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie is available on its own for mere dollars...and we honestly can't imagine anyone really wanting Rabbits Run this badly to be stuck with two other discs of repeated material.

BUT, if you absolutely positively need to own everything for whatever dark purpose, Looney Tunes Center Stage is now in stores on DVD only and retails for $14.97. Order it now on Amazon.


April 8, 2019

Stars of Space Jam Collection and Center Stage Now Available for Pre-Order

Both in stores June 4

Space Jam Cover

Center Stage Cover

Almost a week after first being announced by Warner Home Video, the upcoming repackages Stars of Space Jam Collection Volume 1 and the Looney Tunes Center Stage triple feature are both finally available to pre-order at Amazon and other retailers. Both titles are still on schedule to come out on DVD on June 4.

Collecting all of the content from last year's five individual Stars of Space Jam budget DVDs, the one-disc Stars of Space Jam Collection Volume 1 will contain the following. Shorts released elsewhere on DVD are noted, as are issues that were presented along the way....

Hot Cross Bunny (1948) (unremastered)
Homeless Hare (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Hare Splitter (1948) (unremastered and time-compressed! Yuck!)
Apes of Wrath (1959) (cropped into widescreen on Hare Extraordinaire - corrected here)
Forward March Hare (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Ali Baba Bunny (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Fool Coverage (1952) (Hilarious Ham)
The High and the Flighty (1956) (Platinum Collection Volume Two)
Person to Bunny (1960) (cropped into widescreen on Frustrated Fowl - corrected here)
Stupor Duck (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Boston Quackie (1957) (unremastered and time-compressed! Barf!)
Daffy Duck Slept Here (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Zoom and Bored (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Fast and Furry-ous (1949) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Zip 'n Snort (1961) (unremastered)
Hook, Line and Stinker (1958) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Hot Rod and Reel! (1959) (unremastered)
Canary Row (1950) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Putty Tat Trouble (1951) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Snow Business (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Sandy Claws (1955) (Platinum Collection Volume Three)
Tree Cornered Tweety (1956) (unremastered)
Tweet Zoo (1957) (unremastered)
Devil May Hare (1954) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Bedevilled Rabbit (1957) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Ducking the Devil (1957) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Bill of Hare (1962) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare (1964) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Fright Before Christmas (1979) (not the stand-alone short with the 1992 TV title but actually the last ten minutes of the Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales special, including the surrounding bridging sequences and the special's entire end credits)

The Looney Tunes Center Stage three-pack, meanwhile, collects the movies The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie and Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run along with the Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1 compilation that itself was taken from the third disc of the first Golden Collection.

Regarding shorts on the triple feature, Box Office Bunny, From Hare to Eternity, Pullet Surprise, Coyote Falls, Fur of Flying, Rabid Rider, and I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat are used as bonuses between the first two discs. As for Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1, that contains the following....

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)

We've covered last week whether or not either release is necessary to anyone's collection. Simply, if you're already up to date on Looney Tunes DVDs, then they're not.

Stars of Space Jam Collection Volume 1 is scheduled to be released on June 4 on DVD only and will retail for $18.94. Pre-order it now on Amazon.

Looney Tunes Center Stage is also scheduled to be released on June 4 on DVD only and will retail for $14.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


April 5, 2019

Stars of Space Jam Collection Volume 1 Announced for June 4

All five discs squeezed onto one

Space Jam Cover

Space Jam Back Cover

And Warner Home Video's week of announcing rehashes continues with the unveiling of the Stars of Space Jam Collection Volume 1. Combining the content of all five individual Stars of Space Jam titles, the single-disc release will be in stores on June 4.

It had been only six months since the five separate Stars of Space Jam budget DVDs came out, and needless to say reactions were mixed at best. At this point each title is readily available for under five bucks at places like Amazon and Walmart. Surely the June release of a "complete" collection has nothing to do with the fact that by then consumers will no longer need five-dollar DVDs to grab at an impulse to stuff an Easter basket with.

Taken almost verbatim from the original 1996 VHS releases, the Stars of Space Jam DVDs contained a mix of repeats from previous DVD collections alongside a handful of unremastered (and in some cases, badly presented) new-to-disc cartoons.

This new one-disc release will contain the following. Shorts released elsewhere on DVD are noted, as are issues that were presented along the way....

Hot Cross Bunny (1948) (unremastered)
Homeless Hare (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Hare Splitter (1948) (unremastered and time-compressed! Yuck!)
Apes of Wrath (1959) (cropped into widescreen on Hare Extraordinaire - corrected here)
Forward March Hare (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Ali Baba Bunny (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Fool Coverage (1952) (Hilarious Ham)
The High and the Flighty (1956) (Platinum Collection Volume Two)
Person to Bunny (1960) (cropped into widescreen on Frustrated Fowl - corrected here)
Stupor Duck (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Boston Quackie (1957) (unremastered and time-compressed! Barf!)
Daffy Duck Slept Here (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Zoom and Bored (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Fast and Furry-ous (1949) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Zip 'n Snort (1961) (unremastered)
Hook, Line and Stinker (1958) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Hot Rod and Reel! (1959) (unremastered)
Canary Row (1950) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Putty Tat Trouble (1951) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Snow Business (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Sandy Claws (1955) (Platinum Collection Volume Three)
Tree Cornered Tweety (1956) (unremastered)
Tweet Zoo (1957) (unremastered)
Devil May Hare (1954) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Bedevilled Rabbit (1957) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Ducking the Devil (1957) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Bill of Hare (1962) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare (1964) (Platinum Collection Volume One)
Fright Before Christmas (1979) (not the stand-alone short with the 1992 TV title but actually the last ten minutes of the Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales special, including the surrounding bridging sequences and the special's entire end credits)

So to quickly sum up: Apes of Wrath and Person to Bunny are finally presented remastered and in full screen, correcting the controversial cropping that was done back in 2010 on the first two Looney Tunes Super Stars releases. Hare Splitter and Boston Quackie, unfortunately, are presented as time-compressed PAL broadcast masters (think like those murky-looking, sped-up versions of cartoons that sometimes show up on Cartoon Network and now the Boomerang app). Everything else is either a repeat from a previous DVD or, in the case of the "new" cartoons, unremastered but at least intact.

And like we did when the individual DVDs were first announced last year, we definitely want to mention that both Tree Cornered Tweety and Tweet Zoo were released remastered long ago in Japan on the I Love Tweety Vol. 2 DVD. We've covered these releases and detailed these specific masters over on our Tweet Teriyaki page here on the site, and we have included screen grabs comparing the Japanese release with the Stars of Space Jam release.

It is very, very likely that the problems found on the individual titles will not be corrected on this new release, unless there is some major change of heart over at the family entertainment division (which we doubt). And Warner's technical specs for this DVD indicate that it will just be a single-layer disc, so it will be interesting to see how they're going to configue it to squeeze on all thirty cartoons.

The back cover text and Warner Home Video's online synopsis essentially share the same description, which reads as follows....

Jumpin' Jupiter! The stars of Space Jam have teamed up for a winning collection of 30 uproarious Looney Tunes adventures. Our starting lineup begins with Bugs Bunny at his buggiest, facing off against a mad scientist, a gruff construction worker, a peeved papa gorilla [comma needed] and more. Next on the court is Daffy Duck in a showcase that includes our fowl friend as a pushy insurance salesman, and [sic - "an"] amateur super hero [comma needed] and a bumbling secret agent. The game really heats up as the Road Runner outwits Wile E. Coyote in frenetic romps. And sufferin' succotash!, Sylvester and Tweety get in on the action in more sidesplitting tales. Finally, follow the Tasmanian Devil on a rampage through his greatest hits, including the spinning diablo's first screen appearance.

Whether or not one should buy this all depends on what they've already bought. If you already own all the Golden Collections, Platinum Collection Blu-rays, and I Love Tweety Vol. 2 then you won't need anything from the Tweety or Taz compilations, which makes two-fifths of this new DVD obsolete right off the bat. And right now at the moment you can find the Bugs, Daffy, and Road Runner individual titles combined for less than this DVD will likely cost you.

BUT, if you want the convenience of having everything on one disc and you're not too concerned about the quality of the unremastered cartoons (but make no mistake, the inclusion of the two sped-up cartoons is an offense), then by the time it comes out it might be a better deal than getting the separate Stars of Space Jam discs. But please don't for a second confuse this for any kind of quality Looney Tunes release. It's not.

Stars of Space Jam Collection Volume 1 will be released on June 4 on DVD only, and a link to pre-order it on Amazon will be posted here as soon as it appears. The DVD will retail for $18.94.


April 5, 2019

Center Stage Triple Feature Announced for June 4

Repackaging of 2016 triple feature

Center Stage Cover

Center Stage Back Cover

Last week when Jerry Beck appeared on Stu's Show he said that apart from the next volume of Popeye, most of Warner Archive's upcoming animation releases will be announced in July at Comic-Con International. Until then, Warner Home Video proper will continue to torture everyone with rehashes, reissues, and repackages, including two that were announced this week.

First up is Looney Tunes Center Stage, a three-disc set due June 4 that collects The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run, and Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1. If all of that sounds a little more familiar than normal, then it's because it's exactly the same make-up as the 2016 Looney Tunes Triple Feature: Looney Tunes 3-DVD Collection. This is simply a retitiling and repackaging of that three-pack to better fit with Warner's recent similar (and apparently popular) Looney Tunes multi-packs found at Walmart and Target and the like. Since it's under a different title and has a different product SKU, for the purposes of our various guides we will treat this as a separate release, but really this just entirely recycled from the earlier three-pack.

As for what's on this set apart from the two movies, the Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie disc also includes Box Office Bunny, From Hare to Eternity, and Pullet Surprise as bonuses. Rabbits Run, meanwhile, also contains the Looney Tunes Show episode "Best Friends" and four of the recent CGI theatrical shorts: Coyote Falls, Fur of Flying, Rabid Rider, and I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat. And of course, ripped right out of the first Golden Collection, Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1 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)

Warner Home Video's announcement e-mail and online synopsis describes the three-pack as follows....

The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie - Bugs Bunny stars in this wild, rollicking, feature-length movie as Bugs and his pals romp through the film in three acts featuring a retrospective combination of Friz Freleng's cartoons...some classic, some new.

Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run - When New York cabbie, [comma not needed] Bugs Bunny, [comma not needed] picks up the beautiful but bumbling perfume salesgirl, [comma not needed] Lola Bunny, [comma not needed] he has no idea that he's about to go on the longest ride of his life! For unbeknownst to Bugs, Lola, in an attempt to create the next, big scent, has inadvertently created an invisibility spray, and now the whole world is on their tails!

Looney Tunes: Center Stage Volume 1 - Taken out of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection comes 14 Warner Bros. animated shorts. 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!

Also recycled from the Looney Tunes Triple Feature is the back cover text, which reads as follows....

Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie: Hare we go again! The ear-repressible Bugs Bunny takes top billing (we had no choice; it's in his contract) in this rollicking, rambunctious feature-length romp through some of the cwaziest cartoon cwassics! Things starts out plenty loony [sic - at least as far as this pun goes] as Yosemite Sam strikes a devilish bargain to send Bugs straight to you-know-where! The looniness continues as Daffy and Tweety tangle with a pair of featherbrained bird-napping gangsters. In the even loonier finale, Bugs turns Hollywood's glitziest awards ceremony into a cartoon-star-studded disast-hare zone! A fabulous 24-carrot tour de farce from animation legend Friz Freleng!

Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run: When New York cabbie Bugs Bunny picks up the beautiful-but-bumbling perfume salesgirl Lola Bunny, he has no idea that he's about to go on the longest ride of his life! Unbeknownest to Bugs, Lola - in an attempt to create the next big scent - has inadvertently created an invisibility spray, and now the whole world is on their tails!

Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1: From the Looney Tunes Golden Collection come 14 Warner Bros. animated shorts, 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 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.

Obviously we're not recommending this title, nor did we even recommend its original 2016 incarnation. This is just another multi-pack to grab the attention of kids and parents at Walmart in their increasingly shrinking one DVD aisle. Perhaps the only nice thing we can say about this is the use of Marvin on the cover (even though he doesn't even appear on the first disc).

But seriously, this is all material one should already own. We've ranted before about the excessive use of The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie in these double and triple features, and now that we're dealing with a retitling of a repackaging that includes the movie there's nothing more we could say to point out the ridiculousness of the whole thing. And of course, why on earth would anyone want to get the Center Stage Volume 1 disc when they could just get the first Golden Collection volume?

BUT, if you're a completist and you absolutely have to own every single home video release, Looney Tunes Center Stage will be released on June 4 on DVD only, and a link to pre-order it on Amazon will be posted here as soon as it appears. The DVD set will retail for $14.97.


March 21, 2019

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show March 27

The latest home video news!

Here he comes, walkin' down the street....

On Wednesday, March 27, Jerry Beck will return to Stu's Show, the online series hosted by pop culture/television historian Stu Shostak. The show is a video/audio simulcast, so you will be able to either listen or watch it live. The show will air at 7PM EST and is available as a free stream for those who tune in live (afterward, fans can purchase a "rerun" of the episode online). Information on the various ways to access the show can be found on its web site: www.stusshow.com.

Marking Jerry's first appearance on the show in the new year, he will be at the ready with a look ahead at the year in animation, television and film reviews, and of course news! Stu's web site is suggesting there may be an update on how well Warner Archive's Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1 Blu-ray/DVD release has sold and what it might mean for future classic animation titles. And of course, on the video feed Jerry will screen three more rare cartoons.

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 or release matters; he can only try to comment on situations as best as he can...and even then, he is sometimes contractually required to not say anything about certain upcoming releases. The information he gives is never meant to be inferred as any sort of official statement from a studio and that they can and do change plans on a whim without telling him. Anything Jerry is authorized to reveal will be said during the show.

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

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

He may not be coming to your town, but Jerry Beck is coming to Stu's Show March 27!


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