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Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 5


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#1 of 42 Patrick McCart

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Posted October 30 2007 - 03:21 PM

Warner has yet to disappoint with their Looney Tunes set... the 5th volume was released today and it's excellent. All the cartoons look fantastic, especially the B&W cartoons. The extras are the usual interesting bunch, but the real stars are the preview cut of "Hare Ribbin'" (with the original ending) and the Mr. Hook cartoons. There's also quite a lot of cartoons with the original openings restored (The Trial of Mr. Wolf, The Bear's Tale, You Were Never Duckier, Holiday for Shoestrings, and Little Red Walking Hood). The original ending of Porky's Poppa has never been seen on video before, as even the older B&W version inexplicably took the final shot from the re-traced colorized version (with the color turned off).

Here's a couple of screenshots...

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#2 of 42 Russell G

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Posted October 30 2007 - 06:47 PM

looks great! I have it on pre-order, but I'm dreadfully behind on my cartoons, I still have the popeye set to watch.

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Posted October 31 2007 - 01:42 AM

Thanks for the screenshots! I'll be getting this for Christmas so those pics will be all I have for the next two months. Posted Image

#4 of 42 Keith Paynter

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Posted October 31 2007 - 03:55 AM

I spent most of my time last night glancing over the mini-documentary supplements. The unsung directors segment was great, and it was very cool to see very clean clips of The Ducktators, which will hopefully surface on an upcoming set. Interesting that they chose original b&w footage from Tashlin's Porky Pig's Feat after featuring the digitally colored version in Volume 3.

I did watch a few PD shorts just to see the potential improvement. Eatin' On The Cuff, Scrap Happy Daffy, The Wacky Wabbit and A Tale of Two Kitties looked fabulous, but the color ones looked pretty saturated after years of Turner-sourced prints. Not complaining, it will just take some getting used to...

I was, however, disappointed big time in the SNAFU mini-doc, because it was blatantly obvious that most of the clips were lifted (unacknowledged) straight off of Bosko/Image's Private SNAFU disc, windowboxing intact. Several of these clips had been "enhanced" with excessive contrast almost to the point of being blinding.

Coming! Snafu was very jittery in video quality on the lower portion of the screen for some reason (progressive scan?)...I've done better with a modified Bell & Howell projector and a DV camcorder.
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#5 of 42 Patrick McCart

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Posted October 31 2007 - 04:01 AM

I'm really puzzled to why Warner Bros. doesn't use the National Archive's Snafu elements. On the "Treasures from American Film Archives" DVD set, the print used for "Spies" was from the camera negative and looked nearly flawless. I'd assume the rest of the cartoons are kept in similar condition there.

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Posted October 31 2007 - 04:01 AM

This will be the first thing I watch after the Scary Movie/Halloween challenge is over. I can't wait!
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Posted October 31 2007 - 06:11 AM

So, what's screwed up/censored/misformatted/misflagged/generally bungled this time around? And when does the Replacement Program start?

#8 of 42 Patrick McCart

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Posted October 31 2007 - 06:53 AM

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So, what's screwed up/censored/misformatted/misflagged/generally bungled this time around? And when does the Replacement Program start?

WB has had a great track record on the Looney Tunes sets... I think besides interlacing issues on the 2nd volume (which has a replacement disc now), they haven't made any major screwups.

All the cartoons are confirmed to be uncut, barring issues with the Blue Ribbon re-issues...

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Posted October 31 2007 - 06:53 AM

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So, what's screwed up/censored/misformatted/misflagged/generally bungled this time around? And when does the Replacement Program start?

A bit cynical are we?

Having only watched one short, I can say THAT looked great. I'll be watching more tonight. Based on the shorts listed, a great set.

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Posted October 31 2007 - 07:08 AM

Good grief - how could I forget this came out?! Looks like I'll be running over to Fry's later today. (And hopefully they finally have the BD of The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut.)

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Posted October 31 2007 - 07:40 AM

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WB has had a great track record on the Looney Tunes sets... I think besides interlacing issues on the 2nd volume (which has a replacement disc now), they haven't made any major screwups.

Well, I'm still hoping for a replacement on the SNAFU short "Goldbrick" in Volume 4 due to it's unusually slow play speed.

I bought this yesterday and loved it. I saw no noticable issues with the episodes. It's a definite must buy for any Looney Tunes fan.

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Posted October 31 2007 - 08:11 AM

Patrick - the Hitler shot from Scrap HappyDaffy reminds me of the commentary track anecdote from Mel Blanc, the other difference between the voices of Sylvester and Daffy...I won't mention it here, you'll have to check it out yourselves!


Daffy to Nasty Canasta:"I would like...(I would like? I would like a trip to Europe!)...I would like to introduce myself!"
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Posted October 31 2007 - 09:43 AM

Maybe WB will someday include restored Snafu shorts?

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Posted October 31 2007 - 10:03 AM

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A bit cynical are we?


How did you guess?

But between the interlacing on volume 2 and the screwup after screwup on the Tom & Jerry sets, yes, I'm leery about their people handling animation.

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Posted October 31 2007 - 10:08 AM

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How did you guess?

But between the interlacing on volume 2 and the screwup after screwup on the Tom & Jerry sets, yes, I'm leery about their people handling animation.

I thought T&J was handled by the TV department, separate from these. no?

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Posted October 31 2007 - 10:50 AM

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I thought T&J was handled by the TV department, separate from these. no?

Correct.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


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Posted October 31 2007 - 11:07 AM

It should be noted that a small snippet of Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs is shown in the Fairly Tale documentary (Jerry Beck talks briefly about it)

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Posted November 01 2007 - 08:43 AM

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Maybe WB will someday include restored Snafu shorts?

It's possible. In my mind, anything that is contained in the "From the Vault" sections on these discs is always open for another, more official release down the road.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


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Posted November 01 2007 - 09:04 AM

The last disc is fantastic!

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Posted November 01 2007 - 09:47 AM

Fry's was sold out, and Target and Circuit City didn't have it, so I just ordered it from amazon.com. Just shipped today and will likely have it by the end of the week! Posted Image

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932



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