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Paul Penna

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...is "The Garden Gopher" (1950) truly uncut on this set? I ask because it was previously edited (probably by accident since it might have been a TV transfer used) to remove a blackface gag on the Compleat Tex Avery laserdisc set..

The gag is present in full on the Blu-Ray.
 

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Have you been able to catch A LITTLE ROMANCE? It came out with this batch of WB Archive titles. Just wondering what you thought of the blu ray.
 

Robert Harris

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Have you been able to catch A LITTLE ROMANCE? It came out with this batch of WB Archive titles. Just wondering what you thought of the blu ray.

I have. Looks and sounds great. A sweet little film, that doesn’t seem to make great use of Sir Laurence, but introduces us to to wonderful, new young talent, 13 year-old Diane Lane, in her first role.

Anne Coates once told me, while cutting Unfaithful, that she was a wonderfully talented actor, and a pleasure to cut, as she has the technical ability to repeat her physical moves over multiple takes and camera positions, so that she virtually always matches. A rare talent.
 

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@dana martin, put me down as another that would love to have these Universal holdings in HD.

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Well, Kino now has a new 200-title deal with Universal...I wonder if they could snag this?
 

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I played a few cartoons for some family I was visiting (Who Killed Who?, Dumb-Hounded, Lonesome Lenny, Wags to Riches, Daredevil Droopy, and Symphony in Slang). Lots of exclamations about how great they look and sound, from ones who normally aren't that tuned into the technical side.

I've always believed remastering and restoration brings out a lot of details. This is the first time I've noticed Scott Bradley uses "If I Only Had A Brain" as a motif in Lonesome Lenny's score.
 

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That does not sound to me like "distorted audio noise reduction". It
sounds like the normal distortion inherent in most optical tracks of the era, possibly compounded by whoever mastered the audio trying to push up the mid-high frequencies and the fact that these were probably mastered without the Academy roll-off. I thought "Symphony" sounded better than the other two previews - it has a more rounded frequency response with a bit more bottom. I thought "Red Hot..." and "Daredevil..." sounded somewhat thin and distorted. "Red Hot..." is understandable because it was released in 1943. "Daredevil.." and "Symphony..." were released in 1951 and might have originally had the audio recorded on mag tracks (not on the prints), but I suspect those mag tracks are long gone, so the audio is coming from a print.

Decades ago, I used to get 16mm prints from the library and I'd output the projector sound to my stereo system. I found it sounded best when I would roll-off the high end, just the opposite of what one would think it needs.
Got the Bluray set and am currently relaying the audio on a fair few with Audacity and rolling-off the high-end. Red Hot Riding Hood, all the Screwy Squirrels and the worst offender for me so far, What's Buzzin' Buzzard. Much easier on the ears now!
 

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I played a few cartoons for some family I was visiting (Who Killed Who?, Dumb-Hounded, Lonesome Lenny, Wags to Riches, Daredevil Droopy, and Symphony in Slang). Lots of exclamations about how great they look and sound, from ones who normally aren't that tuned into the technical side.

I've always believed remastering and restoration brings out a lot of details. This is the first time I've noticed Scott Bradley uses "If I Only Had A Brain" as a motif in Lonesome Lenny's score.
It's interesting, too, that an instrumental version of "Singin' in the Rain" plays in the background as Big Chief Rain-In-Face first appears in the cartoon. The song was performed in the MGM film, "The Hollywood Revue of 1929", 13 years before the Gene Kelly "Singin' in the Rain" film.

My review of the Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 1 Blu-ray:
https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Tex-Avery-Screwball-Classics-Volume-1-Blu-ray-Review

Marshall
 
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Jerry Beck was the guest on the Stu's Show podcast yesterday. Jerry said there definitely will be a Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 2 Blu-ray released this year, before Christmas. So, sales must be good. He said there might be bonus features this time, and have more cartoons than the 19 on Volume 1. He hinted at, but didn't say it, that the remaining Screwy Squirrel cartoon, Happy-Go-Nutty, would be on this set. He didn't mention specific titles in Volume 2, other than the hinted at film.

Marshall
 

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Although the racism found in a few places in these cartoons is obviously disturbing and offensive, overall the cartoons in Tex Avery volume 3 are a jaw-dropping delight in terms of imaginative visual gags, zany humor, and high-quality animation. The 1940s was a golden age for these cartoons at MGM, and even by the early 1950s the quality of the animation wasn't quite as high, and the humor from my pov wasn't quite as good. By 1957 MGM shut its animation program. Although the three-strip Technicolor masters for the Tex Avery cartoons perished in an MGM vault fire in 1965, the surviving elements mostly provide really good picture quality. I watched a lot of cartoons as a kid in the 1970s, both with friends and by myself, but I saw only about a third of the ones shown here, and so quite a few of them were brand new to me. I've now purchased vol. 1 and am going to watch that one soon. There's a good article on these sets in wikipedia:


There's also a good article in wikipedia about MGM's cartoon studio, which lasted from 1937 to 1957.


Anyway, this set is recommended for fans of classic animation. Although some of these cartoons aren't appropriate for kids by today's standards, overall Tex Avery was as great a cartoon director as the more relaxed and deliberate Chuck Jones.


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