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Discussion in 'DVD' started by John Watson, Feb 13, 2004.
Does anyone know about these new disks - are they color, how long are they? Thanks
New Betty Boop DVD's? If these are the Fleischer B/W, I'm all over them!
Probably more crappy colorised p.d. titles. I'll wait for a proper anniversary collection, hopefully next year.
You're not going to see any quality Betty Boop DVD's until Paramount gets the Republic package back for video distribution. UCLA has restored a lot of the Boops (if fact, I think most of them) and has the elements needed to make excellent transfers. In fact, a lot of these restored versions utilized the camera negative, so quality could be exceedingly good. Even if Artisan (who currently has the rights to do DVD's of Betty Boop) releases some, it'll be just the same over-noise reduced transfers put on LD and VHS earlier.
I don't know much about the ownership issues referred to. There are two new disks on Amazon and it looks like they come from GOODTIMES DVD. I have one from them, and it's 55 minutes, B&W, so I suppose these new ones are similar. I have one color cartoon (colorized?) called BB's Hollywood Mystery on a Rhino disk, about 30 minutes long. The disk also has some Beetle Bailey toons, and Hagar the Horrible. Thanks for the info about ownership. I gather there is an anniversary, and some hopes of better compilations to come.
2005 would be the perfect year for an "anniversary" set. The first Betty Boop cartoon, Dizzy Dishes, was released in 1930. A "75th Anniversary" collection would really be a great marketing stance.