There is a big display at the front of our local Wal*Mart featuring bunch of DVD's in slim cases from DigiView. I decided to take a chance on five of the cartoon packages for a buck apiece, seeing as how the content in each was otherwise unavailable on DVD and might remain so for a long time. Discs are each about one hour long. The results were mixed: CARTOON CRAZE VOL 5: POPEYE MEETS SINBAD THE SAILOR These are all King Brothers/Paramount titles. Very mixed bag. The 16-minute title cartoon, one of three specials directed by Dave Fleischer in the 30's, is sort of acceptable. The color is pretty good, and it isn't so unsharp as to be actually blurry. The cropping isn't great -the top of the image is cut off. But it's not unwatchable. "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamop," also 16 minutes, does not fare as well. Image is extremely soft, color faded and contrast way too high. The three shorts (7 min each) are "Ancient Fistory," "Assault and Flattery" and "Big Bad Sinbad." These are pretty acceptable. Until the people who own the King Bros. cartoons get off their collective fannies and allow these to be released on legitimate DVD's, this collection is a fair temporary substitute. CARTOON CRAZE VOL 7: FELIX THE CAT AND FRIENDS The early black and white titles here look okay, actually. The color cartoons not as good. Again, color fade and too-high contrast. I was really hoping "Neptune Nonsense" would look decent, as (though it's not a great cartoon by any stretch, I saw this a zillion times on t.v. when I was a kid and was enthralled). Alas, it's way soft and color-faded. CARTOON CRAZE VOL 10: GABBY AND HIS FRIENDS Gabby is that sort of insufferable town crier from the 1939 GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, brough back for a number of shorts in the early forties. The first of them, "All's Well," looks very good for a disc like this. The next few aren't as good, either in terms of animation and story quality or in terms of DVD image. There are a couple of Parrotville cartoons later in the program that look ok, but not great. CARTOON CRAZE VOL 15: DAFFY DUCK AND THE DINOSAUR This and "To Duck Or Not To Duck" have not yet been released on DVD by Warner Bros, and the title cartoon is one of my favorites (an imitation Jack Benny as a caveman). It is very sharp on this disc, but looks like my old super 8mm print: colors are faded badly and contrast is too high, which leaves lighter areas washed out and darker areas almost pitch black. It's viewable, though. Other cartoons on the set are okay, but in the same shape: "Yankee Doodle Daffy," "The Mite Makes Right," "Foney Fables," and a few titles that Warner Bros DID release on DVD. Note: in some cases, initial logos are cut off. Most begin the the "aap" screen and then segue into the Warner Bros concentric circles. Sound is often muddled. CARTOON CRAZE VOL 18: MIGHT MOUSE/HECKLE AND JECKLE The Mighty Mouae cartoon, "Wolf Wolf" (color) is rather good, looking like a typically unrestored cartoon from the 50's but otherwise watchable. "The Talking Magpies" were not actually Heckle and Jeckle yet (I don't think) but rather a prototype. This color Paul Terry cartoon features two magpies who speak with American accents. There's even an appearance by Farmer Alfalfa! Sound sucks. Image is way oversatured and contrast too high. It's sharp, though. Next are a bunch of MELO-TUNES, which I'd never heard of, and are adaptations of literary classics like TREASURE ISLAND and THE TROJAN HORSE. Pretty godawful, but image quality is okay. So, on each disc you get at least one decent-looking cartoon, and for a buck, what the hey. I'd be interested in seeing reviews from buyers of the other discs in this cartoon series, as well as the live-action stuff and t.v. series programs.