Next Hanna-Barbera set?

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  1. dhammer

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    Matt,

    Thanks for the tip on Marine Boy. I just bought it. So it is by seasons. That means there will be two more releases of 26episodes each for a total of 78 episodes. So there is no way they are putting the episode name on the disks. 26 episodes on 3 disks. I hope--but I doubt it, that the episode names will be listed somewhere in the case. I will have to make my own. What a pain. Is it that much trouble to list the episodes somewhere on the packaging??? I know it will be on the menu but that ticks me off. Nothing was worst than their Frankenstein Jr/ The Impossibles. I love those cartoons but the menus were an abortion 4A, 4B, 7C, etc. One of these days I will have to make a menu for the Saturday Morning releases.
     
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    Warner Archive doesn't normally put the episode titles on the disc or the case for their animated releases. I know it would be nice if they did. They haven't repeated the A, B, C episode listing they did on Frankenstein Jr. They must have listened to the feedback.
     
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    There is no such thing as "seasons" in Marine Boy. The whole 78 episode run is actually the second season of the third Japanese series, which was the only stuff that ever got redubbed for international release and is the only Marine Boy that anyone outside of Japan who watched them a long time ago will have of the series. It's a bit like the way that Gatchaman was, internationally, Battle of the Planets although thankfuly Marine Boy did not suffer the type of butchery employed by Sandy Frank (it wasn;t necessary)

    They are just breaking it down into three 26-episode sets and marketing it this way as a single 78-episode release would be too large and expensive as this is from the Archive - they are probably hoping to pick up a few casual sales this way, although I suspect that anyone who would buy this would be just as happy to buy a $60 9-disc set. They did this with the Girl from UNCLE and I can;t imagine anyone buying just one of those.

    It could also be, they are wanting to make some money on the first 26 episodes whilst proceeding with the restoration of the remainder. I find that a likely prospect also.
     
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    But since they didn't even remaster, let alone restore, the first 26 episodes, that prospect is not likely at all.
     
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    The ad at Warner Archive's says in the item description that it was remastered.
     
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    To be fair in this case, the new releases pages overall didn't seem to properly reflect the newsletter and information. So for once there's a pass. But i think that part of the website only has the two options of what to say, since nowadays we know very little of what they release aren't touched up all, but if they didn't remaster it it has to have the other text which reflects when the program got started.

    In other news, we've got a mixed bag here. Another random Smurfs set, but the new Scooby Doo series (personally didn't care for it) is getting a season set. Showing that WHV has no problem with there shows being available in more than one format. So it continues our hope that at some point those season sets for the older series will get their day to shine.
     
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    Came across something that could be interesting. Those Scooby Doo Sets that have the random episodes with a new special, have provided something interesting. A while back the two that were just press released were announced before hand along with two others. Now that the first two have come to pass, but the next one is very interesting.

    It's entitled, "Scooby Doo Goal", so it looks like another sports name, and what are we coming up to? The next olympics. Given WHV's slow transition back to "some" season sets, i think there could be a chance this one might become the companion set to Spooky Games, where it could contain a new special, the 8 remaining Laff-a-lympics and double dib the 4 from Volume 1 and 2.

    It will also be interesting to see if they greenlight more sets like that or not. Also wonder if there's a chance they'll make a special with Dynomutt and put it on a set with those lost missing seasons? It would fit their theme of 13.
     
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    I would think Captain Caveman, Clue Club and/or Banana Splits could be next on the list. I also like to know more about the status of the New Adventures of Gilligan as it is set i covet for my collection. I am huge Gilligan's Island Fan. I also like to see other show solved their license issues that are not necessarily tagged to HB: 1. Journey to the Center of the Earth 2. Fantastic Voyage 3. Jeannie! 4. Partridge Family 2200AD 5. Emergency +4 6. My Favourtie Martian.
     
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    I Want Hot Wheels & Skyhawks!!! :angry:
     
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    Worth noting that both Banana Splits and Fantastic Voyage are available here in the UK
     
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    Picked up this set at Target today. These are great, action packed episodes with often unusual angles as the episode titles suggest. Kids like them and so do I. My favorite line from "The Space Knights of Camelon" is something like "These high taxes are criminal." The Lex Luthor episode really keys off the first Christopher Reeve film and Lois Lane is drawn to look like Margot Kidder.
     
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    And that post reminded me to look, but while it doesn't have a wider release announced, some third-parties are selling them on Amazon now...for a noticeable amount of money....but in case we have some people without Target stores, there lies some kind of option. Even again if it's only a sadder more expensive option, but an option none-the-less.
     
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    Sorry to quote myself, but after watching some more, I wanted to note the influence of Star Wars. Instead of swords, the knights in Camalon use what are essentially light sabers and the munchkins in the Oz episode look strangely like Jawas.
     
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    I'm still hoping for a local release of this set. I checked some of the Amazon sellers again today,
    they want $20 + $44 shipping for the disc. So i'll be waiting for a wider release.
     
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    I have that UK Banana Splits set. It's unfortunately the re-cut half-hours. I would be really ticked if that was all we got of the show from the Warner Archive. The issue with that show (as stated back in 2007 when they were planning to release it but then scrapped the project) was the only source material for the complete one-hour shows were video dubs a couple generation down (on one inch tape, copied from two-inch Quad video played back on a machine with misaligned heads so there were color banding issues). Furthermore, the tapes were re-edited rerun versions of Season 1 shows with Season 2 titles, credits, sponsor billboards and bumpers. Earl Kress said they did have the internationally syndicated one-hour versions in 16mm, and most of the film footage in 35mm, but cut into separate segments. They have at least some Season 2 segments but not the entire shows. In other words, reconstructing the full-length shows would be a nightmare.

    But they've had a few years to work on it...
     
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    Other than the fact that its not how the show was run originally, is there anything particularly bad about the recut half hours?
     
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    Yes, there is missing footage -- a couple minutes of bits were cut from each episode back in 1970 when the re-edits were originally created. Further alterations were made when Turner remastered the half-hours for cable in the early 1990s -- doing edits to some segments, for instance the first episode, where they inserted footage from the picture portion of a different scene (apparently) because of a visible scratch on the original film which was there from day one -- the crazy part of this is if you haven't seen the segment as originally aired, you might not know! (This occurs at the top of the first show before the Arabian Knights cartoon.) There are some song segments in various episodes where alternate visuals were used (like a black background in one version vs. a chroma-key background in another version), including one where they replaced footage shot at Six Flags Over Texas with other scenes from the Season 2 opening titles shot at Coney Island (not Kings Island) in Cincinnati.

    I taped the "cable versions" of the half-hours (which were sometimes different from the syndicated half-hours) when TNT ran them in the early 1990s. Much later I picked up the UK DVD set and discovered some instances where they cut a skit (from the already re-edited half-hours) and replaced it with another one from a different episode. I still have yet to go through them all to identify what's what.

    This certainly isn't an iconic show like The Honeymooners or Twilight Zone, but even still, it ought to be available to be seen the way it originally was.
     
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    I'd imagine WA's plan is probably to see what (if any) they can find or fix up before ending up releasing the best they have if they rule it impracticable to waste any more time and money on trying to do what is needed. I guess the fact they haven't given up on those guys and just chugged them out is good news in a way, as i guess they still consider worthwhile to investigate and see what could happen.
     
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    I wonder if there are any U.S. music right issues associated with the Splits?
     

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