They will be all black and white except for the last two, which will be color. I assume they will start with Porky's first appearance in "I Haven't Got a Hat" and that the color ones will be "My Favorite Duck" and "A Corny Concerto."
Five years in the making – this set contains dozens of cartoons new to video, never before committed to DVD. Cartoons not seen on TV in decades. Support of this collection will signal to the company that fans of classic animated films still wish to buy collections on physical home media. It’s success will fuel further, more ambitious projects.
I don't know if it's quite what you want but this list on Wikipedia breaks the cartoons down by decades and says where they're available (VHS, laserdisc, DVD, Blu-ray and even iTunes & Amazon).Does anybody know if there's an online checklist somewhere of which Warner Bros. cartoons are on home video, and where?
I could swear I saw such a page once, but now I can't find it.
This is undoubtedly the most promising development since the Golden Collections ended but, as someone who wants all the Looney Tunes released, there are several things that give me pause (without having heard Stu's Show).
I love that more LTs are coming, but this doesn't strike me as the proper effort for them. Certainly not after almost fifteen years (!) of doling them out piecemeal. In fact the above leaves me feeling this release happened almost in spite of itself.
- Restoration is not mentioned.
- With or without restoration, it's taken five years to produce five discs. With numerous double-dips here no doubt.
- Even with restoration, they're (mostly all) black-and-white, which are far cheaper to restore.
- This initial collection already comes with a disclaimer on sales expectations.
- DVD-only indicates lower confidence. It also means, since "initial copies" is vague, we're playing pressed vs. burned.
I may need to learn more, but right now this seems like another misstep. Maybe it's because just today, before I saw this annoucement, I was daydreaming about a box set of 10-20 Blu-rays of the entire library? I dunno.