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TEX AVERY SCREWBALL COMEDY CLASSICS-VOLUME ONE
Run Time 138:00
Subtitles English SDH
Audio Specs DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
Aspect Ratio 1.37:1, 4 X 3 FULL FRAME
Product Color COLOR
Disc Configuration BD 50
*Tex Avery Screwball Classics Collection, Volume One is Intended for the Adult Collector and May Not Be Suitable for Children*

Collection Includes:

Tex Avery Classics
RED HOT RIDING HOOD
WHO KILLED WHO?
WHAT’S BUZZIN BUZZARD?
BATTY BASEBALL
THE HICK CHICK
BAD LUCK BLACKIE
GARDEN GOPHER
THE PEACHY COBBLER
SYMPHONY IN SLANG

Screwy Squirrel
SCREWBALL SQUIRREL
THE SCREWY TRUANT
BIG HEEL-WATHA
LONESOME LENNY

George & Junior
HOUND HUNTERS
RED HOT RANGERS

Droopy
DUMB HOUNDED
WAGS TO RICHES
THE CHUMP CHAMP
DAREDEVIL DROOPY

There were several masters of animation during Hollywood’s golden era. Of the top two geniuses, one created elaborate fairy tales and ornate feature-length fantasias – the other guy was Tex Avery. He just wanted to make you laugh. Having already been integrally involved in the development of Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny for Warner Bros., Avery moved to MGM in 1941 to create a set of comedy masterpieces that defined a new slapstick style for animation, inspiring cartoonists, comedians and filmmakers for decades to come. Avery’s unit at Metro Goldwyn Mayer was all about breaking the fourth wall, shattering expectations and making audiences fall down with laughter. His one-shot masterpieces, including Bad Luck Blackie, Red Hot Riding Hood and Symphony in Slang, have proven themselves pure gold. And continuing characters like Droopy, Screwball Squirrel and George & Junior – not to mention Spike, Red and The Wolf – remain unforgettable comic personas among the top rank of cartoondom. Avery’s cartoons were ahead of their time – and their time has come. Finally committed to Blu-ray™, this first collection of restored Technicolor® shorts feels fresh and new, and is funnier than ever. This set will delight young and old – and will amaze a new generation ready to laugh again. – JERRY BECK, Animation Historian

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I can't count the number of years I've been pleading for this, both through forums such as this one, and in letters, emails and even a couple of phone calls to WB Home Video (before the Archives even existed!). So you can all thank me for single-handedly being responsible for its release! :lol:

I still own a 4-disc laser disc set of just about all of the MGM and WB shorts (even including an early childhood fave, OF FOX AND HOUNDS (1940), for which I do not expect any eventual Blu-ray release...but, you never know). Avery also directed four wonderful Chilly Willy shorts for Universal, which I hope will turn up on a Blu-ray Woody Woodpecker set one day.

Please continue with this series! Please don't let it die after Volume 1 as happened with Tom and Jerry. Please release "Blitz Wolf" and other controversial titles, considering you are adding a disclaimer for Volume 1 suggesting this is for adults.

Many thanks to you, Mr. Feltenstein & Co.!!

P.S. Will there, I wonder, be any commentaries or isolated scores or docs on this/these collection(s), as there were on the Looney Tunes sets?
 
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Very good news! The 5-disc MGM laserdisc set The Compleat Tex Avery still goes for nearly $100 on eBay! There were 67 cartoons included on that set, so I'm hoping Warner Archive will release the whole lot.

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I am thrilled about this, and I will buy it, but I still have to wonder why these are not being released in complete chronological order, like the Popeye 1940s series. I concede that some consumers do not care about complete chronology, but the studio does not really understand its core audience for this if it believes that most purchasers are not looking for a complete collection. It is possible that "Blitz Wolf" and "The Early Bird Dood It' are being saved for later volumes, but I am glad the Popeye series did not take that approach.

I hope to see the Popeye 1950s theatricals released this year as well (and I will buy 2 copies if "Popeye, Ace of Space" is released with a 3D option as originally shown in theaters).

Back to the subject, it will be interesting to see if "Garden Gopher" is complete rather than the edited version that was inadvertently placed on the laserdisc collection.
 

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Back to the subject, it will be interesting to see if "Garden Gopher" is complete rather than the edited version that was inadvertently placed on the laserdisc collection.
I would have to think so. Both 'Garden Gopher' and 'Droopy's Good Deed' were edited in the laserdisc set (each short omitting a "politically incorrect" sight gag), but were both complete on the 'Tex Avery's Droopy' DVD set (though that set was plagued by rampant DNR, which hurt the look of the animation).

If I remember correctly, those two were the only cartoon shorts in the laserdisc collection that had edits for content.
 
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There was a foreign set (which I bought) that also contained some Warner Bros. Avery shorts, including a childhood favorite, OF FOX AND HOUNDS (1940), a sort of parody of OF MICE AND MEN, which came out a year earlier ("Which way did he go, George...which way did he go?").
 
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at this rate, WAC could release a Toon set, every month for the rest of the year and i would be happy, Tex Avery, if completely uncensored could pave the way for the much delayed Tom & Jerry complete Theatrical collection Vol 2, continue Popeye in the 50's, they could do some single disc releases of Loony Tunes, ones that haven't been releases yet, oh the possibilities!
 

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It would be really cool if they would release a set of the forbidden cartoons. They could just add the disclaimer.
 

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I would rather buy this from Amazon.

Anyone actually getting WAC titles on release day from Amazon as of recent?

I don't know if their track record has gotten any better or not.
 

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I just pre-ordered from Amazon. I hope I get it on Feb.18th.
 

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I would rather buy this from Amazon.

Anyone actually getting WAC titles on release day from Amazon as of recent?

I don't know if their track record has gotten any better or not.
Honestly, at this point, who can tell? I mean, few (if any) of the January releases were likely to be that popular, based on most comments, but between HTF and the other forum, I don't think I've seen anybody complaining about how long stuff is taking to arrive from Amazon yet. But then again, I suspect this set is likely to be the first one that would really give us much of a hint one way or the other. Still, whatever the case may be, I plan to pre-order both this and It Started With A Kiss fairly soon from them, anyways. At this time of year, I'm not in as much of a rush for stuff to arrive, so I could live with the delay for these (still doesn't mean I WANT the delay, though, just that I can live with it for the first part of the year).
 

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Honestly, at this point, who can tell? I mean, few (if any) of the January releases were likely to be that popular, based on most comments, but between HTF and the other forum, I don't think I've seen anybody complaining about how long stuff is taking to arrive from Amazon yet. But then again, I suspect this set is likely to be the first one that would really give us much of a hint one way or the other. Still, whatever the case may be, I plan to pre-order both this and It Started With A Kiss fairly soon from them, anyways. At this time of year, I'm not in as much of a rush for stuff to arrive, so I could live with the delay for these (still doesn't mean I WANT the delay, though, just that I can live with it for the first part of the year).

I don't know if you are aware, but there was an abundant amount of past WAC titles that went from a promised day-of-release delivery to suddenly back-ordered for MONTHS.

The situation was pretty bad with Amazon and to date, I haven't heard whether the situation has improved or not. I am used to seeing that promised release date change on a dime.
 
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I don't know if you are aware, but there was an abundant amount of past WAC titles that went from a promised day-of-release delivery to suddenly back-ordered for MONTHS.

The situation was pretty bad with Amazon and to date, I haven't heard whether the situation has improved or not. I am used to seeing that promised release date change on a dime.
Believe me, I am aware. I mainly had two points I was trying to make.
1) The only December releases were The Teen Titans sets (and I do recall hearing some complaints of those being delayed). As to January releases, most of those seemed to be met with complaints of "Why are they releasing that?" So I don't really expect high sales numbers on them. However, I don't think I have seen any complaints of those being delayed (either here or on the other forum). Whether that's everything being worked out between Amazon and Warner, or people just going to other retailers, or something else, I don't know. The Tex Avery set seems to have had the most positive response from everybody, and therefore is the most likely to have trouble (if any).

2) While I plan to pre-order both Tex Avery and It Started With A Kiss from Amazon, I can live with a several month delay, as I'm still digging my way through a pile of movies given to me for Christmas, and I'm about to get buried further with my birthday coming up (not to mention, with the upcoming Criterion flash sale, I should be able to qualify for their $50 coupon, allowing me to make a larger purchase there than usual), so I won't necessarily need them right away (of course, since I can live with the delay, the likelihood is that either things have been fixed, or I will be one of the lucky ones to actually have their order sent out right away, the way life works sometimes).