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March 12, 2005

Latest Purchases: Looney Tunes!

I've actually had this one for a while:

Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Volume I

Summary: Total Hilarity, Smartly Assembled, and BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED!
Rating: 5

QUERY: "What's Up, Doc?"
ANSWER: My favorite DVD of the year. Possibly of all time.

The original LOONEY TUNES gang is back, and boy do they look terrific. Warner Home Video has compiled a terrific selection of 56 animated gems starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky, Pig, Elmer Fudd, along with dozens of other characters, and added hours and hours of bonus features and documentaries. This is sure to become a perennial in anyone's serious DVD collection.

Best of all, the cartoons have been GORGEOUSLY restored. Restoration means bringing something back to its ORIGINAL form, and that's what Warner Bros. has lovingly done here. The glorious Technicolor imagery is mind-boggling, the animation art is sharp and clear. So sharp and clear that you see can even see the dust that was on the original cels these cartoons were painted on.

THAT'S restoration.

Thank heavens Warner didn't go the route that Disney did with SLEEPING BEAUTY and monkey around with these images, wiping out all traces of the original cel animation and making them look like CGI. No, it's beautiful old-style animation, and each cartoon has been restored to look as they did when they first hit theater screens decades ago.

Each cartoon on this collection is an American classic in its own right. Happily these classics have not been tampered with, but are presented with the utmost respect and attention for the masterpieces they truly are.

I've loved it...and I keep wanting to watch it again and again...so I needed more...MORE...MORE!!! So, I just bought this...and am patiently awaiting the free (i.e., SLOW) shipping:

Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Volume II

Summary: Seems like it's going to be an even better DVD than the last!
Rating: 5

I got the last set and it seemed all my dreams had come true ... unfortunately, I soon realised how mistaken I was, but this new volume comes even closer to perfection.

I've noticed that a lot of the old cartoons (pre-1948) have been included this time around, and the way it's going, I think we're going to have a Bugs Bunny disc, some Daffy/Porky shorts, and the other characters they restricted to the All Stars section in the first one.

I'm glad some of the great cartoons they missed out have appeared on this set!


Posted by Jeff at March 12, 2005 10:30 PM

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