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Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 1


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Product Details

  • Actors: Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe, Ann Little, Cab Calloway
  • Directors: Dave Fleischer
  • Producers: Max Fleischer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D4C5GXC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 1" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Newly re-mastered in HD from 4K scans of the original negatives and finegrains. Regarded as one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen; she was a symbol of the Depression era and a reminder of the more carefree days of the Roaring Twenties. Her popularity was drawn larger from adult audiences and the cartoons, while seemingly surreal, contained many sexual and psychological elements. "Boop-Oop-A-Doop" The queen of the animated screen returns to allure and entice audiences all over again in this fantastic four-volume compilation featuring many of her greatest adventures. Volume One includes 12 animated short films available for the first time on DVD. All 12 shorts were produced by Max Fleischer and directed by his brother Dave Fleischer. Featuring the voices of Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe and Ann Little as Betty Boop. Also featuring guest voices of Cab Calloway, Jack Mercer, William Pennell and The Royal Samoans. This collection includes the cartoons CHESS NUTS (1932), BETTY BOOP, M.D. (1932), BETTY BOOP'S BAMBOO ISLE (1932), BETTY BOOP FOR PRESIDENT (1932), BETTY BOOP'S PENTHOUSE (1933), BETTY BOOP'S BIRTHDAY PARTY (1933), BETTY BOOP'S MAY PARTY (1933), BETTY BOOP'S HALLOWE'EN PARTY (1933), BETTY BOOP'S RISE TO FAME (1934), BETTY BOOP'S TRIAL (1934), BETTY BOOP'S LIFE GUARD (1934), and THE FOXY HUNTER (1937)

Customer Reviews

No restoration, but quality still looks great in Full HD.
William B. Clark
I've seen more offensive scenes in modern day kid's films then Betty Boop cartoons, but that does not mean that you'll feel the same way, and I am aware of that.
Pumpkin Toss
The target audience for these films WILL buy them all, and I for one am grateful to Olive and Paramount for investing in this long-neglected property.
A. Gammill

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Cuthbert J. Twiddle on August 19, 2013
Format: DVD
This is the first legitimate DVD release of the Fleischer/Paramount Betty Boop cartoons still covered by copyright...and long overdue I might add! About 44 of the Betty Boops are in public domain and have been released by several companies on DVD, mostly using the Republic Laserdisc box sets or well used 16mm prints as their source, Olive Films has licensed 48 of the copyrighted films from Paramount and apparently is using the excellent UCLA restorations as their source material. Purists won't like it that the U.M.& M. TV logos have replaced the Paramount mountain logo on the main titles but those were apparently cut into the original negatives when U.M.& M. TV acquired the TV rights way back in the mid 1950's. Volume 1 (of 4) of this series consists of 12 cartoons, mostly from the early and best (pre-Code!) Betty Boop era. The cartoons are look terrific! No heavy noise reduction which ruined the two Republic box sets, the cartoons have never looked better since their original release in 35mm.

I'm taking one star away from my rating only because this is the typical no frills Olive release with no extras of any kind and lackluster two color carton packaging, Betty Boop really deserves some special editions with documentaries, commentaries, etc. Too bad they didn't invite cartoon guru Jerry Beck to participate and make this series something special. The price is a bit high for no frills DVDs with only 12 cartoons per disc too. That being said I highly recommend these discs and commend Olive Films for doing what no other previous owner of the Betty Boop elements had any interest in doing....giving us stellar quality Betty Boop cartoons...and in Blu-ray too!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wondertwin on September 4, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
WHATS GOOD:

High definition transfers from the best possible source material. No other release of these cartoons has looked this good before.

The design work of the packaging is nicely done. The Blu Ray (and I assume the DVD too) comes in a nicely designed slipcase that actually does contain a little bit of information about the cartoons including the years that each one on the set was released. Even the on disc printing is nicely designed and the cover art looks much better in real life than it does listed on Amazon.

The cartoons are in chronological order

Cartoons are uncensored.

WHATS NOT GOOD

While these are scanned in from the best possible source material. There has been no attempt at restoration. No cleaning up of the film scratches, no restoration of the original opening and closing titles (The original film titles where changed when they where sold to TV). They could have at least restored the original opening and closing film titles (they do exist).

No extras. No commentary tracks from animation historians. No extra bonus features. There are only 12 cartoons in this set and quite frankly a little something extra would have been nice and made this set a better value for the money that they are charging.

THE VERDICT

If you are an animation fan or Betty Boop fan: GET IT.

I have to admit, I almost didn't get this because it was such a bare bones release with only 12 cartoons for 25 dollars.

The price point for this package was "almost" unacceptable, and I have heard that some animation fans are not buying it for that reason.

But we need more vintage animation restoration releases and not buying this will only send a message that there is not enough market to justify doing it (as opposed to sending a message that these releases need to be done properly....which they do).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Zagnut Von Whippersnap on June 29, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The Fleischer brothers were groundbreaking pioneers at the dawn of animation whose work deserves a 4K upgrade. Many people who are only familiar with the tawdry, cloyingly cute, Betty Boop merchandise machine don't realize how racy and wild these cartoons are, with fantastic soundtracks by many of the era's biggest stars.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By HH on June 16, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I of course am thrilled that these are being release FINALLY, but a Blu-Ray disc that's barely over 80 minutes? No extras, documentary, model sheets or commentaries by Jerry Beck or countless others? And they couldn't have at least done it in chronological order as a 2 or possibly 3 disc set?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William B. Clark on August 23, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This set is the best set that featured the shorts of the Boop girl. No restoration, but quality still looks great in Full HD. Every cartoon still bears the U.M.&M. logos in the beginning, and end, but none of the scenes were cut. Six of the cartoons still bear the Paramount copyright, but still has the replaced logos in the beginning. They could've done better with that, since it was licensed from Paramount. But the quality still looks very superior than any set you'll find out there!! Very impressed! They used 4k scans of original elements, and it sure looks like they did! No extras, or captions, by the way. Olive Films have done it again. I recommend this set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Mular TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 29, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
While these classic gems may not be "restored", the original 35mm Nitrate Fine Grain masters have been used to master this Hi-Def release.
The image is sharp, the contrast is good. The sound is crisp, clear and free of most noise.
There is occasional picture movement that could have been fixed with an image stabilization program, but this would be restoration work, which was not done.
White negative dust does appear, mostly at the beginning & end of the cartoons, but it is not distracting.

One advantage of a lack of 'restoration' is NO DVNR like the old Laserdiscs & VHS tapes.

It has been demonstrated at the Cartoon Research webpage that in the early days of sound Max Fleischer did not use the standard 1:37-1 square picture ratio. His cartoons were made in a slightly narrower frame ratio (called Movietone Ratio). These cartoons have been scanned to capture the original full frame, but slightly stretched to fill the 1:37-1 square video image. For the most part this stretching will be unnoticeable, but if you compare the frames to old VHS tapes you will see more picture at the top & bottom on this new HD Blu-ray transfer.

Unfortunately the original Television distributor spliced their replacement UM&M-TV logo right into the Nitrate Fine Grain masters! So the original Paramount Logos are lost. This poor judgement on UM&M's part keeps their name on the films forever even though they were only in business for a few years. However, many of these have their original Paramount title cards intact.

AS FOR THE CARTOONS: They are classics. Many of these are "Per-Code" and have risque humor, you will see Betty's garter & underwear here. Only the last two cartoons are "Post-code" and had to be kept clean for the Hays Office.
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