Max Fleischer's Color Classics: Somewhere in Dreamland
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(Jul 30, 2002)
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The cartoons have undergone both digital picture and sound restoration, and the disk is packed with bonus features. Included are commentary by animation historian Jerry Beck, production artwork still frame gallery, a documentary about the Fleischer studio including excerpts from additional Color Classics cartoons. Also, a separate Mono audio track is available, preserving the sound as originally presented.
Highlights of the set include "Greedy Humpty Dumpty," "The Cobweb Hotel," "Ants In The Plants," "Dancing On The Moon," "Hold It," "An Elephant Never Forgets," and "Small Fry" and "The Fresh Vegetable Mystery." Betty Boop appears in "Poor Cinderella" and Grampy shows up for "Christmas Comes But Once a Year." Also included are two Academy Award Cartoon Short Subject nominees - "Educated Fish" (1937) and "Hunky and Spunky" (1938). Of course, "Somewhere in Dreamland" is also included.
The Fleischer studios have not been treated well by DVD. Let's hope "Somewhere in Dreamland" is the start of a new trend.
As all of these cartoons are in the public domain, and these prints are made from the best available copies, these prints have faded, scratches and in some cases poor soundtracks. However being the only DVD release of all but one of the "Color Classics" makes this a well worthwhile buy.
The DVD has audio commentary for some cartoons, one with a commentary by Betty Boop herself. There is also an artwork gallery showing some original conceptual sketches for certain cartoons. Some prints of cartoons have been digitally enhanced, and some of these prints are the best quality that I have seen thus far, or at least until the original studio makes prints from the original negatives.
It's a worthwhile buy to relieve your childhood.
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Love it, great old school cartoons for enjoyment or just for collectorsPublished 17 days ago by Kyle Riggs
What a throwback, it's crazy watching what used to pass for entertainment!Published 2 months ago by Penn Name
GREAT COLLECTION FOR FLEISCHER FANS!!! NOT DIGITAL QUALITY, BUT ENJOYABLE!Published 5 months ago by jeff greenfield
These are beautiful cartoons, and the sound quality is also great. Many have songs in them, and they are just great to watch with the whole family.Published 7 months ago by Jean Marie Beck
It was what I was looking for, as I was looking for some of the old Fleischer cartoons. My only complaint was that I wish they would have done some color correction as at time a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by stan c.