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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Black & White, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 258 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTWLK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,742 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Popeye first appeared in a 1929 daily comic strip called Thimble Theater by Elsie Segar and caught the country by storm. Popeye had nothing but his wits, a funny way of talking, and a crush on Olive Oyl. His fame eventually caught the attention of the Max Fleischer Studio and by 1933 Popeye had made his big screen debut in a Betty Boop short entitled Popeye The Sailor. The WWII years brought change to the spinach munching sailorman. In 1942, Popeye's uniform changed permanently to Navy whites and the same year, Paramount took over the production studio from the Fleischer brothers and renamed it Famous Studios, which continued to produce some superb entries in the Popeye series. In today's politically correct cartoon landscape of talking sponges and ninja turtles, Popeye is a welcome reminder of a simpler era. This special Double-DVD Collector's Edition contains 34 Popeye cartoons from the Fleischer and Famous Studios period, including the three Fleischer 'Color Specials' Sinbad ('36), Ali Baba ('37) and Aladdin ('39) -- some of the very best ever produced. All cartoons have been digitally restored and remastered from the best 35mm and 16mm film materials available. Bonus Features: Commentary by noted animation historian Jerry Beck| Popeye Classic Movie Poster Gallery| Special Collector's Edition "Liner Notes" Booklet written by Jerry Beck| Animated Motion Menus. Specs: 1-DVD5 + 1-DVD9; Dolby Digital Mono; 258 minutes; Color/B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1936-57; SRP - $19.99.

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Laughing Gravy on May 24, 2004
Format: DVD
This "75th Anniversary Collector's Edition" 2-disc set of POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN classic cartoons is well worth having, at least for the first disc.
Casual fans may not know that there has never been an "official" release of the classic Popeye cartoons, on VHS or DVD, in the history of home video. The best the one-eyed sailor's fans could ever get were either iffy bootleg collections or a handful of murky public-domain short subjects.
VCI's set is also comprised of PD shorts, but some work has been done to them and the package has been treated with the respect it deserves (except for the simple and rather disappointing cover, which belies the quality within. Too bad Leslie Cabarga - a cartoonist and author of "The Fleischer Story" - wasn't brought in to do a better one).
The stars of the package are the three Technicolor 2-reelers created by Max and Dave Fleischer in the later 1930s, POPEYE THE SAILOR MEETS SINDBAD THE SAILOR, POPEYE THE SAILOR MEETS ALI BABA's FORTY THIEVES, and ALADDIN AND HIS WONDERFUL LAMP. These are three of the grandest, most colorful, and most imaginative cartoons of the golden era, and they've been restored and color-corrected and look - while not perfect - at least better than they have in a long while. As usual, ALADDIN is in somewhat worse shape than the first two, but it still looks better than I've ever seen it before. These cartoons feature some of the Fleischers' finest animation and deepest and most creative backgrounds (including 3D effects). SINDBAD in particular is a favorite.
In addition, six other Fleischer Popeyes are included, all from the late `30s B&W series. Titles include I'M IN THE ARMY NOW, LITTLE SWEE' PEA (another favorite), I NEVER CHANGES MY ALTITUDE, PANELESS WINDOW WASHER, DATE TO SKATE, and CUSTOMERS WANTED.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Yarby on September 14, 2004
Format: DVD
VCI should be commended for their attempt, if not their execution. The Fleischer cartoons look pretty good, especially considering their age. Certain points in the black and white cartoons don't have enough contrast, but the two-reel color cartoons look great. I had no problems viewing the cartoons on disc one (which, fortunately, contains the most important cartoons...the Fleischer Studio releases). However, the Famous Studio cartoons on disk two are riddled with transfer problems. There are numerous places where the screen goes blank, the picture pixilates, or the picture flickers. These are issues that are a result of transfer, not of source, so they are inexcusable.

Another problem with the set...when selecting individual episodes, the DVD continues to the next episode instead of returning to the menu, at the completion of the selected episode.

If you want a cheap way to see some old Fleischer Popeyes without any added sound effects (as on the Good Times release) this is probably the way to go.

Just don't set your expectations too high.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By G. Flinn on August 5, 2004
Format: DVD
All of the Fleischer/Famous Popeye cartoons which are in the public domain are in this two DVD set. This is the best Popeye collection available until King Features (which owns the rights to the Popeye characters) and Warner Bros. (which owns the Fleischer/Famous Popeye cartoons) finally make a deal to release the Fleischer/Famous Popeye cartoons on DVD. Warner has been restoring the cartoons in anticipation of this. (written before Warner Home Video finally began releasing DVD sets of the Fleisher/Famous Popeye cartoons)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Quasimort on April 7, 2004
Format: DVD
This 2 DVD set is released by VCI with input from animation historian Jerry Beck (he also helped with VCI's release of Fleischer's Somewhere in Dreamland DVDs). The prints used VCI's previous Fleischer DVD set were the best you could probably hope for, so Im hoping the older fleischer prints used on this set will totally blow away the 'public domain' versions that have been making the rounds on VHS & DVD. I look foreward to seeing Ali Baba, Sinbad, and Aladdin with the correct intro screens and intro music for a change!! Many thanks to VCI and Mr. Beck !!!!!

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After watching both discs a few times, I have to say that the restored color 2-reelers on disc 1 look & sound great, but a few of the B&W fleischer shorts look terrible. You can find better copies on the internet. And although I dont mind the selection of later 'Famous Studios' titles on the disc 2, I do have to complain about the image-processing that was done on them. I noticed alot of 'outline damage' on random titles. This is where the 'digital restoration' process accidentally 'erases' the black outlines around the characters when they move. Apparently the software or whatever they use thinks the moving lines are dirt. hahaha. Arggg!! Its pretty obvious and intrusive & distracting once you know what to look for. Its pretty noticable on Fright To The Finish. At least on my copy it is. This problem has occured with animated titles on DVD before, like on the Schoolhouse Rocks 2 disc set. It also plagued the Art of Tom & Jerry and the Betty Boop Collection Laserdisc box sets back in the 90's.

Oh well... still waiting for the 'definitive' popeye set...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2004
Format: DVD
I think the fact that there are TWO "75th Anniversary" compilations is confusing people. The other one, from Koch, I have not seen, but I have not seen a single positive word written about it.
THIS collection, from VCI, is the real thing! Disc 1 features 9 cartoons from the Max Fleischer era, including the three famous long color features, and they've never looked better. Disc 2 features 25 cartoons from the Famous Studios era of the '50s, and while they can't hold a candle to the earlier Fleischers, they are still worthwhile. Add a commentary by historian Jerry Beck, and you have a package worth every penny of its reasonable price.
I hope "Apalachicola" purchases THIS compilation and retracts his/her earlier review.
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