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Popeye: Original Classics from the Fleischer Studio (1933)

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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  • Format: Black & White, Color, Widescreen, 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: Mackinac Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AP31VA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,025 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A POPEYE collector's dream! Features some of the best of the original 1930's POPEYE cartoons produced by the Max Fleischer Studio, including all 3 of the extra-length color specials. All remastered from the original 35mm materials and restored to their original brilliance.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Glorious Black and White! September 20, 2005
King Features and Turner Broadcasting should be ashamed of themselves for not releasing the classic black-and-white Popeye cartoons on video. However, seven Popeye shorts fell into the public domain and now are showcased in this fine collection, along with the Technicolor two-reelers from 1936 to 1939. Three of the B&W cartoons - "The Paneless Window Washer" (1937), "I Never Changes My Altitude" (1937) and "A Date to Skate" (1938) - are among Max and Dave Fleischer's best efforts. Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A collector's dream December 27, 2005
By yaremar
I received this DVD for Christmas (thank you for taking me off the "Naughty" list this year, Santa) and I think it's one of the best gifts a Popeye fan could hope for. Yes, all of the cartoons included in this collection are available from other distributors--but they sure don't look and sound as good as the ones on this disc. These days, the term "Digitally Restored" has about as much meaning as the term "Best Of"...in other words, DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT. But in this instance, the phrase rings true because these are the finest copies of these vintage classics currently available on DVD (and I've seen practically everything from the el cheapo Popeye DVDs to the higher-bracket collections). What distinguishes this edition is not only the visual and sound quality of the cartoons, but the Special Features as well. There are audio interviews with voice artists Jack Mercer (Popeye), Mae Questel (Olive Oyl), Jackson Beck (Bluto) and other folks who helped make these cartoons so endearing; still galleries of publicity materials, posters, model sheets, and original animation art; promotional shorts; a 1939 pencil test; rare COLOR behind-the-scenes footage of Max Fleischer's studio; and more.

If you're looking for a collection of Popeye cartoons on DVD and are understandably overwhelmed by the sheer number of Popeye discs on store shelves, I'd advise you to pick up this one. Unlike many of the others, this edition was assembled with real care and love.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I've owned Super 8 film copies of the three two-reelers included in this dvd and the color reproduction is just as good if not better than what is on the films. The two-reelers, running just under 20 minutes each, are "Popeye Meets Sinbad", Popeye Meets Ali Baba", "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp" and they look excellent on this dvd.
All the cartoons here are well presented but the inclusion of those three "extra-length color specials" in such pristine condition make this an enjoyable and valuable collection.

I was honored to have part of my audio interview with Mae Questel included on this disk and it's fascinating to also hear the other rare interviews with those who performed the voices in these classics.
My entire interview with Miss Questel ran over 6 minutes and she also talked about the Popeye two-reelers as well as being the voice of Betty Boop and numerous other cartoon characters.
The complete interview is available free online at [...] as one of the tracks in the "1986 Convention" section. In the intro for that same section you can hear Mae do the "Popeye" voice and also sing "Button Up Your Overcoat".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fleischer Popeye cartoons - superb visual quality November 30, 2005
Producer Steve Stanchfield in association with other Popeye aficianados has compiled a wonderful assortment of extra features to accompany these classic Fleischer era films. These include interviews with Jack Mercer, Mae Questel and Jackson Beck, pencil test footage, and a bonus 1933 "sing a long with Popeye" cartoon. (Also be sure an check out Popeye singing "Good Vibrations" with The Beach Boys! It's a hoot!)

The three technicolor extra length films are true to their original Technicolor heritage rather than amped up to overly

vivid shades. The Black and White films have never looked this good before, and are sourced from rare 35mm material. This attention to detail is what makes this compilation truly "Original"!

If you are a fan of vintage animation from the 1930's I'd encourage your purchase of this release. Not only will you get the best quality restorations of these classic Popeye films available, you'll be supporting this small studio's development of future rare animation DVD titles. These include "Attack of the 30's Characters" an excellent compendium of cartoons from every major cartoon studio who produced films in this decade. Other titles to follow!!!

Del Walker

DVDToons.com
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I will glad you pay Tuesday..... February 5, 2006
This was a great set of cartoons. Sound and visual quality were execellent. I'm still waiting for Olive Oyl sleepwalking through a skyscraper ("did you ever see a dream walking"), Popeye at the circus with Sweet Pea (man on the flying trapeeze) and finally Sweet Pea in the factory. In the meantime this will keep me satisfied. BTW, my wife wants to know exactly how Sweet Pea fits into Popeye's geneaology? Or is this another one of those moral contradictions in the 1930s that included Porky Pig with a jacket and no pants?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it. September 9, 2006
By TOm G
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Wonderful stuff! Very well produced and presented. The moving 3-D backgrounds, the intense detail. Wimpy with his meat grinder, stalking the duck around Sinbad's island or complaining about a picture show he saw on the other guys' penny. Popeye blushing when the roller skate retal guy asks what Olive's shoe size is (camera pans both of her size 18's!) Catch the humor that was over our heads when we were kids. My two boys (11 & 14) love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Popeye : Original Classics
I think some of the absolute best and funniest stories and animation was done for these era cartoons. Read more
Published on April 17, 2009 by JOSEPH
5.0 out of 5 stars The extras are going to Blow You Down! Must have!
The interviews are worth the price of this DVD alone. Just fabulous. Of course the new Warner's DVDs are terrific, but these interviews are not part of that collection. Read more
Published on May 1, 2008 by Ted The Fiddler
5.0 out of 5 stars popeye
Popeye is popeye you either like him or you don't, I DO!!!
Bluto and Olive Oyl are also excellent. Most of the stuff Walt Disney put out was excellent.
Published on December 28, 2007 by George Fallos
2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING [2-1/2 stars]
I've been a big Popeye fan since I was a kid. Not the cheesy cartoons that were cheaply produced by Famous Studios in the 1960's but the classic 1930's B&W gems from the Fleischer... Read more
Published on August 17, 2007 by Cheryl H. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't neglect this one!
I realize that the official Popeye Vol. 1 collection is coming out in a week or so, and have pre-ordered it... Read more
Published on July 17, 2007 by R. Schaad
2.0 out of 5 stars Not high quality
These are the same low end video transfers of these cartoons you can but at Wal Mart for half the price. There must be a cleaner version of this work but this is not it!
Published on May 15, 2007 by All-access Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars very good, but violent
I remember watching Popeye and in some way it's interesting to visit some memories. There are a couple of compilations - ones where mini versions of other cartoon are shown. Read more
Published on February 18, 2007 by David N. Krafchick
5.0 out of 5 stars The best and most important Popeye DVD so far!
I help care for an 35 yr. old mentally handicapped adult who only watches the original Fleischer Popeye cartoons. For approx. 8 hrs. Read more
Published on January 19, 2007 by Popeye fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past
If the difficulty I had in getting it to play was my computer (which it very well may have been) i would give it a 5 star rating. It had everything a Popeye fan could want. Read more
Published on January 18, 2007 by James Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars my boys love these popeye cartoons and i must say i like them also and...
thanks to dvd my wife and i are able to control the thing our two boys watch! we watch very little network t.v. Read more
Published on June 20, 2006 by John D. Page
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