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Mid Century Modern Animation, Volume 2
Mid Century Modern Animation, Volume 2
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
Price: $19.97
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WOW! Colection from Thunderbean., March 24, 2014
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This is an excellent, colorful collection of industrial shorts that were not meant for the general public. The artwork, most of it from the talented masterminds between Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing-Boing, yes UPA, is astounding. A real feast for the eye! The stand-out is THE RHAPSODY OF STEEL (1959) made for US Steel. The jacket on the box lists it as "big budget," and indeed it is. Some of the intricate artwork rivals Disney's dinosaur sequence from Disney's FANTASIA. No exaggeration! Running over 25 minutes, it shows the "evolution" of the steel product. In gorgeous color. Another well-made short feature is MAN ALIVE, an amusing cartoon with fantastic graphic design about the essential importance of being checked for....cancer. Very funny, truthful, and entertaining.. I also liked LOOK WHO'S DRIVING. a driver's safety lesson. Thunderbean has done their best to "clean up" these mini-features for this DVD, and they look great! I liked this volume better than volume one. Well worth it. A nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon.


Herman and Katnip Harvey Cartoon Classics
Herman and Katnip Harvey Cartoon Classics
VHS
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4.0 out of 5 stars HERMAN & KATNIP UNCUT...well almost., August 21, 2013
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Looked long and hard for some HarveyToons that were unedited. Well good luck! But this VHS collection features 9 Herman and Katnip cartoons from 1952-58. Featured are MICE CAPADES, OF MICE AND MAGIC (my favorite), HERMAN THE CATOONIST, DRINKS ON THE MOUSE, NORTHWEST MOUSIE, SURF AND SOUND, OF MICE AND MENACE, SHIP A-HOOEY, and YOU SAID A MOUSEFUL. The catchy opening song is featured in its completeness on the opening cartoon. On subsequent offerings it's chizzeled down to the last few bars. Unfortunately, the closing credits are lopped off, and it fades to a new cartoon. But the last cartoon has the ending credits. On VHS, not DVD. If you look carefully on AMAZON, you can find a copy.


I Love Lucy: Colorized Christmas
I Love Lucy: Colorized Christmas
DVD ~ I Love Lucy
Price: $9.09
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT A BAD JOB for COLORIZATION, August 15, 2013
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I really cannot fully review this I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS dvd, for the simple reason that I've yet to see it. Colorization, for the most part, looks dreadful. Had a Laurel & Hardy film, WAY OUT WEST, that had been colorized, with purple walls, and green tints everywhere. Horrible. However I purchased an I LOVE LUCY dvd a few years ago, "Lucy Goes to Scotland," that looked particularly good. To say that this process has come a long way is an understatement. So on that basis, I would recommend this new dvd out in Nov. I only gave this review 4 stars, for obvious reasons. So I don't think anyone will be too disappointed. It also features, "Lucy's Italian Movie," in which Lucille Ball gets into a grape-aquashing battle with another worker. Heard she nearly drowned doing this scene, but it is still fun to watch. It features THREE episodes in original black and white, and the same shows in color. I think the price is right.
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More Cartoons for Victory!
More Cartoons for Victory!
DVD ~ John Hubley

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbean Scores Again!!, February 11, 2013
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This dvd is a sequel to the original CARTOONS FOR VICTORY. God only knows where they discover these films from all around the world, no less. My favorite is TOKIO JOKIO, very funny, but anti-Japanese. This 1943 Warner Bros., cartoon looks great, and is restored by Thunderbean (It says so at the end of every short). There is also THE SAILOR AND THE SEAGULL, a 1944 'toon that I've never heard of or seen. I think the guys at UPA were behind it. The Walt Disney studios are represented here with ANOTHER CHANCE, a black&white, 1945 offering. Some of these cartoons are so odd that they defy description. You really have 2 watch the disc at least three times, to fully enjoy and understand what they're trying to convey. One selection that I can't get off my mind was THE LITTLE TREE THAT WISHED FOR DIFFERENT LEAVES, a 1940 Nazi Germany curiosity, and is both poignant and reflective. Thunderbean has done it again. This could be an fantastic educational tool in the high schools if used properly.


Love Is On The Air: Romance & Laughter From TV's Golden Age
Love Is On The Air: Romance & Laughter From TV's Golden Age
DVD ~ Jerry Mathers
Price: $6.87
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VINTAGE TV AT ITS BEST!, July 12, 2012
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This is a great collection of TV series from l953-70. Shout! Factory had previously issued a Christmas collection a few years back featuring many of these same shows. With this batch, the emphasis is on love and romance, 1950's style. Don DeFore is featured on two shows, as a supporting player on OZZIE & HARRIET, and as one of the stars on HAZEL. In the first. Harriet is afraid that son David will spend all his money on a new girl for Valentine's Day. And on the latter, it's Shirley Booth as HAZEL, who is in for a jolt, when an old flame suddenly shows up. Booth who won two Emmys for this show, is sharp and spunky, as the title character, and the awards are much deserved. In THAT GIRL, Marlo Thomas and Ted Bessell, finally become engaged after a five year courtship. This, the final season of TG, never shows them actually in wedded bliss, something that Thomas, son of Danny, insisted upon. Still, it's a fun episode. Bessell had a great comic sense of timing and was much under-appreciated in his time. Ronnie Schell, his comrade from Gomer Pyle, guests on this episode. Best of all is FATHER KNOWS BEST featuring Billy Gray as "Bud" in love with an older woman who works at the Springfield supermarket. This well written and much Emmy nominated series, displays in this outing why it is still considered one of the best "family" sitcoms of the 1950s! Watch the intricate wordplay and attention to little details that made this show stand-out from the pack. Episodes from LEAVE IT TO BEAVER and DENNIS THE MENACE (with the 2nd Mr. Wilson, Gale Gordon), are also featured. As are THE PATTY DUKE SHOW. It is a good chunk of Americana to have.


Sentimental Journey (1946)
Sentimental Journey (1946)

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Made weeper!, May 20, 2012
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Don't let the melodramatic cover art fool you, this is an extremely well-made classic from 1946. Starring the gorgeous Maureen O'Hara with her MIRACLE ON 34th STREET co-star John Payne, this film tugs at the heart-strings of any viewer. O'Hara & Payne are a happy show-biz couple (he produces successful plays that she stars in), who are jolted by her sudden health problems. O'Hara's character, Julie, sensing her own inevitable doom, decides to adopt a young orphan, Hitty played by Connie Marshall. to keep husband Bill company when she dies. Well, she does pass away, but the last thing Bill wants now is a little girl to take care of. All of a sudden, Julie begins to appear to little Hitty, giving her advice. and comforting her. as Hitty agonizes over her mother's death. All ends well, after a dramatic finale at the beach. The film runs 94 min., and is closed-captioned. It also features the original 20th Century-Fox logo at the beginning, something that was lopped off when it was shown on Cinemax years ago It also features William Bendix as Payne's good friend. A good, decent film in today's era of Transformers and super heroes. This film has a lot of heart.


Number One Hits
Number One Hits
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EDDIE RABBITT'S BEST STUFF!, March 18, 2012
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Eddie Rabbit (1941-1998) was able to cross over many times from the Country chart to the pop chart with significant success. This compilation features all his big hits in one CD. EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE, from the Clint Eastwood film of the same name, was produced by Snuff Garrett who also co-wrote the track. Garrett worked as a record producer with Gary Lewis/Playboys, Bobby Vee, Walter Brennan, (anybody remember OLD RIVERS?), and Sonny and Cher. The strings in this song soar as Rabbitt sings the title track. This collection also has two million-selling songs from his career, I LOVE A RAINY NIGHT, and DRIVIN' MY LIFE AWAY. Not a big country fan, these two songs were the first songs I can remember hearing on the radio that made me really appreciate Rabbitt's flair as a great interpreter of songs. Truly blessed as a singer-songwriter, Rabbitt leaped over his country rivals with hit after hit. STEP BY STEP, from l981, continued his massive string of mega-hits, as well as cementing his reputation as a great country/pop singer. YOU AND I, a ballad duet with the equally incredible Crystal Gayle, I believe went all the way to No. 1. Other songs on the set include SUSPICIONS, SOMEONE COULD LOSE A HEART TONIGHT, and GONE TOO FAR. Rabbitt, who died from cancer, is sorely missed, and you can't do better than this assortment of hits that include ALL the most well-known tunes from his short career. There are 17 songs, most of the bigger hits ably produced by David Malloy. Grab it while you can.


Casper & Friends: Spooking About Africa
Casper & Friends: Spooking About Africa
DVD ~ Casper
Offered by sbcjr
Price: $7.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DigiView is A Good View!, January 28, 2012
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I had been trying to get various Casper, the Friendly Ghost cartoons, uncut on dvd for some time. Shout! Factory issued a Casper release in Oct. 2011. But alas they were edited. Beginning/end title cards shortened. So I took a chance with this release from DigiView, particularly these first four cartoons (out of eight) that spotlight Casper. My primary interest was in the cartoon SPOOKING ABOUT AFRICA. I am very happy to report that this cartoon in unedited, with the Harveytoons logo before and at the end! Hooray! The Casper theme song was replaced in the 50s by a spooky instrumental arrangement. Just like it was originally released at the time (I know, I know...Paramount sold off these cartoons to Harvey. Paramount's logo was the first thing you saw). I paid pennies for this dvd. Well worth it.


Adam
Adam
DVD ~ Travanti
Price: $14.83
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Agony of "Adam.", January 14, 2012
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I can remember buying this movie on VHS over twenty years ago. At the time I deemed it unwatchable, not for the subject matter which is painful to watch, but because it was recorded as SLP speed, which meant crappy picture/audio. So there it sat, until I finally gave it away. Now...Hen's Tooth Video, obviously a small, independent company, has issued it on DVD. The picture is decent as well as the sound. I also glad to report that it is closed=captioned, so my hearing impaired 86-year-old mother can watch it. Daniel J. Travanti was nominated for an Emmy for his performance as John Walsh, Adam's father. His heroic efforts got Congress to enact the Federal Missing Children's Act, and of course he went on to host the long-running TV series, "America's Most Wanted." He definitely turned a negative into a positive, albeit at a tragic cost. JoBeth Williams, the mom in the "Poltergeist" movies, also turns in a moving, heartbreaking performance as the mother of missing Adam. The film, made for tv and originally airing on NBC, is sometimes unbearable to watch, and I guarantee you will shed more than a few tears. The running time is 97 min., in color, with full frame.


The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection (1949-1959)
The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection (1949-1959)
DVD ~ Jim Backus
Offered by ClassicFlix
Price: $21.43
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magoo Really Does Fly Finally, December 3, 2011
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This collection of Mr. Magoo's complete theatrical shorts (that is the ones that were produced for the movie theaters), is a long time coming! It seems every major studio has issued an abundance of there very best animated shorts except for Columbia Pictures, and Paramount Pictures TerryToons Mighty Mouse, Heckly and Jekyll, et al (That's left best alone for now). But anyway Shout! Factory are the folks behind this Magoo release. According to the Cartoon Brew WEBSITE, run by Jerry Beck, these DVDS will include 2 Oscar winners, When Magoo Flew and Magoos's Puddle Jumper, as well rare pencil tests, and audio commentaries by the likes of Emily Hubley, John Canemaker, AND Charles Soloman. According to the book OF MICE AND MAGIC written by Leonard Maltin, there are about 51 Magoo shorts on this collection. Of course the voice of Magoo is by Jim Backus of "Gilligan's Island," fame. Backus worked with some of the greats like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. A talented actor. OH, Magoo you've done it again! This is a can't miss collection! I also heard that 1001 Arabian Nights, a 1959 feature film starring Mr. Magoo will also be featured as an additional bonus. UPDATE!!! E-mailed Shout! and they said they are still waiting for Sony to remaster these cartoons. THEY HOPE TO HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN A FEW MONTHS. July/2013. Another UPDATE! They have finally set APRIL 22, 2014, as the official release date!!! F I N A L L Y! It was well worth the wait. The TECHNICOLOR transfers look amazing. Money well invested, folks!
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