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2.0 out of 5 stars Fool me once...., November 14, 2005
This review is from: Tom and Jerry - Spotlight Collection, Volume 2 (DVD)
It has become something of a full-time job tracking DVDs, not because of the sheer number of discs being released, but because of the editing done to our favorite TV shows, movies, and cartoons on the format. One of the more spectacular examples in recent memory was the first Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection, which featured 3 edited shorts and was quickly followed up with promises from both Warner Bros. and animation historian Jerry Beck that this error would be rectified.

Fast forward a year, and Volume 2 is announced with renewed claims that the shorts contained are uncut. While some of the shorts featuring the now-controversial character Mammy Two-Shoes have the original voice (which belies a reference to Hattie McDaniel of Gone With the Wind fame), others feature the redubbed "politically correct" voice that Turner created in the '90s. The bottom line here is that Warner Bros.' (or at least their children's video division) can't be trusted to produce an uncut DVD set (or even a restored set, as most of the prints here are the same ones seen on Cartoon Network and Boomerang), much less to be honest with their intentions. Of course, with a growing list of edited, time-compressed, and music-replaced cartoons on DVD, the average viewer quickly gets the idea that most studios view classic animation as disposable entertainment not worthy of a correct, well cared for release. And until we stop buying such shoddily-produced DVDs, that view will continue to prevail.
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Initial post: Apr 20, 2009 10:04:16 PM PDT
Actually, I'd found out quite by accident that replacement disks for the first SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION (disk one) and SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION, VOL. 2 (both disks) are now available. I know, because I've received mine, and I couldn't be happier. Are these definitive? No; but it is indeed a big step forward that the replacement disks at least give us the corrected cartoons, this time totally uncut. For those who missed out on the laserdisk editions, it is well worthwhile to pick up these collections and, if you do happen to receive the edited copies, go through the trouble of writing to Warners for the replacements, because you'll be delighted with the results. Hopefully, there will be some interesting MGM collections soon to come, but for now, there is hope in that Warners cared enough to "fix" the nagging issue and realize that these sets are far more than baby-sitters for kids!
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