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Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 1
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I'm taking one star away from my rating only because this is the typical no frills Olive release with no extras of any kind and lackluster two color carton packaging, Betty Boop really deserves some special editions with documentaries, commentaries, etc. Too bad they didn't invite cartoon guru Jerry Beck to participate and make this series something special. The price is a bit high for no frills DVDs with only 12 cartoons per disc too. That being said I highly recommend these discs and commend Olive Films for doing what no other previous owner of the Betty Boop elements had any interest in doing....giving us stellar quality Betty Boop cartoons...and in Blu-ray too!
High definition transfers from the best possible source material. No other release of these cartoons has looked this good before.
The design work of the packaging is nicely done. The Blu Ray (and I assume the DVD too) comes in a nicely designed slipcase that actually does contain a little bit of information about the cartoons including the years that each one on the set was released. Even the on disc printing is nicely designed and the cover art looks much better in real life than it does listed on Amazon.
The cartoons are in chronological order
Cartoons are uncensored.
WHATS NOT GOOD
While these are scanned in from the best possible source material. There has been no attempt at restoration. No cleaning up of the film scratches, no restoration of the original opening and closing titles (The original film titles where changed when they where sold to TV). They could have at least restored the original opening and closing film titles (they do exist).
No extras. No commentary tracks from animation historians. No extra bonus features. There are only 12 cartoons in this set and quite frankly a little something extra would have been nice and made this set a better value for the money that they are charging.
If you are an animation fan or Betty Boop fan: GET IT.
I have to admit, I almost didn't get this because it was such a bare bones release with only 12 cartoons for 25 dollars.
The price point for this package was "almost" unacceptable, and I have heard that some animation fans are not buying it for that reason.
But we need more vintage animation restoration releases and not buying this will only send a message that there is not enough market to justify doing it (as opposed to sending a message that these releases need to be done properly....which they do).
In Snow White, on Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 4, the executioner cries while sharpening his blade. His head drifts off the screen for most of it. We see him crying only when he lowers his head. From what I remember, from seeing these in a theater, his head is clearly visible through the whole blade sharpening sequence.
There are a few speckles in the image, too. But, this set is great otherwise. Certainly, this is not the definitive Betty Boop set, but it's the best around. Oh, and the sound is great. The mix is lively and rollicking fun.
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While I ordered Vol. 2 before this one (see my review for Vol. 2), I was very impressed with the HD quality of these cartoons, and the fact that most of these cartoons were from... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hernan Hernandez
Arrived early, made my day! Great condition and simply loved it.Published 16 months ago by Michelle Hill
I bought the Blu Ray Of Volumes 1 Thru 4 so this is an overall review of the entire collection. Honestly, I don't know if this collection includes every single Betty Boop cartoon... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Aubrey
Love It! Can't wait to get Volumes 2,3, 4. A must have for Betty Boop fans!Published 24 months ago by Pasheeda Soree Morris