Max Fleischers: Superman
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For the first time ever, this two-disc set presents the original Max Fleischer Superman cartoons in pristine high-definition format. Revered as some of the finest animated cartoons produced during The Golden Age of American animation, Max Fleischers SUPERMAN Collectors Edition is the focal point of any collectors library, chronicling the introduction of the worlds favorite superhero. Heroes may come and go, but the timelessness of the Superman legacy has remained invincible, entertaining generations of the past, present and future.
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Avoid this blu-ray. It is poorly upscaled from standard DVD, waxy-looking and pixelated because of too much digital clean-up. It's also too bright, eliminating the film-noirish nighttime atmosphere of the cartoons. Worse, the Gaiam logo is permanently burned in on the lower right-corner of the image. The logo is big and noticeable and can't be removed. So you have to look at "Gaiam" throughout each cartoon. There are many cheap public-domain editions of Fleischer's Superman cartoons it's easy to buy the wrong one. This is the worst. Don't buy this edition.
Instead, buy the latest hi-def restorations authorized by DC Comics and released by Warner Home Video on DVD. It states "DC Comics" and "Authorized Edition from Original Masters" on the cover. Alternatively, there is also the first digital restoration released by Image / Bosco in 2000, but DC / Warner DVD is the sharpest with the best color. Both editions are sold by amazon:
Superman: The Fleischer Cartoons: The Complete Series
The Complete Superman Collection: Diamond Anniversary Edition
the authorized DC / Warner Home Video restorations are also included as a supplement on Warner Home Video's Superman the Movie and Superman 2 blu-rays box-set.
While the commemorative booklet it comes with is nice, and the presentation even on the disc itself is pretty fantastic, the product itself is sorely off.
The digital upscale took me a little bit to get used to, which I once I did I actually kind of like. It however is not a restored version, just upscaled digitally.
Finally, a good half and I would hazard to say most episodes the sound does not sync correctly with the picture. In some it is a fraction of a second, others a full second. Then there's the very last episode where it is almost a full 3 second delay with picture coming AFTER sound. The opposite of the problem throughout the rest of the disc.
The videos have several problems throughout.
1. all episodes show a jagged digital distortion. No good. I missed this in any reviews about the quality.
2. The sound is not sinc'd on most episodes, with dialogue not aligned with the action or characters mouth moves,ends
3. The GAIAM logo prominent in all scenes
These defects cause me a great deal of distraction form enjoying the immense beauty and seamless quality of these early color action cartoons.
Search for the Certified Warners Bros. restoration edition, and for just $3 more you have a seamless collection! I did and now have the right one.
I would give this production a zero...