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The GOLDEN COLLECTION is a better family investment
, March 27, 2004
This review is from: Looney Tunes: 28 Cartoon Classics (Premiere Edition) (DVD)
The introductory DVD release of vintage Warner Bros. animated shorts is now available in two forms: the highly recommended 4-Disc GOLDEN COLLECTION, and the present alternate 2-Disc PREMIERE COLLECTION, a spare and stingy serving of twenty-eight cartoons with no frills.
The majority of the classic cartoons included on the PREMIERE COLLECTION are artistically valuable. The cartoons are uncut, unedited, uncompressed and beautifully restored to their full original Technicolor glory. All the films included, even the weakest, deserve preservation, restoration and DVD availability.
But although the basic material is excellent, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend the PREMIERE COLLECTION. This is why I have rated it only four stars out of five. (My rating for the GOLDEN COLLECTION is a solid five stars.) The PREMIERE COLLECTION includes only the cartoons from Discs Three and Four of the GOLDEN COLLECTION, without the many extras.
The selection spans two decades (1940-59) and includes the initial films of the Road Runner ("Fast and Furry-ous"), Marvin the Martian, the Tasmanian Devil and the Academy Award-winning debut of "Speedy Gonzales". Key films of such popular characters as Sylvester & Tweety, Pepé Le Pew, and Foghorn Leghorn are duly included, along with a few one-shots and curios.
Buyers expecting a cavalcade of favorites need to be aware that the PREMIERE COLLECTION features a mere handful of appearances of the true stars of the Looney Tunes galaxy. You will look here in vain for an adequate selection of classic Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig cartoons. Such masterpieces as "Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2 Century", "Duck Amuck" and "Wabbit Twouble" are to be found only on the GOLDEN COLLECTION.
The 4-Disc GOLDEN COLLECTION, with its fifty-six cartoons and hours of supplemental extras, which are both entertaining and educational (hint to parents), is worth more than its cost in dollars and is a better investment for families, animation buffs and anyone concerned with popular art and culture.
High sales of the superior GOLDEN COLLECTION will determine future releases, so fans and students of classic animation are strongly urged to buy that instead. Parents desiring that the heritage of Bugs Bunny and friends continue to be made available to their children and grandchildren might also keep this in mind when choosing between the lesser and the greater.
CARTOONS ARE FOR EVERYONE!
Rating: 8/10 **** OUTSTANDING.
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