The Complete Collection of The Little Rascals DVD Set is being distributed by Genius Entertainment with the statements REMASTERED, RESTORED and UNCUT printed on the top and front of this set. It is NOT Remastered. It is NOT Restored. It is NOT Uncut. I cannot believe Genius Entertainment is allowed to falsely advertise this set and charge such a premium price for a dvd set that is in worse shape than my old television copies that I bought over the years.
I must make it clear that I would give 5 stars to The Little Rascals shorts for the shows themselves, but this set is such a huge disappointment, that I have to give it one star, since I cannot give it minus 10 stars, which is what it deserves!
Since I have these Little Rascal shorts on other dvd's, which I am certain people taped from their tv's over the years, I have something to compare them to. As I watched some of the episodes from my old copies and this new set, side by side, the most noticeable thing is the size of the film. This dvd set is blown up enough to cut off a border around the edges, leaving heads and feet cut off! I hate when things are "remastered" like this, cutting off parts of their heads or feet! They did this with Route 66, until the complaints were so numerous about it, that the company remastered Route 66 in it's proper size, where everyone had all their body parts.
The next thing that was very noticeable, were very wide white lines and specs throughout many of the shorts, that make it far too irritating to watch. The only obvious thing that they did was make the contrast stronger, the whites are whiter and the blacks are blacker. As I viewed this strong contrast closer, I noticed that they have eliminated details on the film, gray buttons on black pants are now invisible, as everything is TOO BLACK! The films are totally ruined!
It is obvious that Genius Entertainment simply blew the film up cutting off a border around the film, which also cut off heads on the top and feet on the bottom and sharpened the contrast, making every detail disappear into pure black or pure white! They actually have the audacity to call this remastered, restored and uncut! In reality it is BLOWN UP, OVERLY CONTRASTED, and UNVIEWABLE!
There is a bonus disc that I did enjoy parts of that features: 3 silent shorts in horrendous condition, The Story of Hal Roach and Our Gang, Racism and The Our Gang Comedies, and Catching up with The Little Rascals. The last features 2008 interviews with Dick Moore, Jean Darling, Jerry Tucker, Annie Ross and Rick Sapphire (Spanky's manager).
This dvd set is a thousand times worse than my old copies taken off the televison stations many years ago! How Genius Entertainment could make worse copies than old tv copies, I'll never know! I hope a reputable company will really make a restored, remastered and uncut copy of these treasured Little Rascal shorts, but until then, I'll have to be content with my old television copies, which are a thousand times more viewable than these horrendous, unviewable discs!