Well, blow me down mateys because Popeye volume 1 is on dvd.
Lets take a voyage through Popeyes first appearance with Betty Boop and move foward because!!
For the first time in multi media home entertainment history, Popeye has a offical release! And what beautiful quality.
Every short is crisp, clear and no DNR!!! None at all!
This set offers some rare gems, so throw away those old public domain VHS and DVD's.
This set harbors 60 chronological shorts, thats including 2 feature colour two-reelers.
Its a amazing treat to see Popeye, Bluto and Olive Oyl develop through the first short to the end of the last. You can really see that the studio bagged a lot of faith in the old sailor and it really paid off.
Watching through the dvds, you notice slight changes in voices, but th personality is always the same, the art and class of the shorts always stay top above the barrel.
Popeyes personality sticks to song within the first 2 discs, his personality is gruff and rough. He fights his companion for the love of Olive Oyl. The fights between Bluto and Popeye are beautifully worked, and no where in animation can you see such a well constructed fight (not until the days of Tom and Jerry) and this is where well thought out fighting in animation begun. Take Bluto and Popeye anywhere and they can make a well thought out fight worthy of watching, which each plays out like a small sitcom in the ever lasting Love Triangle.
Within this set you get introduced to other lovable characters such as burger munching Wimpy and Swee'Pee.
The musical theme of the episodes are catchy and I can see why they put so much dedication into adding music and signing cartoons for the time, A Clean Shaving Man is a brilliant short and sang by Olive Oyl and the song is so catchy I cant help but sing it
Theres some wonderful and RARE from The Inkwell shorts, first time released to dvd. Amazing silent live action and animated sequences way before the time of Roger rabbit.
The set also takes you through some documentrys with Jerry Beck, Leonard Maltin, Paul Dini, Steve Stanchfield and my personal favorite has to be animation director Eric Goldberg for his enthusiasm and delight for these golden age gems.
It takes you to the deep root of Popeyes esscence and shows you the character from the pages to the theatre. It shows he isn't a rough neck whom likes a fight but a kind hearted rough soul behind the pipe whom sticks up for the little guy.
I'd say maybe the only flaw would be the commentaries by John K on the 2 two reelers. I am a fan of John K, but him and his animators give no insight to the features and be little the animation and resetoration, I would have prefered Eric Goldberg because his insight and enthusiasm is paramount, but its still one hell of s set!
These shorts are 70 odd year old and to think they still have comic value today is amazing, they range from rare to seen before on Public domain releases.
If you're a fan of Amimation, a nostalgic dvd purchaser or in the mood for something vintage and fun, purchase this dvd!
Get your wallets out and get this dvd, the shorts and extras are worth the cash to splash!!!
PS. THIS DVD IS REGION FREE. Tried on 4 none multi-region dvd players
Popeye the Sailor (A Betty Boop cartoon!!)
I Yam What I Yam
Blow Me Down
I Eats My Spinach
Let's You and Him Fight
The Man on the Flying Trapeze
Can You Take It?
Strong to The Finich
Shiver Me Timbers!
Axe Me Another
A Dream Walking
Special features -
I Yam What I Yam: The Story of Popeye the Sailor
Popeye Popumentaries: "Mining the Strip: Elzie Segar and Thimble Theatre" and "Me Fickle Goyl, Olive Oyl: The World's Least Likely Sex Symbol."
From the vault: Three Bray Productions/International Film Service studio shorts: "Colonel Heeza Liar at the Bat" (1915), "Krazy Kat Goes-A-Wooing (1916), "Domestic Difficulties" (1916)
The Two Alarm Fire
The Dance Contest
We Aim to Please
Beware of Barnacle Bill
Be Kind to Aminals
Pleased to Meet Cha!
Choose Yer Weppins
For Better or Worser
You Gotta Be a Football Hero
King of the Mardi Gras
Adventures of Popeye (compilation film, partial live-action)
The Spinach Overture
Vim, Vigor and Vitaliky
Special features -
Retrospective documentary: "Forging the Frame: The Roots of Animation 1900-1920"
Popeye Popumentaries: "Wimpy the Moocher: Ode to the Burgermeister", "Sailor's Hornpipes: The Voices of Popeye"
From the vault: Three Bray Productions/Sullivan Studios shorts: "Bobby Bumps Puts a Beanery on the Bum" (1918), "Feline Follies" (1919), "The Tantalizing Fly" (1919)
A Clean Shaven Man
I-Ski Love-Ski You-Ski
I Wanna Be a Lifeguard
Let's Get Movin'
Never Kick a Woman
Popeye the Sailor with Little Swee' Pea
Hold The Wire
The Spinach Roadster
Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor in Technicolor (two reel)
I'm In The Army Now (compilation film)
The Paneless Window Washer
Organ Grinder's Swing
Special features -
Popeye Popumentaries: "Blow Me Down! The Music of Popeye", "Popeye in Living Color: A Look at the Color Two-Reelers"
From the vault: Six Out of the Inkwell shorts: "Modeling" (1921), "Invisible Ink" (1921), "Bubbles" (1922), "Jumping Beans" (1922), "Bedtime" (1923), "Trapped (1923)
My Artistical Temperature
The Twisker Pitcher
Morning, Noon and Night Club
Lost and Foundry
I Never Changes My Altitude
I Likes Babies and Infinks
The Football Toucher Downer
Proteck The Weakerist
Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves in Technicolor (two reel)
The House Builder Upper
Big Chief Ugh-A-Mugh-Ugh
Special features -
Popeye Popumentaries: "Me Lil' Swee'Pea: Whose Kid is He Anyway?", "Et Tu, Bluto? Cartoondom's Heavist Heavy"
From the vault: Four Out of the Inkwell/Fleischer Studio shorts: "A Trip to Mars" (1924), "Koko Trains 'Em" (1925), "Koko Back Tracks" (1927), "Let's Sing with Popeye" (1934)
Ciao and cheers for reading.