6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2010
I don't write reviews as a rule, but this DVD is a revelation! I can't believe how good the quality of sound and vision is on something made so long ago. Whoever cleaned-up and remastered this series did a brilliant job. That's just the technical plus.
The cartoons themselves have stood the test of time better that I had ever hoped, looking as fresh and funny as they did when I first watched them as a kid more than fifty years ago.
An added plus was that this US-made DVD worked on my new blue-ray player, so I didn't have to buy a multi-region player.
RECOMMENDED! BUY IT! GUARANTEED YOU'LL WATCH IT OVER AND OVER!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2012
The quality I have to say is amazing. The detail in each short is also outstanding to say the very least.
With this set you get special commentaries from Jerry Beck, Steve Stanchfield, John K and a few more.
This set covers the final Fleisher studio's black and white cartoons, and follows a certain war time theme, with mild racist remarks and characteristics. But it gives an interesting view into what life was like at the time. It gives a extrondinary view into animation styling of the 40's war time cartoon scenery since these shorts have been out of sync for many years. BUT, dont let the racist stereotypes and war themes put you off!
These shorts were produced whilst the studio relocated, but that hasn't knocked the quality of the plot.
As from previous versions of Popeye you see less of Bluto and they even work together in some shorts to defeat a certain enemy. The shorts remind me of Disney with less focus on mild slapstick violence and less fighting, but maybe thats just me. The stories involve the nephews from the never seen father or mother of Popeye aswell, which are really just Donald Ducks nephews in a different form. It takes away Popeyes "tough guy" persona and shows a more human side to him, aswell as tending to his elderly father "Pappy" whom is always wanting to dance, party and be a pain in the anchor!
The shorts as said before have been restored to a new degree with tender care, the box has the overlapping disk system which I dont like, but its a minor fault best.
The menu's are easy to navigate and are played in chronological order as the same with previous sets.
And this set starts the transitional period from the stuido becoming Famous/Paramount and the contents are as followed and listed -
Olive's Sweepstakes Ticket
Flies Ain't Human
Popeye Meets Rip Van Winkle
Olive's Boithday Presink
Child Psykolojiky (final cartoon with ship door titles)
I'll Never Crow Again
The Mighty Navy
Nix on Hypnotricks
Kickin' the Conga 'Round
Fleets Of Stren'th
Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and Peep-eye
Olive Oyl And Water Don't Mix
Special features -
Directing the Sailor: The Art of Myron Waldman
Popeye: The Mighty Ensign
Pip-Eye, Pup-Eye, Poop-Eye an' Peep-Eye: Chips Off the Old Salt
From the Vault: Three Out of the Inkwell shorts:
The Clown's Little Brother (1920)
The Cartoon Factory (1924)
Koko Needles the Boss (1927)
Baby Wants a Bottleship (last Fleischer cartoon)
You're a Sap, Mr. Jap (first Famous cartoon) (Dan Gordon)
Alona on the Sarong Seas (Isadore Sparber)
A Hull of a Mess (Sparber)
Scrap The Japs (Seymour Kneitel)
Me Musical Nephews (Kneitel)
Spinach Fer Britain (Sparber)
Seein' Red, White 'N' Blue (Gordon)
Too Weak to Work (Sparber)
A Jolly Good Furlough (Gordon)
Ration Fer The Duration (Kneitel)
The Hungry Goat (Gordon)
Happy Birthdaze (Gordon)
Cartoons Ain't Human (Kneitel)
Special features -
Forging the Frame: The Roots of Animation: 1921-1930
From the Vault: Western Electric short
Finding His Voice (1929)
AND sadly this is the end of the line for this set with no further sets in he works for the future with the colour Famous shorts which need to be released. But this dvd should be in your collection. And for any REGION 2 people, this set like the others is NOT REGION CODED.
Ciao and thanks for reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2012
A a cartoon freak I've always loved Popeye so it is great to get the 3rd volume covering Popeye, Olive, Bluto & Co. As with the previous two volumes beautifully restored & repacked. This hits the War period and it shows but still well worth having.
Please can we have the 50s colour ones next?