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3.0 out of 5 stars Region 2 edition - Where's the Czech?, 22 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: Looney Tunes: Golden Collection 1 (4pc) (Std) [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Odd - i bought this Region 2 edition today in HMV London. Yet it does not yet seem to feature on this site.
It has been well-reviewed by customers on Amazon.com but i have to knock a couple of stars off, myself.
a). It is expensive: you do get 56 generally well-restored films, including many classics. But there are notable omissions (where is What's Opera, Doc??) and generally a feeling that, for the price and amount of space available on a DVD disc, they could have included a lot more films. There's only one Road Runner included - so let's hope they are planning a further disc devoted to these most brilliant examples of Chuck Jones' work.
b). The 'extras' are not QUITE as jaw-dropping as the cover would have you believe. Each disc has two or three talking-head mini-docs on each main character, but each is only 2-5 minutes long. Many of the creative artists who worked on the films are now dead so we tend to get their off-spring instead... A more in-depth feature on the story of the Looney Tunes would have been preferable. The quality of the commentaries is very variable too - some fascinating and touching, others repetative and bland. That said there are some interesting clips and a brief sound feature of Mel Blanc recording some lines as Bugs and Porky.
c). The cover is not very informative: there is no track-listing. I am sure there will be many people who will not realise that the two 'All-Stars' volumes included in this set are seperately available with exactly the same content.
One glaring error concerns the LANGUAGES: the cover clearly states the films are both soundtracked and subtitled in English, Czech and Turkish. In fact, though several languages (including Magyar) are featured, there is absolutley no Czech content. Obviously this is of no concern to you if, unlike me, you have no Czech friends and family! If you have, it is extremely disappointing and irritating.
All that aside, the films are glorious and always a tonic. Feed The Kitty, in which a bulldog gets paternal with a kitten is a classic: hilarious and moving at the same time. There is a vast archive of these films, many of which are available on very cheap VHS double-tape sets: so let's hope Warners are planning many further, more affordable releases. How about collections devoted to Chuck Jones or Tex Avery?
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