Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 1 [DVD]
- SKU: 21548964
- Release Date: 08/20/2013
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Get it (in spite of some missed opportunities)September 4, 2013
WHATS GOOD: High definition transfers from the best possible source material. No other release of these cartoons has looked this good before. The design work of the packaging is nicely done. The Blu Ray (and I assume the DVD too) comes in a nicely designed slipcase that actually does contain a little bit of information about the cartoons including the years that each one on the set was released. Even the on disc printing is nicely designed and the cover art looks much better in real life than it does listed on Amazon. The cartoons are in chronological order WHATS NOT GOOD While these are scanned in from the best possible source material. There has been no attempt at restoration. No cleaning up of the film scratches, no restoration of the original opening and closing titles (The original film titles where changed when they where sold to TV). They could have at least restored the original opening and closing film titles (they do exist). No extras. No commentary tracks from animation historians. No extra onus features. There are only 12 cartoons in this set and quite frankly a little something extra would have been nice and made this set a better value for the money that they are charging. THE VERDICT If you are an animation fan or Betty Boop fan: GET IT. I have to admit, I almost didn't get this because it was such a bare bones release with only 12 cartoons for 25 dollars. The price point for this package was "almost" unacceptable, and I have heard that some animation fans are not buying it for that reason. But we need more vintage animation restoration releases and not buying this will only send a message that there is not enough market to justify doing it (as opposed to sending a message that these releases need to be done properly....which they do).
I would recommend this to a friend
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