Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection - The Premiere Edition [2 Discs] [DVD]

Released in tandem with Warner Home Video's four-DVD box set Looney Tunes: The Golden Collection, Looney Tunes: The Premier Collection is essentially the budget-priced alternative to the larger package -- half as many cartoons and a lot less in the way of bonus material, but presented in top quality and available for less than half the list price. The same bright, sharp, and colorful transfers from The Golden Collection are used here, in the original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio, and they look superb; the audio, mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, is also rich and full-bodied. (Viewers get a choice between the original English-language sound tracks and dubbed versions in French, while optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish are also included.) The wealth of documentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentary tracks, and the like which filled out The Golden Collection are absent, with only a DVD-ROM game included to add value to the package, though, for casual fans more interested in the meat than the garnish, this may not be so much of a loss. If there's a flaw to this set, it's the same one that dogged The Golden Collection: A number of important cartoons didn't make the cut. While the four-disc package left out a few obvious classics from the Looney Tunes archives, this two-disc set features only shorts which appeared on The Golden Collection and leaves off several of the best-known and most important cartoons from that set, most notably Duck Amuck and Duck Dodgers in the 24th-and-a-half Century. Warners could easily have compiled a more satisfying "condensed version" of their flagship Looney Tunes DVD collection, but at least fans can rest assured that Looney Tunes: The Premier Collection presents these classic shorts in peerless technical form. With any luck, these missing items will likely appear in the same high quality some time in the future.
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Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection - The Premiere Edition [2 Discs] (DVD)  (English/French)  1950 - Larger Front
  • Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection - The Premiere Edition [2 Discs] (DVD) (English/French) 1950
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  • Fully playable, multi-level UFO getaway challenge
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  • English, French and Spanish subtitles


Bunker Hill Bunny
A Merrie Melodies cartoon set in the time of the American Revolution, director Friz Freleng's Bunker Hill Bunny casts Bugs Bunny as a Colonial rebel and Yosemite Sam as "Sam Von Schmam," a Hessian redcoat. Bugs and Sam command neighboring forts on the outskirts of the battle, flying opposing flags -- Bugs is "We", Sam is "They." Naturally, the two soon find themselves at war. In traditional Warner Brothers cartoon fashion, what follows is a series of blackout gags exploring the comic potential of cannonballs, bayonets, and sheds stacked to the ceiling with gunpowder, the violence escalating exponentially as the conflict progresses. But no matter how complex Sam's determined efforts to defeat the rebellious rabbit become, Bugs always manages to turn the tables with his old-fashioned American ingenuity. The battle is accompanied by a continual barrage of wisecracks, ranging from Bugs' use of baseball chatter during a cannon fight to a series of puns involving rhymes for the word "Hessian." The conclusion of the film features a bandaged Sam and Bugs walking down the road playing a drum and fife, a composition mimicking the well-known painting. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Baton Bunny
Feed the Kitty
A Broken Leghorn
Canned Feud
Hair-Raising Hare
Frigid Hare
Putty Tat Trouble
Devil May Hare
Canary Row
Don't Give up the Sheep
Tweety's S.O.S.
For Scent-imental Reasons
The dapper proprietor of an exclusive Parisian perfumery opens his shop one morning to discover a skunk (Pepe Le Pew) sampling his wares. Distraught, he calls a gendarme to remove the trespasser, but the policeman refuses to touch the smelly animal. The proprietor seizes hold of a cat and throws her in, ordering her to rid the premises of the skunk. Unfortunately, she knocks over a bottle of white dye which spreads along her back, giving her the appearance of another skunk. Pepe is struck with desire upon seeing the attractive faux-polecat and he makes amorous advances upon her. Repulsed, the cat hides inside a glass case. Pepe demands that she come out, and when she refuses, he places a gun to his head and pulls the trigger. The alarmed cat rushes out into his arms ("Fortunately for you, I missed," he explains), and then escapes to an upstairs room. As Pepe approaches, she jumps out the window. Proclaiming that they will die together, Pepe jumps after her. He lands in a bucket of blue paint, and she in a barrel of water. The cat, wet and bedraggled, looks so unappetizing that Pepe does not recognize her. On the other hand, with his strike covered, Pepe now resembles a very well-built cat, and he soon finds himself the object of the female cat's unwanted -- and very aggressive -- adoration. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

The Hypo-Chondri-Cat
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
Lumber Jerks
Fast and Furry-ous
The Awful Orphan
Daffy Duck Hunt
Bugs and Thugs
Haredevil Hare
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears
Kit for Kat
Tortoise Wins by a Hare
Speedy Gonzales
Everyone's favorite fast-moving mouse takes the lead in this Academy Award-winning cartoon short directed by Friz Freleng. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Elmer's Candid Camera
Early to Bet
The Foghorn Leghorn

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