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Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume Two(1936-1966)
Some of the greatest Looney Tunes cartoons are together for the first time on Blu-ray. These collections have been digitally restored and remastered.
For more about Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume Two and the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume Two Blu-ray release, see Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume Two Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on October 11, 2012 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.
Starring: Mel Blanc, Bill Roberts
Director: Chuck Jones
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Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume Two Blu-ray Review
Ah! West and wewaxation...
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, October 11, 2012
Like the first volume of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection, Volume Two isn't a chronological dream come true, nor does it include every Looney Tunes short lifelong fans may be hoping to reacquaint themselves with. But the words "Volume Two" only reinforce the promise made with the first Platinum Collection release: never fear, there are more to come. The fact that this latest 3-disc, 50-short set features "The Complete Nasty Canasta," "The Bugs Bunny vs. Cecil Trilogy," Leon Schlesinger's "Early Wabbit" shorts, "The Complete Beaky Buzzard," the Chuck Jones "Wabbit Season Trilogy," and "The Complete A. Flea" continues to bode well for future releases and more fill-in-the-completist's-gap character treatments. (I remain enthusiastic for whatever complete character collections waiting for us in Volume Three and beyond.) As sophomore releases go, the second volume of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection functions, yet again, as a greatest hits reel and a showcase of lesser known animated shorts; as a satisfying meal and a tasty treat that leaves you hungry for more; as a strong standalone collection and the second of many exciting Looney Tunes releases. Perfection would be a chronologically arranged, 28-disc opera omnia, sure. But we'll get there, one digestible volume at a time.
"Some of the cartoons you are about to see are a product of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While the following does not represent the Warner Bros.' view of today's society, some of these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed."
Cynicism dictates that a studio is purely a profit driven machine. That most every release is designed to accommodate a pre-determined budget and little more. That quality is, first and foremost, anchored to cost. Flawed reasoning all around. Budgets are a crucial force in preservation, remastering and releasing, yes. But the men and women who set those budgets, to say nothing of the talented individuals who work within those parameters to deliver a first-rate product, are driven by a deep affection, a reverence even, for the films, series and shorts being restored, remastered or released. Look no further than a release like Volume Two. While every decision -- from short selection, to presentation, to special features -- can be picked apart and criticized, element by element, it's clear that tremendous love and care went into every aspect of the 3-disc set. That doesn't translate to perfection, of course. Few releases are flawless. Lossless audio would have been appreciated here, across-the-board high definition extras would have been ideal, more shorts... well, that's stretching things a bit. But the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection is something special regardless, and it's clear on every disc, in every short and on every feature.
Part of the joy of digging into Volume Two -- and hopefully every future volume the studio issues -- is the sheer surprise of what lays around the next corner, on the next disc, in the next menu. It could be a favorite short; for me "Show Biz Bugs," "Deduce, You Say," "Home Tweet Home," "The High and the Flighty," the "Hunting Trilogy" and "Tortoise Wins By a Hare." Or a beloved character, a forgotten guest of honor, or a story that brings childhood memories flooding back. And it isn't just the showcase shorts either. It could be a documentary that enriches the experience. A commentary that casts an old classic in a new light. Or the rare bonuses and vintage materials scattered across all three discs. Working my way through Volume Two wasn't a chore in the slightest. It was a blast, often a blast from the past, sometimes something more. Not every short holds up, and not every short is essential. Some are simply intregal milestones in the evolution of the Looney Tunes catalog. But few opportunities are missed and even fewer mistakes are made. I, for one, can't wait to see what Volume Three has in store.
The fifty shorts featured on the second volume of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection are as follows:
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume Two Blu-ray, Video Quality
Variety, variety, variety. Volume Two offers more than the standard Looney Tunes fare, and isn't a casual viewer's collection comprised solely of the best and brightest animated shorts remastered from the most pristine film elements. A number of source issues afflict the second volume's fifty shorts -- nicks, scratches, lines, flickering and other minor blemishes -- and grain is rather sporadic, particularly when comparing one short to the next. (Which, frankly, is a pointless exercise, given the vast differences in their production, age, and the condition of their source materials.) And yet it's hard to imagine any of it looking any better than it does here. Granted, a fuller frame-by-frame restoration could have eliminated even more of these imperfections, but those that remain are easily overlooked and hardly amount to a significant distraction. Otherwise, nothing holds Volume Two back. Colors have been rejuvenated, the animators' original line art is clean and refined, contrast is dialed in nicely (and normalized with care), black levels are rich and inky, and most every background brush stroke texture and detail in the original cels appears to be intact. Like Volume One, Warner's latest Looney Tunes presentation is impressive, from the oldest black and white Porky Pig short to the classics that look as if they rolled out of the animation studios yesterday.
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume Two Blu-ray, Audio Quality
The only disappointment to be had in Warner's 3-disc Volume Two release is each short's 192kbps Dolby Digital Mono track. Though more than adequate -- particularly when backed by the work that's gone into cleaning up the shorts' original audio elements without sacrificing the clarity of the voices, effects and music -- the lossy audio begs the question: would a lossless mix sound better? It would certainly be more ideal, and ensure a higher quality and purer presentation. Still, we're dealing with decades-old animated shorts. Lossy or no, the soundscape is thin on the whole and no amount of restorative work could (or should really) make them sound as if they were anything but a product of their time. I'm content. Not 100% satisfied, but content.
Spanish audio is not available for "Scent-Imental Romeo" and "The Lion's Busy." German audio is not available for "A Wild Hare," "Buckaroo Bugs," "Ali Baba Bunny," "Wise Quacking Duck," "What Makes Daffy Duck," "Little Red Rodent Hood," "Birdy and the Beast," "Home, Tweet Home," "Scent-Imental Romeo," "The High and Flighty," "Tabasco Road" and "Mexicali Shmoes."
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume Two Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume Two Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Warner Bros. is two for two now when it comes to classic cartoon releases (four for four if you count Tom & Jerry: The Golden Collection Volume One and the Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: Chuck Jones Collection), and the future of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection releases is more exciting than ever. The second 3-disc Looney Tunes set features fifty remastered high definition shorts, an excellent video presentation, a solid (if less than ideal) Dolby Digital Mono track, and hours upon hours of extras, including 37 commentaries, 10 alternate audio programs, documentaries heaped on top of documentaries, numerous featurettes, dozens of additional standard definition shorts, and rare archive treasures many of us have never seen before. It's a good day to be a Looney Tunes fan. Here's to Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume Two, the inevitable release of Volume Three, and beyond.
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