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WB Planning Looney Tunes on Blu-ray

Posted January 15, 2010 08:06 AM by Juan Calonge

Warner Bros.Animation expert and historian Jerry Beck, while speaking on his blog CartoonBrew of the recently announced 'Looney Tunes Super Stars' DVD line, was asked if there was any chance of seeing any Looney Tunes on Blu-ray. Beck replied, "Yes, there are plans for a Blu-Ray release of Looney Tunes. I can say no more."

TV Shows on DVD informs that Beck has consulted with Warner Home Video about Looney Tunes DVD releases. He therefore can be considered a very reliable source in this connection.


Source: TV Shows on DVD | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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PossumPete
  Jan 15, 2010
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Quadruple dip on these!
spargs
  Jan 15, 2010
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My hope is that Jerry Beck can convince Warner to release the shorts in chronological order - my suggestion is to divide things by decade (1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s). This way, Warner wouldn't be pigeonholed into starting at 1930, which would have limited appeal to the casual fan.

Warner could begin with, say, The 1950s, Vol. 1, which could collect all of the shorts from 1950 and 1951 in chronological order. It could then do The 1940s, Vol. 1, followed by The 1950s, Vol. 2; The 1930s, Vol. 1; The 1940s, Vol. 2; The 1950s, Vol. 3; The 1960s, Vol. 1; etc.

A chronological, complete Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies collection (1930-1969) is my "holy grail." Please, Warner, make it so!
BD4ME
  Jan 15, 2010
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Chronological order of release would be awesome. It's such a mess at this point with the dvd's, I have no clue which shorts are on which dvd set. And I definitely do not like these individual dvd's they're cranking out at this point - the ones that are here to ''replace'' the Golden Collection.

Perfect opportunity for Warner Bros. to start from scratch with releasing these on a 'new' format.

And now something completely random: Space Jam please
chris42
  Jan 15, 2010
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yes, I agree that WB should follow Disney's footsteps and release these shorts in chronological order, especially for the completists. However they should also offer collections for the other buyers (compilations of Bugs, Daffy Sylvester, Tweety, Foghorn, etc) out there. Even more of an issue for me is that they all have the original title cards and NOT be full frame 1.33:1...none of that silly cropping that has shown up on previous editions where heads are lopped off. And certainly none of the digital artifacting that plagued some of the DVD releases. How's this...4k restoration!!!

MikeZ.
  Jan 15, 2010
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You guys are really the best ! Chronological order ??? How long would it have taken ME to think of that ? After waiting 50 years ( literally) for my own 3 Stooges collection, only to have it released in chronological order, AND pristine transfers, to think I might see LOONEY TUNES that way... man, with 2 brand new grandsons to share with... !!!!!!!!

Glad I only bought one of the Looney collections on DVD and from the Amazon Marketplace nice & cheap.

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monkeyjb1988
  Jan 15, 2010
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Looney Tunes on Blu-Ray = EPIC!!! I can't wait to see these. Hopefully Disney will release their shorts. If the shorts on Bug's Life and Snow White are an indication, Looney Tunes and Disney will look great.

EricJ
  Jan 15, 2010
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I KNEW that was why they were switching to single disks!
(Ie., if they continued with Golden collections, and put Golden Vol. 7 out in Blu, fans would be whining "Where are Vols. 1-6?", as they had with Lost.)

The next single-DVD's aren't out until 4/27, and I'm holding back carefully to see what's also announced by then.
moverob
  Jan 15, 2010
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YES!!!

I have been waiting for word -- any credible word -- that Looney Tunes will be coming to BD.

Cartoons look good on DVD, but they will look absolutely spectacular and exciting on BD.

Excellent news.

Rainman208
  Jan 15, 2010
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Sounds good. i'll have to see how they are grouped though. To me the Spotlight and Golden Collection dvds are kind of scattershot.
cjamescook
  Jan 15, 2010
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I would be interesting to see if they include some of the older black & white cartoons they released on laser disc.

For those that don't know, the laser disc collections came 70 cartoons (5 discs) per volume. They issued about five volumes (I have the first four).
Titanicfave
  Jan 15, 2010
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YES!!! this is awesome news!

JediFonger
  Jan 15, 2010
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i 10th the chronological releases =). & hopefully lossless audio. hardcore fans know that these loony tunes are basically ALL music/silent films.

RIKANA
  Jan 15, 2010
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Excellent!

RI
ZoetMB
  Jan 15, 2010
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The fact is that after volumes 1 and 2, the Golden Collection didn't sell all that well, which is why they discontinued it after the sixth volume. And those six volumes still comprised only about 37% of the total output of the studio.

Even though I personally love well-crafted boxed sets, aside from completists (and I don't think there's enough of them), no one needs/wants all (approx) 1014 WB Cartoons. I also wonder if those cartoons will really look better on Blu-ray or not. Even though the Golden DVDs were critically acclaimed, you can see smudges and dirt on the cells. Like an actress with bad skin, a BD edition might make them look a lot worse.

Frankly, I find that I don't have the patience to watch those cartoons. I find myself liking the documentaries far better than the actual content. The problem with a chronological approach is that it's way more material than the vast majority of people would ever want. And most baby boomers who buy this as nostalgia will buy the cartoons they saw as kids - which are mainly those from the 1940s and 1950s.

iam1bearcat
  Jan 15, 2010
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This would probably quickly become one of the top 10 "all time selling" blu-rays if and when this does happen.
Ponder Stibbons
  Jan 15, 2010
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I wonder if they could ever be persuaded to release the "Censored Eleven" shorts?? Even if they weren't commercially available, just by special order only?

I know they're censored for a reason, but they're still part of animation heritage and ought to be available for those interested in them, IMHO...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censored_Eleven

maidenbrain
  Jan 15, 2010
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I love WB cartoons, and while I'm thrilled to see them in HD, I'm not so thrilled about having to buy 6 collections all over again, considering the Golden Collections DVDs were pretty expensive.

I hope they release more comprehensive (than the Golden Collections) collections on blu-ray, say Platinum Collections (or something) that have 100+ cartoons or like someone said, something chronological, but not a couple years at a time - more like a decade or half a decade at a time or production era collections (though the "Warner Bros." era would require multiple sets).

I guess what I'm saying is, don't make me buy the exact same content over again, make it special...perhaps by including some of the "Censored Eleven," especially "Coal Black...".

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househead
  Jan 15, 2010
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Awesome! I've seen some Looney Tunes in HD and it is GLORIOUS! Oh the colors!And the blacks.....sooooooo deep and inky.

jk1138
  Jan 15, 2010
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a reserved, awesome, from me, as I will have to see some sort of confirmation, but I eagerly await.

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I am blu
  Jan 15, 2010
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i would love to see SPACE JAM on blu!
gpn
  Jan 15, 2010
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Excellent! The Looney Tunes on the Adventures of Robin Hood blu-ray look really nice.

Greg

lonewolf8
  Jan 15, 2010
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Having this on Blu-ray would be most welcome! I have The Golden Collection Vol. 1-3, and I am not that impressed with image quality when viewed on my 46" Sony. There is quite a bit of compression pixelization. I'd love to see a less compressed, more vibrantly done Blu-ray. And I am a huge fan of classic cartoons. I too, want them all, the uncensored ones incuded. Just add on the Whoopie Goldberg intro, I just want to have these all in my collection in glorious Blu!!!
Dicmatic
  Jan 15, 2010
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Sweet!

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repete66211
  Jan 16, 2010
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If the Loony Toons/Merry Melodies are released in a coherent, organized manner (i.e. chronologically or by character) I would jump all over this, especially if they're uncensored. I really don't want to see a mish-mash, grab-bag rollout.
DVDdesign
  Jan 16, 2010
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I was misquoted by CNN back in 2003 when the original WB DVD's came out and got reamed by Beck and a bunch of other people online for insisting a chronological order was the only way it could be taken seriously by collectors.

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2QQ6HYP2SGQW9/ref=cm_pdp_rev_title_3?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview#R32EX6RSZ4CRKV

Sets sold poorly and WB's enthusiasm died out after 6 releases. What a surprise.

I realize that there's a lot of glut there for WB shorts, yep, over 1,000 shorts, and many of them not all that worthy of collecting.

Here's my suggestion, in the absence of chronological releases (which WB will never do in this day and age with costs for HD remastering), character only releases.

And I mean full sets. Every Bugs Bunny short, A-Z. Every Daffy Duck short, every Porky Pig, etc. I realize that there's a lot of crossover, but there's also not. Many of the shorts were created with a specific character in mind. If you take those Disney releases, Complete Goofy, Complete Mickey, do that and split them up into Vol 1&2&3 or whatever. But the strategy they followed the first time by creating these random themes spread across 4 discs obviously isn't going to fly this time.

Here's another problem. We're 3-4 generations past the classic WB cartoons. Who watches them anymore? Aside from classic animation fans? Seriously, when was the last time you saw a block of classic Tom and Jerry or classic Merrie Melodies on television? They're losing relevance in the eyes of the most important consumer out there, the 18-35 demographic. The longer they stay out of reach of that demographic, the less important it is to get it out there for WB.

And if CNN or Beck or anyone from any cartoon forum wants to misquote me again, here's a choice quote: "The DVD's sold poorly because they denigrated into a mess of random shorts around a loose theme, despite protests from WB that they were doing things they way they thought they should be done. Despite some care taken in remastering on the DVD's, I expect no less than another bungle from WB for a Blu Ray release."

Mr. Joshua
  Jan 17, 2010
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Nice....

Blu-Ron
  Jan 17, 2010
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BEST news I could ever get!

Blu-Ron
  Jan 17, 2010
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I just talked to Jerry Beck and he said this,"Yeah, well it isn't on the schedule for release yet - but its being discussed!"

Good enough for me!
matt_hargett
  Jan 18, 2010
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I'm actually more excited for the lossless audio track. I hope they open up the music to stereo, at least, depending on the sources they have. At the very least, the original mono tracks in 24-bit/88.2khz lossless is an absolute necessity for me to buy these.

One more thing, Warner: please don't just dump the MPEG-2 encoded DVD documentaries onto this bluray like you've done with almost every re-release you've done in the last year. Re-encoding as 480p AVC with a higher bitrate cap makes a HUGE difference, as does upping the bitrate from 192kbit/sec to 224kbit/sec. I'm sick and tired of having to turn up the commentaries and documentaries to be really loud just to make the dialogue intelligible. Please follow HBO's lead with DTS 2.0 @ 256kbit/sec -- a great balance of saving space of decent audio quality.
machina
  Jan 18, 2010
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great news. any chance for.. Tiny Toons?!?!?!


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