Popeye Cartoons Coming From Warner Archive

Warner Archive has announced that they will be releasing on Blu-ray and DVD a set of Popeye the Sailor cartoons never before available on home entertainment. Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s, Volume 1 will contain 14 theatrical shorts making up “the first two Technicolor seasons of Popeye’s animated theatrical shorts (1943-44 and 1944-45) produced by Famous Studios, Paramount’s revered New York-based cartoon studio.” Many of these haven’t been seen in the original form for 60 years, and they’re being remastered […]

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Another Version of the Batman Animated Series Blu-ray Announced

Missed out on the gift package version of the Batman: The Complete Animated Series Blu-ray set? Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just announced a content-only version that’s now available. The 12-disc set (list price $89.99) comes with all episodes, “The Heart of Batman” documentary, the remastered animated films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, and digital copies. Here’s a clip from “The Heart of Batman” talking about the design influences.

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Incredibles 2

As with many recent Pixar movies, Incredibles 2 isn’t a great, ground-breaking animated work with new emotional insight. They don’t do that as much any more, instead focusing on revisiting familiar characters and spending more time with them. It’s comfortable instead of challenging, but the result is still a good cartoon movie. (The studio provided a review copy.) I love the old-style staging of the film. Cars and clothes are retro, but the city has a monorail. Apparently, the setting […]

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

I am excited to see that She-Ra and the Princesses of Power has been so well-received. This relaunch of the 1980s cartoon show has a more modern sensibility, and it allows the character to stand on her own instead of being a He-Man adjunct. (I haven’t had a chance to see the show yet, but I believe it, since the revamp was created by Noelle Stevenson, whose Nimona, which did something similar to fantasy adventure stories, won an Eisner a […]

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Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 3

Now that the feature-length Pixar movies are more focused on sequels and known quantities, the short films are where the most exciting concepts and animation techniques are found, in my opinion. Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 3 has a mix of original ideas and cartoon shorts with Pixar favorite characters. It contains the following, each of which can be played with or without a filmmaker introduction and/or commentary. Bao – by Domee Shi, 2018, shown with Incredibles 2, about a […]

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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Commemorative Edition

Now available, to prepare us all for the live-action Aquaman movie out next month (this disc even opens with that trailer, in case you missed the connection), is the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Commemorative Edition, which reissues the three-year-old animated movie with some new extras. The 4K Ultra HD edition, which Warner was kind enough to send me for review, also comes with a regular Blu-ray disc and a digital edition, while the Blu-ray edition has digital and DVD. […]

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Superman: The Movie 4K Re-Release

The movie that’s the grandfather of our current era, with the domination of superhero films at the box office, has been released on the newest video format, 4K Ultra HD. The 1978 Superman, starring Christopher Reeve, showed that you could do superpowers believably on film. This year is the 40th anniversary of the movie and the 80th anniversary of the character. Unfortunately, there is no new content on this package to mark that milestone. It would have been great to […]

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The Heart of Batman: The Batman: Complete Animated Series Blu-ray Extra

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment was kind enough to send me a review copy of the on-everyone’s-wish-list Batman: The Complete Animated Series Blu-ray set. Due to the incredible demand, as indicated by the huge increase in the print run, I didn’t get any of the extras, so I can’t speak to those, but I was thrilled to be able to check out the new movie-length feature, “The Heart of Batman”. There are 10 Blu-rays in the set (not counting the movies). […]

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