Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s, Volume 1

Review by KC Carlson It’s been a while since I’ve watched (and reviewed) any vintage Popeye cartoons. But Warner just sent me the first new Popeye set in a long while. Plus, it’s the first restored Popeye on Blu-ray, which is a big deal! Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s, Volume 1 contains 14 recently restored color theatrical shorts — and as far as I can tell these are the original, unedited, versions of the cartoons. I distinctly remember watching these […]

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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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Riverdale Second Season DVD Announced

With Riverdale season two ending next week, it’s time to think about binge-watching! Which makes this announcement particularly timely. Riverdale: The Complete Second Season will hold all 22 episodes on four DVDs. As with the first season, there will be a Blu-ray version through Warner Archive with all the same extras. Both are available on August 7. The DVD set is list priced at $39.99 (same as the first season, but with more episodes this time). After a slow start, […]

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Static Shock’s Fourth (and Final) Season Coming to DVD

As pointed out by World’s Finest, Warner Archive has posted a listing for Static Shock: The Complete Fourth Season, available April 24 for $24.99. The series, about an electrically powered teen superhero, has been long overdue for collecting, so I’m glad to see they’re going to finish out the series. I’m speculating that this will be a two-disc set, since season 4 consisted of these 13 epsiodes: “Future Shock” – Batman Beyond crossover set in the future “She-Back!” “Out of […]

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Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

The Blu-ray release of Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero is the best argument yet for how any medium can be used to tell substantial, meaningful stories. The reinvention of Mr. Freeze as a tormented widower instead of just a guy with an ice gun gives the battles and action scenes more depth. I started my viewing with “Heart of Ice” from Batman: The Animated Series, one of the extras. This episode introduces the character and his motivation, revenge on a […]

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Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero Gets a Blu-ray

It’s been 20 years since Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero came out on DVD. It’s a 67-minute tie-in movie to Batman: The Animated Series and has the same voice cast: Kevin Conroy as Batman and Michael Ansara as Mr. Freeze. Other cast members include Loren Lester (Robin/Dick Grayson), Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (Alfred), Robert Costanzo (Detective Harvey Bullock), Robert Hastings (Commissioner Gordon), Marilu Henner (Veronica Vreeland), Mari Devon (Summer Gleeson), and Liane Schirmer (Lt. Renee Montoya), with Mary Kay Bergman as […]

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Warner Combines Movie Streaming Services, Shutting Down Warner Archive Instant

Time Warner had FilmStruck (launched 2016), an arthouse movie streaming service focusing on indie and foreign films. They also had Warner Archive Instant (launched 2013), which provided streaming of classic movie and TV shows. Now, they just have FilmStruck, with the classic movies moving over to the first service, including such well-known titles as Casablanca, Rebel Without a Cause, Singin’ in the Rain, Citizen Kane, The Music Man, Bringing Up Baby, The Thin Man, and Cat People. The Warner Archive […]

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Static Shock: The Complete Third Season

Now available from Warner Archive is the third season of Static Shock, the cartoon about the electrically powered teen superhero. These 13 episodes, each 21 minutes, originally aired in 2003 and appear on two discs in this set, as follows: Disc One Disc Two Hard As Nails Gear Static in Africa Shebang The Usual Suspect A League of Their Own, Part 1 A League of Their Own, Part 2 Showtime Romeo in the Mix Toys in the Hood The Parent […]

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