Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Hopalong Cassidy Ultimate Collector's Edition|
Actors: William Boyd, Edgar Buchanan
Genres: Westerns, Kids & Family, Television
Hopalong Cassidy is a shining piece of American history. And now, for the very first time, all sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy films are together in this ultimate collector's edition set. William Boyd, George "Gabby" Hayes, And... more »
All 66 Hopalong Cassidy movies in one DVD Collection
Rick | Decatur, Illinois | 08/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This really is the first time that all 66 Hopalong Cassidy movies have been assembled into one DVD collection. I have been trying to collect them all on DVD for a long time. 16 of the early movies were released as double features on DVD. Those are out of print and are very hard to find. The re-mastering of the movies is great. They are a huge improvement over the VCR tapes. The sound is surprisingly good.
Please note that this collection does not include any of the 52 TV programs. You can get them at Amazon.com under "Hopalong Cassidy: Complete Collection". That set has all 52 programs and 10 movies. Amazon.com also has the 52 TV programs on two separate sets of 26 TV episodes." Hopalong Cassidy TV Collection #1" and "Collection 2".
I highly recommend this item to all fans of Hopalong Cassidy, westerns and classic film and television.
A blessing....and a curse!
jrc | Jonesboro, AR USA | 09/30/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, all 66 Hoppy features are collected together for the first time. Why the whacky title order on the discs? Sadly, because the first 8 discs are identical to the previous Platinum releases. In fact, they ARE the old Platinum discs, right down to the disc labelling (Platinum became Echo Bridge Entertainment). As such, they suffer from the same over-compression, cramming 5 titles per single sided/single-layered disc. Wish I could say that the "new" discs were any different, as they are not. If you watch these on a standard-def TV and the screen is not too large, then they might look OK. Otherwise, look forward to blurring and other motion artifacts. They are quite watchable, but certainly not up to the standards seen on the Image DVD transfers.
Sadly, this will probably be the only "complete collection" available of the feature films. Recommended only for big-time Hoppy fans.
As an interesting footnote....these same guys at Echo Bridge DID try to do right by some of these films by releasing a 4-disc set with only 3 films per disc about a year ago. They looked great...no compression artifacts! Why this step back???"
GREAT SET, PUT TOGETHER WRONG.
A. Dittrich | Long Island NY | 10/11/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Great idea packaging all 66 feature films of William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy together in one set! Nice extra of housing them in a small reprduction metal lunchbox for that 1950's feel.
As for the films themselves, DVD reproduction is excellent as they are the same masters the Platinum Disc label (now owned by Echo Bridge Entertainment) released over a period of years in separate packages consisting of one disc containing 5 features in each, randomly chosen from the Cassidy catalog. And there's the rub!
If this set were a budget priced DVD package, I could understand, but it's not at an $80.00 list price, so why has Echo Bridge merely reproduced the Platinum Disc releases with new labels but the same format. Randomly picked films in no particular original release order?
This in my opinion would be a 5 star review if only Echo Bridge had taken the time to organize the films in their original order of theatrical release, starting from the earliest to the last productions. As it is, one has to jump around to different discs to view them that way. And I wish to! This was a big letdown for me when I received the package. So the 3 stars is strictly for the quality of the masters used on the DVD's, but it should and could have been a 5
Wonderful, but why aren't the movies in the original order?
Jabba | From the Land of Sky Blue Waters | 09/30/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The customer reviewers who rated this product highly based on its contents are right; those who gave it a poor rating based on the fact that Amazon listed it before being able to provide complete information on it may well have had a point to raise with Amazon, but hardly a reason to give the product itself a bad rating. What would have raised my own rating from four to five stars would have been to present the movies IN THEIR CORRECT CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER instead of the pretty much random order they appear in here. Would it really have been that much more troublesome or expensive to do that?"