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|Popeye the Sailor 1938-1940 Vol 2|
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 06/17/2008 Run time: 222 minutes
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Good to see Volume Two come out so quickly
calvinnme | 02/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Someone has already commented in Volume One that these early Popeye cartoons are totally different from what is often seen on TV. Those cartoons were largely made in the 60's and are quite monotonous - Bluto wants Olive as a girlfriend, he initially gets the upper hand, and then Popeye eats his spinach and saves the day. If that were the case here I'd say save your money. However, this is not the case. These early Popeye cartoons feature funnier, more interesting versions of the Popeye characters in a wide variety of plots. The following is the press release indicating the contents of volume 2:
I Yam Love Sick
Plumbing Is A Pipe
Bulldozing The Bull
Mutiny Ain't Nice
A Date To Skate
Cops Is Always Right
ALADDIN AND HIS WONDERFUL LAMP
Leave Well Enough Alone
Ghosks Is The Bunk
Hello, How Am I
It"s The Natural Thing To Do
Never Sock A Baby
Females Is Fickle
Stealin' Ain't Honest
Me Feelin's Is Hurt
Wimmin Is A Myskery
Doin' Impossikible Stunts
Wimmin Hadn't Oughta Drive
Puttin On The Act
Popeye Meets William Tell
My Pop, My Pop
With Poopdeck Pappy
Popeye Presents Eugene The Jeep
Extras will include commentaries, Popeye Popumentary featurettes, an Out of the Inkwell: The Fleischer Story retrospective documentary, the feature-length movie Gulliver's Travels, vintage audio recordings, radio interviews, and more."
The Popeye series at its prime...an essential collection
A. Gammill | West Point, MS United States | 03/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Fleischers' Popeye series really hit its stride in the late 1930's, and this set contains many classic shorts. For those poor uninformed folks that think all Popeye cartoons are the same, be sure and show them "It's the Natural Thing To Do," wherein Popeye and Bluto try a more civilized approach at courting Olive. More characters from the Segar comic strip appear as well, including Eugene the Jeep, Poopdeck Pappy, and the Goons. "Females Is Fickle" is the well-known episode in which Popeye nearly kills himself trying to save Olive's pet goldfish. And the "Aladdin" short is the final color "2-reeler" in the series.
As with Volume 1, Warner Bros. has provided a generous set of extras for this release. These include a lengthy documentary on the Fleischer studios, featurettes on supporting players, various art galleries, audio commentaries on several cartoons, and a Superman cartoon from the Fleischers. While that last item might seem an odd addition to this set, it's another fine example of what the studio could do with a popular comic character.
There are still a couple of more years' worth of great Popeye cartoons from the Fleischers, before the changeover to Famous Studios. . .and the long, slow death (creatively speaking) of the spinach-eating sailor. Popeye the Sailor-1941-43 Volume 3 hits the shelves on Sept. 30. In the meantime, enjoy some of his greatest adventures with this terrific collection.
DISC 1 REPLACEMENT PROGRAM! Otherwise a great set.
Paul J. Mular | San Carlos, CA USA | 06/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Warner Home Video has issued this disc 1 advisery:
Notice regarding Popeye the Sailor 1938-1940 Volume 2, Disc 1
Warner Home Video is advising consumers who purchased Popeye the Sailor 1938-1940 Volume 2 DVD that two shorts on Disc 1 have an alternate opening credits sequence.
For any consumer who wants to have disc 1 replaced with the original opening credits sequence, please contact Warner Home Video at 1-800-553-6937 so that a self-addressed stamped envelope can be sent to you for return of your current disc. Please note that the replacement discs will be sent to you in approximately 8-10 weeks.
The cartoons in error are:
#9 CUSTOMERS WANTED
#14 HELLO HOW AM I
They start with the Paramount Logo replacing the TV "aap" logo, but then jump to the plain white "Popeye" TV title card, and then return to the original episode title & credits. The editor did not realize that the Popeye section needed to be replaced also.
As this is not a disc "Recall" but a replacement program, don't expect the stores to send them back for replacement copies. I would suggest purchasing the DVDs now. If you are unhappy with the alternate title sections, then call for a replacement. I would not wait in hopes the new discs will appear on the store shelves. That would require them to sell out of all existing copies in the distribution warehouses.
Most likely many viewers will not care about this, but historians will want the corrected discs."
Challenging Transfers, but Another High Quality Release
Xander McDonald | New York, NY | 06/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These cartoons were notoriously difficult to restore--where Volume 2 was originally intended to be another four disc set, the restorations on this particular group of films proved to be much more challenging than expected.
With that said, I think the producers did a great job delivering us another high-quality "official" Popeye The Sailor release. There are some instances where the picture jumps during the opening credits or the sound quality swells, but overall the quality and integrity of these cartoons has been restored 99 percent. In other words, the producers of this set did the best they could to fix what were very damaged originals.
If you enjoyed Popeye The Sailor Vol. 1 you will enjoy Vol. 2 as well. You definitely see some changes in the Fleischers' direction, as they uprooted their studio and moved to Miami, in some cases placing Popeye in a suburban setting rather than the gritty city of the cartoons in the first volume. And it's interesting to see all of that off-screen drama manifest itself on-screen. But as the saying goes, you can take the kid out of the city but you can't take the city out of the kid; even though Popeye may find himself in calmer neighborhoods, he is still the same rough and tumble sailor, ready to crack a can of spinich and throw down with anyone.
What I think is so impressive about these sets is that they don't only rekindle your interest in Popeye--they pull you into the Fleischers' history and they boost your overall interest in animation. The extras and "Popumentaries" give you detailed looks at specific characters and voice-actors, and the packaging is really beautiful, perfectly capturing the era that these films represent.
I would recommend this set to any fan of Popeye, any fan of animation, or any fan of DVD collections, for that matter. While you may find a spot where the picture shakes in one or two of the cartoons, that is only because the originals are seventy years old and this specific batch of originals was particularly damaged. The picture isn't perfect, but then again, neither is Popeye--the one-eyed, toothless, middle-aged scrapper--the unlikeliest of heroes. The producers did the best they could to restore the films--and for me, that grittiness actually adds to the set's authenticity. Looking forward to Vol. 3."