This coming Tuesday, November 11, 2008, sees the release of The Chronological Donald Volume 4 (1951-1961), and I urge all of you who are interested to get it on the day of release – or as near to the day of release as possible.
Aside from a great group of Donald cartoons, there is also “Donald Goes to Press” a special DVD Extra Feature that details Donald’s career in comics. (You can read more about the feature HERE!)
The reason for the urgency is that the press run for this set (…at least according to Internet postings I’ve read) will be 39,500!
I repeat – 39,500! That’s down from 50,000 for last year’s Volume 3, which is already in short supply, and has begun to fetch premium secondary market prices. (You can read about that situation HERE!)
So, if you want to complete your “CHRON DON” (Thanks for the name, Chris!) collection, or just want to experience a once-in-a-lifetime mainstream acknowledgement of the joys and wonders of Donald Duck comics, get this while you can find it easily!
AND, while you’re at your preferred DVD retailer, don’t miss out on Popeye the Sailor (Volume 3) 1941-1943 – Released November 04. This is an extraordinary set that includes all of the seldom (or never) seen Popeye WWII cartoons, covers the transition from Max Fleischer to Famous Paramount Studios, and completes the run of Black and White Popeye cartoons. AND, AND don’t forget about the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 6, recently released on October 21. As with the Popeye volume, this collection contains an entire disc of wartime cartoons, including such favorites as “Herr Meets Hare”, “Russian Rhapsody”, and the magnificent “Daffy the Commando” (a possible inspiration for the TV series Hogan’s Heroes).
There’s another disc of older Black and White cartoons featuring Bosko, Buddy, and director Jack King’s early masterpiece “A Cartoonist’s Nightmare”. Not to mention the expected disc of perennial WB favorites like Bugs Bunny’s “Hare Trigger” (the first appearance of Yosemite Sam), "Birth of a Notion" (Daffy Duck vs. Peter Lorre) and one of my all-time favorites Porky Pig and Sylvester in “Jumpin’ Jupiter” -- the final entry in what I’ve come to call “The Cowardly Sylvester and Stupefyingly Oblivious Porky in Danger Trilogy”!
This is a ONE GREAT MONTH for classic animation lovers! Enjoy it to the fullest!