The final week of March, 2014 marked the fifth anniversary - or, as they called it in their ads, "fifth birthday" -- of The Warner Archive Collection.
This "manufactured-on-demand" enterprise of Warner Home Video has been a huge favorite with me.
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The number of Warner Archive Collection DVDs I've reviewed here at TIAH Blog should speak for itself (links below):
"King of the Underworld"
"The Two Mrs. Carrolls"
"Jimmy the Gent"
And a few more that seem to be in a perpetual "state of preparation", including (if you can believe it) a Cagney and Bogart WESTERN!
Other Golden Age Hollywood Greats - Edward G. Robinson, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre:
"Popeye the Sailor: The 1960s Classics"
It's clear that I have great affection for -- and derive much enjoyment from -- the various products put forth by The Warner Archive Collection.
But, all is not peaches and cream, sunny days, and banana cherry cheesecake in "WAC"-ky Land...
|"W-W-Warning! What f-f-follows is culled from c-c-comments from the prev-prev-prev... LAST p-p-post! Yeah, I'm cheat-cheat-cheat... CUTTING CORNERS!"|
For all the good emanating from the WAC over these last five years, one area in which it has FAILED to live up to its seemingly unlimited potential is animation.
You'd think that the media giant that controls the cartoons of Warner Bros. (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies), MGM, and Hanna-Barbera, would do a better job of releasing this classic material to the public!
|I TOLD YA they made a western together!|
And, even if there ARE (as has been oft reported) music clearance issues with the earlier seasons of Huckleberry Hound, the Fourth Season was okay, as was the Third Season of Quick Draw McGraw. They were short seasons, so COMBINE them into one package – to be supplemented by the extra Hokey Wolf cartoons made to replace the departing Yogi Bear segment. That would make for a bountiful release – and there’s no reason it could not be done.
|Take that WHIP to Warner Archives, Huck!|
|Even Hokey Wolf couldn't talk Warner into such releases!|
|I'm as angry as Captain Ahab, over not having my own copy of "Dicky Moe"!|
If these artifacts of early entertainment can get a Warner Archives release, why not the Looney Tunes cartoons that PLAYED ON THE SAME PROGRAM with them?
So, Happy Fifth Birthday to The Warner Archive Collection...
And thanks for all the great stuff...
Now, let loose of the rest of it!