What really shines, though, is the animation, itself. I mean, let's face it, these episodes have existed on old film stock for decades and could so easily have fallen into a deplorable state, yet now all the colours, shadings and iconic imagery on display feels vibrant, sinuous and literally alive. Outlines are crisp and clear, and no amount of kinetic violence or chaos depicted can mask or obscure the quality of the work that has gone into bringing Superman to life. The transfer really reveals the expertise that the animators brought to this show.
As it stands, this track is extremely clean and superbly clear. It'll do for me.
Unparalled brilliance, folks. Superman isn't my favourite superhero, not by a long way, but these adventures capture a time and a mood unlike anything else. America needed a hero and it certainly found one with Kal-El. These cartoons heralded advancement in the art, and indeed science of animation, bringing forth a boldness and excitement that still stands head and shoulders above a lot of 2D fare nowadays.
The spruce-up that these shorts have undergone is superlative, really bringing the art-deco backgrounds into fabulous relief and allowing the characters to literally spring from the screen. Different versions of these shows exist - Complete, Ultimate, Lost Episodes etc - and I don't really suppose it matters a great deal which edition you go for ... just so long as you do go for one. Whether you are a Superman fan or not, these cartoons are a landmark in animation history and certainly deserve a place on the shelf of any self-respecting genre collector or DVD-buff.
Super stuff, folks.
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