Bad news for anyone who has been looking forward to these R2 releases. The idea was great. Releases of all the T&J shorts with twenty-odd titles per disc. What could be more straightforward? You may well ask. My copy of Volume One, released last week has gone straight back to HMV for a refund. Almost every episode has been "politically corrected". Unbelieveably, the character of Mammy-Two-Shoes has had her voice re-dubbed with a twee, distinctly non-black voice. No more the famous cry of "Thomaaaas!". I would love someone at MGM to explain to me what is / was / ever will be offensive about a woman with a strong black Southern accent? It was after all the actress Lillian Randolph's real voice. Tune into any American documentary / talk / reality show today and you'll still hear black women speaking in just such an accent. Just what is the problem? A couple of episodes have also had some "blackface" humour cut out. You know the stuff where the cat gets his face blackened by an explosion and a banjo plays "Camptown Races", etc. Granted these jokes are a tad squirm-inducing these days, but at the same time I think viewers are able to make allowances for the era that these films were made. Censorship and revisionism is far more disturbing. If MGM were so concerned, then a short intro to the set outlining the period the films were made in and justifying their inclusion on an historical basis would surely have averted any criticism. There is also an episode missing from the running order of Volume 1. For some reason "Million Dollar Cat" is missing. Haven't seen it so can't say why, but I suspect more political correctness. The episode listing for Volume 2 (released in May) on Play.com has a couple of omissions, including "Mouse Cleaning". This episode was the first episode to be "corrected" in the late '60s-early '70s, with Mammy's voice being overdubbed and a "blackface" joke being replaced by newly-created animation. But for some reason even this censored episode is not included. Incidentally the version of this I have recorded from a BBC transmission in the late '80s is the original, uncensored version, even though a doctored print was available from 15 years previously. But there's more confusion to come. When I went into HMV to return my purchase I noticed a 2 disc "Collector's Edition" of Volume 1 & 2. The individual discs of Volumes 1 and 2 have 24 cartoons each. However this "Collector's Edition" offers 50 cartoons in total, but confusion is added by a running time of 84mins and 93mins for each disc. The running time of the stand alone disc of Volume 1 with 24 cartoons is listed at 177 mins, so how come 50 shorts on the 2 disc set run for the same time? And what are the 2 extra cartoons? No one at HMV could offer any explanation and there is no track listing on the packaging of the 2 disc set. Confused? Me too! Part of me hopes against hope that the "Collector's Edition" might be just that - aimed at the serious collector and containing episodes and material missing from the single disc versions. Nice thought but unlikely. I'd be grateful if anyone can give me any information on this. So what are the alternatives? Apparently there is a 3 disc version of varying quality from some R3 country with all episodes uncensored, but with the rather cheeky insertion of the DVD manufacturer's logo in place of the MGM lion on every cartoon! There is talk of an uncensored Japanese collection in the pipeline, and then a R1 USA box set (although I'll bet money this will be "corrected"). Personally I'll be boycotting the R2 releases and will be telling MGM just why I'm doing so. Perhaps a few more similar complaints might have an impact? Well - p****d off or what?