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Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection R1

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  1. the_pauley

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    Found this on Amazon.

    Word from several Toon sites state that these are fully restored and uncut! Here's hoping...

    And only £11.21 from DVD Soon! :clap:
     
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    Hmm... I'd love to order this, but I think I will wait for definite confirmation that they are uncencored, otherwise I might as well stick to my Asian box set.
     
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    Yes - I'm of the same mind. Don't have any other versions, but will wait for confirmation before buying this.
     
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    when is it due out?
     
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    Click the link - all details there.
     
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    reminder - this is coming on the 19th
     
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    Warner's DVD people recently did an online chat on Home Theatre Forum and confirmed that these were fully restored and uncensored!

    :clap:
     
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    only in mono though :(
     
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    does that really matter with an old cartoon?
     
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    It would still be nice to get a 'set list' before committing myself to this.
     
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    The Asian set is awful Apart from unacceptable quality on most of the cartoons,His Mouse Friday,the most controversial of the T&J cartoons has no dialogue track.So even though the visuals are uncensored,it is spoilt by both Japanese and English tracks having no dialogue.
    The sets saving grace,set to be wiped out by this new set,is an uncut version of The Little Orphan.
    I did read that the R1 releases were going to be sequential,like the UK ones,but this eems to have changed.
     
  12. Simon6776

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    That's what worries me. I really only want the Fred Quimby ones, and if they are going to mix then with the awful Hanna-Barbera ones of the 60s, I don't think I will be buying.
     
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    :confused:

    Er, I think you're getting more than a little confused here!

    Hanna and Barbera created Tom & Jerry and were the team behind all of the classic T&J shorts of the '40s and '50s. Indeed Joseph Barbera had already made a "Tom & Jerry" cartoon series for Van Bueren studios in the early '30s (featuring two human characters in the title roles) before being teamed with Hanna at MGM, where the human T&J became a cat and a mouse.

    They animated and co-directed the series when Fred Quimby was producing and carried on after he retired also assuming production duties. All seven of the Oscar winning T&J shorts were by Hanna and Barbera.

    Their involvement with the series ended in 1957 when MGM closed down their cartoon division.

    As to "...the awful...ones of the 60s..." these were produced by Gene Deitch who assigned the animation tasks to animators based in Prague. Chuck Jones then tried his hand in the mid '60s, but his style did not suit the cat and mouse duo.

    Hanna and Barbera had nothing to do with these 1960s cartoons.
     
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    I know what Simon means though, the Fred Quimby ones were always my favourites. Does anyone know if this is going to be released on R2 as well ?
     
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    They were made in mono, best to keep them that way.
     
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    If the listing that is on amazon customer reviews is right this set has missed loads of classics such as the first one " Puss Gets The Boot " and there were 46 Cartoons In the 40s and 68 in the 50s.
    So 40 on two discs is not that good !!!!!
     
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    40 cartoons plus extras (unlike the UK sets) is pretty good value I'd say. Especially at just over £11!

    It's not meant to be a chronological collection, just like the Looney Tunes collection is not chronological. There will be more sets to come. The clue is in the title: The Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection: The Premiere Volume.

    Can't understand why people refer to the classic T&Js as "...the Fred Quimby ones..." and such like. Quimby was the executive in charge of the MGM cartoon division, so his name appears on every cartoon short from the studio from 1937 to 1955.

    Hanna & Barbera created the characters as well as doubling up on animation and direction chores on the series from the first T&J short in 1939 through to the last of the classic era in 1957.

    Refering to them as Fred Quimby's is a bit like refering to E.T. as Kathleen Kennedy's movie or Star Wars as that Gary Kurtz film...

    :confused:
     
  18. Simon6776

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    Yeah, but you know what I mean - there was a 'classic' era. The later ones were not so good.
     
  19. the_pauley

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    Yes there was a classic era, 1939-1957 - thanks to Hanna & Barbera. Your post refered to...

    ... a completely untrue statement. I was merely putting the record straight.
     
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    More good news on these R1 sets. According to Jerry Beck, the consultant behind this and the Looney Tunes sets, The Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection is only meant to cover the Hanna & Barbera theatrical releases.

    So no need to worry about having to put up with the later crappy ones being mixed in!

    Also, the shorts that were produced in Cinemascope are being presented in their original aspect ratio as opposed to the pan-and-scan versions available on the R2 sets.

    Overall I'd say :D :thumbsup: :smashin: :clap: and :smoke:

    P.S. If you're reading the Amazon reviews, the guy from the UK who claims that the R2 sets are uncut is talking through his hat! Apart from the censorship cuts, how could anyone fail to notice that Mammy Two-Shoes' voice had been over-dubbed?

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    so to clarify we are getting 40 cartoons from the gold era all restored and cleaned up? personally i think thats a bargain ! I would have liked them to tweak the sound but i have no real problem with mono. STar WArs was mono and now it isnt... but thats a whole different debate.
     
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    Star Wars was originally presented in Dolby Surround, so no debate there at all then. :D
     
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    yes but some cinemas didnthave the technology for surround, i saw it in mono ! but point taken. Fault of the cinema and not the film
     
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    My apologies, I got it totally confused. [​IMG] I was thinking that the 'awful ones from the 60s' were going to be compiled into the 'Golden Era' for the DVDs, which I think everyone would agree, is not what we want.
     
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    I agree with everbody about those 60s ones i had the video box set i brought a few yrs ago the ones proudecd by Fred Quinby where great but the 60s one some where done by friz freeling where teriblie the worst as far as i can remeber was called The Art box the cartoon where crap as was the sound track Tom and Jerry looked nothing like they where orginal drawn the visual gags where non- existant
     

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