This is the first legitimate DVD release of the Fleischer/Paramount Betty Boop cartoons still covered by copyright...and long overdue I might add! About 44 of the Betty Boops are in public domain and have been released by several companies on DVD, mostly using the Republic Laserdisc box sets or well used 16mm prints as their source, Olive Films has licensed 48 of the copyrighted films from Paramount and apparently is using the excellent UCLA restorations as their source material. Purists won't like it that the U.M.& M. TV logos have replaced the Paramount mountain logo on the main titles but those were apparently cut into the original negatives when U.M.& M. TV acquired the TV rights way back in the mid 1950's. Volume 1 (of 4) of this series consists of 12 cartoons, mostly from the early and best (pre-Code!) Betty Boop era. The cartoons are look terrific! No heavy noise reduction which ruined the two Republic box sets, the cartoons have never looked better since their original release in 35mm.
I'm taking one star away from my rating only because this is the typical no frills Olive release with no extras of any kind and lackluster two color carton packaging, Betty Boop really deserves some special editions with documentaries, commentaries, etc. Too bad they didn't invite cartoon guru Jerry Beck to participate and make this series something special. The price is a bit high for no frills DVDs with only 12 cartoons per disc too. That being said I highly recommend these discs and commend Olive Films for doing what no other previous owner of the Betty Boop elements had any interest in doing....giving us stellar quality Betty Boop cartoons...and in Blu-ray too!