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Popeye: 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Popeye: 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition
DVD ~ Popeye
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 69.22
9 used & new from CDN$ 45.39

1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Real Popeye, July 7 2004
This is not the classic Popeye, but rather a collection of poorly-written, poorly-animated television cartoons from the 1960s. This does nothing but disgrace Popeye's 75th birthday.
Of more interest is the "Popeye: 75th Anniversary" Collector's Edition 2-disc set that contains 34 theatrical cartoons from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Although it is indeed a public domain collection, it may be the only public domain collection that does Popeye any justice: the cartoons have their titles restored, they are presented uncut and in their original color form, and there are no added sound effects.

The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins
The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins
by Burton L Mack
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.43
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1.0 out of 5 stars Author Uses False Dating to Boost His "Discovery", June 21 2004
Right in the beginning the author states the orientation of Christianity changed from Jesus' teachings to his life and death. He claims that Christians "borrowed" their "mythology" from Hellenistic society (pg. 2) while completely ignoring the prophecies of the Old Testament, which had existed for hundreds and thousands of years before! This disgusting propaganda is then justified by false dating of the Gospels. He says Mark was written in the 70s A.D., Matthew in the 80s, and John in the 90s. He states Luke and Acts were written "sometime early in the second century." This dating is purposely liberal and false. St. John Mark got some of his material from an earlier source from around 33 A.D. to 40 A.D., which means that his gospel would not have any wishful thinking in it, because the material was written at a time when any witnesses would have corrected it (especially the angry Jewish pharisees). St. Matthew and St. Luke drew some of their material from Mark's gospel. There is substantial evidence that Luke wrote the Acts before 64 A.D., not the second century, because Luke would have included events such as Nero persecuting Christians, or other important events in the Jewish and early Christian community. Since Luke wrote the Acts before 64 A.D., his gospel must have been written around or before that time too. And finally, John's book of Revelation was written around 90 A.D., so his gospel was probably written around that time (in this case the author could have been correct) or before it. The harmony of the four gospels--which were written in different areas and published on different continents--is a testimony to the fact of Jesus' life, deeds, and even his teachings.
And the idea propagandated by the author that Christians don't focus or preach Jesus' teachings and sayings in completely false.
This book is a masterful piece of propaganda; he tries and equates the real, "myth-free" Christianity with a religion of sayings and teachings like Buddhism or Confucianism. But the real message of Christianity--while it does have teachings--is unique, and it will not be destroyed by somebody publishing a "lost gospel" and biased commentary.

Uncensored Bosko #1
Uncensored Bosko #1
DVD ~ Bosko
Offered by BuyCDNow Canada
Price: CDN$ 201.56
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good For Animation History Study, June 20 2004
This review is from: Uncensored Bosko #1 (DVD)
The list of cartoons for the second volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection was recently announced, and it will include two black-and-white cartoons. The first volume did not contain any.
While progress is being made in getting rarer and older cartoons restored and released by Warner Brothers, it will still be a long while before they've got Bosko cartoons ready to release (if Warner Bros. releases them at all).
So in the meantime, the two DVDs in the "Uncensored Bosko" series are good for study of early animation, and are actually entertaining. While full of dust and dirt, the video quality is better than most copies of these cartoons.
Also recommended: The Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Presenting Felix the Cat, Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black and White

Tom and Jerry: Paws for a Holiday
Tom and Jerry: Paws for a Holiday
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 9.93
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag, June 20 2004
In terms of a Christmas DVD, this is completely useless. It doesn't even contain the 1941 classic "The Night Before Christmas." I can't think of any other reason why it was not included other than the cartoon containing traditional Christian Christmas carols, which is a terrible reason to withhold a cartoon from a Christmas-themed DVD. The cartoons that are included also don't have much to do with Christmas either; only two of the seven cartoons included have snow, ice, or winter themes.
However, this DVD is useful for a different reason. This is the first DVD of classic Tom and Jerry cartoons that is totally uncut and in original aspect ratio. And it also contains some less popular but still classic Gene Deitch and Chuck Jones produced shorts from the 1960s. The Hanna-Barbera cartoons, of which there are two on this collection, are all being released eventually in big collector's edition sets in the future. Warner Brothers does not have any publicly-known plans to release the 1961-1967 cartoons, though, and this may be the only way to see a few of them logo-free on a completely uncut collection.
This DVD is also significant because it is the first time a Gene Deitch produced cartoon (in this case, "The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit") has been released on home video in the USA. The Gene Deitch cartoons (made 1961-1962) are rather hard to find logo-free, unless you have easy access to Japanese laserdiscs.
As a Christmas DVD, it's almost completely useless, but if you have a different interest (like seeing a Gene Deitch cartoon logo-free), this DVD isn't totally worthless. I would, however, only recommend it if you can find it at a very cheap price.

Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection
Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection
DVD ~ Chuck Jones
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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1.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtless DVD collection, Nov. 7 2003
This DVD release contains 28 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. There is absolutely no other content on the discs. This collection is not "solid," as one reviewer calls it. Rather, it is just a grab bag of common shorts. So what? The Looney Tunes Golden Collection 4-disc DVD set is also a "grab bag," containing the shorts here and 28 more. The difference is that the Golden DVD has hours of special features and bonus cartoons. The DVD has nothing to offer besides some cartoons you can tape off of TV for free.

Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Volume 1
Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Volume 1
DVD ~ Chuck Jones
Price: CDN$ 18.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, Aug. 2 2003
This is the one to buy. Don't buy the other Looney Tunes DVD's. This is the real stuff. Classic cartoons - UNCUT and RESTORED. The bonus features alone make this worth your money. Buy this Looney Tunes DVD and this only. Do NOT buy the other ones -- they are no good. This one is worth your money, whether you are a casual fan wanting to learn more about these wonderful cartoons or an animation buff.

Baby Looney Tunes' Eggs-Traordinary Movie
Baby Looney Tunes' Eggs-Traordinary Movie
DVD ~ Sam Vincent
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 13.25
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, Aug. 1 2003
The title of this DVD alone should be enough to tell all people to avoid this. This is boring even for little kids. The characters are completely out-of-character, and everything is so sugarcoated that it makes your skin crawl. Little kids get bored when this show is on. This is an insult to children's intelligence and a disgrace to the Looney Tunes creators.

The Muppet Movie
The Muppet Movie
DVD ~ Jim Henson
Offered by screenlinepd
Price: CDN$ 19.75
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, awful DVD, Aug. 1 2003
This review is from: The Muppet Movie (DVD)
THE MUPPET MOVIE is a classic. It is enjoyable by all ages. Sony Columbia's DVD release of THE MUPPET MOVIE does it little justice. On the plus side, a widescreen version of the film is offered, so the entire picture can be seen.
But, the bad things: This DVD has only one extra, a camera test. This is actually very entertaining, and a worthy special feature. Some Muppetisms and trailers are included, but they are not any good.
There is so much that could have been done for this DVD release. The picture quality is awful, scratches, dirt and grain are everywhere.
Where is the original theatrical trailer? Where is the TV special that promoted the film, "THE MUPPETS GO HOLLYWOOD"? Where are the audio commentary and interviews? If Columbia decides to re-release a Special Edition, I will be first in line.

Tom & Jerry: Whiskers Away
Tom & Jerry: Whiskers Away
DVD ~ William Hanna
Price: CDN$ 9.93
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, Aug. 1 2003
This review is from: Tom & Jerry: Whiskers Away (DVD)
Tom and Jerry's second DVD collection of classic cartoons has been butchered, like the first one. "Mucho Mouse" is shown in a pan-and-scan format, where no less than 40% of the picture is chopped off of the sides. Tom and Jerry should be shown in their original format. I don't care about the "black bars," I want to see the full picture, and that is not what I see on this DVD. I wouldn't recommend this DVD even at a bargain price. Don't support censorship and avoid this DVD!

Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases (Full Screen)
Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases (Full Screen)
DVD ~ Clarence Nash
Price: CDN$ 7.49
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, Aug. 1 2003
Tom and Jerry, a wonderful childhood memory and a wonderfully entertaining comedic duo, have been butchered for DVD release. "The Little Orphan" contains an edit which is so idiotic that I cannot recommend this DVD. I would not even buy this at a bargain price. I don't care if everything else is uncut, one edit is all it takes. It is sad that some of the greatest animated characters have to be butchered just to be politically correct. One scene is cut while modern cartoons, full of innuendos and violence, recieve no such censoring. Do not support censorship and avoid this DVD.

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