Tag: Warner Archive

Jef’s Top 25 Home Video Releases of 2012

Jef’s Top 25 Home Video Releases of 2012

| January 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’ll admit that I didn’t see a number of the films that I had intended to in 2012. For instance, I just couldn’t seem to squeeze Skyfall, Argo, or The Master in to my busy schedule this fall. Aside from those notable three, however, I actually caught all the major titles I had hoped to. […]

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Police Academy: The Animated Series (Vol. 1)

Police Academy: The Animated Series (Vol. 1)

| December 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Warner Archive Collection has quickly established itself as the place to turn for your retro, nostalgic, cartoon fix, and their recent release of Police Academy: The Animated Series (Volume One) only adds to this perception. The series, which ran for two seasons between 1988 and 1989, was the product of Ruby-Spears Productions, the same […]

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The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Everybody loves the Peanuts holiday specials (well, maybe not everyone, but go with me here). But for me growing up, the pinnacle of cross-mediated Peanuts works was The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, which was produced for CBS between 1983 and 1985. The great thing about the series is that it quite faithfully adapts many […]

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Bugs Bunny Superstar

Bugs Bunny Superstar

| November 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Director Larry Jackson’s 1975 film, Bugs Bunny Superstar, is now available on manufactured-on-demand DVD as part of the ever rapidly expanding Warner Archive Collection. This revealing documentary celebrates those animators at Warner Bros. Studios who revolutionized the industry with their series of shorts under the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies banners from the 1930′s to […]

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Shazam! The Complete Live Action Series

Shazam! The Complete Live Action Series

| November 1, 2012 | 1 Comments

There is an incredible wealth of classic cinema available through Warner Archive’s manufactured-on-demand DVD line. I recognize this, of course, and as someone with a degree in film, I often find myself heralding the wonders of the Warner Archive to others in the field for precisely this reason. And yet, while I have indeed seen […]

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The Sorcerers (1967)

The Sorcerers (1967)

| October 11, 2012 | 1 Comments

Boris Karloff is best known to many film fans as the iconic monster in Universal’s Frankenstein, but he had a long career in film well after that hugely popular and influential film. Karloff worked constantly all his life, and he gave a few of his other most famous performances in the years leading up to […]

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Pac-Man: The Complete Second Season

Pac-Man: The Complete Second Season

| September 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Adapting video games for other, more narrative-oriented media is a difficult process, one that almost inevitably results in artistic and commercial failure it’s sad to say. What makes this so difficult is that video games are often incredibly thin in the plot department to begin with, and what plot is there is often not enough […]

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Heathcliff and Dingbat

Heathcliff and Dingbat

| August 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Heathcliff fans of a certain age will not recall Heathcliff and Dingbat. That certain age is apparently exactly my age, as it happens, because the Heathcliff shorts I recall appeared alongside those of the Catillac Cats, and the whole affair began with one hell of a catchy theme song! Somehow, at no point until Warner […]

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Hercules, Samson and Ulysses / Damon and Pythias

Hercules, Samson and Ulysses / Damon and Pythias

| August 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Recently, the Warner Archive Collection debuted two of the more enjoyable Pepla I’ve seen in their manufactured-on-demand (MOD) line of DVDs, the epic Italian features Hercules, Samson and Ulysses (1963) and Damon and Pythias (1962). Although it may be obvious to you by the titles alone, these Sword-and-Sandal pictures draw heavily from Greek mythology, as […]

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Lisztomania

Lisztomania

| August 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

To have had director Ken Russell develop your biopic, as the 19th century pianist Franz Liszt (1811-1886) did here, meant having your life story cinematically-butchered by a raving madman. Now, before the stones start flying here, allow me to raise my hands defensively and assure you that I in fact mean this in a good […]

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