Sunday, August 22, 2010
Rocky and Bullwinkle Season 4 DVD
Ok, since we last spoke I DID get the latest "Bugs Bunny" DVD and yes, I am upset that they made some of the cartoons on this and the aforementioned "Daffy Duck" DVD in fake widescreen. I don't know why Warners bothered to do that. The mind boggles.
Now, the "Rocky and Bullwinkle" DVDs haven't been much better, BUT at least they're trying and they give you a lot for your money. Funny I say this when "Season 4" is only two disc sides while 1, 2 and 3 has more than twice as much, but that's the way it was originally produced.
What's great about this set is that now all of the non-"Rocky and Bullwinkle" segments are now on DVD, meaning "Fractured Fairy Tales", "Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties", "Aesop and Son", "Peabody's Improbable History" and the "Bullwinkle's Corner"/"Mr. Know it All" shorts.
Of course, the down side is that all of the "Season 5" "Rocky and Bullwinkle" episodes are not on DVD and it doesn't seem like a "Season 5" is in the cards. Grrr. So, no Bumbling Bros. Circus, Fingers Scarnose or Mucho Loma (among others). A few "Season 5" stories like "Wossamotta U" and "Pottsylvania Creeper" ARE on "Best of" DVDs, but not together in one spot...
The MAJOR complaint of ALL the Jay Ward "Rocky and Bullwinkle" sets is the lack of complete music tracks. They have some, but there were alternate themes to "Peabody's Improbable History" and "Fractured Fairy Tales" and even the "Rocky and Bullwinkle" segments that never appeared ANYWHERE on these sets.
Also, officially "Season 3" and "Season 4" (as well as unreleased "Season 5") really SHOULD be "The Bullwinkle Show" with the moose in top hat and tails high-kicking it on stage on the opening credits. This was the opening that was seen FOREVER after 1961 until these sets. The "Rocky and his Friends" opening should only have been used on "Season 1" and "Season 2".
Now, did this deter me from buying this...no, but it is disappointing. Same with the fake widescreen on the "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck" sets. I suppose I could NOT buy them as protest, but hey, these *%^$ers might just throw in the towel and not issue it at all, and for those who say, "Well, if it isn't issued correctly, I'm not going to buy it!", then DON'T. I still will.
Sometimes they have a recall which Warners did with their "Tom and Jerry" and "Popeye" sets and BELIEVE ME, if they EVER have an exchange program correcting any of this stuff again, I'll be first in line to exchange.