At wong wast! Warner Bros. has just released The Looney Tunes Golden Collection, a four-disc set of 56 uncut cartoons. Disc 1 is all Bugs Bunny, disc 2 is all Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, and the remaining two discs are grab bags.
You want extras? How about a greeting from Chuck Jones? There are also excerpts from rare interviews with the animators, and commentaries by Michael Barrier, Greg Ford, Jerry Beck and Stan Freberg. Also included is John Canemaker’s documentary on The Boys from Termite Terrace; a recording session with Mel Blanc; music cue sheets; dialogue; separate music-only tracks for several of the cartoons; lobby cards; previews for the compilation shows Bugs Bunny’s Cartoon Festival and Bugs Bunny’s Cartoon Jamboree; as well as featurettes on the Road Runner, Marvin the Martian, Mel Blanc, Carl Stalling, Speedy Gonzales, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, Friz Freling, and Bob McKimson. Not enough for you? Well how about the pilot cartoon from 1929, Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid, Virgil Ross’ pencil tests, a new 50-minute documentary narrated by Stan Freberg and more? The price is $64.92.
Fans looking for a lower-cost option can pick up Warner Home Video’s The Looney Tunes Premiere Collection, a two-disc set featuring 28 restored, re-mastered and uncut shorts pulled from The Looney Tunes Golden Collection. It retails for $26.99.
Rounding out today’s Warner Bros. classic releases are Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction, with 19 newly created cartoons, and Looney Tunes: Reality Check with 21 new animated shorts. Each carries a suggested retail price of $19.98.