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Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 2 is another stellar collection of theatrical shorts on Blu-ray. Press release:
LOONEY TUNES PLATINUM COLLECTION VOLUME 2
FEATURING 50 LEGENDARY CARTOON CLASSICS
AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ FOR THE FIRST TIME
WILL BE RELEASED OCTOBER 16, 2012
FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO
Title Includes Hours of Cartoon Content Featuring
Digitally Remastered and Restored Shorts
Blu-ray Includes Hours of Bonus Material
Blu-ray Includes a Cartoon Guide With Rare Images
BURBANK, CA., (August 1, 2012) – What’s up doc? More classic Looney Tunes greats on Blu-ray™ & DVD! Get set for another fun-filled installment of Warner Home Video’s (WHV) Looney Tunes Platinum Collection, which is set for release October 16, 2012. Titled Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 2, this compilation will showcase 50 all-time favorite cartoon shorts which have been digitally remastered and restored. Available just in time for the holiday gift giving season, Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 2 will be sold on Blu-ray which retails for $44.98 SRP and on standard DVD, which retails for $26.99 SRP. The Blu-ray includes a cartoon guide with rare images compiled by animation historian Jerry Beck and a disc comprised entirely of bonus material.
Some of the best and most enduring theatrical shorts from the Looney Tunes franchise are featured on the highly-anticipated release ofLooney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 2. That wascally wabbit and the rest of the gang are back in an all-star collection that features 50 of some of the franchise’s greatest shorts. The selection contains a variety of memorable works, by some of the most renowned animators in cartoon history including Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Robert McKimson, Friz Freleng and others.Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 2 is aimed at adult collectors of animation.
Disc one offers a collection of 25 signature cartoon shorts featuring an all-star line-up of some of the best-known Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn , Speedy Gonzales and others. Three featured cartoons, A Wild Hare, Tabasco Road and Mexicali Shmoes are Academy Award® nominated shorts (Best Short Subject, Cartoons, 1941, 1958 and 1960). The Blu-ray disc is loaded with bonus featurettes, commentaries by animation experts and alternative audio tracks.
Disc two is comprised of 25 shorts, including a collection of memorable one-shot classics such as Hollywood Steps Out, which features cartoon versions of such legendary actors as Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable and many others. Also included is the war-themed Russian Rhapsody and Rocket-Bye Baby, a Chuck Jones-directed short about a Martian baby who’s accidentally sent to Earth. Featured also are the complete collections of cartoons starring some of Looney Tunes notable but seldom seen characters such as Nasty Canasta, Cecil Turtle, Beaky Buzzard, A. Flea and others. This disc also includes the complete collection of Chuck Jones’ hunting trilogy, a set of three cartoons which star Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd (Rabbit Fire, Rabbit Seasoning and Duck! Rabbit, Duck!). This disc presents a special favorite selected by cartoon fans in an online poll: Bugs Bunny in Wabbit Twouble. The Blu-ray disc is packed with bonus featurettes, commentaries by animation experts and alternative audio tracks.
Disc three, which is only available in the Blu-ray of the release is devoted entirely to special content and rarities from the vault. Hours and hours of extras include several documentaries with expert commentary and behind-the-scenes information from popular animators, famous directors, animation historians and celebrated devotees. Lost cartoons from the World War II era, including Private Snafu and Seaman Hook, rare Leon Schlesinger staff Christmas Party films, documentaries covering Friz Freleng and Tex Avery with bonus Freleng Captain and the Kids cartoons and a selection of Tex Avery’s best cartoons from MGM are also included.
“Looney Tunes cartoons have been entertaining consumers for generations with popular, enduring characters that continue to capture the hearts of viewers”said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. She added, “We think Looney Tunes fans will be really pleased with the variety of selections we’ve included on this compilation, which range from highly-popular favorites to some lesser seen gems. This release has something for everyone. It’s a must-own title for animation lovers.”
LOONEY TUNES PLATINUM COLLECTION VOLUME TWO
A WILD HARE
ALI BABA BUNNY
SHOW BIZ BUGS
THE WISE QUACKING DUCK
WHAT MAKES DAFFY DUCK?
DEDUCE, YOU SAY
PORKY IN WACKYLAND
YOU OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES
PORKY IN EGYPT
BACK ALLEY OPROAR
LITTLE RED RODENT HOOD
BIRDY AND THE BEAST
HOME, TWEET HOME
GOING! GOING! GOSH!
THE FOGHORN LEGHORN
THE HIGH AND THE FLIGHTY
DUCK! RABBIT, DUCK!
MY LITTLE DUCKAROO
TORTOISE BEATS HARE
TORTOISE WINS BY A HARE
PORKY’S HARE HUNT
ELMER’S CANDID CAMERA
BUGS BUNNY GETS THE BOID
THE BASHFUL BUZZARD
THE LION’S BUSY
STRIFE WITH FATHER
AN ITCH IN TIME
A HORSEFLY FLEAS
HOLLYWOOD STEPS OUT
PAGE MISS GLORY
DOUGH RAY ME-OW
DISC 3 (Included in Blu-ray Only)
King-Size Comedy: Tex Avery and the Looney Tunes Revolution
Tex Avery, the King of Cartoons
Friz on Film
ToonHeads: The Lost Cartoons
Real American Zero: The Adventures of Private Snafu
The World of Leon Schlesinger
Friz at MGM
The Best of the Rest of Tex
A sci-fi island mystery from “Lost” writer-producers J.J. Abrams and Elizabeth Sarnoff, “Alcatraz” reveals that all 256 criminals incarcerated on the Bay Area’s island prison in 1963 (as well as 46 guards) all mysteriously vanished into thin air. And they’re starting to reappear, un-aged, to murder in the year 2012.
If Fox’s promos and logos don’t work hard enough to make “Alcatraz” remind us of “Lost,” there are loads of flashbacks. Also, Jorge Garcia turns up as an Alcatraz expert.
The pilot also feels a bit like “Fringe,” in that it follows an hot young blonde cop who finds herself drawn into a super-secret government conspiracy.
Garcia’s co-stars include Sam Neill (“Happy Town”), Parminder Nagra (“ER”), Robert Forster (“The Descendants”), and Sarah Jones (“Sons of Anarchy”).
Neill, 64, plays Emerson Hauser, who served as an Alcatraz guard at the time of the bizarre disappearances, and today heads an agency charged with rounding up the missing bad guys now that they’re popping up in the present day. Forster, 70, plays another former Alcatraz guard who happens to be the "uncle" of the San Francisco detective played by Jones.
The first two episodes of “Alcatraz” are more entertaining than Bad Robot’s recent “Undercovers” and “Person of Interest” pilots -- but nowhere near as amazing as Bad Robot’s pilots for “Alias,” “Lost” or “Fringe,” which featured scripts written or co-written by Abrams himself.
One key advantage I thought “Alcatraz” has over Bad Robot’s newish CBS series “Person of Interest” is there are still big mysteries that remain unsolved by the end of the first two hours, most importantly why these convicts have jumped nearly five decades into the future. (There’s much to suggest that something significant happened to these fellows between their disappearances and reappearances.)
A fascinating, eyebrow-raising new mystery presents itself at the end of tonight’s second hour.
Unfortunately, the rest of the series did not live up to the first two episodes. Particularly vexing: the series never really bothered to show how the guards and convicts from 50 years ago might have difficulty adjusting to the year 2012.
Spoiler alert: The big reveal at the end of the series is that everybody was sent into the future by Matt Craven wearing a lab coat.
... an appealing concoction that, at least in the first two episodes, serves up an accessible bad-guy chase each week for the casual viewer but layers on the supernatural for those who want to book in for the long haul. That combination and tasty casting make “Alcatraz” a spunky upgrade over the collection of interchangeable police procedurals clogging the television schedule. ... at the end of Episode 2 a plot twist is thrown in that makes clear there will be nothing simple about this slick series. …
... Undoubtedly "Alcatraz" is among the best the midseason has to offer, and though it may whip like the TARDIS through the outer reaches of time and believability, Abrams wisely included a procedural element to sustain it ...
... good news for people in search of a fairly simple crime procedural with sci-fi overtones; bad news for those viewers ready to delve into a demanding saga — people belonging not only to “Lost’s” diaspora of fans, but also those who gamely opted in for head-scratchers like “The Event” and “FlashForward” and followed them all the way to cancellation. …
... a strong, creative pilot filled with beautiful shots of Alcatraz and San Francisco and an intriguing story, too. …
... as a coolly edgy quality, similar to that of another Abrams product, "Person of Interest." If "Alcatraz" isn't quite up to the level of that CBS show, though, it's largely because of its overreliance on formula. …
... reflects Abrams' abiding passion for complicated, fantasy-fueled but character-driven serialized dramas. What viewers know by now with Abrams is that multiple questions will be posed in tonight's two-hour opener that will be answered, avoided or compounded as the show runs on. The mystery is the thing....
... The two-hour pilot is actually two stand-alone episodes strung together. Fox’s decision to burn them off together spotlights the show’s flaws and formula. Like “Lost,” the show is burdened with flashbacks and divides its time between the present and the prison 50 years earlier. ...
… does the most important thing it can do with its pilot: Intrigue enough to make us want to see at least one more episode. …
... The pilot's not bad, but offers at best marginal incentive to invest much more time in this piece of the Rock. …
A disagreeably absurd new Fox hourlong from “Heroes” creator-showrunner Tim Kring, “Touch” centers on a seemingly autistic lad named Jake Bohm who can use mathematics to predict the future --and a lost cellphone to save the lives of strangers overseas.
The seer this time around not a heroin-addicted artist who paints future events; the mute Jake predicts by obsessively filling his paper canvases with vast strings of numbers.
The series stars Kiefer Sutherland as the kid’s father, a Manhattan-based former big-deal journalist named Martin.
In the “Touch” pilot Sutherland amusingly but distractingly breaks out more than one Baueresque “Damn it!” Since Fox can obviously afford Sutherland’s services, I’m left to ponder why Fox didn’t simply order another season of the far better “24” (which got good to decent ratings even with its weak, New York-set 8th season). There’s even a precedent for an extended hiatus, since “24” already had to skip a year thanks to the 2007 writers’ strike.
One substantial difference between the “Heroes” pilot and the “Touch” pilot is I’ve little desire to see the second episode of “Touch.” I felt in 2006 there was an interesting mystery behind the early events of “Heroes” (I was really wrong); at the conclusion of the “Touch” pilot I didn’t feel it posed any questions I was keen to see answered.
In the interest of full disclosure I’m still plenty sore at Kring, who kept promising that “Heroes” would right itself following the infuriating conclusion of that show’s first season. Kring turned out to be a lying swine; after writer Bryan Fuller left “Heroes” to create “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes” rapidly collapsed into a formless, pretentious, nonsensical mush that flailed about another three years.
The Fuller-free “Touch” pretty much gets to that collapse by the end of episode one.
... as muddled as much of "Heroes" was. ... isn't content to let its premise breathe; it hammers home its central points so frequently that I do not recommend that you drink every time you hear the words "destiny," "dreams" or any iteration of the word "connect." … Nothing about these connections feels particularly earned and many of the twists and turns of the pilot feel contrived and obvious, especially toward the end. …
... knowing what I know about "Touch" creator Tim Kring — and seeing the many commonalities between this show and his work on NBC's "Heroes" — makes me much less optimistic about the new series' future than I might be if I couldn't recognize the order lurking within the chaos. … it’s pretentious as all get out, but at least speaks to an ambition that's rare in a network TV drama these days. …
... “Touch” happens to have been created by Tim Kring, the writer and producer also responsible for “Heroes.” But the earlier show, with its unapologetic pulpiness, was initially a lot of fun. For his new show, Mr. Kring has jettisoned the crude cartoon energy but has kept the New Agey mysticism and quasi-Asian spirituality ...
... given a show that so clearly wants to touch its audience — from that weighty one-word title on down — we have met, apart from Martin, hardly a single character who incorporates more than the hint of an actual person. ...
... Jake’s world is all about numbers and “Touch” makes it an article of faith that where most folks would see coincidences, this show sees purposeful attempts at connection. This requires a massive suspension of disbelief on the part of viewers. …
… may cause gasps and a few tears, or perhaps a big shrug of incredulity. Yes, to a large extent "Touch" is pretty much like CBS' "Numb3rs" with more schmaltz. ... It's not clear from one episode whether the show's warm and fuzzy message can successfully counterbalance implausibility …
... convoluted ... The strands of all their stories eventually are bound together and have moving repercussions for all concerned, even Martin and Jake, although not in ways that are especially convincing. You may resent having your heartstrings yanked so clumsily. …
… How much “Touch’’ grabs you will likely depend on how much you buy into its central premise of interconnectivity, and the possibility of a superconnector like Jake existing. Creator Tim Kring (“Heroes’’) is no stranger to asking viewers to take leaps and, in the pilot anyway, he and his co-writers do some nifty wrangling to tie those threads together. The hardest bits to swallow are not whether or not bombs get defused with seconds to spare, or the likelihood of everyone who comes in contact with a smartphone choosing to simply record things on it and pass it along. It’s the details, like the world’s most helpful cellphone customer service representative, whose unusual level of assistance is crucial in an especially tense moment. …
... The premise is obviously a stretch, and the question for episodes to come is whether producer Tim Kring will stretch it beyond all logical constraints, as he did with Heroes. For now, enjoy Sutherland's terrific performance and his ability to ground even the oddest concepts in emotional truth. ...
... shows every sign of a series likely to hold audiences in thrall. ...
… With a show this heavy-handed, a promotional light touch hardly seems appropriate. ... In the broadest terms, "Touch" has its "We Are the World" heart in the right place. But like another song says, we don't need another "Heroes." …
A sequel to the big-screen Tom Cruise vehicle, this time from writer-producer Lukas Reiter (“The Practice," “The Forgotten”), “The Firm” is set a decade after the movie and follows Mitch McDeere as he gets mixed up with another shady legal firm after he exits the witness relocation program. Josh Lucas (“The Lincoln Lawyer,” “J. Edgar”) steps into the Tom Cruise role. The fabulous Molly Parker (“Deadwood,” “Swingtown”) steps into Jeanne Tripplehorn’s shoes. Juliette Lewis (“Whip It”), who somehow turned 38 when no one was looking, is also aboard as Tammy, the Holly Hunter character.
... a pedestrian TV legal drama that carries a vague resemblance to a movie and book I kind of remember enjoying a few decades ago. ...
... In the premiere, unfortunately, the case of the week and the background story seem to be competing to see which can be sillier....
... It isn't the flashbacks or muddled storytelling, the liberal white moralizing or ridiculous inconsistencies that threaten to deep-six "The Firm," it's the washed-out sepia tone of the legal thriller itself. ...
... Enough happens to keep you from changing the channel, but there are hints of a show that could get dull fast. …
... a mess. …
... it's so old-fashioned, there's even an actual, working pay telephone in the middle of the opening sequence. No, it isn't in the Smithsonian. …
... We’re a long way from “The Practice,” “Suits” or “Damages.” This is the kind of law that wouldn’t pass muster on the 1980s sitcom “Night Court.” ...
… there is so much going on in Sunday night’s dizzying (and occasionally tedious) two-hour premiere of NBC’s new drama “The Firm’’ - flashbacks, double-crosses, multiple court cases - that some type of flowchart or primer would likely be helpful for viewers trying to sort it all out. …
... feels the opposite of relevant and fresh …
… part weekly procedural, part season-long conspiracy, and wholly unsatisfying. … cries out to be quickly forgotten …
... The Firm's straightforward, one-man-against-the-system story still feels compelling — especially when that one man happens to look like a Tom Ford model and yet comes off as totally relatable. …
... solid if unspectacular story about one of the most unlucky lawyers ever depicted on television. …
... Mitch is such a boring straight-arrow -- agonizing over one moral dilemma after another -- there's precious little to keep him interesting. …
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