DVD Releases For June 17, 2008
Available for $34.98, the two-disc Authorized Edition 1938-1940 DVD collection includes 31 original re-mastered and unedited theatrical shorts created by the legendary Max Fleischer. POPEYE AND FRIENDS VOLUME 1 is a one-disc set including eight full-color shorts available for $14.97.
Popeye, infamous for his "muskles," spinach and pipe, was introduced to American audiences and became one of the most beloved characters in animation history. Because of his distinctive jargon and memorable catch phrases such as, "Thas' all I can stands, 'cause I can't stands no more," Popeye became a household name. A humble hero, Popeye was always true to his uncompromising moral standards and although he looked like a tough guy, he only resorted to force when faced with a conflict that affected his loved ones. Even when close to defeat by the evil Bluto, Popeye's obsession with spinach guaranteed him victory over his competition. Unassumingly, Popeye was also a hopeless romantic, faking illness to get Olive Oyl's attention, as seen in the short, I YAM LOVE SICK.
POPEYE THE SAILOR 1938-1940 Volume 2 comes with more than three hours of cartoons -- 31 (7- to 10-minute) theatrical black-and-white shorts and one two-reeler 20-minute color cartoon -- all in one amazing collectible package. Included on the two-disc DVD are two of the most memorable Popeye shorts, featuring the re-mastered I YAM LOVE SICK! and WITH POOPDECK PAPPY. POPEYE VOLUME 2 also consists of more than three hours of bonus features.
--POPEYE Commentaries -- Including historians, animators and filmmakers
--POPEYE Popumentaries -- A closer look at Eugene the Jeep, Poopdeck Pappy and the voices of Olive Oyl
--"Out of the Inkwell: The Fleischer Story" -- a featurette chronicling the lives, work and legacy of brothers Max and Dave Fleischer
--"Men of Spinach and Steel" -- a featurette debating who was America's first superhero, Popeye or Superman?
--Classic Paramount Short
--Early Max Fleischer Short & Art Gallery
--FEMALES IS FICKLE Pencil Test
--STEALIN AIN'T HONEST Storyboard Reel
--Vintage Audio Recording from I'M POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN
--Interview with Jack Mercer (audio only)
POPEYE AND FRIENDS Vol. 1 is an authorized edition from the legendary Hanna-Barbera. The DVD features full-color shorts from the ALL-NEW POPEYE HOUR TV show which originally premiered on CBS as part of their Saturday morning cartoon lineup. The first volume DVD contains eight shorts from this series in full-color, including SHIP AHOY and POPEYE THE PLUMBER.
TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: Transform & Roll Out
The legendary "Robots in Disguise" are back and better than ever in an all-new, super-charged adventure when TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: Transform & Roll Out debuts on DVD June 17, 2008 from Paramount Home Ent.
In the 22nd century, Detroit is the hot spot for all manner of techno-geeks, industrialists and all things robotic. It's where the future is, and where money is being made thanks to the city's thriving robotics industry. Of course that means Detroit is also the hot-spot for all things criminal, evil and demon-like, which brings us to our story.
Fifty light years earlier, a young ragtag group of Autobots led by Optimus Prime are in a remote sector of Cybertron cleaning space bridges when they stumble upon the most important artifact in TRANSFORMERS history: the Allspark. The Decepticons who are only scary myths for many Autobots are in hot pursuit of the Allspark; now this new band of Autobots must fight for their lives and the future of Cybertron. The Autobots are able to escape the Decepticons and crash land on an unknown planet called Earth. They land in Lake Erie and remain in stasis for 50 years.
During an emergency, Optimus Prime and his young team are awakened from stasis just in time to help the new "organic life forms" (humans). But in order to save the humans and fight off the evil villain they have to convert into their robot forms. In doing so, they save the day and become new celebrities and heroes destined to fight all evil on the planet Earth and beyond.
--Two TRANSFORMERS Animated Shorts
INSPECTOR GADGET: BIG LITTLE PROBLEMS