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The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour - Blu-ray Bugs: 'Looney Tunes Platinum Collection V1'


Available in a regular and special Limited Edition in mid-November

Posted by David Lambert
7/21/2011
 
We've passed along word in the past that the classic Looney Tunes shorts were being eyed for possible release on high-def Blu-ray Disc format. And what better day than today, the first full day of the 2011 San Diego Comic Con, for word to leak out about that sort of thing? Over at his Cartoon Brew website, animation historian/expert Jerry Beck has today posted the details about The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 1 on Blu-ray Disc!

Our good friend Jerry (to whom we're very grateful!) reported that "At a special Comic Con panel today in San Diego, Warner Bros. Senior VP George Feltenstein announced the forthcoming release of the first Blu-Ray collection of classic Warner Bros. cartoons, The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection." The panel included Paul Dini, directors Spike Brant and Tony Cervone, and was moderated by Jerry himself. There they showed a presentation to compare DVD and Blu-ray quality on these types of cartoons...we aren't attending Comic Con ourselves, but understand that the difference was very obvious and significant.

Back at Cartoon Brew, Jerry provided an (incomplete) list of the contents for The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 1. Here it is in a bullet-list format:
  • Disc #1:
    • Hare Tonic
    • Baseball Bugs
    • Buccaneer Bunny
    • The Old Grey Hare
    • Rabbit Hood
    • 8 Ball Bunny
    • Rabbit of Seville
    • What's Opera Doc?
    • The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    • A Pest In The House
    • The Scarlet Pumpernickle
    • Duck Amuck
    • Robin Hood Daffy
    • Baby Bottleneck
    • Kitty Kornered
    • Scardy Cat
    • Porky Chops
    • Old Glory
    • A Tale Of Two Kittie
    • Tweetie Pie
    • Fast And Furry-ous
    • Beep Beep
    • Lovelorn Leghorn
    • For Scent-I-Mental Reasons
    • Speedy Gonzales

  • Disc #2:
    • One Froggy Evening
    • The Three Little Bops
    • I Love To Singa
    • Katnip Kollege
    • The Dover Boys
    • From A To ZZZZ
    • Chow Hound
    • Feed The Kitty
    • Hasty Hare
    • Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
    • Hareway To The Stars
    • Mad As A Mars Hare
    • Devil May Hare
    • Bedevilled Rabbit
    • Ducking The Devil
    • Bill Of Hare
    • Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare
    • Bewitched Bunny
    • Broomstick Bunny
    • and several others to be announced

  • Bonus material includes:
    • several Behind-The-Toons pieces and Chuck Jones documentaries
    • numerous bonus cartoons including Chuck Jones' FDR re-election film, Hell Bent For Election (1942)
    • a rare Air Force re-enlistment film, A Hitch In Time (1955)
    • Ken Mundie's expressionist anti-war animated short, The Door (1967)
    • 2 all-new documentaries on Marvin The Martian and The Tasmanian Devil
Jerry concludes his story by describing the packaging, and saying to expect the title in November. However, Amazon has posted pre-order listings for the title, which tells (and shows) us a bit more about all of this! What we see is that there will actually be TWO versions of The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 1 on Blu-ray Disc, both due on November 15th (may be subject to change). The standard package (pictured just below) costs $59.96 SRP, and consists of a 52-page "digibook" with rare images, along with the discs. There will also be a separate The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray version for $79.98 SRP, with the same basic package slid into a larger box that also includes a Framed Litho Cel with Certificate of Authenticity, a Souvenier Tin Sign, and a 2.5 oz Character Collectible Glass. Jerry's post at Cartoon Brew also mentions a commemorative magnet, too. The Limited Edition package (shown in a "beauty shot" at the bottom) is numbered, for greater exclusivity and collectibility. You can pre-order these from Amazon.com right now at a discount, and lock in your high-def copy!

Jerry Beck will return to the Shokus Internet Radio's signature program, Stu's Show, on August 10th. You can listen to him discuss (and ask him questions!) about this and other Looney Tunes releases, plus other titles such as Tom & Jerry and more! Be sure to tune in.

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