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The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour - Updates About the Just-Announced 6th Golden Collection, Spotlight DVD Sets

New info about these October 21st releases (and that there WILL be releases afterward)

Posted by David Lambert
Yesterday we brought you Warner Home Video's announcement for the 4-disc Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 6 on DVD, coming to stores on October 21st, along with the scaled-down 2-disc release Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume 6. In our report we passed along the studio description for the Golden Collection Volume 6 set, which alarmed fans to see that it said this is "the concluding release." Later in the day, we updated our story with important information, but we want to go over it again for those who missed it (apparently a lot of you have!). Also, we have some new information as well.

First of all, we want to make sure you know: "That's NOT all, folks!" These upcoming titles will not be the last Looney Tunes DVD release ever, as some of you have been thinking. Warner's information, and ours, simply stated that the "Golden Collection"-titled releases would be ending. However, in a bit of editorializing, I wrote that I was upset about the change. Why? Speaking for myself, I personally prefer the style and arrangement of these 4-disc sets: it provides a large variety of cartoon shorts with different characters, presented in a somewhat mixed-up manner...similar to how these were broadcast on TV while I was growing up. But many of you interpreted my comment as somehow acknowledging that there would be no more of these shorts released on home video, ever. My apologies if there was a misunderstanding.

Warner is simply going to change gears in how they release these, is all. While the studio hasn't finalized their new plans, and therefore cannot share them yet, you will of COURSE continue to see the Looney Tunes on home video in 2009. Possibly even more total shorts in a given year than we've seen in the past (but again, the plans aren't finalized, so please do NOT take that as some sort of "promise"). And these ought to all be new-to-DVD shorts, too. The indication we have from informed sources is that the studio is not planning to double-dip by mixing in already-released "Golden Collection" cartoons on the upcoming titles...whatever those titles turn out to be. We'll have details about it all when the studio is ready. The only thing we know right now that we won't see are the words "Golden Collection" as part of the title (and also "Spotlight" too, we're sure).

In the meantime, we have some updates for you about the two releases coming this October. First of all, fans have been asking whether there will be any extras on board, other than the 15 bonus shorts mentioned in yesterday's announcement. While we have to wait for the studio's formal press release (or other info updates) for the official run-down of supplement, we can assure you that yes, they WILL be on there. Besides the 15 shorts, the studio assures us you'll see all the usual extra material: special features that include commentaries, music-only tracks and also a never-before-seen documentary on Mel Blanc, plus much more. Stay tuned for details!

Finally, we have a word about the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume 6 DVD release. Longtime fans of these DVDs know that the difference between the Golden ("GC") and Spotlight ("SL") releases for each year has been simple: The GC is always a 4-disc set costing $64.92 SRP, with 60 shorts. Meanwhile, the SL is a 2-disc set costing $26.99 SRP, and always is simply the first two discs out of that year's GC release. The SL is meant to be a lower-cost, family-friendly version...and it does well, despite what more intense fans may think. Warner volunteers that there have been over 1.3 million gross units shipped to day of the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection's first five volumes.

This time, though, Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume 6 will be a bit different. On the previous five GC releases, Disc 1 and Disc 2 were always the most "family-friendly" of the DVDs in the set. However, this time the studio was concerned that Volume 6's second disc, "Patriotic Pals" (featuring various wartime cartoons) were not necessarily going to be the most appropriate. However, Disc 4 ("Most Requested Assorted Nuts") features a great assortment of shorts that fit the bill more closely, including the Dr. Seuss-based cartoon "Horton Hatches The Egg." So Spotlight Collection Volume 6 will features the 1st and 4th discs from the sixth GC release this time.

With one other exception. Looking over the list of shorts on Discs 1 and 4, the studio had spotted some cartoons that might also be considered to not be as "family-friendly" as the people who buy these would prefer. Would that be correct thinking? I can't say; I'm not a consumer of the Spotlight releases myself; I purchase all the Golden releases, and therefore have no need to duplicate content by also getting the Spotlight releases. Warner apparently thought along those same lines, though, and decided the best thing to do is simply take shorts released on the 3rd and 4th discs of the previous 5 GC sets (content SL owners wouldn't already have), and use them to sub out with the possibly-offending shorts on this 6th Spotlight release.

We don't have a disc-by-disc content listing for Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume 6 yet, so we don't know what the substitutions will be. Still, we don't think it will matter much to fans. GC collectors will get shorts that are all new to them, and SL release collectors will ALSO get shorts that are all new to them...30 of them, plus an additional 8 bonus shorts. So it works out all right, from what we can see here.

Before we go, though, we have just a brief mention for Blu-ray Disc owners that Warner is planning on an August 26th release of Errol Flynn's The Adventures of Robin Hood on hi-def Blu-ray Disc. What does this have to do with Looney Tunes? Well, among the bonus material on this release are both "Rabbit Hood" and "Robin Hood Daffy"...and each will be presented "in full 1080p HiDef," per the studio's press release for this disc. Sweet!

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