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gen:LOCK – The Complete First Season now Streaming, Disc in Oct.

BURBANK, CA (July 8, 2019) – Rooster Teeth’s action-packed realm of diverse characters, cool robots, sophisticated storytelling and immersive worldbuilding takes centerstage in gen:LOCK – The Complete First Season. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents the acclaimed animated series – along with a bevy of enthralling enhanced content – via Digital starting July 9, 2019, and on Blu-ray ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP) on October 1, 2019. Order due date is August 27, 2019.

Heralded by critics and fans alike, gen:LOCK – The Complete First Season takes place 50 years in the future as an oppressive authoritarian force threatens to conquer the world. A daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of weaponized neuroscience that powers devastating mech-giants – colossal weaponized robots – but they must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the planet.

The all-star cast is led by Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed), Dakota Fanning (The Alienist, War of the Worlds, Coraline), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Kōichi Yamadera (Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop), Golshifteh Farahani (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Upside), Asia Kate Dillon (Billions, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum) and David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones, Good Omens).

Created by Gray G. Haddock (Red vs. Blue, RWBY, RWBY Chibi), gen:LOCK is Rooster Teeth’s most liked, viewed and shared new series – the first season has garnered 44 million social media impressions to date. Debuting in January 2019, the inaugural series received laurels across the board, including praise from The New York Times (touted on the “Winter Watch List”), SyfyWire (featured among its top “Series To Watch”), and Inverse (“packed with fun, charming characters”). DC will release its first gen:LOCK comic later in 2019.

gen:LOCK – The Complete First Season presents cutting-edge animation and imaginative storytelling that takes viewers on altogether new, futuristic adventures,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing.  “gen:LOCK is the perfect example of enthralling faire to kick off the new partnership between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Rooster Teeth.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with fellow WarnerMedia company Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on this release and future releases of Rooster Teeth home media,” said Matt Hullum, Rooster Teeth co-founder and CEO. “gen:LOCK – The Complete First Season is perfect for every fan of the series, with incredible behind-the-scenes content that takes you inside the world of gen:LOCK and Rooster Teeth.”

gen:LOCK – The Complete First Season


  1. The Pilot
  2. There’s Always Tomorrow
  3. Second Birthday
  4. Training Daze
  5. The Best Defense
  6. The Only Me I Know
  7. It Never Rains…
  8. Identity Crisis

gen:LOCK – The Complete First Season Enhanced Content – DVD

  • gen:LOCK Behind The Scenes
  • Michael B. Jordan discusses his character Julian Chase
  • Michael B. Jordan discusses Anime
  • gen:LOCK Character Reveal Teaser #1, #2, #3, #4
  • gen:LOCK – Official Trailer
  • RWBY Volume 6 Trailer
  • Camp Camp Season 3 Trailer

gen:LOCK – The Complete First Season Enhanced Content – Blu-ray

  • All Enhanced Content from DVD
  • Episode 6 Animatic Commentary
  • Episode 7 Animatic Commentary
  • gray:LOCK
  • Listen Carefully: The Art of Sound in gen:LOCK
  • Trailers from Arizona Circle, Achievement Haunter, Blood Fest, The Weird Place and Waiting For The Punchline


Street Date: October 1, 2019

Order Due Date: August 27, 2019

DVD Price: $19.98 SRP

Catalog #: 1000745154 / 883929685653

Blu-ray: $24.98 SRP

Catalog #: 1000745153 / 883929685646

Languages: English


REVIEW: Pet Sematary

Stephen King was on a roll when Pet Sematary came out in 1983, with each horror novel seemingly creepier than the last. After all, everyone loves a loyal pet, and many families can recount how they commemorated an animal/fish/bird’s life at death. Turn that domestic normality on its head and you can terrify most everyone. King admitted this was perhaps his most disturbing work, the one where he may have gone too far (which is saying a lot).

The 1989 film adaptation starred Fred Gwynne, Dale Midkiff, and Denise Crosby and did a fairly good job capturing the spirit of the novel. It performed well enough that it spawned a best-forgotten sequel.

And as with all things, it was been remade this spring and is out now on disc from Paramount Home Entertainment.  

The premise remains the same: the Creeds have moved into a rural home near the local Pet Sematary. No sooner do they settle in than their cat is killed and therefore becomes the latest resident of the graveyard but then things get weird.

Adapted by horror film writer Matt Greenberg, it was polished by Jeff Buhler (David Kajganich went uncredited) and then directed by the duo of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the movie performed well at the box office but I, like so many others, question “was this a necessary remake?”

The cast of Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, Maria Herrera, and Sonia Maria Chirila are all good in their roles but the entire production has been a read this, seen that already feel and despite trying to explore some new aspects of the town and sematary, it just never rises to the feeling of freshness. The first film did a more faithful job adapting the novel and here they try to go deeper into the mythology of the land but isn’t enough. The more gruesome visuals and thrills also fail to overcome the ho-humness of it.

The film was released in the usual assortment of formats including the $K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/Digital HD combo pack. The 2160p/Dolby Vision UHD is only a slight improvement over the Blu-ray, despite being shot at resolutions of 2.8K and 3.4K and finished at 2K. Yes, the image is sharper overall, especially important when offering an atmospheric film with creepy shadows, lots of night scenes, and shapes that go bump in the night. Colors, notably within the Creed house, do pop nicely. The exteriors build on soundstages are brought into sharper relief here which does spoil the overall feel the producers were hoping for.

The film’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack works quite nicely, well matching the atmospheric feel of the film. The sound effects are sharp and do add a nice feel to the experience.

The Special Features are found on the Blu-ray and contain an Alternate Ending (9:16), followed by Deleted and Extended Scenes (16:09); Night Terrors (4:57); The Tale of Timmy Baterman (3:04); Beyond the Deadfall: Chapter One: Resurrection (16:54), Chapter Two: The Final Resting Place (12:38), Chapter Three: The Road to Sorrow (13:59), and Chapter Four: Death Comes Home (18:07). These are all moderately entertaining and informative but nothing out of the ordinary, much like the film being supported.

The Walking Dead S9 Shambles Home August 20

SANTA MONICA, CA (July 2, 2019) – An iconic pop-culture character says goodbye when Season 9 of The Walking Dead arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD and Digital August 20 from Lionsgate. New showrunner Angela Kang takes the helm as Rick Grimes prepares to make his exit from one of the world’s most popular TV series. The Walking Dead Season 9 stars award winner Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Heartbreaker), Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, Triple 9), Lauren Cohan (All Eyez on Me, Whiskey Cavalier, Mile 22), Danai Gurira (Black Panther, All Eyez on Me), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, TV’s The Good Wife and “Grey’s Anatomy”), and Academy Award® nominee Samantha Morton (2003, Best Actress, In America).
Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him, and he spared Negan to uphold the values his late son, Carl, championed – values that created conflict within his group. Now, with our survivors rebuilding civilization under Rick’s leadership a year and a half after the end of the war, it’s a time of relative peace among the communities. However, the world they knew is rapidly changing, nature is literally taking over, and, as time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles and danger. But nothing can prepare them for the formidable force they’re about to encounter, threatening the very idea of civilization our survivors have worked so hard to build.
The home entertainment release of The Walking Dead Season 9 includes multiple making-of featurettes, including a look at the memorable deaths of the season, deleted scenes, and a bonus scene. The Walking Dead Season 9 Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $80.99 and $70.98, respectively.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Seasons Change” Featurette
  • “In Memoriam” Featurette
  • “The Whisperers: Behind the Mask” Featurette
  • “Rick Farewell” Featurette
  • “Time Jump” Featurette
  • Bonus Scene: Episode 908
  • “Inside Episode …” Featurettes per episode
  • “Making of …” Featurettes per episode
    Year of Production: 2018-2019
    Title Copyright: The Walking Dead © 2019 AMC Film Holdings LLC. Artwork and Supplementary Materials are TM, ® and © 2019 AMC Network Entertainment LLC. All Rights Reserved. 
    Type: TV-on-DVD
    Rating: TV-MA
    Genre: Drama, Horror, Action
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: Spanish, French, English SDH
    Feature Run Time: 751 Minutes (16 episodes)
    BD Format: 1080P High Definition 16×9 (1.78:1) Presentation
    DVD Format: 16×9 (1.78:1) Presentation
    BD Audio: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 2.0 Dolby Stereo, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Stereo
    DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, French 2.0 Dolby Stereo, Spanish Dolby Stereo
Win a 4k Ultra HD Copy of Pet Sematary

Win a 4k Ultra HD Copy of Pet Sematary

Stephen King’s most haunting novel Pet Sematary was turned, once again, into a thriller of a film earlier this year and arrives on disc tomorrow.

Our friends at Paramount Home Video have provided us with a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K, Blu-ray, Digital HD) to giveaway to one fortunate reader.

All you need to do to enter is tell us about any ceremonies you performed for beloved pets who passed away. Funny, sad, tragic — we want to hear your story.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 12. The contest is open only to readers in North America. The decision of ComicMix‘s judges will be final.


After the Creed family relocates from Boston to rural Maine, they soon discover an ancient burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken father is driven by the cemetery’s sinister power, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.  Some secrets are best left buried in this twisted thriller.


  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Night Terrors – Family Haunting Visions
    • Louis
    • Rachel
    • Ellie
  • The Tale of Timmy Baterman
  • Beyond the Deadfall
    • Chapter One: Resurrection – Directors, screenwriters and cast discuss bringing this classic back to life
    • Chapter Two: The Final Resting Place—A deeper look into finding the right location for the terror to unfold
    • Chapter Three: The Road to Sorrow— Inside the film’s tragic themes and creating the iconic cat “Church”
    • Chapter Four: Death Comes home—Unearth the creepy elements behind the climax and final scenes of the film
REVIEW: Gotham: The Fifth and Final Season, Gotham: The Complete Series

REVIEW: Gotham: The Fifth and Final Season, Gotham: The Complete Series

When Gotham screened its pilot episode at conventions, I watched with fascination, because it showed such promise as a moody, atmospheric take on the pervasive corruption that created the antibody of The Batman. Sure, it wasn’t entirely based on eighty years of canon, but nothing could do that, so I was prepared.

I stopped watching with regularity halfway through the second season because it stopped being what was promised and became something else entirely. It was a ham-fisted, over-the-top camp take on a modern-day comic, more beholden to the ABC Batman series than the comics.

With each successive season, the twists came faster, the characters stopped making sense, and internal logic was found only in the dictionary. This was a manic Gotham City, where the line between good and evil, moral and corrupt, quality and crap was blurred with every scene.

While earlier a ratings darling, it crashed under the weight of its own absurdity and was given a ten episode fifth and final season to wrap things up, get Bruce Wayne under the cape and cowl and call it a day. Then, Fox granted them two more episodes which felt more tacked on than organic.

Gotham: The Fifth and Final Season and Gotham: The Complete Series are out tomorrow from Warner Home Entertainment. You can find them as Blu-ray or DVDs with nary a difference between them so take your pick.

Apparently, showrunner John Stephens had been planning for their take on the No Man’s Land storyline for some time, and then, for good measure, tried to graft on the horrible Zero Year arc from the current Rebirth line of comics. He shoved both under the title Legend of the Dark Knight, but really, that’s reserved for episode twelve.

The nonsense from season four led to the city being cut off from the rest of America, leaving Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), having found his moral bearing once more, a still-teenaged Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), and others to take the city back from Bane (Shane West), sent there by Nyssa al Ghul (Jaime Murray), seeking vengeance for the death of Ra’s al Ghul (who should be getting better any second now).

Turning the tide against impossible odds is, of all people, the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) who, like Carmine Falcone in the pilot, declares his love for the city, despite its evil. “But then what? Stand on the shores of the mainland and watch the army burn it to the ground? Then watch tasteless industrialists and vapid politicians rebuild it? My life is etched on the walls of every alley and dirty warehouse here. My blood lives in its broken concrete. I’m staying to fight for my legacy,” he declares.

We win, of course, just as Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) has given birth to a daughter, named Barbara Lee Gordon, combining the threesome that fueled much of the romance for five years. We know she’ll become Batgirl down the road so it’s a nice nod even fi the timing makes little sense, like so much else of the show.

My biggest complaint was always that by having Mr. Freeze, the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Penguin, Scarecrow (David W. Thompson), Hugo Strange (BD Wong), and others a decade ahead of Batman’s arrival, would make them too old to be true threats when they would eventually face off. The teen Selina (Camren Bicondova) made more sense as she grew up experiencing much the same as Bruce, only to make different choices. The ever-aging Poison Ivy (Peyton List) also made a kind of sense given the life of a plant.

And it shows in the finale, where we pick up a decade later, but only Selina (Lili Simmons) has aged, the others stuck in place, stretching credulity. Bruce has finally left Gotham City, after leaving a series of farewell letters to Selina and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) for his training, something way overdue, and comes back, shadowing Gordon until things get dire thanks to Jerome (Cameron Monaghan), the faux-Joker of the series, who shoots Barbara and threatens baby Babs at the Ace Chemical plant. We finally get the Dark Knight and then credits roll.

Yes, the show had its admirers and fans, that’s how it lasted five tortuous seasons. It never lived up to my expectations, going so far in the other direction, my distaste grew visceral. Still, if you liked the show, you can relive every quirky, oddball, hyperkinetic moment.

The box set contains the existing versions of the first, second, third, and fourth seasons with nothing new added. The Fifth and Final Season contains several bonus features to sate your appetite for more craziness. There’s the lengthy Villains: Modes of Persuasion, plus Gotham S5: Best Moments at NY Comic Con 2018, Gotham’s Last Stand, and Unaired scenes.

American Gods S2 Arrives on Disc July 22

SANTA MONICA, CA (July 2, 2019) – The epic fantasy battle between New and Old Gods continues on television’s most visionary series when Season 2 of American Gods arrives on Digital July 22 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD August 20 from Lionsgate. From Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel, the show is “an apocalyptic clash of ideas about who we are, what we believe, and what defines us” (Glen Weldon, NPR). Already renewed for a third season on the heels of the series’ sophomore debut, which returned as the second highest rated STARZ Original of 2019, the stellar cast includes Ricky Whittle (The 100), Golden Globe® winner Ian McShane (2004, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, Deadwood; John Wick, Hellboy), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Sleeping Beauty), and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 13 Hours).
We were forged in God’s image, but the Gods are also made in ours — and in Season Two, the battle moves inexorably towards crisis point as the destinies of gods and men collide. While Mr. World plots revenge for the attack against him in Season One, Shadow throws in his lot with Wednesday’s attempt to convince the Old Gods of the urgency for full-out war, with Laura and Mad Sweeney in tow. A council at the House on the Rock explodes into chaos, sending deities both Old and New on quests across America that will converge in Cairo, Illinois. Shadow is forced to carve out a place as a believer in this strange new world of living gods — a dark world where change demands commitment, and faith requires terrible sacrifice.
The home entertainment release of American Gods: Season Two includes three in-depth featurettes, including a closer look at the House on the Rock, one of the most outlandish, unbelievable locations from the series. The “American Gods”: Season Two Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.97 and $34.98, respectively.

  • “The House on the Rock: Setting the Stage” Featurette
  • “The Second Coming: Neil Gaiman on Season Two” Featurette
  • “Gods and Ends: Random Musings from the Cast” Featurette

Year of Production: 2018

Title Copyright: American Gods © 2019 FremantleMedia North America, Inc. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2019 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: TV-on-DVD
Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Drama

Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 427 Minutes (8 Episodes)
BD Format: 1080P High Definition, 16×9 (1.78:1) Presentation
DVD Format: 16×9 (1.78:1) Presentation
BD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio  
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

Wonderfully Weird Doom Patrol S1 Coming to Disc Oct. 1

BURBANK, CA (July 1, 2019) – Things are about to get weird! Get ready for nonstop action as the world’s favorite misfit DC Super Heroes are about to enter our universe with the release of Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on October 1, 2019 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating ride with all 15 episodes from the first season of the DC UNIVERSE original series, plus enjoy the captivating extra features including gag reel and deleted scenes. Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $24.98 SRP for the DVD ($30.99 in Canada) and $29.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($39.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers (available on August 26th in the U.S.).

Following the mysterious disappearance of their leader, Dr. Niles Caulder (“The Chief”), these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

“In only its first season, the critically acclaimed series has received a 95% certified fresh rating and scored an 8 out of 10 on – and continues to gain momentum,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHEG Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. “Now is the time to join in on the investigation of the world’s weirdest phenomena with these unique DC Super Heroes. We are excited to make this outstanding first season available on all formats – Digital, Blu-ray and DVD – for fans and newcomers to enjoy along with a never-before-seen gag reel!”

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season will be released in 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 2-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of all 15 episodes from season one (available in the U.S.).

Doom Patrol stars Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black), April Bowlby (Two and a Half Men), Joivan Wade (Doctor Who) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Serenity) with Matt Bomer (Magic Mike), and Brendan Fraser (The Mummy), and a special appearance by Timothy Dalton (License to Kill). Based on the characters from DC, Doom Patrol is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Jeremy Carver (Supernatural, Frequency), Geoff Johns (Aquaman, Wonder Woman), Chris Dingess (Agent Carter, Eastwick) and Sarah Schechter (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Black Lightning). Doom Patrol is the second original live-action series from the DC UNIVERSE digital subscription service.


  • Gag Reel


  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes



2.Donkey Patrol

3.Puppet Patrol

4.Cult Patrol

5.Paw Patrol

6.Doom Patrol Patrol

7.Therapy Patrol

8.Danny Patrol

9.Jane Patrol

10.Hair Patrol

11.Frances Patrol

12.Cyborg Patrol

13.Flex Patrol

14.Penultimate Patrol

15.Ezekiel Patrol


The first season of Doom Patrol will be available to own on Digital on August 26th (in the U.S.). Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included in the U.S. with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.


Street Date: October 1, 2019

BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx 900 min

Enhanced Content: Approx 25 min



Price: $24.98 SRP
3 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English


Price: $29.98 SRP
2-Disc Elite

BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English

Subtitles – English



Price: $30.99 SRP
3 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English


Price: $39.99 SRP
2-Disc Elite
BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
Subtitles – English

REVIEW: Jonny Quest: The Complete Series

On September 18, 1964, a serious animated adventure series, demonstrating cartoons didn’t have to always be comical such as The Flintstones (still airing then on ABC). Instead, Jonny Quest captured the sense of exploration Americans were longing for thanks to the Mercury astronauts and the rising tide of espionage films, headed by James Bond. However, Jonny was a young boy, making him an ideal feature for the Friday at 7:30 p.m. slot.

While the 26 episodes are all that were produced, the show’s overall quality proved influential to subsequent generations of animators, comic book storytellers, and audiences. It has pretty much remained in syndication for the last forty years.  Jonny Quest remained the benchmark for dramatic animated fare for decades, enjoying brief runs as a comic book (notably Comico’s 1980s run).

The series has been collected and polished to a brilliant shine on a just-released Jonny Quest: The Complete Series Blu-ray from Warner Archives, where it will be celebrated in San Diego later this month.

The credit for the Hanna-Barbera series starts with Doug Wildey, who was asked to adapt the radio serial Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy for a cartoon series. Instead, Wildey threw himself into research and so thoroughly updated the concepts and cast that it was something entirely new.

Jonny (voiced by young Tim Matheson) is an 11-year-old homeschooled boy, who accompanies his father, the brilliant Dr. Benton C. Quest (John Stephenson/Don Messick), who is sent by the USA government on various expeditions. They are accompanied by Race Bannon (Mike Road), an agent from Intelligence One, designated as Jonny’s tutor and bodyguard, and Hadji (Danny Bravo), a Kolkata orphan adopted by Dr. Quest. With their dog Bandit, they circle the globe getting in and out of danger with regularity. The stories are imaginative and varied, giving the series its lasting appeal with heavy doses of technological plausibility plus pterodactyls.

There were several recurring characters, notably Race’s old girlfriend, Jade (Cathy Lewis), a mystery never fully solved.

The superior animation lavished on this, compared with most of Hanna-Barbera’s output from the era, looks great here with the traditional 1.33:1 aspect ratio. These files were cleaned up so the colors and heavy black line work is crisp, the colors popping and shadows properly murky.

The DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio mix nicely preserves the one-channel original audio and works just fine with the beautiful visuals. Hoyt Curtin and Ted Nichols’ theme and music have never sounded better.

The special features from the 2004 DVD release are carried over here, including The Jonny Quest Files: Fun, Facts & Trivia (25:19), Jonny Quest: Adventures in Animation (15:15), complete with comments from Brad Bird, Steve Rude, Dan Riba, and Alex Ross; The Jonny Quest Video Handbook (16:57), and P.F. Flyer Sneaker Commercial (1:00).

REVIEW: Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 2

If younger people today know Popeye at all, it’s probably his connection with spinach. The brilliance of the animated cartoons from the 1940s is forgotten as is his Can-Do personality and rich supporting cast. A while back, the classic black and white cartoons were being collected as a three volume DVD so it is most welcome that Warner Archives is releasing the color ones using restored and remastered in HD 4K scans of the original nitrate Technicolor negatives for Blu-ray where we can appreciate the detail.

Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1 came out last December and now we have Volume 2 with 15 more in chronological order on a reasonably priced disc ($17.97 if you look around). There were released in 1946 and 1947 just after World War II so the content reflects that euphoria and forward-looking approach.

These are a fanciful collection with adventures under the sea, on Mars, out west, and in darkest Africa.

The cartoons lack the imagination and brilliance of the earlier Fleischer Studios, but the renamed Famous Studios still offered up some of the finest animation of the era thanks to the efforts of director Jim Tyer and director Bill Tytla who worked on the majority of these offerings. Veteran director Seymour Kneitel and writers Jack Ward, Carl Meyer, Otto Messmer, and Woody Gelman also well represented here.

We open with “House Tricks?”, which is the first to feature Popeye on the title card and is a remake of the earlier “The House Builder-Upper”. Harry Foster Welch does Popeye’s voice the first few toons before Jack Mercer arrives and takes over with “I’ll be Skiing Ya”. You will watch styles change, notably Olive Oyl, but the antics remain fresh and engaging.

“The Fistic Mystic”, “Wotta Knight”, and “The Island Fling” both feature Black stereotypes that have been edited or not aired on television and are here for inclusiveness. Look for a Herman the Mouse cameo in the latter one. Similarly, there was a moment in “Popeye and the Pirates” where he changed into drag with a glimpse of nudity that screened in 1947 but was snipped for airing and is thought lost, so remains missing here.

The loving restoration from the negatives means we’re seeing crisp, clear version with brilliant colors, a superior collection compared with the first volume. The cleaning also means we’re treated to a superior sound track without the artifacts and hissing that mar broadcast versions.

There are no special features, but I can live with that given the overall quality.

For the record, the titles include are:

“House Tricks?”

“Service with a Guile”

“Klondike Casanova”

“Peep in the Deep”

“Rocket to Mars”

“Rodeo Romeo”

“The Fistic Mystic”

“The Island Fling”

“Abusement Park”

“I’ll Be Skiing Ya”

“Popeye and the Pirates”

“The Royal-Four Flusher”

“Wotta Knight”

“Safari So Good”

“All’s Fair at the Fair”