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    TVShowsOnDVD says that the special features will include a featurette, some bonus cartoons, and audio commentary. Here's hoping the bonus cartoons aren't on DVD yet, such as the aforementioned The Mouse on 57th Street. That would entice me towards a purchase a bit more.

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    This hasn't been mentioned here yet, so...

    According to DVD Talk, the bonus cartoons are:
    The Country Mouse
    The Lyin' Mouse
    The Mice Will Play
    Little Blabbermouse
    Shop Look & Listen
    Mouse Mazurka
    Mouse-Warming
    Mouse-Taken Identity
    Mice Follies
    It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House
    Merlin the Magic Mouse

    Not a bad list, but it's perplexing why The Mouse on 57th Street was left out. I mean, it's a cartoon starring a mouse; why not include it? Oh well. I do like how much is included; there's more new-to-DVD/BD stuff here than the upcoming Platinum collection. Hopefully "Mice Follies" will use a better audio mix than the version on Saturday Morning Cartoons Vol. 1; that one had such muffled audio that it was hard to hear the background music.

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    It really doesn't matter, since all the bonus cartoons are unrestored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leviathan View Post
    It really doesn't matter, since all the bonus cartoons are unrestored.
    Obviously the ideal situation would be that everything on a set is restored, but given the choice between a set full of pretty much nothing but restored double dips (see the "Essential" line, or the Sylvester & Tweety Super-Stars) versus a set with mostly (or all) new-to-DVD material and with some unrestored cartoons, I'll take the latter.

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    Yeesh... I kinda take back what I said about the unrestored shorts, because outside of a couple exceptions ("Mice Follies" looks... OK, certainly better than on Saturday Morning Cartoons), the unrestored bonus cartoons on the set look terrible, especially the earlier ones from the '30s and "Merlin the Magic Mouse". They're so faded and low res they might as well have not bothered. They all have unpleasant jaggies, though.

    As for the rest of the set, I'm pretty disappointed that few new title cards were found; there were still a lot of Blue Ribbons. And the Sniffles shorts, while I can appreciate them for showcasing Chuck Jones's evolution as a director and do have some fine animation, still don't get me to laugh all that much and are really slow-paced at times. That said, I did like the final three Sniffles shorts: "The Unbearable Bear" was good because of its more experimental direction, how it changed Sniffles into a chatterbox, and how it spent more time on the burglar/bear couple chasing each other throughout the house; "Lost and Foundling" had an interesting conflict when the hawk that Sniffles raised realized it's supposed to eat mice; and "Hush, My Mouse" came out at a time when Jones was doing nothing BUT wacky cartoons so this cartoon was molded to resemble those, and as a result it's not cutesy at all. "Sniffles Bells the Cat" wasn't too bad, either, I suppose. At least there was an engaging plot, unlike "Sniffles Takes a Trip" or "Bedtime For Sniffles".

    As for the non-Sniffles cartoons, it was great to get "House Hunting Mice" and "Roughly Squeaking" on BD, and two of my all-time favorite shorts, "Cheese Chasers" and "Mouse Wreckers", were awesome in HD. Never been big on "The Hypo-chondri Cat", though.

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