Really short post this week, but I’ll make up for it next week!
On Technicolor Dreams, the long awaited Blu-ray/DVD set, it looks like I’ll be back with big news about it next week. It’s always nice to usher one out the door, and with that ushering, I feel that it’s always time to announce some new classic animation titles – so, here’s one (with two more next week).
One of the collections I had hoped to do a Blu-ray of has now kicked into production: Private Snafu, the classic animated series from WW2, produced primarily by Warner Brothers/ Schlesinger Studios. I believe this will be the first time these films have been available in HD – we’ve just started their restoration in HD. I had done a good amount of digital restoration work to them in SD for the DVD Private Snafu Golden Classics, so at first I was reluctant to revisit them again. We had done the transfers in HD the first time around, and when I ran this cartoon at the auditorium of CCS (where I teach) I knew it was be a great set to have in the higher quality format. I hope to have the set out later this year. It will include some bonus WW2 animation in HD as well.
In the time since we produced the DVD of the Snafu cartoons, other rare material has shown up, happily. These include both films and original documentation. I’m especially looking forward to putting these documents, films and art on the bonus features of the disc, and I welcome suggestions to help make this a nice set. Maybe Veneral Disease, the one missing (completed) animated film from the Army/Navy Screen Magazine, will finally show up. Look at a much earlier post from Cartoon Research about the previously hard to find Voting for Servicemen.
Here is a sneak preview of what Snafus look like in HD- Payday, from the fine grain 35mm master:
Next week: a sneak preview of “Technicolor Dreams” as well as another new Blu-ray announcement!