Of course, this should be a "must-have" item for any fan of Golden Age cartoons. It also provides a quick crash course in the evolution of the theatrical cartoon as the relatively small number of Droopy's released over the years allow you to witness the changes in character design and backgrounds that animation went through in the 40's and 50's.
Yes, even I noticed the DVNR - and I am usually totally oblivious to stuff like that. However, I AM a "glass half full" kind of guy - so I'd still rather have this set than no set at all. If your goal is perfection or nothing, I fear you will be doomed to a lifetime of anger and frustration. But, to each his own.
As the DVNR is really noticeable in only a small number of the total collection and those moments are fleeting. I have sat back and laughed out loud many, many times while seeing some titles that I hadn't seen in years.
I also seemed to notice a problem with one of the soundtracks. I think it was "Millionaire Droopy" (but I'm not totally sure). Anyway, the soundtrack sounds a bit muddy in the beginning with the background music and sound effects coming through at a higher level than the dialog. As the cartoon progresses, the problems seemed to correct itself. Anybody else notice the same thing?
All I can say is that I hope the sales of this set will finally result in the Complete Tex Avery set we have al been dreaming of.
I understand where you are coming from. Unfortunately, the mindset of the suits doesn't work the way you wish it would.As much as I'd love to own these cartoons, I refuse to support this process and will not be buying this DVD.
Hopefully Warner Bros. will smarten up and release a complete MGM Tex Avery Collection with brand new transfers, sans-DVNR, which is what we've been asking for all along anyway.
If everyone adopted your attitude, the suits would NOT conclude that they need to release a better produced Avery set. What they would conclude is that Droopy cartoons (and hence most of the rest of the MGM library) had no commercial appeal. The end result would be no further releases of any kind.
I think $18 for what you get is more than a fair bargain - and better sales will convince the suits that there is a market for this stuff and it deserves an "A-List" treatment.
Anyway, that just my two cents worth.