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Popeye The Sailor: The 1940s Volume 2 Blu-ray Review

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“Popeye The Sailor: The 1940s Volume 2” delivers more classic shorts.

Popeye fans rejoice! Warner Archive has released the second volume of 1940s “Popeye The Sailor” Technicolor and Cinecolor shorts on Blu-ray. Comprised of 15 Famous Studios theatrical shorts from 1946 and 1947, the episodes feature Olive Oyl, Bluto, and the titular spinach powered character’s adventures on Earth and beyond (Mars to be exact). Viewers can expect to find plots about house building, the Admiral’s car, a bar and grill in the Klondike, buried undersea treasure, Popeye on Mars, a rodeo, magic, an island, the aptly named “Amusement Park,” a ski resort, a pirate ship, the zoo, a jousting tournament, an African expedition and a county fair.

When it comes to past theatrical animated shorts, I always viewed them as comfort food before the main feature. Content wise, they aren’t exactly challenging as they pretty much stick to a formula which, in the case of “Popeye The Sailor,” tends to find Popeye saving the day, Bluto trying to win Olive Oyl or Bluto and Popeye fighting over Olive Oyl (sometimes Popeye and Olive are already an item). It’s not uncommon to find the characters switching professions and or locals to liven up the stories. Given that they are cartoons, there’s all sorts of sight gags, musical numbers, and colorful actions on screen which will undoubtedly entertain people of all ages.

As for the 15 shorts presented here, they aren’t on the same level as volume one, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any gems to be found here. “Rocket To Mars” is easily the crown jewel here as it is brimming with creativity, wild visuals, and sight gags. It’s also just fun to see Bluto as a green skinned Martian too. The other highlight for me was “Rodeo Romeo” which finds Popeye and Olive at a rodeo show where Olive swoons over hot shot Badlands Bluto. Popeye decides to get into the ring to prove his worth and skills and that’s when the shenanigans ensue.

It should be noted that these episodes are presented uncut so expect some content that doesn’t sit well in today’s day and age ala the sexual harassment by Bluto and the racist caricatures in episodes such as “Rocket To Mars” and “The Island Fling.”

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? The episodes have been remastered from the original negatives and the results are sure to wow you. The richness of the colors really sticks out here.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the songs to the iconic music, this 2.0 track delivers.

No extras have been included.

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June 29, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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