May 23rd, 2007

so i'm back to the velvet underground

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Picked up the PC Treasures Betty Boop and Felix The Cat compilations today.

Felix is a fairly nice comp, but it's got some drawbacks. The DVD contains quite a few silents, which wouldn't be a bad thing, but they couldn't even take the time to create even a half-assed score to go on them, so they truly ARE silent. If you have kiddies, skip these when they're watching. I imagine the lack of sound will bore them to tears. The cartoons are as follows:
Forty Winks
The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg
Neptune Nonsense
Bold King Cole
Felix Follows The Swallows (Silent)
One Good Turn
April Maze
Felix Goes West (Silent)
Felix Gets His Fill (Silent)

Compression on this disc is average. The entire contents of the disc, which are about an hour and a half, take up around 3.5 GB. The audio is 2-channel PCM audio.

Unfortunately, I can't give such glowing reviews to the Betty Boop disc. An hour of cartoons that doesn't even take up 2 GB of disc space? Especially since some of these toons use PCM audio, which is larger than AC3. *Some use 1-channel AC3 too.* These cartoons are pretty much compressed to death. Usually, I'd say "You get what you pay for." In this case, I'd say $1 is about 89 cents too much for this DVD compilation. It might be good on a portable DVD player where the screen's so small that you don't notice severe pixelation though. The included cartoons are:
Musical Mountaineers
A Song A Day
Rhythm On The Reservation
Stop That Noise
A Little Soap And Water
Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions
Happy You And Merry Me
My Friend The Monkey
Is My Palm Read
Swat The Fly

I can't really wholeheartedly recommend these, especially compared to cartoon compilations like Digiview's Toon Factory releases. But if there's a cartoon on one of these that you're desperate to find and can't seem to find elsewhere, I say go for it.