Blu-ray, DVD Release: Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 4

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 30, 2014
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films


Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 4Betty Boop, one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen, returns newly re-mastered in HD from 4K scans of the original negatives and fine grains in Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 4, Olive Films’ fourth high-definition anthology of her shorts.

A symbol of the Depression Era and a reminder of the more carefree days of the Roaring Twenties, Betty Boop’s popularity was drawn largely from adult audiences and the cartoons, while seemingly surreal, contained many sexual and psychological elements. (Or does Betty’s catchphrase “Boop-Oop-A-Doop” not have a deeper meaning than you may have imagined?)

Vol. 4 includes 13 classic animated short films, reportedly available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray. All were produced by Max Fleischer and directed by his brother Dave Fleischer. They feature the voices of Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe and Margie Hines as Betty Boop, as well as the guest voices of Cab Calloway, Jack Mercer and William Pennell.

Here are the 12 titles included in Vol. 4.

-Stopping the Show (1932),
-Snow White (1933, featuring Cab Calloway)
-Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)
-She Wronged Him Right (1934)
-Red Hot Mamma (1934)
-Poor Cinderella (1934, in color)
-There’s Something About a Soldier (1934)
-When My Ship Comes In (1934)
-Zula Hula (1937)
-Riding the Rails (1938)
-The Swing School (1938)
-Pudgy the Watchman (1938)
-Sally Swing (1938)

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.