Good news for classic cartoon fans from Warner Home Video
Source: TV Shows on DVD
When Warner released censored copies of several Tom and Jerry cartoons on DVD, contrary to earlier promises, animation fans the world over were far from amused. Their anger grew further when, the same year, Warner released Volume 2 of The Looney Tunes Golden Collection, featuring several cartoons that were incorrectly encoded for interlaced playback or subjected to invasive DVNR.
Now, at last, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. At a recent Home Theater Forum chat, a Warner representative made this statement:
"We will advise consumers who purchased Tom and jerry Spotlight Collection: Vol 2 on a disc replacement program how to exchange and replace their discs at no charge to them [...] We hope to have a similar announcement shortly regarding Tom and Jerry Vol 1."
A glance at Home Theater Forum's transcript for the chat reveals that Warner will also be establishing a similar replacement programme for Disc 4 of The Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 2, which contained the interlaced-encoded cartoons. (Unfortunatedly, it doesn't look like the DVNR'd cartoons will be corrected.) Additionally, Warner are looking into the possibility of releasing some of the more controversial war-time cartoons such as Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips and Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, which have been out of circulation for decades, at some point in the future.
Of course, given Warner's earlier broken promises regarding the censorship status of the first Tom and Jerry volume, this is very much a case of "believe it when you see it", but the fact that they are finally taking these issues seriously is heartening. And it sounds as if we might finally get legitimate DVD releases of the infamous "Censored 11" at some point in our lifetimes...