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Popeye – Giddy Gold & Other Fun Fan Favorites (Koch)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Animated shorts: B



Giddy Gold is one of three new single DVDs Koch has issued for fans of Popeye, particularly those who missed out on the terrific 75th Anniversary set of the 1960-61 TV shorts, as reviewed elsewhere on this site.  There are still copies out there, some still brand new, but if you cannot find that set or did not want to spend the money on the set, these singles are fine alternatives.  The titles for this set are:


1)     Track Meet Cheat

2)     Scairdy Cat

3)     Popeye’s Trojan Horse

4)     Aladdin’s Lamp

5)     Crystal Ball Brawl

6)     Out Of This World

7)     Swee’pea Soup

8)     Two-Faced Paleface

9)     Spare Dat Tree

10)  Frozen Foods

11)  Weight For Me

12)  Tiger Burger

13)  Old Salt Tale

14)  Seer-ring Is Believer-ring

15)  Popeye Revere

16)  The Glad Gladiator

17)  Jeep Is Jeep

18)  Strange Things Are Happening

19)  Popeye’s Testimonial Dinner

20)  Popeye The Ugly Duckling

21)  Giddy Gold

22)  My Fair Olive

23)  Kiddie Kapers

24)  Popeye Thumb

25)  Barbecue For Two

26)  Popeye’s Used Cars

27)  Popeye’s Tea Party

28)  The Wiffle Bird’s Revenge

29)  Bullfighter Bully

30)  Fleas A Crowd

31)  County Fair

32)  Popeye & Buddy Brutus

33)  Lighthouse Keeping

34)  Butler Up

35)  Popeye’s Cool Pool

36)  Oil’s Well That End’s Well


The titles are as funny as they are politically incorrect, yet the shows are not offensive or problematic.  Despite the fights between Popeye and his opponents, these are literally TV safe and as good as any later incarnation of the characters.  The only other set we can recommend at this time is VCI’s collection of the original theatrical Fleischer studios shorts, including all three original color shorts that went from the studios through Paramount Pictures at the time.  This set runs about 205 minutes long.


The shorts are presented in their original ratio of 1.33 to 1, but cel dust is still visible with some print flaws here and there.  At least Koch did not over-digitize and manipulate the detail and color quality out of them.  There is also a the small amount of interlacing errors that show up from time to time as they did in the set.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also better than you would expect for any TV material from the early 1960s.  The audio levels remain balanced throughout here as well, proving that these are the same transfers as the original set.  After all, why change them?  Some companies often degrade titles when they re-release them, but that did not happen here.  Now, you have new options in how to get them without compromise.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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