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Popeye – Insultin’ The Sultan & Other Fun Fan Favorites (Koch)


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



Insultin’ The Sultan 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)     Motor Knocks

2)     Popeye The Lifeguard

3)     College Of Hard Knocks

4)     Duel To The Finish

5)     The Medicine Man

6)     Egypt Us

7)     The Big Sneeze

8)     Wimpy’s Lunch Wagon

9)     Operation Ice Tickle

10)  The Mark Of Zero

11)  The Super Duper Market

12)  Insultin’ The Sultan

13)  Wimpy The Moocher

14)  Popeye’s Double Trouble

15)  Rags To Riches To Rags

16)  Me Quest For Poopdeck Pappy

17)  The Golden Touch

18)  Gem Jam

19)  Popeye’s Hypnotic Glance

20)  Olive Drab

21)  The Seven Swee’peas



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 114 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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