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Popeye – Hits & Missiles & Other Fun Fan Favorites (Koch)


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



Hits & Missiles 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)     Hits & Missiles

2)     Plumbers Pipe Dream

3)     Jeep Tale

4)     Popeye’s Pop-Up Emporium

5)     Love Birds

6)     Golden-Type Fleece

7)     Coffee House

8)     Mueller’s Mad Monster

9)     Popeye Spinach Stalk

10)  After The Ball Went Over

11)  Popeye’s Car Wash

12)  Muskels Shmuskels

13)  Ski-Jump Chump

14)  Popeye & The Dragon

15)  Hamburger Fishing

16)  Childhood Daze

17)  Jingle Jingle Jungle

18)  Incident At Missile City

19)  Fashion Fotography

20)  Sea No Evil

21)  Popeye’s Junior Headache

22)  What’s News

23)  Voo-Doo To You Too

24)  Matinee Idol Popeye

25)  Popeye & The Giant

26)  Mississippi Sissy

27)  Sea Serpent

28)  Little Olive Riding Hood

29)  Invisible Popeye



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 160 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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