DVD review: Warner Bros. doubles up on Bugs and Co.

For some of us, classic Warner Bros. cartoons handily trump the Disney animation from that era (roughly 1933 to 1960). Basically, if you want beautiful pictures and emotional involvement, you go Disney; if you want laughs, more laughs, and milk-out-your-nose laughs, you go Warner Bros. (This is not always true; there are exceptions on either side.)

Warner put out six “Golden” DVD collections, which were a mixed bag. (And the first two volumes exhausted a huge percentage of the most beloved shorts.) When they issued their first multidisc Blu-ray “Platinum” collection, I assumed — very wrongly, as it turned out — that it would be a straight duplicate of the equivalent Golden collection.

In fact, it was a different selection (with considerable overlap) and with yet more supplements added to an overlapping choice of the Golden One's already huge number of extras. That it would be visually improved in hi-def went without saying; but the Platinum releases may set a record for length and number of extra material.

Now, almost a year later, Warner has come out with Platinum Two, with the same ethos continued. The DVD version coming out simultaneously is lacking one of the Blu-ray version's discs, making the Blu-ray a much better deal, especially since that disc includes 12 new-to-digital Tex Avery cartoons, all of Chuck Jones's Private Snafu World War II training shorts, and a bunch of oddities.

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two (Warner Home Video, Blu-ray, 3 discs, $44.98; DVD, 2 discs, $26.99)

ANDY KLEIN is the film critic for Marquee. He can also be heard on "FilmWeek" on KPCC-FM (89.3).

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