Blu-ray Review: Popeye the Sailor – The 1940’s, Volume 1

Not available for years, Popeye the Sailor: The 1940’s, Volume 1 collects the spinach-eating, pipe chomping sailor’s first fourteen Technicolor animated shorts, making them available for the first time ever on home video; complete not always politically correct, and full of humor.

The 14 shorts in this set are as follows:

Her Honor, The Mare directed by I. Sparber

The Merry-Go-Round directed by Seymour Kneitel

We’re On Our Way To Rio directed by I. Sparber

The Anvil Chorus Girl directed by I. Sparber

Spinach Packin’ Popeye directed by I. Sparber

Puppet Love directed by I. Sparber

Pitchin’ Woo At The Zoo directed by I. Sparber

Moving Aweigh – No director credited

She-Sick Sailors directed by Seymour Kneitel

Pop-Pie A La Mode directed by I. Sparber

Tops In The Big Top directed by I. Sparber

Shape Ahoy directed by I. Sparber

For Better Or Nurse directed by I. Sparber

Mess Production directed by Seymour Kneitel

The voice cast included Jack Mercer as Popeye, Jackson Beck as Bluto, and Mae Questel as Olive. When Jack Mercer served in the military during World War II, others filled in as Popeye. Surprisingly, Mae Questel (with a mechanically controlled raised voice) is rumored to be the voice of Popeye in 1945’s Shape Ahoy!

Reportedly sourced from 4K remasters of each short’s original nitrate Technicolor negative, these shorts look fabulous. The amount of detail is stunning. Colors are well balanced and bright. This is truly top tier stuff for cartoon fans.

The DTS mono 2.0 Master Audio (mono) is free of any hisses, pops, or crackles. Dialogue and music cues are clean and clear throughout. While the negative briefly shows its age in a couple of spots, it’s impossible to complain about the level of restoration work done here.

Optional English subtitles are available during all 14 shorts.

There are no extras.


Popeye the Sailor - The 1940's, Volume 1 (2019)
Popeye Volume1

Movie title: Popeye the Sailor - The 1940's, Volume 1

Country: USA

Director(s): I. Sparber, Seymour Kneitel, ,

Actor(s): Jack Mercer , Jackson Beck , Mae Questel, Harry Welch

Genre: Animation, Short, Comedy

  • Movie
    (4.5)
  • Video
    (5)
  • Audio
    (4.5)
  • Extras
3.5
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